Since the 1940s figured into my last three posts, here’s the 1944 chart, considered the first Billboard country chart.
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters had the first number one with Pistol Packin’ Mama. Al Dexter‘s own version of the song also had a run atop the chart, and also topped the pop chart. Both Bing’s version and Dexter’s also charted on the “Harlem Hit Parade” chart, which became Billboard’s R&B chart.
Louis Jordan’s “Ration Blues” was the next number one on the country chart. It was also number one on the above R&B chart.
Nat King Cole (King Cole Trio) is next with “Straighten Up And Fly Right,” which was also number one on Harlem Hit Parade.
CMHOF member Red Foley’s Smoke on the Water also reached number 7 on the pop chart.
Closing out 1944 was CMHOF member Tex Ritter’s “I’m Wasting My Tears On You.”