1948 in country music

1948 In Country Music

1948 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1948.


  • April 3 — Radio station KWKH of Shreveport, Louisiana airs the Louisiana Hayride for the first time.
  • May 15 — Billboard begins a sales-based Best Selling Folk Retail Records chart, the magazine's second chart to track the popularity of country songs. The new chart complements the existing Most Played Juke Box Folk Records chart, and begins a practice of multiple charts (and possible simultaneous No. 1 songs) that will continue for the next 10 years.
  • July 24 — Roy Acuff announces his intent to run for governor of Tennessee. Running as the Republican candidate, he will lose to Democratic candidate Gordon Browning in the November election.

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  • Eddy Arnold dominates the Billboard charts, scoring five No. 1 songs (six, if one counts Arnold's "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)," which had been No. 1 since November 1947). Only Jimmy Wakely's "One Has My Name (the Other Has My Heart)" breaks Arnold's streak. Four other songs by Arnold also make the country charts.

Top hits of the year

Number one hits

(As certified by Billboard magazine)

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