1982 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1982.

List of years in country music (table)


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  • Drake-Chenault syndicates The History of Country Music, a 52-hour country music version of the radio syndicator's successful The History of Rock and Roll (which had three editions issued, the last in 1981). Produced in 1981 and early 1982 before syndicating to radio stations, the radio documentary was hosted by Ralph Emery. Like its rock and roll forebearer, the program featured artist interviews, outtakes from notable radio and television broadcasts; spotlights on notable artists, styles and trends, along with songs that helped illustrate the subject; and time sweeps of individual years through 1981, with a montage of the biggest and most noteworthy hits of each year played. The final hour, Hour 52, was a time sweep of all of the country No. 1 songs from 1944 to the then-present, or approximately 650 individual songs that had topped the Billboard country charts.[1] The special was structured much like the Rock and Roll program, allowing radio programmers to air it as a one-time "marathon" special (such as over holiday weekends), in multiple parts over a period of time, or as one-hour weekly programs.

Top hits of the year[edit]

Singles released by American artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist
16 31 After the Love Slips Away Earl Thomas Conley
4 5 Ain't No Money Rosanne Cash
1 1 Always on My Mind Willie Nelson
5 The American Dream Hank Williams, Jr.
8 3 Another Chance Tammy Wynette
8 20 Another Honky-Tonk Night on Broadway David Frizzell and Shelly West
1 1 Any Day Now Ronnie Milsap
2 1 Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver) Merle Haggard
19 19 Ashes to Ashes Terri Gibbs
36 15 Bad News Boxcar Willie
10 5 Be There for Me Baby Johnny Lee
1 1 Big City Merle Haggard
4 4 Big Ole Brew Mel McDaniel
9 4 Blaze of Glory Kenny Rogers
1 2 Blue Moon with Heartache Rosanne Cash
1 1 Bobbie Sue The Oak Ridge Boys
3 10 Born to Run Emmylou Harris
2 2 Break It to Me Gently Juice Newton
6 5 Busted John Conlee
10 24 Cherokee Fiddle Johnny Lee
1 1 Close Enough to Perfect Alabama
1 7 The Clown Conway Twitty
2 2 A Country Boy Can Survive Hank Williams, Jr.
1 3 Crying My Heart Out Over You Ricky Skaggs
3 6 Dancing Your Memory Away Charly McClain
9 22 Diamonds in the Stars Ray Price
4 1 Do Me with Love Janie Fricke
12 35 Don't Look Back Gary Morris
1 8 Don't Worry 'bout Me Baby Janie Fricke
15 Dreams Die Hard Gary Morris
4 4 Ever, Never Lovin' You Ed Bruce
5 28 Everybody Makes Mistakes Lacy J. Dalton
10 9 Every Time You Cross My Mind (You Break My Heart) Razzy Bailey
1 10 Finally T. G. Sheppard
1 1 Fool Hearted Memory George Strait
1 20 For All the Wrong Reasons The Bellamy Brothers
18 7 Forty and Fadin' Ray Price
1 5 Fourteen Carat Mind Gene Watson
21 9 Get into Reggae Cowboy The Bellamy Brothers
8 27 Hard Candy Christmas Dolly Parton
5 1 Have You Ever Been Lonely? Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves
1 2 He Got You Ronnie Milsap
7 1 Heartbreak Express Dolly Parton
1 1 Heartbroke Ricky Skaggs
8 3 Heavenly Bodies Earl Thomas Conley
1 6 Honky Tonkin' Hank Williams, Jr.
1 2 I Don't Care Ricky Skaggs
2 13 I Don't Know Where to Start Eddie Rabbitt
2 1 I Don't Think She's in Love Anymore Charley Pride
3 9 I Just Came Here to Dance David Frizzell and Shelly West
7 5 I Just Came Home to Count the Memories John Anderson
11 24 I Just Cut Myself Ronnie McDowell
9 9 I Lie Loretta Lynn
17 I Think About Your Lovin' The Osmonds
1 1 I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton
2 4 I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head (And Left My Heart Alone) The Oak Ridge Boys
1 1 I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World Ronnie Milsap
18 24 I'm Goin' Hurtin' Joe Stampley
1 3 I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home David Frizzell
3 11 I'm Not That Lonely Yet Reba McEntire
3 2 If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home) George Strait
10 If You're Waitin' on Me (You're Backin' up) The Kendalls
15 12 In Like with Each Other Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
19 40 Innocent Lies Sonny James
1 1 It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy Janie Fricke
17 It Turns Me Inside Out Lee Greenwood
19 It'll Be Her Tompall & the Glaser Brothers
