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Billboard Top Country Hits: 1959

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The year is 1959 and the top of the country charts features a surprising mix of material. From the latter-day honky tonk of Webb Pierce ("I Ain't Never") to the latest pop crossover bid from Faron Young, this bargain disc spotlights some classic fare by future Hall of Fame figures like Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Buck Owens. And if you're game for a history lesson, Johnny Horton will provide it in fine kitsch style with his "Battle of New Orleans." A tidy way for country buffs to brush up on their Billboard archives.

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