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Happy Anniversary WGNA – No. 1 Hits Of 1973

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Forty years ago this week, the flip was switched and WGNA went on the air.

The first song played on WGNA was ‘Country Sunshine’ by Dottie West. From there, the first playlist was dominated by the biggest hits of 1973 that included the following No. 1 hits.

Do you remember any of these songs from the year WGNA went country?

Billboard’s No. 1 Country Hits of 1973 in chronological order:

Soul Song- Joe Stampley

Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine- Tom T. Hall

She Needs Someone To Hold Her When She Cries- Conway Twitty

I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me- Merle Haggard

Rated X- Loretta Lynn

The Lord Knows I’m Drinking- Cal Smith

‘Til I Get It Right- Tammy Wynette

Teddy Bear Song- Barbara Fairchild

Keep Me In Mind- Lynn Anderson

Super Kind of Woman- Freddie Hart

A Shoulder To Cry On- Charley Pride

Superman- Donna Fargo

Behind Closed Doors- Charlie Rich (pictured above in 1975 with son Alan)

Come Live With Me- Roy Clark

What’s Your Mama’s Name- Tanya Tucker

Satin Sheets- Jeannie Pruett

You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)- Johnny Rodriquez

Kids Say The Darndest Things- Tammy Wynette

Don’t Fight The Feelings Of Love- Charley Pride

Why Me- Kris Kristofferson

Love Is The Foundation- Loretta Lynn

You Were Always There- Donna Fargo

Lord, Mr. Ford- Jerry Reed

Trip To Heaven- Freddie Hart

Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man- Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty

Everybody’s Had The Blues- Merle Haggard

You’ve Never Been This Far Before- Conway Twitty

Blood Red and Goin’ Down- Tanya Tucker

You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me- Ray Price

Ridin’ My Thumb To Mexico- Johnny Rodriquuez

We’re Gonna Hold On- George Jones and Tammy Wynette

Paper Roses- Marie Osmond

The Most Beautiful Girl- Charlie Rich (No. 1 the day WGNA went on the air)

Amazing Long- Charley Pride

If We Make It Through December- Merle Haggard

Tune in to 1077/GNA Sunday morning (Dec. 8), 6-9 a.m., for a special tribute featuring John Stanley, Richie Phillips, Lou Roberts and one of the first voices and original program directors for WGNA Chris Warren!

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