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April 28

Why today? Decca released Webb Pierce’s fifth single for the label, and his second to top the charts, on this date in 1952.

About the record: Decca 9-28091, recorded Feb. 29, 1952, at the Castle Studio in downtown Nashville. Released April 28 that year, eventually reaching No. 1 on Billboard‘s country chart. First LP appearance was on Wondering Boy, Decca DL-8295, released in August 1956.

Sometimes I just feel like hearing a good, nasal, honky-tonk wailer. This is one of those times. “That Heart Belongs To Me” is one of several examples of Webb Pierce’s ability to craft a memorable melody and a memorable lyric — “There are so many flirty guys with flirty, flirty ways” is quite a kickoff, huh?

And he’s got quite a band backing him — Grady Martin and Billy Byrd on guitars. Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Jimmy Day on steel.

About the artist: We last visited with ol’ Webb in February, featuring another early cut from that same compilation album. Check out the post for a little background on Pierce’s iconoclastic nature.

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