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The original Cash Box Magazine was a weekly coin-machine and music-industry
publication from July 1942 through its last issue dated November 16, 1996. Cash Box published its
first Country chart, under the banner The Nations Big 5 Hillbilly, Folk & Western Juke Box
Tunes, in the issue dated August 18, 1947. That week and the following week, Cash Box listed
seven additional titles below the Top 5, under the sub-banner On The Way Up. After that, the
number of additional titles was reduced to five, under the sub-banner Additional Tunes Listed Below
In Order Of Popularity (essentially expanding the chart to a Top 10).|
In the issue dated Sept. 29, 1951, Cash Box began numbering all 10 records on the chart and changed Big 5 to Big 10 in the main banner.
In the issue dated March 14, 1953, Cash Box introduced its Country best-sellers chart, under the banner The 10 Top Folk & Western Best Sellers (compiled by Jack One Spot Tunis). Since the juke box chart was given more prominence at the time, this archive includes both the juke box and best-sellers charts from that point through the end of 1954. Beginning with 1955, the archive focuses solely on the best-sellers chart, as it was the forerunner of the Country charts in subsequent years.
In the issue dated Oct. 30, 1954, Cash Box replaced the terminology [Hillbilly,] Folk & Western with the word Country on both the juke box and best-sellers charts.
In the issue dated June 4, 1955, Cash Box appended five additional titles below the Top 10 on the best-sellers chart (sometimes with more than one title listed at #15). In the July 28, 1956, issue, the banner over the chart was changed to read Country Best Sellers In Retail Outlets.
In the issue dated Jan. 5, 1957, the number of additional positions was expanded to 10 (with more than one title listed at #20 most weeks). The number of additional positions below the Top 10 increased to 15 in the Feb. 15, 1958, issue; and to 20 in the March 8, 1958, issue (again, with multiple titles listed in the anchor position most weeks).
The number of additional titles below the Top 10 was increased to 25 in the issue dated August 2, 1958. In the March 21, 1959, issue, the main portion of the chart was increased from 10 positions to 20, with 15 additional titles listed below that, maintaining the total of 35 positions. In the issue dated April 18, 1959, the chart was expanded to 50 positions and the banner changed to The Cash Box Country Top 50 Across The Nation.
In the issue dated May 21, 1966, the chart was expanded to 60 positions. In the issue dated February 26, 1972, the chart was expanded to 75 positions, and in the issue dated June 7, 1975, it was expanded to 100 positions.
Beginning with the issue dated September 22, 1973, Cash Box also published the Country Looking Ahead chart, which listed as many as 25 up-and-coming records that showed signs of breaking into the main Country singles chart. These charts were included in the magazine up through the May 31, 1975, issue. In the issue dated March 27, 1976, Cash Box effectively reinstated the Country Looking Ahead chart when it began listing the records in the Country Singles Active Extras list in rank order. That version of Country Looking Ahead was included through the January 1, 1977, issue. A link at the bottom of each weekly chart page during those periods points to the Country Looking Ahead chart for that week.
This archive currently includes the Country charts from the 1940s through the 70s. The charts from the 80s and 90s will be added as time permits.
(Click on the links to the left to access the Pop Singles and R&B Singles sections of the archive.)
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