PopBopRocktilUDrop

From the Land of Band Box Records

Early Country Charting 78 RPM’s – The 1940’s

Image result for scene at the original grand ole opry

Generally listing the first charting record on 78 RPM format  for each artist represented here.  There are some R&B and Blues recordings here – and some that lean toward pop – but such was the people’s music….

Much like the early R&B music charts, the early country charts only featured a handful of positions – ranging from a half dozen in 1944 to 15 in 1949.  It was not until 1958 that the charts were expanded to 30 positions – By 2005 sixty positions were featured.

Nat “King” Cole, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Eddy Howard, Patti Page are just a few of the pop cross overs to the country charts – Many of the big bands also made occasional appearances.  Interestingly Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters sat atop the first country chart as illustrated below.

They’ve Gone Country

The First Billboard Country Chart – Termed “Folk” Records – January, 1944

Discography of Early Charting Country Singles (with a few songs from 1950 thrown in)

Listed here are approximately 75 early country artists who placed records on those very early charts.  I have selected the very first chart record where possible for this discography.

Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys (Tennessee) – OKeh – The Prodigal Son – February, 1944 – Charted Number 4

(Had no number 1 recordings)

Rex Allen and The Arizona Wranglers (Arizona) – Mercury – Afraid – September, 1949 – Charted Number 14

Rosalie Allen (Pennsylvania) – RCA Victor – Guitar Polka – August, 1946 – Charted Number 3

Ivie Anderson (California) – Exclusive – Mexico Joe – April, 1944 – Charted Number 4

Bob Atcher (Kentucky) – Columbia – I Must Have Been Wrong – July, 1946 – Charted Number 7

Two Ton Baker & The Hoosier Hot Shots (Illinois) – Decca – Sioux City Sue – February, 1946 – Charted Number 2

Ernie Benedict & His Polkateers (Wyoming) – RCA Victor – Over Three Hills – October, 1949 – Charted Number 15

Image result for ernie benedict

Johnny Bond & His Red River Valley Boys (Oklahoma) – Columbia – Divorce Me C.O.D. – February, 1947 – Charted Number 4

Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (Texas) – Bluebird – Shame On You – September, 1945 – Charted Number 4

The Owen Bradley Quintet (Tennessee) – Coral – Blues Stay Away From Me – December, 1949 – Charted Number 7

Elton Britt (Arkansas) – Bluebird – I’m A Convict With Old Glory In My Heart – January, 1945 – Charted Number 7

Roy Brown & His Orchestra (Louisiana) – DeLuxe – ‘Fore Day In the Morning – December, 1948 – Charted Number 12

Captain Stubby and The Buccaneers (Indiana) – Decca – Come Wet Your Mustache With Me – July, 1949 – Charted Number 14

Image result for captain stubby

The Carlisle Brothers (Kentucky) – King – Rainbow At Midnight – October, 1946 – Charted Number 5

Harry Choates (Louisiana) – Modern Mountain – Jole Blon – January, 1947 – Charted Number 4

Spade Cooley (Oklahoma) – OKeh – Shame On You – March, 1945 – Charted Number 1 for Nine Weeks

Cowboy Copas (Ohio) – King – Filipino Baby – August, 1946 – Charted Number 4

Ted Daffan’s Texans (Louisiana) – OKeh – No Letter Today – January, 1944 – Charted Number 2

Jimmie Davis (Louisiana) – Decca – Is It Too Late Now – September, 1944 – Charted Number 3

Eddie Dean (Texas) – Crystal – One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) – September, 1948 – Charted Number 11

The Delmore Brothers (Alabama) – King – Freight Train Boogie – December, 1946 – Charted Number 2

Al Dexter (Texas) – OKeh – Pistol Packin’ Mama/Rosalita – January, 1944 – Double Sided Number 1 Hit

Little Jimmy Dickens (West Virginia) – Columbia – Take An Old Cold ‘Tater (and Wait) – April, 1949 – Charted Number 7

Bob Eberly with the Sunshine Serenaders (New York) – Decca – One Has My Name The Other Has My Heart – January, 1949 – Charted Number 8

Image result for bob eberly

Esmereldy and Her Novelty Band (Tennessee) – Musicraft – Slap Her Down Again Paw – March, 1948 – Charted Number 10

Esmereldy on Discogs

Tennessee Ernie Ford (Tennessee) – Capitol – Tennessee Border – April, 1949 – Charted Number 8

Jack Guthrie and His Oklahomans (Oklahoma) – Capitol – Oklahoma Hills – July, 1945 – Charted Number 1 for 6 Weeks

Hawkshaw Hawkins (West Virginia) – King – Pan American – May, 1948 – Charted Number 9

Boyd Heath (New York) – Bluebird – Smoke on the Water – May, 1945 – Charted Number 7

Dolph Hewitt (Pennsylvania) – RCA Victor – I Wish I Knew – December, 1949 – Charted Number 8

Bud Hobbs and His Trail Herders (California) – MGM – Lazy Mary – September, 1948 – Charted Number 13

Image result for budd hobbs and his trail herders

Homer & Jethro (Tennessee)- King – I Feel That Old Age Creeping On – March, 1949 – Charted Number 14

The Hoosier Hot Shots (Indiana) – Decca – She Broke My Heart In Three Places – June, 1944 – Charted Number 3

Red Ingle & The Natural Seven (Ohio) – Capitol – Temptation (Tim-Tayshun) – June, 1947 – Charted Number 2

Image result for red ingle and natural seven

Ann Jones (Kansas) – Capitol – Give Me A Hundred Reasons – October, 1949 – Charted Number 15

