1962 in country music

This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 1962.

List of years in country music (table)


  • September 25 – Loretta Lynn is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at 30 years of age.
  • November 3 — Billboard renames its Hot C&W Sides chart "Hot Country Singles," a name it will keep for the next 27 years. The chart length remains 30 positions.

No datesEdit

Top hits of the yearEdit

Number one hitsEdit

United StatesEdit

(as certified by Billboard)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 Spec. Note
March 10 Misery Loves Company Porter Wagoner 2


  • Returns to Number One March 24.
  • Wagoner's first Billboard Number One since "A Satisfied Mind" in 1955.
March 17 That's My Pa Sheb Wooley 1 [C]
March 31 She's Got You Patsy Cline 5 [2], [B]
  • Returns to Number One May 5.
April 28 Charlie's Shoes Billy Walker 2 [2],[C]
  • Returns to Number One May 12.
May 19 She Thinks I Still Care George Jones 6
June 30 Wolverton Mountain Claude King 9 [1], [C]
September 1 Devil Woman Marty Robbins 8
October 27 Mama Sang a Song Bill Anderson 7 [2], [A]
  • Returns to Number One on November 17, and then on December 22.
November 10 I've Been Everywhere Hank Snow 2 [2]
  • Returns to Number One December 15.
  • Snow's first Billboard Number One since "Let Me Go, Lover!" in 1954.
December 29 Don't Let Me Cross Over Carl Butler and Pearl 11 [2], [C]
  • Returns to Number One on January 12, January 26, and then on February 16.
  • 1^ No. 1 song of the year, as determined by Billboard.
  • 2^ Song dropped from No. 1 and later returned to top spot.
  • A^ First Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • B^ Last Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • C^ Only Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.

Other major hitsEdit

US Single Artist
5 Aching, Breaking Heart George Jones
2 Adios Amigo Jim Reeves
7 After Loving You Eddy Arnold
11 Air Mail to Heaven Carl Smith
5 Alla My Love Webb Pierce
13 Anywhere There's People Lawton Williams
16 Best Dressed Beggar (In Town) Carl Smith
12 Big Fool of the Year George Jones
16 Black Cloud Leroy Van Dyke
10 The Burning of Atlanta Claude King
16 Cajun Queen Jimmy Dean
3 Call Me Mr. In-Between Burl Ives
10 Cold Dark Waters Porter Wagoner
7 The Comancheros Claude King
4 The Comeback Faron Young
5 Cow Town Webb Pierce
2 Crazy Patsy Cline
8 Crazy Wild Desire Webb Pierce
20 Daddy Stopped In Claude Gray
10 Day Into Night Kitty Wells
9 Dear Ivan Jimmy Dean
18 Don't Go Near the Eskimos Ben Colder
4 Don't Go Near the Indians Rex Allen
3 Everybody but Me Ernest Ashworth
7 Footsteps of a Fool Judy Lynn
9 Funny Way of Laughin' Burl Ives
14 Get a Little Dirt on Your Hands Bill Anderson
3 A Girl I Used to Know George Jones
13 Go On Home Patti Page
10 Happy Journey Hank Locklin
11 He Stands Real Tall Del Reeves
8 Hello Out There Carl Belew
11 Honky Tonk Man Johnny Horton
7 (How Can I Write On Paper) What I Feel in My Heart Jim Reeves
5 I Can Mend Your Broken Heart Don Gibson
17 I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You) Buck Owens
9 I Guess I'll Never Learn Charlie Phillips
2 I'm Gonna Change Everything Jim Reeves
16 I'm Looking High and Low for My Baby Ernest Tubb
12 I've Just Destroyed the World (I'm Loving In) Ray Price
3 If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone) Leroy Van Dyke
6 If You Don't Know I Ain't Gonna Tell You George Hamilton IV
8 In the Jailhouse Now Johnny Cash
6 In the Middle of a Heartache Wanda Jackson
4 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' Johnny Tillotson
16 Just Ain't Flatt & Scruggs
20 Kentucky Means Paradise Glen Campbell
8 Kickin' Our Hearts Around Buck Owens
9 Leona Stonewall Jackson
20 A Letter to My Heart Jim Reeves
2 A Little Bitty Tear Burl Ives
10 Little Black Book Jimmy Dean
3 A Little Heartache Eddy Arnold
2 Lonesome Number One Don Gibson
2 Losing Your Love Jim Reeves
12 Love Can't Wait Marty Robbins
7 My Name Is Mud James O'Gwynn
11 Nobody's Fool but Yours Buck Owens
3 Old Rivers Walter Brennan
11 One Look at Heaven Stonewall Jackson
13 Open Pit Mine George Jones
3 PT-109 Jimmy Dean
5 Pride Ray Price
18 Pride Goes Before a Fall Jim Reeves
20 Sally Was a Good Old Girl Hank Cochran
11 Save the Last Dance for Me Buck Owens
18 Second Choice Stonewall Jackson
11 Send Me the Pillow You Dream On Johnny Tillotson
18 Shame on Me Bobby Bare
16 Silver Threads and Golden Needles The Springfields
17 Slow Poison Johnnie & Jack
14 So Wrong Patsy Cline
16 Somebody Save Me Ferlin Husky
12 Sometimes I'm Tempted Marty Robbins
17 Sometimes You Just Can't Win George Jones
19 Sooner or Later Webb Pierce
6 Success Loretta Lynn
7 Take Time Webb Pierce
7 Tears Broke Out on Me Eddy Arnold
11 Tennessee Flat Top Box Johnny Cash
8 Then a Tear Fell Earl Scott
17 There's Always One (Who Loves a Lot) Roy Drusky
7 Three Days Faron Young
15 To a Sleeping Beauty Jimmy Dean
7 Touch Me Willie Nelson
4 Trouble's Back in Town The Wilburn Brothers
18 Under the Cover of Night Dave Dudley
5 Unloved Unwanted Kitty Wells
10 The Violet and the Rose Little Jimmy Dickens
5 Wall to Wall Love Bob Gallion
11 Waltz of the Angels George Jones and Margie Singleton
13 The Waltz You Saved for Me Ferlin Husky
7 We Missed You Kitty Wells
14 We're Gonna Go Fishin' Hank Locklin
10 When I Get Through with You Patsy Cline
9 Where I Ought to Be Skeeter Davis
15 Where the Old Red River Flows Jimmie Davis
8 Will Your Lawyer Talk to God Kitty Wells
5 Willie the Weeper Billy Walker
10 Willingly Willie Nelson and Shirley Collie
3 A Wound Time Can't Erase Stonewall Jackson
15 You Take the Future (And I'll Take the Past) Hank Snow

