On Jan. eight, 1944, Billboard printed its first model of a rustic songs chart, with a number of recordings of "Pistol Packin' Mama" main the then-named Most Played Juke Box Folk Records checklist.
The chart was subtitled "Hillbillies, Spirituals, Cowboy Songs, and so forth." and ranked "the most well-liked Folk information on automated phonographs thruout [sic] the nation."
Three interpretations of the track confirmed atop the inaugural tally, by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters; Al Dexter, the track's author; and Don Baxter.
"Mama" turned a wartime anthem, with many U.S. troops christening their fighter planes, cannons and tanks "Mama." Notably, a gaggle of feminine fighter pilots, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), adorned their B-17 bomber after the track.
"Mama" has additionally been recorded by a number of different acts, together with Tex Ritter and Frank Sinatra, whereas the 1943 New York Yankees reportedly sang the track of their clubhouse after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals within the World Series.
The Andrews Sisters, consisting of Patty, LaVerne and Maxene, had been royalty through the 1940s, scoring their signature hit in 1941 with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." They acquired a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987.
Meanwhile, Crosby's 1942 basic "White Christmas" returns every year. The carol from the late legend of stage, display screen and track rose to No. 34 on Jan. 5-dated Billboard Hot 100, marking its highest rank since 1962.
As for the evolution of Billboard's nation charts, a rustic track gross sales survey joined the juke field tally in 1948 and a disc jockey rating adopted in 1949, forward of the all-encompassing Hot C&W Sides chart in 1958. Top Country Albums premiered in 1964; the Nielsen Music-powered Country Airplay chart launched in 1990; and Hot Country Songs adopted its present airplay-, streaming- and sales-based methodology in 2012.