Johnny Cash stood at No.1 on that first weekly survey with his 'Ring of Fire' compilation.
On January 3, 1950, Sam Phillips opened Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, later to be known to the world as Sun Studio.
On December 28, 1963, signed to the small Tally label, Haggard entered the country countdown for the first time with 'Sing A Sad Song.'
A song that Jones had admired in its version by Jerry Lee Lewis gave the Welsh star his second UK chart-topper in December 1966.
For those who like to buck tradition, these 20 cool Christmas songs provides an alternative selection to the standard seasonal fare.
There are many great cover songs, but only a few stand out as landmarks, earning themselves a distinction among the best cover versions of all time.
Showing that the American roots music dubbed ‘Americana’ had infiltrated almost every type of music, reDiscover Johnny Cash’s ‘American II: Unchained’.
The best Halloween songs are frightfully good, horribly catchy, and a right old monster mash-up of floor-filling classics. Listen... if you dare...
The Texas singer-songwriter penned such classics as ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Honky Tonk Heroes.’
Spanning jazz, country, hip-hop and soul music, the best gospel songs of all time prove that the spirit can move you, no matter what your tastes.
The album was released in October 1968, when the man from Bakersfield was enjoying an extraordinary run of success.
The influence of gospel music stretches far and wide, and the best gospel singers, too, cover a wider range of styles, as this list of the Top 15 shows.
‘If I Were A Carpenter’ is also closely associated with the Four Tops, Johnny Cash & June Carter and many others.
Years before his rise to fame, the 18-year-old Cash took the opportunity of learning to be a radio operator.
A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.