1984 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1984.

List of years in country music (table)


  • June 22 — The movie Rhinestone, starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone, is released to universally negative reviews. The much-hyped movie - about a singer's effort to transform a New York City taxicab driver into a country star within two weeks - flops, but still produces several hit singles, most notably the No. 1 hit "Tennessee Homesick Blues."
  • July 28 — With his No. 1 hit "Angel in Disguise," Earl Thomas Conley becomes the first artist in any genre to have four Billboard magazine chart-topping songs from the same album. The album in question is Don't Make it Easy For Me, and in addition to "Angel in Disguise" and the title track, Conley also hit with 1983's "Your Love's on the Line" and "Holding Her and Loving You." The feat is part of Conley's impressive 1980s streak, where he enjoyed 16 No. 1 hits through 1989.
  • September 11 — Barbara Mandrell is seriously injured in a car accident. She suffers multiple injuries and takes an 18-month sabbatical from performing to recover.

Top hits of the year[edit]

Singles released by American artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist
4 4 After All Ed Bruce
10 6 All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight Hank Williams, Jr.
6 America Waylon Jennings
1 1 Angel in Disguise Earl Thomas Conley
10 20 Another Motel Memory Shelly West
1 1 As Long as I'm Rockin' with You John Conlee
3 2 Atlanta Blue The Statler Brothers
5 7 Attitude Adjustment Hank Williams, Jr.
3 2 B-B-B-Burnin' Up with Love Eddie Rabbitt
7 10 Between Two Fires Gary Morris
19 26 Boys Like You Gail Davies
3 2 Buried Treasure Kenny Rogers
5 3 Candy Man Charly McClain & Mickey Gilley
1 1 Chance of Lovin' You Earl Thomas Conley
1 1 City of New Orleans Willie Nelson
11 10 Crossword Puzzle Barbara Mandrell
7 5 Denver Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band
9 4 Diamond in the Dust Mark Gray
12 11 Disenchanted Michael Martin Murphey
1 1 Don't Cheat in Our Hometown Ricky Skaggs
1 2 Don't Make It Easy for Me Earl Thomas Conley
8 14 Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) Joe Stampley
36 20 Downtown Dolly Parton
18 Dream On Texas Ladies Rex Allen, Jr.
10 8 Drinkin' My Way Back Home Gene Watson
26 13 Drivin' Wheel Emmylou Harris
1 12 Elizabeth The Statler Brothers
11 14 Evening Star Kenny Rogers
2 7 Ev'ry Heart Should Have One Charley Pride
1 1 Everyday The Oak Ridge Boys
10 16 Faithless Love Glen Campbell
3 5 Fool's Gold Lee Greenwood
10 18 Forever Again Gene Watson
14 30 Forever You The Whites
5 13 Forget About Me The Bellamy Brothers
10 16 Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling The Whites
1 1 Give Me One More Chance Exile
7 God Bless the USA Lee Greenwood
10 8 God Must Be a Cowboy Dan Seals
10 8 God Won't Get You Dolly Parton
1 1 Going, Going, Gone Lee Greenwood
17 15 Had a Dream (For the Heart) The Judds
3 18 Happy Birthday Dear Heartache Barbara Mandrell
15 19 He Broke Your Mem'ry Last Night Reba McEntire
1 1 Honey (Open That Door) Ricky Skaggs
9 29 I Call It Love Mel McDaniel
1 1 I Can Tell By the Way You Dance
(You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)
Vern Gosdin
6 6 I Could'a Had You Leon Everette
9 6 I Could Use Another You Eddy Raven
1 1 I Don't Know a Thing About Love (The Moon Song) Conway Twitty
2 1 I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love Crystal Gayle
1 1 I Don't Want to Be a Memory Exile
7 6 I Dream of Women Like You Ronnie McDowell
8 4 I Got a Million of 'Em Ronnie McDowell
1 1 I Got Mexico Eddy Raven
1 1 I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes The Oak Ridge Boys
10 17 I Hurt for You Deborah Allen
3 3 I Love Only You Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
4 4 I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up) Waylon Jennings
3 2 I Never Quite Got Back (From Loving You) Sylvia
17 22 I Still Do Bill Medley
14 12 I Wish I Could Write You a Song John Anderson
7 8 I'm Not Through Loving You Yet Louise Mandrell
1 1 I've Been Around Enough to Know John Schneider
13 I've Been Rained on Too Tom Jones
2 1 I've Been Wrong Before Deborah Allen
9 6 If All the Magic Is Gone Mark Gray
10 10 If I Could Only Dance with You Jim Glaser
8 6 If the Fall Don't Get You Janie Fricke
