List of Hot C&W Sides number ones of 1960

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Hank Locklin spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one with "Please Help Me, I'm Falling".

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1960, 5 different songs topped the chart, then published under the title Hot C&W Sides, in 53 issues of the magazine, based on playlists submitted by country music radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores.[1]

At the start of the year the song at number one was "El Paso" by Marty Robbins, which had been in the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated December 21, 1959.[2] It remained in the top spot for five further weeks in 1960, during which time it also topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.[3] During the remainder of the year, only four other songs reached the top of the Hot C&W Sides chart, three of which spent twelve or more weeks at number one. In the issue of Billboard dated February 8, Jim Reeves began a 14-week unbroken run at the top of the chart with "He'll Have to Go", which was immediately followed by a run of the same length by Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me, I'm Falling". Both songs were produced by Chet Atkins,[4][5] widely seen as the originator of the "Nashville Sound", a new style of country music which eschewed elements of the earlier honky-tonk style in favour of smooth productions which had a broader appeal.[6] Cowboy Copas next spent 12 weeks at number one with "Alabam", meaning that in a nine-month period, only three different songs had topped the chart. Several singles peaked at number two during these songs' extended runs at the top of the chart, including "One More Time" by Ray Price, which spent eight consecutive weeks in second place behind Locklin's song.[7]

"Alabam" was the first chart-topper for Copas and marked a comeback in his career, as prior to its success he had not charted at all since 1952.[8] It would be his only number one, however, before he died in a plane crash in 1963.[9][10] "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" would also prove to be Locklin's only number one since Billboard combined country sales and airplay into a single chart in 1958,[11] although he would remain an active recording artist into the 21st century.[12] Robbins, in contrast, would go on to achieve several more number ones, including 1976's "El Paso City", a sequel of sorts to his earlier song.[13] The final number one of the year was "Wings Of A Dove" by Ferlin Husky, the third consecutive chart-topper which would prove to be an artist's last appearance at number one.[14]

Chart history[edit]

A dark-haired man resting on a guitar
Ferlin Husky ended the year at number one.
A dark-haired man in a striped shirt holding a guitar
Chet Atkins produced two singles which between them spent 28 consecutive weeks at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 4 "El Paso" Marty Robbins [15]
January 11 [16]
January 18 [17]
January 25 [18]
February 1 [19]
February 8 "He'll Have to Go" Jim Reeves [20]
February 15 [21]
February 22 [22]
February 29 [23]
March 7 [24]
March 14 [25]
March 21 [26]
March 28 [27]
April 4 [28]
April 11 [29]
April 18 [30]
April 25 [31]
May 2 [32]
May 9 [33]
May 16 "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" Hank Locklin [34]
May 23 [35]
May 30 [36]
June 6 [37]
June 13 [7]
June 20 [7]
June 27 [7]
July 4 [7]
July 11 [7]
July 18 [7]
July 25 [7]
August 1 [7]
August 8 [38]
August 15 [39]
August 22 "Alabam" Cowboy Copas [40]
August 29 [41]
September 5 [42]
September 12 [43]
September 19 [44]
September 26 [45]
October 3 [46]
October 10 [47]
October 17 [48]
October 24 [49]
October 31 [50]
November 7 [51]
November 14 "Wings Of A Dove" Ferlin Husky [52]
November 21 [53]
November 28 [54]
December 5 [55]
December 12 [56]
December 19 [57]
December 26 [58]
December 31 [59]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 21, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 
  3. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (2016). Chronology of American Popular Music, 1900-2000. Routledge. p. 201. ISBN 9781135868864. 
  4. ^ Jarrett, Michael (2014). Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings. Wesleyan University Press. p. 64. ISBN 9780819574640. 
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press. 2012. p. 118. ISBN 9780199920839. 
  6. ^ Miller, Zell (1996). They Heard Georgia Singing. Mercer University Press. p. 22. ISBN 9780865545045. 
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  9. ^ Cooper, Peter (March 5, 2016). "Patsy Cline: Country music remembers its darkest day". The Tennessean. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Cowboy Copas Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Hank Locklin Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  12. ^ Erlewine, Michael. "Hank Locklin Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  13. ^ Diekman, Diane (2012). Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins. University of Illinois Press. p. 170. ISBN 9780252094200. 
  14. ^ "Country great Ferlin Husky dies". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. March 17, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for January 4, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for January 11, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for January 18, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for January 25, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 1, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 8, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 15, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 22, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 29, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 7, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 14, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 21, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 28, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 4, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  29. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 11, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 18, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 25, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 2, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 9, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 16, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 23, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  36. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 30, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  37. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for June 6, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  38. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 8, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  39. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 15, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  40. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 22, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  41. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 29, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  42. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 5, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  43. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 12, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  44. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 19, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  45. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 26, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  46. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 3, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  47. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 10, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  48. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 17, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  49. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 24, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  50. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 31, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  51. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 7, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  52. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 14, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  53. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 21, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  54. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 28, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  55. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 5, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  56. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 12, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  57. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 19, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  58. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 26, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018. 
  59. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 31, 1960". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.