1967 in country music

This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 1967.

List of years in country music (table)


No datesEdit

  • For the first time in history, more than 20 No. 1 songs top the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in a 52-week timespan. It will mark the start of a new trend in country music: a proliferation of No. 1 songs in a given year, a trend that – thanks to changes in radio programming Billboard data compilation – peaks in 1986 when there is a new No. 1 song every week.
  • Dolly Parton joins Porter Wagoner's band, television series and road show. She and Wagoner record their first duets, releasing "The Last Thing on My Mind" (their first major hit together) late in the year. Parton will go on to become the first woman in country music to have top 10 hits in five different decades.
  • The Browns disband when sisters Maxine and Bonnie leave the group. Jim Ed Brown begins the second phase of his long career – as a solo recording artist. The move pays off, as he immediately scores with "Pop a Top."

Top hits of the yearEdit

Number one hitsEdit

United StatesEdit

(as certified by Billboard)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 CAN peak Spec. Note
February 11 Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) Loretta Lynn 1 [A]
February 18 Where Does the Good Times Go Buck Owens and the Buckaroos 4 [2]
  • Returns to Number One March 11
March 4 The Fugitive Merle Haggard and the Strangers 1
March 25 I Won't Come In While He's There Jim Reeves 1 [B]
April 1 Walk Through This World With Me George Jones 2
  • Jones' first Billboard Number One since "She Thinks I Still Care" in 1962.
April 15 Lonely Again Eddy Arnold 2
April 29 Need You Sonny James 2
May 13 Sam's Place Buck Owens and the Buckaroos 3
June 3 It's Such a Pretty World Today Wynn Stewart 2 [C]
June 17 All the Time Jack Greene 4 [1]
July 22 With One Exception David Houston 1
July 29 Tonight Carmen Marty Robbins 1
August 5 I'll Never Find Another You Sonny James 4
September 2 Branded Man Merle Haggard and the Strangers 1
September 9 Your Tender Loving Care Buck Owens and the Buckaroos 1
September 16 My Elusive Dreams David Houston and Tammy Wynette 2 [A] – Tammy Wynette
September 30 Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got) Leon Ashley 1 7 [C]
October 7 Turn the World Around Eddy Arnold 1 4
October 14 I Don't Wanna Play House Tammy Wynette 3 3
November 4 You Mean the World to Me David Houston 2
November 18 It's the Little Things Sonny James 5 2
December 23 For Loving You Bill Anderson and Jan Howard 4 9 [C] – Jan Howard
  • 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.


(as certified by RPM)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 U.S. peak Spec. Note
January 21 The Weatherman Gary Buck 5
February 25 Whistling on the River Mercey Brothers 7 [A], [2]
  • Stayed at No. 1 for 6 weeks in December 1966 – January 1967.
  • Fell to #2 on the week of January 21, 1967.
March 4 Take This Heart of Mine Odie Workman 2 [C]
March 18 Whirlpool Bambi Lynn 2 [C]
April 1 Ten Foot Pole Johnny Ellis 3 [C]
April 22 Irena Cheyenne Jimmy Arthur Ordge 3 [A]
May 13 Uncle Tom Mercey Brothers 6 [2]
  • Fell to #2 on the week of June 3, 1967.
June 3 I Can't Even Do Wrong Right Johnny Burke 2 [C]
July 8 It's Just About Over Johnny Clark 3 [C]
July 29 The Alcan Run Bud Roberts 2 [C]
August 12 I Got What I Wanted The Rainvilles 3 [C]
September 2 Take the Bad with the Good Lynn Jones 1 [A]
September 9 The Sound That Makes Me Blue Dianne Leigh 4
October 7 Human Nature Orval Prophet 2 [A]
October 21 Too Far Gone Lucille Starr 3 72 [A]
November 11 You Mean the World to Me David Houston 3 [A]
December 2 Gardenias in Her Hair Marty Robbins 1 9 [A]
December 9 Deep Water Carl Smith 1 10 [C]
December 16 Mary in the Morning Tommy Hunter 2 66 [C]
December 30 It Takes People Like You
(To Make People Like Me)
Buck Owens 2 2
  • 2^ Song dropped from No. 1 and later returned to top spot.
  • A^ First RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • C^ Only RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.

