List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1963

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Johnny Cash, pictured performing with his band The Tennessee Three, had a long-running number one with "Ring of Fire".

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1963, 10 different singles topped the chart, then published under the title Hot Country Singles, in 52 issues of the magazine, based on playlists submitted by country music radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores,[1] although there were 21 distinct runs at the top, as the majority of the singles had multiple spells at number one.

In the issue of Billboard dated January 5, Marty Robbins climbed to number one with "Ruby Ann", replacing "Don't Let Me Cross Over" by Carl Butler and Pearl, which had been in the top spot in the last issue of 1962.[2] Robbins only held the number one position for a single week, however, before the husband-and-wife duo returned to the top of the chart. "Don't Let Me Cross Over" had three separate runs at number one during the spring, the last of which lasted for eight weeks, but it would be the only chart-topper of the duo's career.[3] Separating the song's three runs in the top spot during the spring of 1963 were two spells at number one for "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the first bluegrass song ever to top the chart.[4] The song, the theme from television sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies",[5] was the only number one for the duo.[6][7] In May Hawkshaw Hawkins also topped the chart for the first and only time with "Lonesome 7-7203".[8][9] This was a posthumous number one for the singer, who had died in a plane crash two months earlier.[10] In the fall, both George Hamilton IV and Ernest Ashworth achieved their first Hot Country number ones.[11][12]

Another act to top the chart for the first time in 1963 was Buck Owens, who achieved a number of chart feats during the year. He spent the highest total number of weeks at number one in 1963, occupying the top spot for sixteen weeks with "Act Naturally" and "Love's Gonna Live Here". The latter song was number one for the final eleven weeks of the year, the longest unbroken run at the top of the chart during 1963. The song would remain at number one for a further five weeks in 1964 for a total run of sixteen consecutive weeks in the top spot, a new record for the longest unbroken run at number one on the Hot Country chart which would last until 2013, when Florida Georgia Line spent a seventeenth consecutive week atop the chart with "Cruise".[13][14] Owens was also the only act to take more than one single to number one in 1963.

Chart history[edit]

A fair-haired middle-aged man
Buck Owens began a record-breaking run at number one in the fall with "Love's Gonna Live Here".
A balding man in a check shirt and dark vest playing a guitar and singing into a mirophone
George Hamilton IV (pictured in 2007) topped the chart for the first time with "Abilene".
An older man wearing a dark suit and playing a banjo
Earl Scruggs (pictured in 2005) collaborated with Lester Flatt on the chart-topper "The Ballad of Jed Clampett".
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 5 "Ruby Ann" Marty Robbins [15]
January 12 "Don't Let Me Cross Over" Carl Butler and Pearl [16]
January 19 "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs [17]
January 26 "Don't Let Me Cross Over" Carl Butler and Pearl [18]
February 2 "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs [19]
February 9 [20]
February 16 "Don't Let Me Cross Over" Carl Butler and Pearl [21]
February 23 [22]
March 2 [23]
March 9 [24]
March 16 [25]
March 23 [26]
March 30 [27]
April 6 [28]
April 13 "Still" Bill Anderson [29]
April 20 [30]
April 27 [31]
May 4 "Lonesome 7-7203" Hawkshaw Hawkins [32]
May 11 "Still" Bill Anderson [33]
May 18 [34]
May 25 [35]
June 1 "Lonesome 7-7203" Hawkshaw Hawkins [36]
June 8 [37]
June 15 "Act Naturally" Buck Owens [38]
June 22 "Lonesome 7-7203" Hawkshaw Hawkins [39]
June 29 "Act Naturally" Buck Owens [40]
July 6 "Still" Bill Anderson [41]
July 13 "Act Naturally" Buck Owens [42]
July 20 [43]
July 27 "Ring of Fire" Johnny Cash [44]
August 3 [45]
August 10 [46]
August 17 [47]
August 24 [48]
August 31 [49]
September 7 [50]
September 14 "Abilene" George Hamilton IV [51]
September 21 "Love's Gonna Live Here" Buck Owens [52]
September 28 "Abilene" George Hamilton IV [53]
October 5 [54]
October 12 "Talk Back Trembling Lips" Ernest Ashworth [55]
October 19 "Love's Gonna Live Here" Buck Owens [56]
October 26 [57]
November 2 [58]
November 9 [59]
November 16 [60]
November 23 [61]
November 30 [62]
December 7 [63]
December 14 [64]
December 21 [65]
December 28 [66]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ McCall, Michael; Rumble, John; Kingsbury, Paul (2004). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press. p. 69. ISBN 9780199770557.
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Neil V. (2008). Bluegrass: A History. University of Illinois Press. p. 259. ISBN 9780252072451.
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  12. ^ Manheim, James. "Ernest Ashworth Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
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  14. ^ Vinson, Christina (July 2, 2013). "Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Sets 50-Year Chart Record". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
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  22. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 23, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
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  27. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 30, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
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  30. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 20, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  31. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 27, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
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  33. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 11, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  34. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 18, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  35. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 25, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  36. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 1, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  37. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 8, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  38. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 15, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  39. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 22, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  40. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 29, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
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  47. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 17, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  48. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 24, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  49. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 31, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  50. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 7, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  51. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 14, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  52. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 21, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  53. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 28, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  54. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 5, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  55. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 12, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  56. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 19, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  57. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 26, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  58. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 2, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
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  60. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 16, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
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  62. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 30, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  63. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 7, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  64. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 14, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  65. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 21, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  66. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 28, 1963". Billboard. Retrieved April 27, 2018.