1940 in Country Music
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1940 in Country Music

This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1940.


  • April 4 -- Ernest Tubb makes his first recordings for Decca Records, a label where he will remain for more than 30 years.

Top hits of the year

Single Artist
"Blue Eyed Darling" Roy Acuff
"Blue Eyed Ellaine" Ernest Tubb
"Blueberry Hill" Gene Autry
"Cimmaron" Jimmy Wakely
"Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye" Gene Autry
"I'll Get Along Somehow" Ernest Tubb
"I'll Keep On Loving You" Floyd Tillman
"I'll Keep On Loving You" Cliff Bruner
"I'll Never Cry Over You" Ernest Tubb
"Ida Red" Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
"Just To Ease My Worried Mind" Roy Acuff
"Lone Star Rag" Bob Wills
"My Baby and My Wife" Ernest Tubb
"My Window Faces the South" Bob Wills
"New San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
"Old Age Pension Check" Roy Acuff
"Old Fashioned Love" Roy Acuff
"El Rancho Grande" Gene Autry
"Smokey Mountain Rag" Roy Acuff
"South Of The Border" Gene Autry
"Streamlined Cannonball" Roy Acuff
"There's a Chill on the Hill" Jimmie Davis
"Too Late" Jimmy Wakely
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds" Bing Crosby
"Weary River" Roy Acuff
"Worried Mind" Ted Daffan's Texans
"Worried Mind" Jimmie Davis
"You Are My Sunshine" Bob Atcher
"You Are My Sunshine" Jimmie Davis

Top new album releases


  • January 8 -- Cristy Lane, Christian singer who also enjoyed secular success as a country performer in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • June 23 - Diana Trask, Australian-born singer who enjoyed American success in the early 1970s.
  • August 5 -- Bobby Braddock, prominent songwriter with more than 40 years of success; later, producer for Blake Shelton.
  • August 10 - Jerry Kennedy, prominent producer from the 1960s through early 1990s.


Further reading

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel. "Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of American Popular Music," Record Research Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, 1986 (ISBN 0-89820-083-0).

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