1971 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1971.

List of years in country music (table)


No dates[edit]

Fans of Hee Haw were quickly soothed when the show entered syndication in the fall. The show was an immediate success, and viewers would continue to make their weekly visit to Kornfield County for the next 20 years. Meanwhile, both The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres would continue to live on in syndication.
ABC, also hoping to draw in younger viewers, canceled, among other shows, The Johnny Cash Show. Although not country-music oriented, The Lawrence Welk Show, which had among its older-leaning demographics country music fans, is also canceled, but like Hee Haw will be revived in the fall in syndication to great success.

Top hits of the year[edit]

Number one hits[edit]

United States[edit]

(as certified by Billboard)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 CAN peak Spec. Note
January 30 Flesh and Blood Johnny Cash 1
February 6 Joshua Dolly Parton 1 2 [A]
February 13 Help Me Make It Through the Night Sammi Smith 3 [C]
March 6 I'd Rather Love You Charley Pride 3
March 27 After the Fire Is Gone Conway Twitty
and Loretta Lynn
2 4
April 10 Empty Arms Sonny James 4
May 8 How Much More Can She Stand Conway Twitty 1
May 15 I Won't Mention It Again Ray Price 3
June 5 You're My Man Lynn Anderson 2
June 19 When You're Hot, You're Hot Jerry Reed 5 [A]
July 24 Bright Lights, Big City Sonny James 1 4
July 31 I'm Just Me Charley Pride 4
August 28 Good Lovin' (Makes It Right) Tammy Wynette 2
September 11 Easy Loving Freddie Hart 3 [1], [2], [A]
  • Returned to Number One on October 2.
September 18 The Year Clayton Delaney Died Tom T. Hall 2 6
October 16 How Can I Unlove You Lynn Anderson 3
November 6 Here Comes Honey Again Sonny James 1 4
November 13 Lead Me On Conway Twitty
and Loretta Lynn
November 20 Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) Merle Haggard 2 2
December 4 Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' Charley Pride 5
  • 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.
  • 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 9 Old Bill Jones Mercey Brothers 1
January 16 (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden Lynn Anderson 2 [2]
  • Fell to #6 on the week of January 23.
January 23 Flesh and Blood Johnny Cash 4
February 27 Sing High, Sing Low Anne Murray 1 53
March 6 A Woman Always Knows David Houston 1 2 [B]
March 13 Help Me Make It Through the Night Sammi Smith 1 [C]
March 20 A Stranger in My Place Anne Murray 2 27
April 3 I'd Rather Love You Charley Pride 1
April 10 Anyway George Hamilton IV 1 13
April 17 Empty Arms Sonny James 1
April 24 Man from the City Humphrey and the Dumptrucks 1 [C]
May 1 We Sure Can Love Each Other Tammy Wynette 2 2
May 15 How Much More Can She Stand Conway Twitty 1
May 22 I Won't Mention It Again Ray Price 2 [B]
June 5 The Final Hour Hank Smith 1
June 12 I Wanna Be Free Loretta Lynn 1 3
June 19 Hello Mom Mercey Brothers 2
July 3 You're My Man Lynn Anderson 1
July 10 When You're Hot, You're Hot Jerry Reed 1 [A]
July 17 Rise 'n' Shine Dick Damron 1
July 24 Countryfied George Hamilton IV 5 35
August 28 Sweet City Woman The Stampeders 2 [C]
September 11 I'm Just Me Charley Pride 1
September 18 Good Lovin' (Makes It Right) Tammy Wynette 1
September 25 When He Walks on You Jerry Lee Lewis 1 11
October 2 Easy Loving Freddie Hart 1 [A]
October 9 Who Wrote the Words Mercey Brothers 2 [B]
October 23 Talk It Over in the Morning Anne Murray 1
October 30 You're Lookin' at Country Loretta Lynn 1 5
November 6 How Can I Unlove You Lynn Anderson 1
November 13 Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms Buck Owens 2 2
November 27 Where Do We Go from Here Hank Smith 1
December 4 I Say a Little Prayer/
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Anne Murray and
Glen Campbell
1 40
December 11 Lead Me On Conway Twitty and
Loretta Lynn
December 18 Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' Charley Pride 2
  • 2^ Song dropped from No. 1 and later returned to top spot.
  • A^ First RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • B^ Last RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • C^ Only RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.