16 31 It's High Time Dottie West
16 It's Who You Love Kieran Kane
7 4 Just Give Me What You Think is Fair Leon Everette
1 2 Just to Satisfy You Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
15 Kansas City Lights Steve Wariner
17 The Killin' Kind Bandana
2 1 Let It Be Me Willie Nelson
3 1 Listen to the Radio Don Williams
12 43 A Little Bit Crazy Eddy Raven
9 30 Livin' in These Troubled Times Crystal Gayle
1 1 Lonely Nights Mickey Gilley
1 1 Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good Don Williams
1 1 Love Will Turn You Around Kenny Rogers
13 14 Love's Found You and Me Ed Bruce
8 11 Love's Gonna Fall Here Tonight Razzy Bailey
19 41 Making Love from Memory Loretta Lynn
9 19 Midnight Rodeo Leon Everette
12 7 Mis'ry River Terri Gibbs
3 3 Mistakes Don Williams
1 1 Mountain Music Alabama
1 1 Mountain of Love Charley Pride
20 Natural Love Petula Clark
12 32 New Cut Road Bobby Bare
17 New Way Out Karen Brooks
20 44 No Relief in Sight Con Hunley
1 1 Nobody Sylvia
19 Nothing but the Radio On James & Michael Younger
12 26 Oh Girl Con Hunley
19 18 Old Friends Roger Miller, Willie Nelson (with Ray Price)
1 1 Only One You T. G. Sheppard
13 Only You (And You Alone) Reba McEntire
9 9 Operator, Long Distance Please Barbara Mandrell
19 37 Preaching Up a Storm Mel McDaniel
1 1 Put Your Dreams Away Mickey Gilley
1 3 Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night Conway Twitty
1 7 Redneck Girl The Bellamy Brothers
5 2 Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands Lee Greenwood
10 12 Rodeo Romeo Moe Bandy
9 13 Round the Clock Lovin' Gail Davies
16 Run for the Roses Dan Fogelberg
5 1 Same Ole Me George Jones
1 3 She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) Jerry Reed
1 2 She Left Love All Over Me Razzy Bailey
19 21 She Used to Sing on Sunday Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
7 6 She's Lying Lee Greenwood
4 2 She's Not Really Cheating (She's Just Getting Even) Moe Bandy
10 She's Playing Hard to Forget Eddy Raven
5 1 Shine Waylon Jennings
8 1 Single Women Dolly Parton
13 2 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson
7 13 16th Avenue Lacy J. Dalton
13 Slow Down Lacy J. Dalton
1 6 Slow Hand Conway Twitty
22 16 So Fine The Oak Ridge Boys
10 1 Some Memories Just Won't Die Marty Robbins
20 39 Some of My Best Friends Are Old Songs Louise Mandrell
1 4 Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight Eddie Rabbitt
1 39 Somewhere Between Right and Wrong Earl Thomas Conley
10 20 Soul Searchin' Leon Everette
9 4 Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart) Gene Watson
17 Stay a Little Longer Mel Tillis
7 Step Back Ronnie McDowell
19 35 Stuck Right in the Middle of Your Love Billy Swan
5 1 Sure Feels Like Love Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
12 11 Sweet Yesterday Sylvia
1 1 The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known) Juice Newton
1 1 Take Me Down Alabama
10 22 Take Me to the Country Mel McDaniel
3 1 Tears of the Lonely Mickey Gilley
10 Tell Me Why Earl Thomas Conley
9 5 Tennessee Rose Emmylou Harris
8 11 This Dream's on Me Gene Watson
5 5 Through the Years Kenny Rogers
24 17 Tie Your Dream to Mine Marty Robbins
1 3 'Till You're Gone Barbara Mandrell
5 20 The Very Best Is You Charly McClain
1 5 War Is Hell (On the Homefront Too) T. G. Sheppard
4 3 Watchin' Girls Go By Ronnie McDowell
2 2 We Did But Now You Don't Conway Twitty
1 1 What's Forever For Michael Martin Murphey
7 13 Whatever The Statler Brothers
18 When a Man Loves a Woman Jack Grayson & Blackjack
14 46 When You Fall in Love Johnny Lee
11 Who Do You Know in California Eddy Raven
1 15 Wild and Blue John Anderson
16 15 A Woman's Touch Tom Jones
4 6 Women Do Know How to Carry On Waylon Jennings
6 15 Would You Catch a Falling Star John Anderson
12 Years Ago The Statler Brothers
1 5 Yesterday's Wine Merle Haggard and George Jones
1 1 You and I Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle
5 3 You Never Gave Up on Me Crystal Gayle
10 You Put the Blue in Me The Whites
16 42 You Still Get to Me in My Dreams Tammy Wynette
17 7 You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio Gail Davies
3 You'll Be Back (Every Night in My Dreams) The Statler Brothers
5 26 You're My Bestest Friend Mac Davis
1 2 You're So Good When You're Bad Charley Pride
1 10 You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had Ed Bruce

