1944 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1944.

List of years in country music (table)


  • January 8 – Billboard publishes its first "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" chart, the first widespread method of tracking the nationwide popularity of current country music songs. The first No. 1 song is "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. The new chart is the predecessor to today's Hot Country Songs chart.
  • February 26 – Less than two months after the chart's inception, jazz and rhythm & blues performer Louis Jordan becomes the first African-American performer to top the Most Played Juke Box Folk chart (with "Ration Blues"). It is a big year for African-American performers: Jordan has a second No. 1 hit later in the year with "Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)," while the Nat King Cole-led trio reach the top with "Straighten Up and Fly Right." Jordan and Cole are the only black performers to have a No. 1 hit until 1969, when Charley Pride breaks the streak.

Top hits of the year

Number one hits

(As certified by Billboard magazine)

Other major hits

Top new album releases


  • April 27 – Herb Pedersen, musician and member of The Desert Rose Band.
  • June 21 – Kenny O'Dell, singer-songwriter (died 2018)
  • July 20 – T.G. Sheppard, pop-styled country performer and one of the most successful stars of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • August 8 – Michael Johnson, pop singer who had a string of country hits in the 1980s (died 2017)
  • August 19 – Eddy Raven, singer-songwriter who successfully fused elements of cajun music with contemporary country sounds.
  • December 4 – Chris Hillman, ex-member of The Byrds who formed the 1980s country-rock band The Desert Rose Band.
  • December 11 – Brenda Lee, "Little Miss Dynamite," pop-rockabilly singer who went to country music in the late 1960s.


Further reading

  • 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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