Other major hits[edit]

Singles released by American artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist
18 21 After All They Used to Belong to Me Hank Williams, Jr.
18 All I Ever Need Is You Ray Sanders
6 5 Always Remember Bill Anderson
13 12 Angel's Sunday Jim Ed Brown
5 13 Another Night of Love Freddy Weller
4 13 The Arms of a Fool Mel Tillis
5 8 Baby I'm Yours Jody Miller
30 7 Bar Room Talk Del Reeves
11 20 Be a Little Quieter Porter Wagoner
9 3 Bed of Rose's The Statler Brothers
7 8 Better Move It on Home Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
41 18 Big River Johnny Cash
8 46 Brand New Mister Me Mel Tillis
9 8 Bridge over Troubled Water Buck Owens
26 19 Catch the Wind Jack Barlow
12 11 Cedartown, Georgia Waylon Jennings
7 6 The Chair Marty Robbins
15 10 Charley's Picture Porter Wagoner
23 7 Chip 'N' Dale's Place Claude King
4 15 Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton
7 6 Come Sundown Bobby Bare
8 17 Comin' Down Dave Dudley
5 7 Country Green Don Gibson
23 20 Day Drinkin' Dave Dudley and Tom T. Hall
4 11 Dis-Satisfied Bill Anderson and Jan Howard
17 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man Barbara Mandrell
16 30 (Don't Let the Sun Set on You) Tulsa Waylon Jennings
7 4 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) Glen Campbell
5 Dream Lover Billy "Crash" Craddock
9 12 Early Morning Sunshine Marty Robbins
13 26 Fancy Satin Pillows Wanda Jackson
8 5 Fly Away Again Dave Dudley
7 22 Good Enough to Be Your Wife Jeannie C. Riley
27 12 A Good Man June Carter Cash
2 4 Good Year for the Roses George Jones
19 4 Guess Away the Blues Don Gibson
7 5 Guess Who Slim Whitman
5 2 Gwen (Congratulations) Tommy Overstreet
16 14 Gypsy Feet Jim Reeves
26 19 Hanging Over Me Jack Greene
5 3 He's So Fine Jody Miller
13 21 Here I Go Again Bobby Wright
12 Hitchin' a Ride Jack Reno
5 3 I Don't Know You (Anymore) Tommy Overstreet
15 25 I Love the Way That You've Been Lovin' Me Roy Drusky
4 3 I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving Conway Twitty
2 2 I'd Rather Be Sorry Ray Price
13 I'll Follow You (Up to Our Cloud) George Jones
17 34 I'm Gonna Act Right Nat Stuckey
3 26 I'm Gonna Keep on Keep on Lovin' You Billy Walker
6 17 I've Got a Right to Cry Hank Williams, Jr.
19 29 If You Think I Love You Now (I've Just Started) Jody Miller
3 4 Indian Lake Freddy Weller
20 37 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Lynn Anderson
2 2 Just One Time Connie Smith
3 21 Knock Three Times Billy "Crash" Craddock
11 3 Ko-Ko Joe Jerry Reed
9 26 L.A. International Airport Susan Raye
18 13 The Last One to Touch Me Porter Wagoner
9 11 Leavin' and Sayin' Goodbye Faron Young
15 5 Listen Betty (I'm Singing Your Song) Dave Dudley
9 16 Living and Learning Mel Tillis and Sherry Bryce
12 33 Lovenworth Roy Rogers
28 8 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) Roger Miller
10 19 Maiden's Prayer David Houston
3 2 Man in Black Johnny Cash
18 18 The Mark of a Heel Hank Thompson
17 13 Mary's Vineyard Claude King
7 3 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo Stonewall Jackson
14 6 Mississippi Woman Waylon Jennings
19 39 The Morning After Jerry Wallace
20 Mountain of Love Bobby G. Rice
17 4 My Blue Tears Dolly Parton
9 24 Nashville David Houston
8 31 Never Ending Song of Love Dickey Lee
19 34 New York City The Statler Brothers
15 36 Next Time I Fall in Love (I Won't) Hank Thompson
15 7 No Need to Worry Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
23 3 North Country/West Texas Highway George Hamilton IV
21 18 Ode to Half a Pound of Ground Round Tom T. Hall
4 5 Oh Singer Jeannie C. Riley
14 11 One Hundred Children Tom T. Hall
5 3 Padre Marty Robbins
16 17 Papa Was a Good Man Johnny Cash
9 38 The Philadelphia Fillies Del Reeves
13 27 Pictures The Statler Brothers
6 9 Pitty Pitty Patter Susan Raye
8 3 Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends Bobby Bare
49 19 Pledging My Love Kitty Wells
26 9 Portrait of My Woman Eddy Arnold
3 9 The Promised Land Freddy Weller
3 2 Quits Bill Anderson
3 2 Rainin' in My Heart Hank Williams, Jr. and The Mike Curb Congregation
14 26 The Right Combination Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
7 10 Right Won't Touch a Hand George Jones
7 21 Rings Tompall & the Glaser Brothers
15 15 Roses and Thorns Jeannie C. Riley
3 3 Ruby (Are You Mad) Buck Owens
24 13 Saturday Morning Confusion Bobby Russell
19 9 She Don't Make Me Cry David Rogers
11 5 She Wakes Me with a Kiss Every Morning
(And She Loves Me to Sleep Every Night)
Nat Stuckey
2 2 She's All I Got Johnny Paycheck
8 9 The Sheriff of Boone County Kenny Price
18 Singing in Viet Nam Talking Blues Johnny Cash
20 28 So This Is Love Tommy Cash
3 4 Soldiers Last Letter Merle Haggard
2 2 Someday We'll Look Back Merle Haggard
6 23 Something Beautiful (To Remember) Slim Whitman
10 7 Sometimes You Just Can't Win George Jones
6 11 Step Aside Faron Young
14 23 Sweet Misery Ferlin Husky
50 17 Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver
8 15 Take My Hand Mel Tillis and Sherry Bryce
10 16 Then You Walk In Sammi Smith
9 There Goes My Everything Elvis Presley
13 15 There's a Whole Lot About a Woman (A Man Don't Know) Jack Greene
19 There's Something About a Lady Johnny Duncan
11 13 Tomorrow Night in Baltimore Roger Miller
3 4 Touching Home Jerry Lee Lewis
12 Treat Him Right Barbara Mandrell
11 18 Waiting for a Train (All Around the Watertank) Jerry Lee Lewis
7 7 Watching Scotty Grow Bobby Goldsboro
20 We've Got Everything but Love David Houston and Barbara Mandrell
11 20 Where Is My Castle Connie Smith
10 9 Willy Jones Susan Raye
5 2 The Wonders You Perform Tammy Wynette
10 You Better Move On Billy "Crash" Craddock
38 17 You're Just More a Woman Bob Yarbrough