Other major hitsEdit

Singles released by American artistsEdit

US CAN Single Artist
10 Anything Your Heart Desires Billy Walker
27 20 The Ballad of Water Hole #3 Roger Miller
3 Bear with Me a Little Longer Billy Walker
14 Bob The Willis Brothers
13 4 Bottle, Bottle Jim Ed Brown
6 Break My Mind George Hamilton IV
5 Burning a Hole in My Mind Connie Smith
18 Burning Bridges Glen Campbell
20 California Up Tight Band Flatt & Scruggs
9 'Cause I Have You Wynn Stewart
16 Charleston Railroad Tavern Bobby Bare
8 4 The Chokin' Kind Waylon Jennings
4 Cincinnati, Ohio Connie Smith
2 The Cold Hard Facts of Life Porter Wagoner
14 Come Kiss Me Love Bobby Bare
9 Danny Boy Ray Price
18 Diesel on My Tail Jim & Jesse
12 A Dime at a Time Del Reeves
4 3 Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger Charley Pride
8 Don't Squeeze My Sharmon Charlie Walker
8 Drifting Apart Warner Mack
24 Dumb Blonde Dolly Parton
6 5 Fool Fool Fool Webb Pierce
11 Fuel to the Flame Skeeter Davis
8 Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings Don Gibson
5 Get While the Gettin's Good Bill Anderson
20 Goodbye Wheeling Mel Tillis
11 Green River Waylon Jennings
7 Happy Tracks Kenny Price
16 He's Got a Way with Women Hank Thompson
12 Heart, We Did All We Could Jean Shepard
12 How Fast Them Trucks Can Go Claude Gray
4 How Long Will It Take Warner Mack
3 Hurt Her Once for Me The Wilburn Brothers
5 I Can't Get There from Here George Jones
17 I Didn't Jump the Fence Red Sovine
6 I Know One Charley Pride
9 I Never Had the One I Wanted Claude Gray
11 19 I Taught Her Everything She Knows Billy Walker
2 I Threw Away the Rose Merle Haggard
10 I'll Come Runnin' Connie Smith
6 16 I'm Still Not Over You Ray Price
5 If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away) Lynn Anderson
7 If My Heart Had Windows George Jones
12 If the Whole World Stopped Lovin' Roy Drusky
7 If You're Not Gone Too Long Loretta Lynn
18 In Del Rio Billy Walker
2 Jackson Johnny Cash and June Carter
13 Juanita Jones Stu Phillips
15 Jukebox Charlie Johnny Paycheck
15 Julie Porter Wagoner
9 Just Between You and Me Charley Pride
13 Just Beyond the Moon Tex Ritter
11 Life Turned Her That Way Mel Tillis
13 Like a Fool Dottie West
9 Little Old Wine Drinker Me Robert Mitchum
6 Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man Johnny Cash and June Carter
3 A Loser's Cathedral David Houston
12 Love Me and Make It All Better Bobby Lewis
48 14 Mabel (You Have Been a Friend to Me) Billy Grammer
5 Mama Spank Liz Anderson
12 Mental Revenge Waylon Jennings
3 Misty Blue Eddy Arnold
13 Motel Time Again Johnny Paycheck
16 Mr. Shorty Marty Robbins
12 My Kind of Love Dave Dudley
10 No One's Gonna Hurt You Anymore Bill Anderson
16 No Tears Milady Marty Robbins
17 Ode to Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry
17 Oh! Woman Nat Stuckey
4 Once Ferlin Husky
8 Paper Mansions Dottie West
9 Phantom 309 Red Sovine
15 The Piney Wood Hills Bobby Bare
3 Pop a Top Jim Ed Brown
15 Promises and Hearts (Were Made to Break) Stonewall Jackson
13 Roarin' Again The Wilburn Brothers
9 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town Johnny Darrell
10 Ruthless The Statler Brothers
16 Sneaking 'Cross the Border The Harden Trio
17 Something Fishy Dolly Parton
5 Stamp Out Loneliness Stonewall Jackson
16 The Storm Jim Reeves
16 Sweet Misery Jimmy Dean
16 Tear Time Wilma Burgess
11 Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine Wanda Jackson
7 Urge for Going George Hamilton IV
7 Walkin' in the Sunshine Roger Miller
13 A Wanderin' Man Jeannie Seely
5 What Does It Take (To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied) Skeeter Davis
5 6 What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am) Loretta Lynn
2 8 What Locks the Door Jack Greene
17 What's Come Over My Baby Dottie West
14 Where Could I Go (But to Her) David Houston
4 13 A Woman in Love Bonnie Guitar
10 The Words I'm Gonna Have to Eat Bill Phillips
20 You Beat All I Ever Saw Johnny Cash
18 You Can Have Her Jim Ed Brown
10 You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith, Too The Statler Brothers
14 You Pushed Me Too Far Ferlin Husky
26 2 You've Been So Good to Me Van Trevor
17 Your Forevers (Don't Last Very Long) Jean Shepard
3 Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad Tammy Wynette