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist
19 Another Motel Memory Ruth Ann
4 1 Another Sleepless Night Anne Murray
6 Brand New Tears (For an Old Heartache) Carroll Baker
9 Did I Forget to Tell Her Jerry Palmer
7 A Dreamer and a Fool (Am I) Kevin Waara
18 Everybody's Going Country Midnite Rodeo Band
8 The Ex-Superstar's Waltz Ronnie Prophet
4 From the Bar Room to the Bedroom Eddie Eastman
9 Good Ol' Time Country Rock 'N' Roll Dick Damron
7 1 Hey! Baby Anne Murray
7 Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ol' Boys Dick Damron
20 I Am Your Fire Bill Hersh & Blue Train
13 I've Gotta Cowboy in the Saddle Iris Larratt
14 Intimate Strangers Eddie Eastman
7 Kentucky Serenade Tony Prophet
14 Lay Your Heart on the Line Marie Bottrell
10 (Livin' On) Fast Love Midnite Rodeo Band
12 Married or Single Ruth Ann
8 Maybe It's Love This Time Mercey Brothers
11 Nobody Quite Like You Eddie Eastman
15 Overnight Success John Allan Cameron
16 The Parting of the Ways John Winters
9 Raised on Country Music Family Brown
9 Reunion Dick Damron
4 The Second Time Around Carroll Baker
10 Should You Ever Think of Cheating John Winters
61 4 Some Never Stand a Chance Family Brown
16 Starlight Lady Gurney Anderson
10 Sugartime Glory-Anne Carriere
6 Summertime The Good Brothers
17 Ten Years Old and Barefoot Gary Fjellgaard
10 Took a Train to Vegas Gilles Godard
10 Took You Back Again Canadian Zephyr
15 You Never Really Loved Me David Thompson

