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The Greatest Country Hits of 1961
The Greatest Country Hits of 1961

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, Country
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7141
This release continues the series of 4-CD sets which comprises selected annual collections of the biggest US country hits of each year. This great-value 113-track collection covers the year of 1961, during which time Billboard published a country Top 30 called Hot C&W Sides, and it comprises every record which appeared in the top 22 places in that chart during the year, excluding one or two records which are unavailable for copyright reasons. Despite the fact that the pop landscape had been transformed over the preceding years by rock ‘n’ roll and its aftermath, and with the new decade the British Invasion was only a couple of years away, the charts still had a familiar look about them for country fans, with many traditional established country stars well-represented, like Ernest Tubb, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells and Ray Price. However, the smoother Nashville sound certainly characterised many of the hits and there was more than a smattering of artists who enjoyed big crossover hits, notably Leroy Van Dyke returning to the charts with his long-running No. 1 “Walk On By”, as well as Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Hank Locklin, and Faron Young. There were also some hot new kids on the block like Buck Owens, Roy Drusky, and Jimmy Dean, along with some collectable obscurities among the one-hit wonders. It’s a fascinating and entertaining musical snapshot of the country scene during a dynamic era, and with an in-depth 12,000+ word booklet with background notes on every record, it gives a solid overview of the most popular country music of the year.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 On The Wings of A Dove Ferlin Husky
2 I Missed Me Jim Reeves
3 Excuse Me Buck Owens
4 Fallen Angel Webb Pierce
5 Am I Losing You Jim Reeves
6 I Think I Know Marion Worth
7 You Can't Pick A Rose In December Ernest Ashworth
8 Wanting You (With Me Tonight) Jimmy Newman
9 North To Alaska Johnny Horton
10 Last Date Floyd Cramer
11 Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley
12 Polka On A Banjo Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
13 Sweet Dreams Don Gibson
14 Forget The Past Faron Young
15 My Last Date (With You) Skeeter Davis
16 Window Up Above George Jones
17 One Step Ahead Of My Past Hank Locklin
18 Loving You (Was Worth This Broken Heart) Bob Gallion
19 Walk Out Backward Bill Anderson
20 Don't Worry (Like All The Other Times) Marty Robbins
21 Oh Lonesome Me Johnny Cash
22 Kissing My Pillow Rose Maddox
23 House Of Blue Lovers James O'Gwynn
24 Let Forgiveness In Webb Pierce
25 What About Me Don Gibson
26 Foolin' Around Buck Owens
27 I Want To Live Again Rose Maddox
28 I'd Rather Loan You Out Roy Drusky
29 Your Old Love Letters Porter Wagoner
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Odds And Ends (Bits And Pieces) Warren Smith
2 The Other Cheek Kitty Wells
3 I'll Have Another Cup Of Coffee Claude Gray
4 Louisiana Man Rusty & Doug
5 I'm Wondering Lou Smith
6 Please Mr. Kennedy Jim Nesbit and Lasses Sapper
7 The Blizzard Jim Reeves
8 You Don't Want My Love Roger Miller
9 Hello Walls Faron Young
10 Shorty Jimmy Smart
11 Crazy Bullfrog Lewis Pruitt
12 Sleepy-Eyed John Johnny Horton
13 The Twenty-Fourth Hour Ray Price
14 I Love You Best Of All Louvin Brothers
15 Heart Over Mind Ray Price
16 Sleep, Baby, Sleep Connie Hall
17 There'll Always Be Sadness Marion Worth
18 Forever Gone Ernest Ashworth
19 The Hand You're Holding Now Skeeter Davis
20 Everybody's Dyin' For Love Jimmy Newman
21 Family Bible George Jones
22 In Memory Of Johnny Horton Johnny Hardy
23 Lonelyville Ray Sanders
24 Thoughts Of A Fool Ernest Tubb
25 Three Hearts In A Tangle Roy Drusky
26 Mental Cruelty Buck Owens & Rose Maddox
27 Yearning Benny Barnes
28 Loose Talk Buck Owens & Rose Maddox
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 From Here To There To You Hank Locklin
2 Wreck On The Highway Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper
3 Hello Fool Ralph Emery
4 One Way Street Bob Gallion
5 Oklahoma Hills Hank Thompson & The Brazos Valley Boys
6 Heartbreak U.S.A. Kitty Wells
7 There Must Be Another Way To Live Kitty Wells
8 Sweet Lips Webb Pierce
9 Mom And Dad's Waltz Patti Page
10 Beggar To A King Hank Snow
11 San Antonio Rose Floyd Cramer
12 When Two Worlds Collide Roger Miller
13 I Fall To Pieces Patsy Cline
14 What Would You Do? Jim Reeves
15 Little Miss Belong To No-one Margie Bowes
16 Tender Years George Jones
17 Three Steps To The Phone (Millions Of Miles) George Hamilton IV
18 Too Many Times Don Winters
19 Kisses Never Lie Carl Smith
20 Blue Blue Day Wilburn Brothers
21 Right Or Wrong Wanda Jackson
22 Cold Cold Heart Jerry Lee Lewis
23 My Ears Should Burn Claude Gray
24 Big River, Big Man Claude King
25 Conscience I'm Guilty Rose Maddox
26 Marines, Let's Go Rex Allen
27 I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven Tex Ritter
28 I Went Out Of My Way (To Make You Happy) Roy Drusky
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Diggy Liggy Lo Rusty & Doug
2 Walk On By Leroy Van Dyke
3 Did I Ever Tell You George Jones & Margie Singleton
4 You're The Reason Joe South
5 Sea Of Heartbreak Don Gibson
6 Optimistic Skeeter Davis
7 Stand At Your Window Jim Reeves
8 One Grain Of Sand Eddy Arnold
9 It's Your World Marty Robbins
10 Hangover Tavern Hank Thompson with The Brazos Valley Boys
11 Under The Influence Of Love Buck Owens
12 Walking The Streets Webb Pierce
13 Happy Birthday To Me Hank Locklin
14 Po' Folks Bill Anderson
15 Backtrack Faron Young
16 Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
17 Cozy Inn Leon McAuliffe
18 You're The Reason Bobby Edwards
19 The Restless One Hank Snow
20 You're The Reason Hank Locklin
21 To You And Yours (From Me And Mine) George Hamilton IV
22 Through That Door Ernest Tubb
23 How Do You Talk To A Baby Webb Pierce
24 Be Quiet Mind Del Reeves
25 Sweethearts Again Bob Gallion
26 Soft Rain Ray Price
27 Go Home Flatt & Scruggs
28 Big, Big Love Wynn Stewart
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