1967: There Goes My Everything
> Songwriter(s): Dallas Frazier
> Performer / recording artist: Jack Greene
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 21 weeks between Nov. 5, 1966 and March 25, 1967
Dallas Frazier was one of country music’s most successful songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s. His hits included “Elvira,” “Mohair Sam” “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me),” and the non-country “Alley Oop,” as well as Country Music Association Song of the Year “There Goes My Everything” recorded by deep-voiced Jack “Jolly Greene Giant” Greene.
> Songwriter(s): Bobby Russell
> Performer / recording artist: Bobby Goldsboro
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 14 weeks between April 6, 1968
and July 6, 1968
Country and pop singer Bobby Goldsboro’s signature hit was penned by Bobby Russell, whose other big songs include “Little Green Apples” (which charted successively for Roger Miller, Patti Page, and O.C. Smith) and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” The latter was recorded by Russell’s wife Vicki Lawrence, a stalwart on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
1969: The Carroll County Accident
> Songwriter(s): Bob Ferguson
> Performer / recording artist: Porter Wagoner
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 21 weeks between Nov. 9, 1968 and March 29, 1969
A classic ’60s car-crash song, “The Carroll County Accident” was a 1968 hit for Porter Wagoner. The song is the work of Bob Ferguson — a legendary songwriter, record producer, actor, and writer who is given credit for helping to establish Nashville as America’s country music capital.
1970: Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
> Songwriter(s): Kris Kristofferson
> Performer / recording artist: Johnny Cash
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 15 weeks between Sep. 5, 1970 and Dec. 12, 1970
Rhodes scholar, singer-songwriter, and actor Kris Kristofferson saw four of his best-known works become hits in 1969 and ’70: “For the Good Times,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and this song, whose interpretation by Johnny Cash rose to No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Country charts.
1971: Easy Loving
> Songwriter(s): Freddie Hart
> Performer / recording artist: Freddie Hart
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 23 weeks between July 17, 1971 and Dec. 18, 1971
Freddie Hart, born Frederick Segrest, both wrote and recorded this country standard, achieving his first hit as a performer at the age of 44. His songs had earlier been recorded by such luminaries as Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Porter Wagoner, and Buck Owens.