1 1 If You're Gonna Play in Texas
(You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)
9 6 In My Dreams Emmylou Harris
1 2 In My Eyes John Conlee
14 32 In the Midnight Hour Razzy Bailey
13 40 It's a Be Together Night David Frizzell & Shelly West
20 38 Jagged Edge of a Broken Heart Gail Davies
5 37 Just a Little Love Reba McEntire
3 2 The Lady Takes the Cowboy Everytime Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
10 28 Left Side of the Bed Mark Gray
10 10 Let Somebody Else Drive John Anderson
1 9 Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room Merle Haggard
1 1 Let's Fall to Pieces Together George Strait
1 1 Let's Stop Talkin' About It Janie Fricke
4 3 Lonely Women Make Good Lovers Steve Wariner
1 2 Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
11 13 Maggie's Dream Don Williams
12 11 Make My Day T. G. Sheppard with Clint Eastwood
1 1 Mama He's Crazy The Judds
3 4 Man of Steel Hank Williams, Jr.
2 1 Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile David Allan Coe
15 35 My Baby's Gone The Kendalls
6 2 Never Could Toe the Mark Waylon Jennings
7 10 New Patches Mel Tillis
10 1 Nothing Like Falling in Love Eddie Rabbitt
8 20 One Takes the Blame The Statler Brothers
2 1 Only a Lonely Heart Knows Barbara Mandrell
5 1 Ozark Mountain Jubilee The Oak Ridge Boys
10 12 Pins & Needles The Whites
9 9 Pledging My Love Emmylou Harris
9 11 The Power of Love Charley Pride
6 9 Prisoner of the Highway Ronnie Milsap
8 5 P.S. I Love You Tom T. Hall
19 30 Radio Land Michael Martin Murphey
1 1 Right or Wrong George Strait
14 7 The Right Stuff Charly McClain & Mickey Gilley
14 15 Rock & Roll Shoes Ray Charles with B. J. Thomas
1 1 Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) Alabama
13 10 Runaway Heart Louise Mandrell
3 2 Save the Last Dance for Me Dolly Parton
7 6 Second Hand Heart Gary Morris
3 3 Sentimental Ol' You Charly McClain
3 4 She Sure Got Away with My Heart John Anderson
1 1 Show Her Ronnie Milsap
20 20 Silent Partners David Frizzell & Shelly West
1 1 Slow Burn T. G. Sheppard
1 3 Somebody's Needin' Somebody Conway Twitty
1 1 Someday When Things Are Good Merle Haggard
3 5 Somewhere Down the Line T. G. Sheppard
1 9 The Sound of Goodbye Crystal Gayle
1 3 Stay Young Don Williams
1 1 Still Losing You Ronnie Milsap
24 18 Stuck on You Lionel Richie
5 2 Sweet Country Music Atlanta
8 1 Take It to the Limit Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson
1 1 Tennessee Homesick Blues Dolly Parton
1 16 Thank God for the Radio The Kendalls
1 1 That's the Thing About Love Don Williams
1 1 That's the Way Love Goes Merle Haggard
12 33 There Ain't No Future in This Reba McEntire
7 4 Three Times a Lady Conway Twitty
28 30 Till Your Memory's Gone Bill Medley
1 1 To All the Girls I've Loved Before Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias
3 5 To Me Barbara Mandrell & Lee Greenwood
19 29 Together Again Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
19 14 Tonight I'm Here with Someone Else Karen Brooks
4 1 Too Good to Stop Now Mickey Gilley
15 32 Too Late to Go Home Johnny Rodriguez
1 1 Turning Away Crystal Gayle
3 1 Two Car Garage B. J. Thomas
1 1 Uncle Pen Ricky Skaggs
24 19 Victims of Goodbye Sylvia
4 2 Way Back John Conlee
6 7 We Didn't See a Thing Ray Charles with George Jones
10 9 What Would Your Memories Do Vern Gosdin
19 Whatever Turns You On Keith Stegall
1 1 When We Make Love Alabama
8 8 Where's the Dress Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley
10 15 The Whole World's in Love When You're Lonely B. J. Thomas
12 16 Why Goodbye Steve Wariner
4 6 Why Lady Why Gary Morris
1 3 Why Not Me The Judds
7 5 Will It Be Love by Morning Michael Martin Murphey
11 3 Without a Song Willie Nelson
1 1 Woke Up in Love Exile
12 12 Woman Your Love Moe Bandy
6 45 World's Greatest Lover The Bellamy Brothers
18 Wounded Hearts Mark Gray
1 1 The Yellow Rose Johnny Lee with Lane Brody
9 6 (You Bring Out) The Wild Side of Me Dan Seals
1 2 You Could've Heard a Heart Break Johnny Lee
1 1 You Look So Good in Love George Strait
3 4 You Made a Wanted Man of Me Ronnie McDowell
20 27 You Were a Good Friend Kenny Rogers
1 3 You're Gettin' to Me Again Jim Glaser
9 You're Welcome to Tonight Lynn Anderson with Gary Morris
2 1 You've Really Got a Hold on Me Mickey Gilley
3 6 You've Still Got a Place in My Heart George Jones
1 1 Your Heart's Not in It Janie Fricke

