Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Love - Stopping Hearts and Topping Charts since 1939

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Love - Stopping Hearts and Topping Charts since 1939

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DEAR JERRY: Now that Blake Shelton, with "Over," and his wife, Miranda Lambert, with "Fastest Girl in Town," are both on the Billboard singles chart, a new question has arisen. How common is it to find both husband and wife on either the pop or country charts simultaneously?

Even less likely would be three hits at the same time, one by each person and a third with them together. Has that ever happened?

- Pauline Huntington, Bloomington, Ind.

DEAR PAULINE: Beginning with the STC (Spousal Trifecta Challenge), a review of about 100 years of popular music turned up five months during which the husband and wife each had a solo hit, and another one as a duo.

Chronologically, they are

February 1939: Mildred Bailey ("Blame It on My Last Affair") - Red Norvo ("I Get Along Without You Very Well") -Mildred & Red ("I Go for That")

August 1965: Sonny ("Laugh at Me") - Cher ("All I Really Want to Do") - Sonny & Cher ("Baby Don't Go")

February 1972: George Jones ("We Can Make It") - Tammy Wynette ("Til I Get It Right") - George Jones & Tammy Wynette ("Take Me")

September 1979: Louise Mandrell ("I Never Loved Anyone Like I Love You") - R. C. Bannon ("Winners and Losers") - Louise Mandrell & R. C. Bannon ("Reunited")

May 1998: Faith Hill ("This Kiss") - Tim Mc-Graw ("One of These Days") - Faith Hill & Tim McGraw ("Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me")

Slightly more common are spouses with simultaneous solo hits, as in the Shelton-Lambert example. Besides the above five, here are 16 more

February 1959: Carl Smith ("The Best Years of Your Life") - Goldie Hill ("Yankee, Go Home")

October 1961: Skeeter Davis ("Optimistic") - Ralph Emery ("Hello Fool")

January 1963: Steve Lawrence ("Go Away Little Girl") - Eydie Gorme ("Blame It on the Bossa Nova")

August 1965: Johnny Wright ("Hello Vietnam") - Kitty Wells ("Meanwhile, Down at Joe's")

September 1965: Merle Haggard ("I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can") - Bonnie Owens ("Number One Heel")

May 1967: Andy Williams ("Music to Watch Girls By") - Claudine Longet ("Hello Hello")

April 1971: Johnny Cash ("Man in Black") - June Carter Cash ("A Good Man")

December 1972: James Taylor ("Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight") - Carly Simon ("You're So Vain")

April 1973: Kris Kristofferson ("Why Me") - Rita Coolidge ("Whiskey, Whiskey")

November 1974: Barry White ("You're the First, the Last, My Everything") - Glodean James (of Love Unlimited) ("I Belong to You")

September 1975: Waylon Jennings ("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way") - Jessi Colter ("What's Happened to Blue Eyes")

January 1981: John Lennon ("Woman") - Yoko Ono ("Walking on Thin Ice")

October 1981: Rosanne Cash ("My Baby Thinks He's a Train") - Rodney Crowell ("Stars on the Water")

December 1982: Ricky Skaggs ("I Wouldn't Change You if I Could") - Sharon White (of the Whites) ("Hangin' Around")

July 1994: Trisha Yearwood ("XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)" - Robert Reynolds (of the Mavericks) ("O What a Thrill")

September 2006: Jessica Simpson ("A Public Affair") - Nick Lachey ("I Can't Hate You Anymore")

If others are discovered, we will add them to the list for future music and marital scholars. …

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