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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1960.

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  • March 29 — Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, destined to become one of the most prominent of the honky tonk bars in Nashville, Tennessee, opens.
  • August 27 — The Louisiana Hayride put on its final performance
  • September 24 — Final telecast of ABC-TV's Jubilee USA.
  • November 5 — Johnny Horton is killed in a car accident near Milano, Texas, while returning from a concert in nearby Austin. Other passengers in his car – manager Tillman Franks and guitarist Tommy Tomlinson – are injured but survive.

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  • Just four songs – five, if one counts "El Paso" by Marty Robbins, which spent five of its seven weeks at No. 1 in 1960 – ascend to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot C&W Sides chart. Those songs – listed below – would spend 14, 14, 12 and 10 weeks at No. 1.
Compare that to 10 No. 1 songs in 1959 and eight for all of 1961. Just a quarter of a century later, it was common for 50 songs per year to play musical chairs atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.
  • The Porter Wagoner Show, one of the most successful country music television programs, premieres on CBS late in the year. Norma Jean (Beasler) and comedian Speck Rhodes were the regulars, with guest performers appearing each week. The show ran in syndication for 21 years, and at its peak aired in more than 100 markets, and is largely credited for breaking the career of a young singer named Dolly Parton (who replaced Norma Jean in 1967).

Top hits of the year

Number one hits

United States

(as certified by Billboard)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 Spec. Note
February 8 He'll Have to Go Jim Reeves 14
May 16 Please Help Me, I'm Falling Hank Locklin 14 [1], [A]
  • Lockin's first Billboard Number One since "Let Me Be the One" in 1953.
August 22 Alabam Cowboy Copas 12 [B]
November 14 Wings of a Dove Ferlin Husky 10 [A]
  • Husky's first Billboard Number One since "Gone" in 1957.
  • 1^ No. 1 song of the year, as determined by Billboard.
  • A^ Last Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • B^ Only Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.

Other major hits

US Single Artist
3 Above and Beyond Buck Owens
16 Accidentally on Purpose George Jones
11 Am I That Easy to Forget Skeeter Davis
5 Amigo's Guitar Kitty Wells
2 Another (Just Like Me) Roy Drusky
3 Anymore Roy Drusky
19 Big Harlan Taylor George Jones
5 Big Iron Marty Robbins
16 Carmel by the Sea Kitty Wells
17 (Doin') the Lovers' Leap Webb Pierce
11 Drifting Texas Sand Webb Pierce
4 Each Moment (Spent With You) Ernest Ashworth
4 Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache) Buck Owens
4 Fallen Angel Webb Pierce
14 Far, Far Away Don Gibson
17 Fame and Fortune Elvis Presley
10 Family Bible Claude Gray
5 Heart to Heart Talk Bob Wills with Tommy Duncan
6 He'll Have to Stay Jeanne Black
14 Hot Rod Lincoln Charlie Ryan
2 (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too Skeeter Davis
6 I Know One Jim Reeves
20 I Love You Because Johnny Cash
3 I Missed Me Jim Reeves
3 I'm Getting Better Jim Reeves
14 I'm a Honky Tonk Girl Loretta Lynn
14 I'm Movin' On Don Gibson
11 Is It Wrong (For Loving You) Webb Pierce
17 It's Not Wrong Connie Hall
2 Just One Time Don Gibson
18 The Key's in the Mailbox Freddie Hart
5 Left to Right Kitty Wells
9 Let's Think About Livin' Bob Luman
9 Miller's Cave Hank Snow
4 No Love Have I Webb Pierce
20 The Old Lamplighter The Browns
13 The One You Slip Around With Jan Howard
5 One More Time Ray Price
4 Riverboat Faron Young
7 Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) The Browns
10 Seasons of My Heart Johnny Cash
15 Second Honeymoon Johnny Cash
3 Sink the Bismarck Johnny Horton
10 A Six Pack to Go Hank Thompson and His Brazo Valley Boys
13 Smiling Bill McCall Johnny Cash
16 Straight A's in Love Johnny Cash
5 That's My Kind of Love Marion Worth
7 The Tip of My Fingers Bill Anderson
6 Why I'm Walkin' Stonewall Jackson
5 Wishful Thinking Wynn Stewart
8 You Can't Pick a Rose in December Ernest Ashworth
14 You Don't Want My Love Roger Miller
5 Your Old Used to Be Faron Young
4 You're the Only Good Thing (That's Happened to Me) George Morgan

Top new album releases



  • January 19 — Ralph Peer, 67, pioneer in record engineering and production (pneumonia).
  • May 13 — Gid Tanner, 74, fiddler and leader of pioneering country group the Skillet Lickers.
  • November 5 — Johnny Horton, 35, "The Singing Fisherman" and best known for his Americana-styled hits (car accident).
  • November 7 — A.P. Carter, 68, a member of The Original Carter Family, one of country music's all-time pioneers (heart disease).

Major awards

Grammy Awards

Further reading

  • 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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