Top new album releasesEdit

Single Artist Record Label
All Aboard the Blue Train Johnny Cash Sun
George Jones Sings Bob Wills George Jones United Artists
Happy Journey Hank Locklin RCA
Homecoming in Heaven George Jones United Artists
Hymns from the Heart Johnny Cash Columbia
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Ray Charles ABC-Paramount
My Favorites of Hank Williams George Jones United Artists
Sentimentally Yours Patsy Cline Decca
The Sound of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Columbia
Wonderful Wanda Wanda Jackson Capitol

Other top releasesEdit

Single Artist Record Label
According to My Heart Goldie Hill Decca
Bashful Brother Oswald Bashful Brother Oswald Starday
Bill Anderson Sings Country Heart Songs Bill Anderson Decca
Caribbean Guitar Chet Atkins RCA
Cross Country Webb Pierce Decca
Devil Woman Marty Robbins Columbia
Down Home Chet Atkins RCA
Family Favorites Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper with the Clinch Mountain Clan Hickory
Hank Locklin Hank Locklin RCA
Homer and Jethro and the Convention Homer and Jethro RCA
Live It Up, Laugh it Up Johnny Bond Starday
The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark Roy Clark Capitol
Marty After Midnight Marty Robbins Columbia
The New Favorites of George Jones George Jones United Artists
Night Life Ray Price Columbia
Old Rivers Walter Brennan Liberty
One More Time Eddy Arnold RCA
Our Man Down South Eddy Arnold RCA
Sings Duets (with Porter Wagoner) Skeeter Davis RCA
A Touch of Velvet Jim Reeves RCA
A Tribute to Roy Acuff: The King of Country Music Hank Locklin RCA
You're for Me Buck Owens Capitol


  • January 13 — Trace Adkins, singer-songwriter whose style meshes honky-tonk and dance-influenced rock.
  • February 4 — Clint Black, first major new star of the 1990s and key player in the new traditionalist movement.
  • February 6 — Richie McDonald, former lead singer of Lonestar.
  • February 7 — Garth Brooks, the man who revolutionalized country music and forever changed its direction during the 1990s.
  • February 11 — Sheryl Crow, pop singer who has also had substantial success as a country singer starting in the 2000s.
  • April 2 — Billy Dean, contemporary-styled singer-songwriter who had the peak of his success in the 1990s.
  • May 2 — Ty Herndon, contemporary-styled singer who had most of his success in the mid-to-late 1990s.
  • August 23 — Emilio Navaira, singer-songwriter of country and Tejano music (died 2016).
  • November 26 — Linda Davis, prominent backing vocalist who had a series of solo hits in the 1990s.


Country Music Hall of Fame InducteesEdit

Major awardsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
  • 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.

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