Singles released by Canadian artistsEdit

US CAN Single Artist
3 The Battle of the Little Big Horn Tommy Hunter
5 Blue Is the Colour Billy Stoltz
5 Build a Scaffold Way Up High Doug Lycett
2 Chew Tobacco Road Irwin Prescott
2 Cup of Disgrace Tommy Hunter
5 Don't Speak to Me of Loneliness Dougie Trineer
18 Down at the Pawn Shop Hank Snow
5 The Fool Dick Nolan
7 The Homecoming Ralph Carlson
3 I Did It The Whippoorwills
3 The Johnson Family Ralph Carlson
20 15 Learnin' a New Way of Life Hank Snow
4 Leave Me a Memory Johnny Ellis
10 Lone Star Rag Frankie Rodgers
4 Love's Gonna Come Back Gary Buck
2 Loving Day Johnny Burke
2 Model “T” Irwin Prescott
6 Transport Blues Ralph Carlson
6 Walkin' with the Blues Billy Stoltz
3 Why Can't He Be You Dianne Leigh
4 Why Did You Hurt Me Merv Smith
6 You're the Least of My Worries Hugh Scott
5 Your Special Day Myrna Lorrie

Top new album releasesEdit

Single Artist Record Label
12 Greatest Hits Patsy Cline Decca
Bill Anderson's Greatest Hits Bill Anderson Decca
Branded Man Merle Haggard Capitol
Carryin' On with Johnny Cash & June Carter Johnny Cash and June Carter Columbia
Get While the Gettin's Good Bill Anderson Decca
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Johnny Cash Columbia
Hello, I'm Dolly Dolly Parton Monument
It's Such a Pretty World Today Wynn Stewart Capitol
Just Between You And Me Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton RCA
Love of the Common People Waylon Jennings RCA
The One and Only Waylon Jennings RCA
Promises, Promises Lynn Anderson Chart
This Is Jan Howard Country Jan Howard Decca
Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan Waylon Jennings RCA

Other top albumsEdit

Single Artist Record Label
Blue Side of Lonesome Jim Reeves RCA
By the Time I Get to Phoenix Glen Campbell Capitol
The Cold Hard Facts of Life Porter Wagoner RCA
Cookin' Up Hits Liz Anderson RCA
The Country Way Charley Pride RCA
Walk Through This World with Me George Jones Musicor
Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) Loretta Lynn Decca
Dottie West Sings Sacred Ballads Dottie West RCA
The Game of Triangles Bobby Bare and Liz Anderson RCA
Gentle on My Mind Glen Campbell Capitol
Hand In Hand With Jesus Skeeter Davis RCA
I Can Do Nothing Alone Bill Anderson Decca
I'll Help You Forget Her Dottie West RCA
Jackson Ain't a Very Big Town Norma Jean RCA
Lonely Again Eddy Arnold RCA
Love's Gonna Happen to Me Wynn Stewart Capitol
My Elusive Dreams Tammy Wynette Epic
Nashville Women Hank Locklin RCA
Please Don't Squeeze My Charmin Charlie Walker Epic
The Pride of Country Music Charley Pride RCA
Queen Of Honky Tonk Street Kitty Wells Decca
Reckless Love Affair Wanda Jackson Capitol
Ride, Ride, Ride Lynn Anderson Chart
Skeeter Sings Buddy Holly Skeeter Davis RCA
Soul of a Convict Porter Wagoner RCA
Thanks, Hank! Jeannie Seely Monument
Turn the World Around Eddy Arnold RCA
With All My Heart and Soul Dottie West RCA
You'll Always Have My Love Wanda Jackson and The Party Timers Capitol
Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad Tammy Wynette Epic


  • February 6 — Anita Cochran, vocalist best known for 1998 hit "What If I Said"
  • April 5 — Troy Gentry, one half of Montgomery Gentry (d. 2017)
  • May 1 — Tim McGraw, singer and actor active since the 1990s, also known for marriage to Faith Hill.
  • September 21 — Faith Hill, singer known for her multi-genre success since the 1990s, and marriage to Tim McGraw.
  • October 26 — Keith Urban, Australian-born singer who began enjoying great success in the United States since 2000.
  • December 5 — Gary Allan, Bakersfield-styled singer-songwriter since the 1990s.


Country Music Hall of Fame InducteesEdit

Major awardsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Academy of Country MusicEdit

Country Music AssociationEdit

See alsoEdit

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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