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist
15 Change of Heart Paul Weber
17 The Closest Thing to You Terry Carisse
14 Get Along Little Doggie Dallas Harms
16 Hand Me Down Heart Roni Sommers
10 Heart on the Run Carroll Baker
19 I Can't Say No Paul Weber
6 If This Is Love Ronnie Prophet with Glory-Anne Carriere
1 1 Just Another Woman in Love Anne Murray
9 Leader of the Band Mercey Brothers
8 Love at Last Sight Mercey Brothers
19 Midnight Invitation Terry Sumsion
1 1 Nobody Loves Me Like You Do Anne Murray with Dave Loggins
7 Nothing Good About Goodbye Gilles Godard with Kelita Haverland
19 Railroad Man Murray McLauchlan
18 Red River Flood Murray McLauchlan
56 5 Repeat After Me Family Brown
16 Song for Davey Albert Hall

Top new album releases[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label
8 Atlanta Blue The Statler Brothers Mercury/PolyGram
18 The Best of Don Williams Volume III Don Williams MCA
22 The Best Year of My Life Eddie Rabbitt Warner Bros.
14 Blue Highway John Conlee MCA
18 By Heart Conway Twitty Warner Bros.
13 Cafe Carolina Don Williams MCA
1 City of New Orleans Willie Nelson Columbia
8 Clean Cut Barbara Mandrell MCA
25 Conway's Latest Greatest Hits–Vol. 1 Conway Twitty Warner Bros.
1 Country Boy Ricky Skaggs Epic
1 Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind George Strait MCA
25 Doin' What I Feel Leon Everette RCA
24 EB 84 The Everly Brothers Mercury/PolyGram
3 Eye of a Hurricane John Anderson Warner Bros.
12 Faded Blue Gary Morris Warner Bros.
17 The First Word in Memory Janie Fricke Columbia
22 Forever You The Whites MCA
1 Friendship Ray Charles Columbia
21 The Good Ol' Boys – Alive and Well Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley Columbia
7 The Great Pretender Dolly Parton RCA
2 Greatest Hits 2 The Oak Ridge Boys MCA
3 He Thinks He's Ray Stevens Ray Stevens MCA
4 Heart Over Mind Anne Murray Capitol
21 Heartaches, Love & Stuff Gene Watson MCA
9 Houston to Denver Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Columbia
7 It Takes Believers Mickey Gilley & Charly McClain Epic
1 It's All in the Game Merle Haggard Epic
23 Just a Little Love Reba McEntire MCA
22 Just Divorced David Allan Coe Columbia
1 Kentucky Hearts Exile Epic
25 Ladies' Choice George Jones Epic
1 Major Moves Hank Williams, Jr. Curb/Warner Bros.
5 Meant for Each Other Barbara Mandrell & Lee Greenwood MCA
21 Music from Songwriter Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson Columbia
13 My Kind of Country Reba McEntire MCA
20 Never Could Toe the Mark Waylon Jennings RCA
12 Once Upon a Christmas Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton RCA
10 One More Try for Love Ronnie Milsap RCA
8 Pictures Atlanta MCA
8 Plain Dirt Fashion Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Warner Bros.
24 Profile II: The Best of Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris Warner Bros.
22 Restless The Bellamy Brothers Curb/MCA
18 Riddles in the Sand Jimmy Buffett MCA
1 Roll On Alabama RCA
24 San Antone Dan Seals Capitol
17 There Is a Season Vern Gosdin Compleat
23 'Til the Bars Burn Down Johnny Lee Warner Bros.
4 Too Good to Stop Now John Schneider MCA
2 Treadin' Water Earl Thomas Conley RCA
9 What About Me? Kenny Rogers RCA
1 Why Not Me The Judds Curb/RCA
23 Workin' for a Livin' Johnny Lee Warner Bros.
6 You've Got a Good Love Comin' Lee Greenwood MCA
17 You've Still Got a Place in My Heart George Jones Epic