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist
2 24 Hours from Tulsa Tommy Graham
2 The Bridge Came Tumbling Down Stompin' Tom Connors
11 Carry Me The Stampeders
4 Federal Grain Train Russ Gurr
3 Good Morning World Julie Lynn
8 Goofie Newfie Roy Payne
11 It Seems Jim Roberts
2 It Takes Time Gary Buck
6 It Takes Time Anne Murray
12 Kelly Alan Moberg
15 Love Now and Pay Later Carroll Baker
2 Luke's Guitar Stompin' Tom Connors
14 Mem'ries of Home Carroll Baker
17 The Moods of My Man Honey West
14 12 The Morning After Baby Let Me Down Ray Griff
10 Nobody's Singing Them Cowboy Songs No More Gordie Tapp
18 Parliament Hill Angus Walker
2 R.R. #2 Family Brown
15 Sault Ste. Marie Original Caste
14 Six Days of Paper Ladies Humphrey and the Dumptrucks
7 Skip a Rope Mike Graham
12 Tillsonburg Stompin' Tom Connors
16 (The Whole World's) Down on You Jack Bailey
13 Wrote a Song The Rainvilles

Top new album releases[edit]



Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music[edit]

  • Entertainer of the YearFreddie Hart
  • Song of the Year — "Easy Loving," Freddie Hart (Performer: Freddie Hart)
  • Single of the Year — "Easy Loving," Freddie Hart
  • Album of the YearEasy Loving, Freddie Hart
  • Top Male Vocalist — Freddie Hart
  • Top Female VocalistLoretta Lynn
  • Top Vocal DuoConway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
  • Top New Male VocalistTony Booth
  • Top New Female VocalistBarbara Mandrell

Country Music Association[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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