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Old Country Music Singers Songs
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Welcome to my old country music singers songs page where you'll find info and lessons covering several well known old time country artists.

Help yourself to the free pdf chord sheets, view some full demos and sample demos. If you require full tutorial lessons for these songs below, there is a purchase link for a small fee.

Deeper discounts available from the top of this page. 

Artists on this page:
Bill Anderson
BJ Thomas - Charlie Daniels
Dan Seals - David Allan Coe
Doc Watson
Jimmy Dean - Johnny Lee
Roger Miller - Tom T Hall

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1. Ain't That Fine - Roger Miller

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Ain't That Fine is a track that Roger Miller has on his 1965 studio album "The Return Of Roger Miller".

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret is original key
  • Rhythm = use a root up down up pattern and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, D
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2. Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

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Big Bad John was a single for Jimmy Dean back in 1961 from his album Big Bad John And Other Fabulous Songs And Tales.

The song was a #1 in the US and a #2 hit in the UK. The song did not chart in Canada for some reason.

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3. Big Spike Hammer - Doc Watson

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Big Spike Hammer was never released as a single by Doc Watson.

It can be found on the 2013 album The Definitive Doc Watson.

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4. Don't Worry Baby - BJ Thomas

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Don't Worry Baby is a track from the album B.J. Thomas from 1977. 

The song reached #2 in the US and #12 in Canada. This is an old Beach Boys song from 1964.

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5. Drinking My Baby Goodbye - Charlie Daniels

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Drinking My Baby Goodbye was written by and released by Charlie Daniels in the spring of 1986 from his album "Me And The Boys".

The song peaked at #8 on the country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up with a steady beat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, G, B7, E 
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6. England Swings - Roger Miller

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England Swings was a #3 hit for Roger Miller in 1965 on the country charts. Miller did his own harmony on both the vocals and the whistling in the song.

Like other Roger Miller songs, this one also charted on other charts beside country.  The track can be found on his "Golden Hits" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, A7, G
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7. Home Where I Belong - BJ Thomas

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Home Where I Belong was one of two singles released from this 1976 album of the same name.

This track charted at #98 in the US and the other, Without A Doubt, failed to chart.

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8. I Just Can't Help Believing - BJ Thomas

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I Just Can't Help Believing was a #1 hit for BJ Thomas in the US when it was released from the 1970's album Everybody's Out Of Town.

The song also reached #18 in Canada and #31 in Australia.

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9. I Like Beer - Tom T Hall

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I Like Beer is a song from Tom T Hall and was originally on his 1875 album I Wrote A Song About It but also ended up on his Greatest Hits Vol 2 album, also from 1975.

The song was a #1 in the US and a #12 in Canada.

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10. I Need A Little Time Off For Bad Behaviour - David Allan Coe

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I Need A Little Time Off For Bad Behaviour was released back in 1987 from his album "A Matter Of Life And Death".

If peaked out at #34 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: just a few riffs
  • Chords: D, G, F, A#, C, A
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11. I Saw The Light - Bill Anderson

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I Saw The Light is of course an old Hank Williams tune. In 2005 Bill Anderson released his 40 favourite gospel album and this track was included there.

He never released this song as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st Fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D 
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12. Jack Daniels If You Please - David Allan Coe

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Jack Daniels If You Please was one of three singles from his 1978 album "Human Emotions".

The song reached #72 on the US country charts. 

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A7, D7, C
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13. King Of The Road - Roger Miller

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King Of The Road was written by Roger Miller and hails from the 1964 album "The Return Of Roger Miller". The song was a #1 hit song in several countries. The inspiration for the song came from a sign on the side of a barn that read "Trailers For Sale Or Rent".

George Jones, R.E.M, Dean Martin and many others have covered the song over the years. Roger Miller was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1995 but had died in 1992 at age 56 from lung and throat cancer. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D
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14. Long Haired Country Boy - Charlie Daniels

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Long Haired Country Boy was released in 1974. The Charlie Daniels Band released their album "Fire On The Mountain" that year and with this single from that album.

The song was released in 1975 and again in 1980. On the first release it peaked at #56 and in 1980 it peaked at #27.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat with some riffs
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A, C, G6, Am7
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15. Looking For Love - Johnny Lee

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Looking For Love was Johnny Lee's first #1 hit back in 1980.

The song is from the album of the same name and was also featured in the movie Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta.

