List of Most Played Juke Box Folk Records number ones of 1945

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A dark-haired man wearing a tuxedo and bow tie.
Spade Cooley (left) topped the chart with his song "Shame on You" in the spring. Later in the year, orchestra leader Lawrence Welk (right) and vocalist Red Foley took their recording of the song to number one.

Billboard magazine published a chart that ranked the top-performing country music songs in the United States, based on the number of times a song had been played in jukeboxes, from 1944 until 1957. In 1945, 14 different songs topped the chart, then published under the title Most Played Juke Box Folk Records, in 52 issues of the magazine. The chart ranked "the most popular Folk records on automatic phonographs thruout [sic] the nation", based on "reports from all the country's leading operating centers", which were averaged to produce the final placings. This methodology allowed for the possibility of records tying for a position, and on several occasions during 1945 two or more different songs tied for the number one spot, including the issue of Billboard dated November 24, when four songs tied for the number-one position. The Juke Box Folk chart is considered part of the lineage of the current Hot Country Songs chart, which was first published in 1958.[1]

At the start of the year, the song in the number one position was "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You" by Tex Ritter, which had been in the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated December 23, 1944,[2] and remained at the top of the chart for four weeks in 1945. Ritter achieved a second number one later in the year with "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often", which spent 11 non-consecutive weeks at number one (including two in which it shared the top spot with other songs), the most by any song during the year. Ritter's total of 15 weeks at number one in 1945 was the highest by any artist. The longest unbroken run at number one was the six weeks which "I'm Losing My Mind Over You" by Al Dexter spent atop the chart in February and March. As the chart was still in its infancy, the majority of the acts to top the chart in 1945 did so for the first time, including Jimmie Davis, who combined his singing career with serving as Governor of Louisiana[3] and reached number one with "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder".

Ritter was one of the most successful singing cowboys, having starred in a number of Western films since the mid-1930s.[4] Two other performers associated with such roles had number-one songs in 1945: Dick Thomas[5] and Gene Autry, who was the biggest star of the singing cowboy genre and a hugely successful performer across music, film and television from the 1930s until the 1950s.[6] The lyrics of Autry's chart-topper "At Mail Call Today" dealt with a soldier separated from his sweetheart,[7] one of several military-themed songs to top the chart in the latter days of World War II. Texan fiddler Bob Wills, hailed as the "King of Western Swing",[8] topped the chart for the first time with the war-themed "Smoke on the Water",[9] and later returned to the top spot with the patriotic "Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima". In December he topped the chart again with "Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight", making him the only artist to achieve three number ones in 1945. "Smoke on the Water" had already been a number one for Red Foley the previous fall,[9] and in 1945 another song achieved the distinction of being a chart-topper for two different acts, as Spade Cooley reached the top spot with "Shame on You" in the spring and Foley, in collaboration with orchestra leader Lawrence Welk, took the song back to number one in November. The final number one of the year was "It's Been So Long Darling" by Ernest Tubb.

Chart history[edit]

A dark-haired man wearing a dark jacket and a neckerchief
Two of Tex Ritter's songs topped the chart in 1945.
A man wearing cowboy attired, including a stetson hat, neckerchief and bullet belt over one shoulder
Gene Autry, a popular singing cowboy, reached number one with "At Mail Call Today".
A man wearing a white cowboy hat and dark jacket, smiling broadly while holding a guitar
Ernest Tubb ended the year at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 6 "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You" Tex Ritter [10]
January 13 [11]
January 20 [12]
January 27 [13]
February 3 "I'm Losing My Mind Over You" Al Dexter [14]
February 10 [15]
February 17 [16]
February 24 [17]
March 3 [18]
March 10 [19]
March 17 "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder" Jimmie Davis [20]
March 24 "I'm Losing My Mind Over You" Al Dexter [21]
March 31 "Shame on You" Spade Cooley [22]
April 7 [23]
April 14 "Smoke on the Water" Bob Wills [24]
April 21 "Shame on You" Spade Cooley [25]
April 28 "Smoke on the Water" Bob Wills [26]
May 5 "Shame on You" Spade Cooley [27]
May 12 [28]
May 19 "At Mail Call Today" Gene Autry [29]
May 26 [30]
June 2 "Shame on You" Spade Cooley [31]
June 9 "At Mail Call Today" Gene Autry [32]
June 16 "Shame on You" Spade Cooley [33]
June 23 [34]
June 30 "At Mail Call Today" Gene Autry [35]
July 7 "Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima" Bob Wills [36]
July 14[a] "Shame on You" Spade Cooley [37]
July 14[a] "At Mail Call Today" Gene Autry
July 21 [38]
July 28[a] [39]
July 28[a] "Oklahoma Hills" Jack Guthrie
August 4[a] "At Mail Call Today" Gene Autry [40]
August 4[a] "Oklahoma Hills" Jack Guthrie
August 11 [41]
August 18 [42]
August 25 "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" Tex Ritter [43]
September 1[a] [44]
September 1[a] "Oklahoma Hills" Jack Guthrie
September 8 "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" Tex Ritter [45]
September 15 "Oklahoma Hills" Jack Guthrie [46]
September 22 "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" Tex Ritter [47]
September 29 [48]
October 6 [49]
October 13 [50]
October 20 [51]
October 27 "With Tears in My Eyes" Wesley Tuttle [52]
November 3 "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" Tex Ritter [53]
November 10 [54]
November 17 "With Tears in My Eyes" Wesley Tuttle [55]
November 24[a] [56]
November 24[a] "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" Tex Ritter
November 24[a] "Shame on You" Red Foley and Lawrence Welk
November 24[a] "Sioux City Sue" Dick Thomas
December 1 "With Tears in My Eyes" Wesley Tuttle [57]
December 8 "It's Been So Long Darling" Ernest Tubb [58]
December 15 "Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight" Bob Wills
December 22 "It's Been So Long Darling" Ernest Tubb [59]
December 29 [60]

a. ^ Multiple songs tied for the number one position.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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