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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 1961.
(as certified by Billboard)
|Date||Single Name||Artist||Wks. No.1||Spec. Note|
|January 9||North to Alaska||Johnny Horton||5||[B]|
|February 27||Don't Worry||Marty Robbins||10|
|May 8||Hello Walls||Faron Young||9|
|July 10||Heartbreak U.S.A.||Kitty Wells||4||[B]|
|August 7||I Fall to Pieces||Patsy Cline||2|| [A]|
|August 21||Tender Years||George Jones||7||  |
|September 25||Walk on By||Leroy Van Dyke||19|| [C]|
|November 20||Big Bad John||Jimmy Dean||2||[A]|
|9||Be Quiet Mind||Del Reeves|
|5||Beggar to a King||Hank Snow|
|18||Big, Big Love||Wynn Stewart|
|7||Big River, Big Man||Claude King|
|16||Black Land Farmer||Frankie Miller|
|4||The Blizzard||Jim Reeves|
|14||Blue Blue Day||The Wilburn Brothers|
|14||Conscience I'm Guilty||Rose Maddox|
|16||Cozy Inn||Leon McAuliffe|
|11||Crazy Bullfrog||Lewis Pruitt|
|15||Did I Ever Tell You||George Jones and Margie Singleton|
|14||Diggy Liggy Lo||Rusty & Doug|
|14||Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die||Reno and Smiley|
|14||Everybody's Dying for Love||Jimmy C. Newman|
|16||Family Bible||George Jones|
|9||Flat Top||Cowboy Copas|
|2||Foolin' Around||Buck Owens|
|15||Forever Gone||Ernest Ashworth|
|20||Forget the Past||Faron Young|
|12||From Here to There to You||Hank Locklin|
|10||Go Home||Flatt & Scruggs|
|11||The Hands You're Holding Now||Skeeter Davis|
|12||Hangover Tavern||Hank Thompson|
|7||Happy Birthday to Me||Hank Locklin|
|5||Heart Over Mind||Ray Price|
|4||Hello Fool||Ralph Emery|
|7||How Do You Talk to a Baby||Webb Pierce|
|5||I Dreamed of a Hill-Billy Heaven||Tex Ritter|
|12||I Love You Best of All||The Louvin Brothers|
|15||I Want to Live Again||Rose Maddox|
|9||I Went Out of My Way (To Make You Happy)||Roy Drusky|
|10||I'd Rather Loan You Out||Roy Drusky|
|4||I'll Just Have a Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go)||Claude Gray|
|17||In Memory of Johnny Horton||Johnny Hardy|
|3||It's Your World||Marty Robbins|
|11||Kisses Never Lie||Carl Smith|
|14||Kissing My Pillow||Rose Maddox|
|11||Last Date||Floyd Cramer|
|5||Let Forgiveness In||Webb Pierce|
|4||Loose Talk||Buck Owens and Rose Maddox|
|10||Louisiana Man||Rusty & Doug|
|7||Loving You (Was Worth This Broken Heart)||Bob Gallion|
|8||Mental Cruelty||Buck Owens and Rose Maddox|
|3||My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About)||Claude Gray|
|5||My Last Date (With You)||Skeeter Davis|
|7||Odds and Ends (Bits and Pieces)||Warren Smith|
|13||Oh Lonesome Me||Johnny Cash|
|7||Oklahoma Hills||Hank Thompson|
|17||One Grain of Sand||Eddy Arnold|
|14||One Step Ahead of My Past||Hank Locklin|
|20||One Way Street||Bob Gallion|
|19||The Other Cheek||Kitty Wells|
|11||Please Mr. Kennedy||Jim Nesbitt|
|9||Po' Folks||Bill Anderson|
|12||Polka on a Banjo||Flatt & Scruggs|
|15||Ragged but Right||Moon Mullican|
|11||The Restless One||Hank Snow|
|9||Right or Wrong||Wanda Jackson|
|8||San Antonio Rose||Floyd Cramer|
|2||Sea of Heartbreak||Don Gibson|
|10||Signed Sealed and Delivered||Cowboy Copas|
|20||Sleep, Baby, Sleep||Connie Hall|
|9||Sleepy-Eyed John||Johnny Horton|
|3||Soft Rain||Ray Price|
|16||Stand at Your Window||Jim Reeves|
|12||Sunny Tennessee||Cowboy Copas|
|6||Sweet Dreams||Don Gibson|
|3||Sweet Lips||Webb Pierce|
|20||Sweethearts Again||Bob Gallion|
|20||There Must Be Another Way to Live||Kitty Wells|
|16||Thoughts of a Fool||Ernest Tubb|
|2||Three Hearts in a Tangle||Roy Drusky|
|9||Three Steps to the Phone (Millions of Miles)||George Hamilton IV|
|14||Through That Door||Ernest Tubb|
|13||To You and Yours (From Me and Mine)||George Hamilton IV|
|10||Too Many Times||Don Winters|
|13||Twenty-Fourth Hour||Ray Price|
|2||Under the Influence of Love||Buck Owens|
|9||Walk Out Backwards||Bill Anderson|
|5||Walking the Streets||Webb Pierce|
|15||What Would You Do||Jim Reeves|
|6||When Two Worlds Collide||Roger Miller|
|2||Window Up Above||George Jones|
|8||Wreck on the Highway||Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper|
|14||You Don't Want My Love||Roger Miller|
|4||You're the Reason||Bobby Edwards|
|14||You're the Reason||Hank Locklin|
|16||You're the Reason||Joe South|
|10||Your Old Love Letters||Porter Wagoner|
|At the Golden Nugget||Hank Thompson||Capitol|
|Buck Owens||Buck Owens||Capitol|
|Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard||Buck Owens||Capitol|
|Chet Atkins' Workshop||Chet Atkins||RCA|
|Cowboy Copas Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous||Cowboy Copas||Starday|
|Got You on My Mind||Jean Shepard||Capitol|
|Here's the Answer||Skeeter Davis||RCA|
|Hank Snow Souvenirs||Hank Snow||RCA|
|Chet Atkins in Hollywood||Chet Atkins||RCA|
|Let's Make Memories Tonight||Eddy Arnold||RCA|
|A Man and His Guitar||Chet Atkins||RCA|
|The Most Popular Guitar||Chet Atkins||RCA|
|Our Favorite Folk Songs||The Browns||RCA|
|Patsy Cline Showcase||Patsy Cline||Decca|
|Right or Wrong||Wanda Jackson||Capitol|
|San Antonio Rose||Ray Price||Columbia|
|The Wild, Wicked But Wonderful West||Johnny Bond||Starday|
|The Versatile Burl Ives||Burl Ives||Decca|
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Ellen Muriel Deason, known professionally as Kitty Wells, was an American pioneering female country music singer. She broke down a barrier to women in country music with her 1952 hit recording "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", which also made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts and turned her into the first female country superstar. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” would also be her first of several pop crossover hits. Wells is the only artist to be awarded top female vocalist awards for 14 consecutive years. Her chart-topping hits continued until the mid 1960s, paving the way for and inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.
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