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16. Meet Me In Montana - Dan Seals

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Meet Me In Montana was a duet with Marie Osmond back in 1985 and hit #1 in the US and #19 in Canada.

It's from the album Won't Be Blue Anymore. 

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17. My Old Yellow Car - Dan Seals

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My Old Yellow Car was a #9 hit for Dan Seals in both the US and Canada when it was released in 1984.

The track can be found on the album San Antone.

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18. Old Dogs Children And Watermelon Wine - Tom T Hall

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Old Dogs Children And Watermelon Wine was first released in 1972 from the album Te Storyteller. It also appeared a few years later on Tom's Greatest Hits Vol 2 album.

The song went to #1 in both Canada and the US in 1972.

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19. Open Up Your Heart - Roger Miller

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Open Up Your Heart was one of three singled released in 1973 from the album "Dear Folks Sorry I Haven't Written Lately".

The song reached #14 on the US Country charts. Not to be confused with a Buck Owens song of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, D7
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20. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - BJ Thomas

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Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head was the first #1 hit for BJ Thomas in the US and Canada back in 1969.

The song hails from the album of the same name. The song was featured in the movie Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

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21. Rock And Roll Lullaby - BJ Thomas

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Rock And Roll Lullaby was a #1 hit in the US and a#8 hit in Canada when it was released as a single in 1972.

It was the highest charting song of the four singles released from the album Billy Joe Thomas.

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22. Simple Man - Charlie Daniels

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Simple Man has the same name as the album where it hails from back in 1989.

The Charlie Daniels Band had a #12 hit with this release. 

Download the free Simple Man Charlie Daniels chords and lyrics sheet below.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret 
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat with some riffs blended in
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, C, G
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23. Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - BJ Thomas

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Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song was a single release by BJ Thomas in 1975 from his Reunion album.

The song topped the charts in Canada and the US and hit #10 in Australia.


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24. Still In Saigon - Charlie Daniels

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Still In Saigon was not written by Charlie Daniels but by Dan Daley and recorded by Charlie Daniels in 1982.

The song reached #22 on the country chart from their album "Windows".

Download the Charlie Daniels Still In Saigon free chords sheet below.  

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up in a steady play
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Bm, G, Em, Gm, G, A7, A7/A+, D/Gb
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25. That's How I Got To Memphis - Tom T Hall

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That's How I Got To Memphis was a 1969 song from the album Ballad Of Forty Dollars but was never released as a single.

Rosanne Cash and Bobby Bare both recorded the song. It took on a resurgence when it as featured on the TV Series Nashville Now.

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26. The Engineers Don't Wave From The Trains Anymore - Tom T Hall

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The Engineers Don't Wave From The Trains Anymore was never released as a single.

The track is found on the album with Earl Scruggs called The Storyteller And The Banjo Man from 1982.

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27. The Last Country Song - Tom T Hall

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The Last Country Song is from the 1979 album Ol T's In Town.

The song was never released as a single.

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28. The Ride - David Allan Coe

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The Ride is a great story about David Allan Coe the ride hitchhiking and being picked up by Hank Williams Sr. The song is from his 1983 album "Castles In The Sand" and reached #4 in the US and #2 in Canada. The album version leaves off the final spoken verse compared to the single release. Hank Williams Jr recorded this song before David Allan Coe and Tim McGraw also has a version.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, D, A, C, E
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29. The Tennessee Stud - Doc Watson

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Tennessee Stud was an old number going all the way back to 1959.

The song ended up on a 2003 album of the same name but was never released by Doc Watson as a single.


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30. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died

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The Year That Clayton Delaney Died was the first #1 hit song on the US country charts for Tom T Hall when it was released in 1971.

The song reached #6 in Canada and can be found on his album In Search Of A Song.

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31. Walk On Boy - Jimmy Dean

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Walk On Boy was actually a B-side to the single PT-109, which went to #1 for Jimmy Dean in 1962.

Sources indicate this song is from the 1962 album Portrait Of Jimmy Dean, but there is no ref on the album jacket that Walk On Boy was on this album.

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32. Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love - BJ Thomas

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Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love was a #1 in the US and Canada for BJ Thomas in 1983. It would be his last #1 in the US.

The track is from his album New Looks.

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33. What This World Needs Is A Few More Rednecks - Charlie Daniels

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What This World Needs Is A Few More Rednecks is a Charlie Daniels song off of his Simple Man album from 1990.

The song reached #56 in the US and #78 in Canada on the country charts.

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