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label
47 Building Bridges Larry Willoughby Atlantic America
33 By Request George Jones Epic
55 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie Motown
42 Can't Wait All Night Juice Newton RCA
29 Charly Charly McClain Epic
31 Christmas at Our House Barbara Mandrell MCA
56 Day by Day McGuffey Lane Atlantic America
55 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind Ray Charles Columbia
43 Duets with Kim Carnes Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton
Dottie West & Kim Carnes
55 Easy Street The Wright Brothers Mercury/PolyGram
63 Fallen Angel Gus Hardin RCA
45 First Time Live George Jones Epic
35 Foolin' with Fire Johnny Rodriguez Epic
46 For the Record: The First 10 Years David Allan Coe Columbia
55 A Golden Celebration Elvis Presley RCA
45 Golden Duets–The Best of Frizzell & West David Frizzell & Shelly West Viva
28 Greatest Hits John Anderson Warner Bros.
64 Greatest Hits Juice Newton Capitol
40 Hearts on Fire Karen Brooks Warner Bros.
57 Highrollin' The Maines Brothers Band Mercury/PolyGram
41 Homecoming Ed Bruce RCA
41 I Could Use Another You Eddy Raven RCA
58 I Still Do Bill Medley RCA
54 I'm Not Through Loving You Yet Louise Mandrell RCA
33 In Session David Frizzell & Shelly West Viva
41 Julio Julio Iglesias Columbia
63 Karen Karen Taylor-Good Mesa
42 Kathy Mattea Kathy Mattea Mercury/PolyGram
52 Let Me Be the First Deborah Allen RCA
30 Letter to Home Glen Campbell Atlantic America
34 Little by Little Gene Watson MCA
40 Love Is on the Radio Tom Jones Mercury/PolyGram
26 Magic Mark Gray Columbia
64 Mel McDaniel with Oklahoma Wind Mel McDaniel Capitol
37 Merle Haggard's Epic Hits Merle Haggard Epic
36 The Midnight Hour Razzy Bailey RCA
45 Motel Matches Moe Bandy Columbia
42 Natural Dreams Tom T. Hall Mercury/PolyGram
62 New Beginnings David Wills RCA
34 New Patches Mel Tillis MCA
26 One Owner Heart T. G. Sheppard Warner Bros.
57 One Way Rider The Osmond Brothers Warner Bros./Curb
49 Power of Love Charley Pride RCA
32 Rhinestone (Soundtrack) Dolly Parton RCA
40 Shining B. J. Thomas Columbia
65 Soft Talk Mac Davis Casablanca
40 Surprise Sylvia RCA
56 Ten Years of Hits Mickey Gilley Epic
33 This Ol' Piano Mark Gray Columbia
34 Too Good to Stop Now Mickey Gilley Epic
64 Turn Me Loose Vince Gill RCA
27 Waylon's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Waylon Jennings RCA
57 Where Is a Woman to Go Gail Davies RCA
33 Willing Ronnie McDowell Epic
47 Writers in Disguise Pinkard & Bowden Warner Bros.
61 You and I – Classic Country Duets Various Artists Warner Bros.

On television[edit]

Regular series[edit]




  • January 28 — Al Dexter, 81, early honky tonk stylist best known for "Pistol Packin' Mama."
  • May 11 — Nudie Cohen, 81, famous costume designer for country stars.
  • September 6 — Ernest Tubb, 70, the "Texas Trubador" and a superstar since the 1940s (emphysema).
  • December 26 — Sheila Andrews, 31, late 70s singer with several minor hits.

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Canadian 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]

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.

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