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Various Artists
"Classic Country Hits: Country Countdown"

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Year of Release: 2000

track listing
  • Kiss An Angel
    Good Morning--
    Charley Pride
  • I'm A Ramblin' Man--
    Waylon Jennings
  • Country Sunshine--
    Dottie West
  • She's Actin' Single
    (I'm Drinkin'
    Gary Stewart
  • Please Don't Stop
    Loving Me--
    Dolly Parton &
    Porter Wagoner
  • It Was Almost
    Like A Song--
    Ronnie Milsap
  • When You're Hot
    You're Hot--
    Jerry Reed
  • She Called Me Baby--
    Charlie Rich
  • Tear Time--
    Dave & Sugar
  • Jolene--
    Dolly Parton
  • Morning--
    Jim Ed Brown
  • Rocky--
    Dickey Lee

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    "Classic Country Hits: Country Countdown"

    Every artist on this compilation, Classic Country Hits: Country Countdown had at least one #1 song on the Country chart. 10 of the 12 songs actually were #1 Country songs. The reason for acquiring this CD was for a #1 song that wasn't available from the artist himself, as in a Best Of or Greatest Hits compilation -- Dickey Lee. Recently, when looking up Dickey Lee, an import Best Of was priced at a ridiculously price of $129.99 on No major website was found on him either, so the only way of finding his only #1 was on this particular compilation. Luckily, all 12 songs are the original versions.

    Of the two songs that were not #1 hits, it's easy to see how such artists as Dottie West and Jim Ed Brown did have their share of accomplishing every musician's dream, of having a #1 hit or more. "I was raised on Country Sunshine"" (Jim Ed Brown had two #1 hits, one with the Browns ("The Three Bells") and a duet #1 with Helen Cornelius, "I Don't Want To Have To Marry You.") Dottie West would have a total of 5 #1's, 3 of her own, 2 duets with Kenny Rogers. "Morning" by Jim Ed Brown wasn't easily recognized as "Country Sunshine". Jim Ed Brown's voice easily compares to another #1 Country legend, Eddy Arnold.

    The remaining 10 songs are classics, and listening to each of these songs gives this compilation a very enjoyable set of music to listen to. The only act I didn't remember while growing up was Dave & Sugar, and although they may have not been best remembered by other artists, such as Waylon and the two Charley/Charlie's, Dave & Sugar's music wasn't highly regarded either. In other words, I felt their music wasn't as excpetional. Yet, they did have their share of more than one #1 Country song, a total of 3, as did Dottie West (solo).

    Song TitleArtistYear
    "Kiss An Angel Good Morning" Charley Pride 1971
    "I'm A Ramblin' Man" Waylon Jennings 1974
    "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" Gary Stewart 1975
    "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner 1974
    "It Was Almost Like A Song" Ronnie Milsap 1977
    "When You're Hot You're Hot" Jerry Reed 1971
    "She Called Me Baby" Charlie Rich 1974
    "Tear Time" Dave & Sugar 1978
    "Jolene" Dolly Parton 1974
    "Rocky" Dickey Lee 1975

    Charley Pride had at least 30 #1s, Waylon at least 15, Charlie Rich ast least 10. The others had a handful or less. All in all, its a good set of Country songs that were favored as Country Classics, as the title of this compilation.

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