50s And 60s Country Songs
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50s and 60s country songs

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50s And 60s Country Songs
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1. Billy Walker

Charlie's Shoes hit the airwaves back in 1962 and ended up being the only #1 hit for the singer.

Faron Young, Eddy Arnold and Guy Mitchell also recorded the song by Walker's version was the most successful.

This number is found on his "Greatest Hits" album from 1963.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A7, Em
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2. Don Gibson

Sweet Dreams was written by Don Gibson and recorded back in 1955 and peaked at #9 on the country charts. Faron Young also recorded the song in 1960 and his version hit #6.

The song eventually appeared on a Don Gibson compilation album of the same name in 1960.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: F, G, C, D7, Am
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3. Eddy Arnold

Make The World Go Away is was a hit for Eddy Arnold in 1965. The song was written by Hank Lochlan in 15 minutes after leaving a movie theatre.

Ray Price recorded the song first and scored a #2 but Eddy's version went to #1 two years later. The track is from his album "My World".

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, Am, D, Em, Cm
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4. Ernest Tubb

Waltz Across Texas was written by the nephew of Ernest Tubb who recorded this one in 1965.

The song can be found on his 1967 album "Another Story".

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D, D7
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5. Faron Young

Hello Walls was a #1 for Young in 1961 on the country charts and #12 on the pop charts. Willie Nelson wrote this one and hails from Faron Young's album of the same name. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up and repeat with walkin' bass
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, G, F, D7
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6. Ferlin Husky

Wings Of A Dove was written in 1958 and recorded by Husky in 1960. 10 weeks at #1 on the country charts and #12 on the Hot 100. Found on "The Hits Of Ferlin Husky" album 1963.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up bass down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A7
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7. Floyd Crammer

Last Date was an instrumental on the piano by Floyd Cramer and hit #11 on the country charts.

The track can be found ob his 1960 album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down down up and repeat with picking
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, G7, G, Am, Dm, Gsus
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8. George Hamilton IV

Break My Mind was recorded by George Hamilton IV in 1967. The song went to #6 on the country charts.

You'll find this one on his album entitled "Folksy".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 5th fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes a little
  • Chords: C, F, G7
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9. Guy Mitchell

Singing The Blues was a release in 1956 for this song by Guy Mitchell and it was a #1 in the US and UK.

The album "Guys Greatest Hits" is where this one can be found.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, C7, B7, A
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10. Hank Snow

I'm Moving On was a #1 hit when it was released back in 1950. The recording director turned this song down in 1949 but allowed the song to be recorded in 1950 because he didn't remember hearing it.

The traxk can be found on Hanks 1961 compilation album called "Souvenirs".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A
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11. Jack Green

There Goes My Everything was recorded by Jack Green in 1966 and was #1 for seven weeks and won single of the year and song of the year.

You can find this one on the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: G, C, D, D7
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12. Johnny Preston

Running Bear ... info soon

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13. Lefty Frizzell

Smoking Cigarettes And Drinking Coffee Blues was first released by Lefty back in 1958 but the correct name is Cigarettes And Coffee Blues. The song peaked at #13.

The track is on the album Mom And Dad's Waltz.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C, F, C7
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14. Leroy Van Dyke

Walk On By was a single by Leroy Van Dyke in 1962 and hails from his album of the same name.

The song reached #1 on the US Country Charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, D, G, Am
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15. Porter Wagoner

Carrol County Accident ... info soon

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16. Red Stegall

Lone Star Beer And Bob Wills Music ... info soon

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17. Roy Acuff

The Wabash Cannonball was a single from Roy Acuff back in 1936. It's believed the song was written back in 1982. The Carter family had the first known recording of the song in 1929.

The track appeared on his 1965 album "Great Train Songs".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, D7
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18. Roy Clark

If I Had To Do It All Over Again ... info soon

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19. Slim Dusty

Lights On The Hill ... info soon

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20. Tommy Hunter

Travelling Man ... info soon

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