This week in country music: 1969 Johnny Cash

Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 at 6:40 AM CDT
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(KFVS) - Let's spin some classic country records on this Thursday morning.

The year was 1969 and it was this week 49 years ago Billboard's Country Chart had Faron Young at number five with Wine Me Up.  It was a comeback of sorts for Young who hadn't had a top five record since 1964.

David Houston was in the number four spot with I'm Down to My Last I Love You.  It was his 8th straight top ten single, a streak that began in 1966 and grew to 14 straight when the streak ended in 1971.

One of Merle Haggard's signature songs was in the number three position.  Working Man Blues is a tribute to a very loyal group of Haggard's fans, the American blue collar working class.    It was the seventh of his 35 number one hits.

Checking in at number two was Whispering Bill Anderson with But You Know I Love You. While the song was a major country hit for Anderson, earlier in the year it had been a pop hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.

And in the top spot for this week in '69 was A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash.  The Man in Black recorded the song live in concert at California's San Quentin State Prison. It was Cash's biggest hit on  Billboard's Hot 100 chart and his only top ten single there.  It spent three weeks at number two, held out of the top spot by The Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women."

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