1947 in country music

This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 1947.

List of years in country music (table)


Top hits of the yearEdit

Number one hitsEdit

(As certified by Billboard magazine)

US Single Artist
January 18 "Rainbow at Midnight" Ernest Tubb
February 8 "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" Merle Travis
May 17 "New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde)" Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
May 24 "What is Life Without Love Eddy Arnold
June 7 "Sugar Moon" Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
June 1 "It's a Sin" Eddy Arnold
July 19 "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" Tex Williams
Nov 1 "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" Eddy Arnold

Other major hitsEdit

Single Artist
"Baby Doll" Sons of the Pioneers
"Bang Bang" Jimmie Davis
"Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe
"Cigarettes Whiskey and Wild Wild Women" Sons of the Pioneers
"Don't Look Now" Ernest Tubb
"Fat Gal" Merle Travis
"Feudin' And Fightin'" Dorothy Shay
"Filipino Baby" Ernest Tubb
"Freight Train Boogie" Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
"Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" Gene Autry
"I Couldn' Believe It Was True" Eddy Arnold
"I'll Step Aside" Ernest Tubb
"Missouri" Merle Travis
"Move It On Over" Hank Williams
"Never Trust a Woman" Red Foley
"Never Trust a Woman" Tex Williams
"Our Own Jolie Blon" Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
"Pretty Blond" Moon Mullican
"So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" Johnny Bond
"So Round So Firm So Fully Packed" Ernest Tubb
"Steel Guitar Rag" Merle Travis
"Teardrops in My Heart" Sons of the Pioneers
"Temptation" Red Ingle and The Natural Seven feat. Jo Stafford
"That's How Much I Love You" Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
"That's What I Like About the West" Tex Williams
"To My Sorrow" Eddy Arnold


  • April 2 — Emmylou Harris, country-rock and alternative country-styled singer who enjoyed mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • May 24 — Mike Reid, football player-turned-singer-songwriter during the 1980s.
  • July 22 — Don Henley, member of the country-rock group Eagles.
  • September 16 - Sonny LeMaire, member of the 1980s group Exile.
  • September 26 — Lynn Anderson, top female country singer of the 1970s; best-remembered for her crossover pop smash, "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" (died 2015).
  • November 10 — Dave Loggins, singer-songwriter who wrote a number of successful country songs during the 1980s.
  • December 19 — Janie Fricke, 1970s session/backup singer who grew to individual stardom during the early and mid-1980s.


Further readingEdit

  • Kingsbury, Paul, Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947–1989, Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music, HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel. Top Country Songs 1944–2005 – 6th Edition. 2005.