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98 Country Classic Bonus — 5 Top Country Songs That Hit Number One in 1973 [VIDEO]

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Country music was thriving in the 1970’s with a diverse class of singers and entertainers such as George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Barbara Fairchild, Roy Clark, Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn.  Take a look and give a listen.



George Jones and Tammy Wynette, “Golden Ring”



George Jones and Tammy Wynette were married in 1969. They divorced in 1975. Jones was once widely-considered the greatest living country singer. He was number one in charted hits. Tammy, one of country music’s biggest selling female singers, was called “the first lady of country music.” Together, Jones and Wynette recorded “Golden Ring” in 1976. It was the title track off the album of the same name, oddly released after their divorce in May of 1976.



Barbara Fairchild, “The Teddy Bear Song”



Barbara Fairchild, country and gospel singer, is best known for her song, “The Teddy Bear Song,” a number one hit on the country charts and crossed over to pop.  That song became Fairchild’s signature song.



Roy Clark, “Come Live With Me”



Roy Clark is probably best-known for hosting “Hee Haw,” a nationally-televised country variety show from 1969-1992.  Clark was very influential in country music, both as a performer and because he helped to popularize the genre.



Charlie Rich, “Behind Closed Doors”



Charlie Rich was a 50’s rock star who enjoyed his greatest success in country music in the 1970’s.  “Behind Closed Doors” became Rich’s first number one hit on the country charts.  Rich also received a Grammy Award for “Best Male Country Vocal Performance.”



Loretta Lynn, “Love is the Foundation”



Loretta Lynn was arguably country music’s biggest star in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  She was known as the “Queen of Country Music.”  “Love is the Foundation” was Lynn’s second studio album of 1973.  The album’s title track was released as a single and sky-rocketed to number one on Billboard’s country charts.

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