8/8/18 1944 Juke Box Folk Records Chart

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’ MamaAl 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.

Al Dexter‘s Rosalita (the B-side to Pistol Packin’ Mama) was the next country number one. It also charted in pop.

Western swing pioneer Floyd Tillman‘s “They Took the Stars Out of Heaven” was the CMHOF member’s only number one.

Al Dexter again topped the chart with “So Long Pal” and its B-side “Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry.

Nat King Cole (King Cole Trio) is next with “Straighten Up And Fly Right,” which was also number one on Harlem Hit Parade.

Louis Jordan followed that with “Is You Or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” a song that also showed up on a Tom & Jerry cartoon.

CMHOF member Ernest Tubb was next with “Soldier’s Last Letter.”

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.”





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