1960 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 1960.

List of years in country music (table)

Events[edit]

No dates[edit]

  • Just four songs – five, if one counts "El Paso" by Marty Robbins, which spent five of its seven weeks at No. 1 in 1960 – ascend to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot C&W Sides chart. Those songs – listed below – would spend 14, 14, 12 and 10 weeks at No. 1.
Compare that to 10 No. 1 songs in 1959 and eight for all of 1961. Just a quarter of a century later, it was common for 50 songs per year to play musical chairs atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.
  • The Porter Wagoner Show, one of the most successful country music television programs, premieres on CBS late in the year. Norma Jean (Beasler) and comedian Speck Rhodes were the regulars, with guest performers appearing each week. The show ran in syndication for 21 years, and at its peak aired in more than 100 markets, and is largely credited for breaking the career of a young singer named Dolly Parton (who replaced Norma Jean in 1967).

Top hits of the year[edit]

Number one hits[edit]

United States[edit]

(as certified by Billboard)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 Spec. Note
February 8 He'll Have to Go Jim Reeves 14
May 16 Please Help Me, I'm Falling Hank Locklin 14 [1][A]
  • Lockin's first Billboard Number One since "Let Me Be the One" in 1953.
August 22 Alabam Cowboy Copas 12 [B]
November 14 Wings of a Dove Ferlin Husky 10 [2][A]
  • Husky's first Billboard Number One since "Gone" in 1957.
Notes
  • 1 No. 1 song of the year, as determined by Billboard.
  • 2 Song dropped from No. 1 and later returned to top spot.
  • A Last Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • B Only Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.

Other major hits[edit]

US Single Artist
3 Above and Beyond Buck Owens
16 Accidentally on Purpose George Jones
8 Am I Losing You Jim Reeves
11 Am I That Easy to Forget Skeeter Davis
5 Amigo's Guitar Kitty Wells
2 Another (Just Like Me) Roy Drusky
3 Anymore Roy Drusky
12 Are You Willing, Willie Marion Worth
15 Baby Rocked Her Dolly Frankie Miller
7 The Ballad of Wild River Gene Woods
4 Before This Day Ends George Hamilton IV
5 Big Iron Marty Robbins
18 A Broken Dream Jimmy Smart
16 But You Use To Laverne Downs
16 Carmel by the Sea Kitty Wells
9 Cruel Love Lou Smith
19 Dead or Alive Bill Anderson
12 Dear Mama Merle Kilgore
17 (Doin' the) Lover's Leap Webb Pierce
11 Drifting Texas Sand Webb Pierce
4 Each Moment (Spent With You) Ernest Ashworth
16 Ev'rybody's Somebody's Fool Ernest Tubb
2 Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache) Buck Owens
12 Eyes of Love Margie Singleton
10 Face to the Wall Faron Young
4 Fallen Angel Webb Pierce
10 Family Bible Claude Gray
11 Far, Far Away Don Gibson
6 He'll Have to Stay Jeanne Black
5 Heart to Heart Talk Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan
13 Here I Am Drunk Again Clyde Beavers
14 Hot Rod Lincoln Charlie Ryan
17 How Far to Little Rock The Stanley Brothers
2 (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too Skeeter Davis
5 I Don't Believe I'll Fall in Love Today Warren Smith
6 I Know One Jim Reeves
20 I Love You Because Johnny Cash
3 I Missed Me Jim Reeves
7 I Think I Know Marion Worth
5 I Wish I Could Fall in Love Today Ray Price
19 I Wish You Love Billy Walker
14 I'm a Honky Tonk Girl Loretta Lynn
3 I'm Gettin' Better Jim Reeves
14 I'm Movin' On Don Gibson
19 Imitation of Love Adrian Roland
11 Is It Wrong (For Loving You) Webb Pierce
17 It's Not Wrong Connie Hall
17 Johnny, My Love (Grandma's Diary) Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
2 Just One Time Don Gibson
18 The Key's in the Mailbox Freddie Hart
5 Left to Right Kitty Wells
9 Let's Think About Livin' Bob Luman
15 Life of a Poor Boy Stonewall Jackson
20 Little Angel (Come Rock Me to Sleep) Ted Self
13 A Little Guy Called Joe Stonewall Jackson
16 Lonely River Rhine Bobby Helms
11 The Long Walk Bill Leatherwood
10 Love Has Made You Beautiful Merle Kilgore
6 A Lovely Work of Art Jimmy C. Newman
12 Mary Don't You Weep Stonewall Jackson
9 Miller's Cave Hank Snow
15 Money to Burn George Jones
16 The Moon Is Crying Alan Riddle[1][2]
16 Mule Skinner Blues The Fendermen
4 No Love Have I Webb Pierce
13 Nobody's Darling but Mine Johnny Sea
20 The Old Lamplighter The Browns
2 One More Time Ray Price
13 The One You Slip Around With Jan Howard
8 The Picture Ray Godfrey
13 Pinball Machine Lonnie Irving
13 Reasons to Live Jimmie Skinner
4 Riverboat Faron Young
14 Riverboat Gambler Jimmie Skinner
7 Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) The Browns
10 Seasons of My Heart Johnny Cash
15 Second Honeymoon Johnny Cash
14 She's Just a Whole Lot Like You Hank Thompson
6 Sink the Bismarck Johnny Horton
10 A Six Pack to Go Hank Thompson
13 Smiling Bill McCall Johnny Cash
4 Softly and Tenderly (I'll Hold You in My Arms) Lewis Pruitt
16 Straight A's in Love Johnny Cash
5 That's My Kind of Love Marion Worth
16 This Ole House Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
10 Timbrook Lewis Pruitt
7 The Tip of My Fingers Bill Anderson
19 Too Much to Lose Carl Belew
20 Until Today Elmer Snodgrass
11 Wanting You with Me Tonight Jimmy C. Newman
11 Who Will Buy the Wine Charlie Walker
6 Why I'm Walkin' Stonewall Jackson
5 Wishful Thinking Wynn Stewart
18 World So Full of Love Ray Sanders
8 You Can't Pick a Rose in December Ernest Ashworth
4 You're the Only Good Thing (That's Happened to Me) George Morgan
5 Your Old Used to Be Faron Young

Top new album releases[edit]

Other Album Releases[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 19 — Ralph Peer, 67, pioneer in record engineering and production (pneumonia).
  • May 13 — Gid Tanner, 74, fiddler and leader of pioneering country group the Skillet Lickers.
  • November 5 — Johnny Horton, 35, "The Singing Fisherman" and best known for his Americana-styled hits (car accident).
  • November 7 — A.P. Carter, 68, a member of The Original Carter Family, one of country music's all-time pioneers (heart disease).

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terry E. Gordon. "Alan Riddle: Original Releases". Rockin' Country Style. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Alan Riddle The Moon Is Crying Plaid 1001 Rockabilly M-". Popsike. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 

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