By Arnold Rogers & Jerry Langley
The authors, a former publisher and a broadcaster, combined talents and knowledge to produce a fact-filled history of the country charts, tracing Billboard’s first country chart topper – “Pistol Packin’ Mama” – the first #1, by of all artists Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, crooning the earliest pop-country crossover hit. Succeeding their version at the top of country’s brand new chart, however, was the song’s writer, Texan Al Dexter, with his band The Troopers. The authors provide insightful anecdotes and amusing tidbits about songs, artists and writers who made it to #1. They target every song to top the trade weekly’s chart the first 60 years.