Top new album releases[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label
23 16th Avenue Lacy J. Dalton Columbia
1 Always on My Mind Willie Nelson Columbia
16 Anniversary – 10 Years of Hits George Jones Epic
5 Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Soundtrack Various Artists MCA
22 Big Al Downing Big Al Downing Team
17 Biggest Hits Marty Robbins Columbia
20 The Bird Jerry Reed RCA
3 Black on Black Waylon Jennings RCA
1 Bobbie Sue The Oak Ridge Boys MCA
23 Brotherly Love Gary Stewart & Dean Dillon RCA
21 Busted John Conlee MCA
10 Charley Sings Everybody's Choice Charley Pride RCA
9 Christmas The Oak Ridge Boys MCA
25 Come Back to Me Marty Robbins Columbia
21 Conway's #1 Classics Volume One Conway Twitty Elektra
8 The David Frizzell & Shelly West Album David Frizzell & Shelly West Warner Bros./Viva
7 Dolly Parton's Greatest Hits Dolly Parton RCA
15 Dream Maker Conway Twitty Elektra
12 The Dukes of Hazzard (Soundtrack) Various Artists Scotti Brothers
7 The Family's Fine, But This One's All Mine! David Frizzell Warner Bros./Viva
10 Feelin' Right Razzy Bailey RCA
4 Finally! T. G. Sheppard Warner Bros./Curb
19 Get Closer Linda Ronstadt Asylum
3 Going Where the Lonely Go Merle Haggard Epic
9 Greatest Hits The Bellamy Brothers Warner Bros./Curb
5 Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits Hank Williams, Jr. Elektra/Curb
5 Heartbreak Express Dolly Parton RCA
3 High Notes Hank Williams, Jr. Elektra/Curb
1 Highways & Heartaches Ricky Skaggs Epic
7 ...In Black and White Barbara Mandrell MCA
4 Inside Ronnie Milsap RCA
12 Inside Out Lee Greenwood MCA
15 It Ain't Easy Janie Fricke Columbia
2 Just Sylvia Sylvia RCA
9 Last Date Emmylou Harris Warner Bros.
17 The Legend Goes On The Statler Brothers Mercury
6 Listen to the Radio Don Williams MCA
22 Love to Burn Ronnie McDowell Epic
5 Love Will Turn You Around Kenny Rogers Liberty
10 The Man with the Golden Thumb Jerry Reed RCA
14 Michael Martin Murphey Michael Martin Murphey Liberty
1 Mountain Music Alabama RCA
20 Number Ones Conway Twitty MCA
25 Perfect Stranger T. G. Sheppard Warner Bros./Curb
10 Put Your Dreams Away Mickey Gilley Epic
7 Quiet Lies Juice Newton Capitol
5 Radio Romance Eddie Rabbitt Warner Bros.
18 Seasons of the Heart John Denver RCA
19 She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even) Moe Bandy Columbia
10 Somewhere Between Right and Wrong Earl Thomas Conley RCA
6 Somewhere in the Stars Rosanne Cash Columbia
5 Southern Comfort Conway Twitty Elektra
18 Strait from the Heart George Strait MCA
17 Strong Weakness The Bellamy Brothers Elektra/Curb
18 Sure Feels Like Love Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Columbia
21 The Survivors Live Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis
and Carl Perkins
4 A Taste of Yesterday's Wine Merle Haggard & George Jones Epic
21 Tom Jones Country Tom Jones Mercury
22 Too Good to Hurry Charly McClain Epic
14 True Love Crystal Gayle Elektra
22 Unlimited Reba McEntire Mercury
15 When We Were Boys The Bellamy Brothers Elektra/Curb
3 Wild & Blue John Anderson Warner Bros.
7 Windows Charlie Daniels Epic
4 The Winning Hand Various Artists Monument
3 WWII Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson RCA