Pee Wee King & The Golden West Cowboys (Wisconsin) – RCA Victor – Tennessee Waltz – April, 1948 – Charted Number 3

Eddie Kirk (Colorado) – Capitol – The Gods Were Angry With Me – October, 1948 – Charted Number 9

Red Kirk (Tennessee) – Mercury – Lovesick Blues – June, 1949 – Charted Number 14

Image result for red kirk

Shorty Long & The Santa Fe Rangers (Pennsylvania) – Decca – Sweeter Than The Flowers – October, 1948 – Charted Number 12

Lonzo & Oscar with the Winston County Pea Pickers (Alabama/Kentucky) – Victor – I’m My Own Grandpa – January, 1948 – Charted Number 5

Zeke Manners and His Band (California) – Victor – Sioux City Sue – February, 1946 – Charted Number 2

Charles Mitchell and His Orchestra (Louisiana) – Bluebird – It’s Wrong To Love You – April, 1944 – Charted Number 4

Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (Kentucky) – Columbia – Kentucky Waltz – March, 1946 – Charted Number 3

Clyde Moody (North Carolina) – King – Red Roses Tied In Blue – August, 1948 – Charted Number 8

Moon Mullican & His Showboys (Texas) – King – New Pretty Blonde – February, 1947 – Charted Number 2

Related image

Earl Nunn and His Alabama Ramblers (Alabama) – Specialty – Double Talkin’ Woman – April, 1949 – Charted Number 13

Jimmie Osborne (Kentucky) – King – The Death of Little Kathy Fiscus – June, 1949 – Charted Number 7

Leon Payne (Texas) – Capitol – I Love You Because – November, 1949 – Charted Number 1 for 2 Weeks

Hank Penny (Alabama) – King – Steel Guitar Stomp – June, 1946 – Charted Number 4

Cactus Pryor & His Pricklypears (Texas) – 4 Star – Cry of the Dying Duck In a Thunder Storm – June, 1950 – Charted Number 7

Wayne Raney (Arkansas) – King – Lost John Boogie – October, 1948 – Charted Number 11

Tex Ritter & His Texans (Texas) – Capitol – I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You – November, 1944 – Charted Number 1 for Six Weeks

Kenny Roberts (Tennessee) – Coral – I Never See Maggie Alone – September, 1949 – Charted Number 4

Texas Jim Robertson & The Panhandle Punchers (Texas) – RCA Victor – Rainbow at Midnight – Charted Number 5

Jesse Rogers & His 49’ers (Mississippi) – RCA Victor – Wedding Bells – September, 1949 – Charted Number 15

Roy Rogers (King of the Cowboys) (Ohio) – RCA Victor – A Little White Cross On The Hill – July, 1946 – Charted Number 7

(Roy never had a number 1 Country Recording)

Fred Rose The Rambling Rogue (Indiana) – OKeh – Tender Hearted Sue – October, 1945 – Charted Number 5

Need Record Image

Roy Ross & His Ramblers (backing Red Foley) (New York) – Decca – Harriet – May, 1946 – Charted Number 4

Dorothy Shay (Florida) – Columbia – Feudin’ and Fightin’ – August, 1947 – Charted Number 4

Arkie Shibley & His Mountain Dew Boys (Arkansas) – Gilt-Edge – Hot Rod Race – December, 1950 – Charted Number 5

Mervin Shiner (Pennsylvania) – Decca – Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me – October, 1949 – Charted Number 5

Hank Snow (Nova Scotia Canada) – RCA Victor – Marriage Vow – December, 1949 – Charted Number 10

The Sons of the Pioneers – RCA Victor – Stars and Stripes On Iwo Jima – October, 1945 – Charted Number 4

Buddy Starcher (West Virginia) – 4 Star – I’ll Still Write Your Name In the Sand – February, 1949 – Charted Number 8

Cliffie Stone & His Orchestra (California) – Capitol – Silver Stars, Purple Sage, Eyes of Blue – March, 1947 – Charted Number 3

Dick Thomas (Pennsylvania) – National – Sioux City Sue – September, 1945 – Charted Number 1 for 4 Weeks

Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys (Texas) – Capitol Americana Humpty Dumpty Heart – January, 1948 – Charted Number 2

Floyd Tillman & His Favorite Playboys (Oklahoma) – Decca – They Took The Stars Out Of Heaven – January, 1944 – Charted Number 1 for 1 Week

Merle Travis (Kentucky) – Capitol – Cincinnati Lou – June, 1946 – Charted Number 2

Ernest Tubb (Texas) – Decca – Try Me One More Time – January, 1944 – Charted Number 2

Zeb Turner (Virginia) – King – Tennessee Boogie – September, 1949 – Charted Number 11

“T” Texas Tyler and the Oklahoma Melody Boys (Arkansas) – 4 Star – Filipino Baby – August, 1946 – Charted Number 5

Jimmy Wakely (Arkansas) – Decca – I’m Sending You Red Roses – April, 1944 – Charted Number 2

Wiley and Gene – Columbia – Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend – January, 1946 – Charted Number 2

Hank Williams with The Drifting Cowboys (Alabama) – MGM – Move It On Over – August, 1947 – Charted Number 4

Tex Williams & His Western Caravan (Illinois) – Capitol – That’s What I Like About The West – November, 1946 – Charted Number 4

(Tex’s “Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette in 1947 was number one country for 16 consecutive weeks)

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (Texas) – OKeh – New San Antonio Rose – January, 1944 – Charted Number 4

Johnnie Wills & His Boys (Texas) – Bullet – Rag Mop – January, 1950 – Charted Number 2

%d bloggers like this: