Chapter 3: 1944 And The New “Most Played Juke Box Folk Records Chart”

On January 8, 1944 Billboard Magazine debuted its new “Most Played Juke Box Folk Records Chart” as their means of ranking Country Music songs, and these were the Number 1 Billboard Country Music songs of 1944.

Weeks Number 1                                     Song Title                                                            Preformer

January 8 to February 5                     “Pistol Packin’ Mama”                                     Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters

February 5 to February 25                “Pistol Packin’ Mama”                                     Al Dexter

February 25 to March 11                   “Ration Blues”                                                       Louis Jordan

March 11 to March 18                         “Rosalita”                                                                Al Dexter

March 18 to March 25                        “They Took The Stars Our Of Heaven”     Floyd Tillman

March 25 to April 1                              “So Long Pal”                                                        Al Dexter

April 1 to June 10                                  “Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry”  Al Dexter

June 10 to July 29                                 “Straighten Up And Fly Right”                     The King Cole Trio

July 29 to September 2                       “Is You Or Is You Ain’t My Baby”               Louis Jordan

September 2 to September 23          “Soldier’s Last Letter”                                      Ernest Tubb

September 23 to December 23         “Smoke On The Water”                                  Red Foley

December 23, 1944 to                         “I’m Wastin’ My Tears On You”                  Tex Ritter

February 3, 1945

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