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label
54 After All These Years Tompall & the Glaser Brothers Elektra
29 Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose Bobby Bare Columbia
37 Amazing Grace Cristy Lane Liberty
53 Back in the Country Roy Acuff Elektra
63 Backslidin' Joe Stampley Epic
34 Best of Boxcar, Vol. 1 Boxcar Willie Main Street
62 The Best of Willie Nelson Willie Nelson RCA
39 Biggest Hits Mickey Gilley Epic
64 Biggest Hits Tammy Wynette Epic
64 Bluegrass Spectacular Osborne Brothers RCA
47 Changes Tanya Tucker Arista
62 Charley Pride Live Charley Pride RCA
35 Conway's #1 Classics Volume Two Conway Twitty Elektra
50 A Country Christmas Various Artists RCA
29 The Elvis Medley Elvis Presley RCA
52 Family & Friends Ricky Skaggs Rounder
39 Gary Morris Gary Morris Warner Bros.
40 A Gatlin Family Christmas Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Columbia
41 Givin' Herself Away Gail Davies Warner Bros.
41 Goin' Home for Christmas Merle Haggard Epic
62 Good Love & Heartbreak Tammy Wynette Epic
49 Greatest Hits Moe Bandy Columbia
34 Greatest Hits Janie Fricke Columbia
43 Greatest Hits Charly McClain Epic
59 He Set My Life to Music Barbara Mandrell MCA
48 Heartbreak Rodney Lay and the Wild West Churchill
42 Here's to Us Cristy Lane Liberty
27 Honkytonk Man (Soundtrack) Various Artists Warner Bros.
29 The Hottest Night of the Year Anne Murray Capitol
63 I Write It Down Ed Bruce MCA
37 I'm Goin' Hurtin' Joe Stampley Epic
38 It's a Long Way to Daytona Mel Tillis Elektra
59 Jack Grayson Sings Jack Grayson Joe-Wes
26 Just Hooked on Country Albert Coleman's Atlanta Pops Epic
38 Kieran Kane Kieran Kane Elektra
27 Last Train to Heaven Boxcar Willie Main Street
59 A Little More Razz Razzy Bailey RCA
67 Live Tanya Tucker MCA
58 Mel Tillis' Greatest Hits Mel Tillis Elektra
48 Memories of Christmas Elvis Presley RCA
37 Merle Haggard's Greatest Hits Merle Haggard MCA
45 Night After Night Jacky Ward Asylum
56 Oh Girl Con Hunley Warner Bros.
33 Old Home Town Glen Campbell Atlantic America
54 The Osmond Brothers The Osmond Brothers Elektra/Curb
41 Pistol Packin' Mama Hoyt Axton Jeremiah
49 The Roy Clark Show Live from Austin City Limits Roy Clark Churchill
31 Soft Touch Tammy Wynette Epic
33 Some Days It Rains All Night Long Terri Gibbs MCA
32 Sounds Like Love Johnny Lee Full Moon
35 Steve Wariner Steve Wariner RCA
38 Stickin' Together The Kendalls Mercury
56 Sugar Free Dave Rowland Elektra
43 Take Me to the Country Mel McDaniel Capitol
67 Talk to Me Cindy Hurt Churchill
27 This Dream's on Me Gene Watson MCA
43 Turned Loose Roy Clark Churchill
38 Walk On Karen Brooks Warner Bros.
37 When a Man Loves a Woman Jack Grayson Koala
44 (You're My) Super Woman/(You're My) Incredible Man Louise Mandrell & R.C. Bannon RCA

On television[edit]

Regular series[edit]




Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music[edit]

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

  • Entertainer of the YearFamily Brown
  • Male Artist of the YearTerry Carisse
  • Female Artist of the YearCarroll Baker
  • Group of the Year — Family Brown
  • SOCAN Song of the Year — "Some Never Stand a Chance," Family Brown (Performer: Family Brown)
  • Single of the Year — "Some Never Stand a Chance," Family Brown
  • Album of the YearRaised on Country Music, Family Brown
  • Vista Rising Star AwardRuth Ann

Country Music Association[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.

Other links[edit]


  1. ^ "Drake-Chenault History Of Country Music – FOUND!!!" Charis Music Group. Accessed 07-07-2017. [1]

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