Having just reached the end of the 1960's with: EVERY Billboard #1 country hit of the 1960's discussion thread we now turn the page over to the first half of the 1970's, as the last half was already looked at year by year: EVERY Billboard #1 country hit of 1975 discussion thread EVERY Billboard #1 country hit of 1976 discussion thread. EVERY Billboard #1 country hit of 1977 discussion thread EVERY Billboard #1 country hit of 1978 discussion thread EVERY Billboard #1 country hit of 1979 discussion thread In this half, Conway Twitty attained full country superstardom, Loretta Lynn was at her peak, and such stars as Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette were still attaining hits with regularity. In the first year of this decade we would see #1's from such first-timers to the summit as Lynn Anderson, Hank Williams, Jr. and Tom T. Hall (and only-timers such as Dave Dudley and Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan). As the decade unfolded, George Jones would emerge from his Musicor shell with a change of labels to Epic (and of producers to Billy Sherrill), and such now-legends as Roy Clark, Jerry Reed, Sammi Smith, Charlie Rich, Waylon Jennings, Donna Fargo, Mel Tillis, Ronnie Milsap, Tanya Tucker, Joe Stampley, Barbara Fairchild, Johnny Rodriguez, Freddie Hart, Mickey Gilley, Billy "Crash" Craddock, and Dolly Parton would also have their first toppers. The TV series Hee Haw - begun as a summer replacement the prior year - would take off like a rocket, so much so that after CBS cancelled it in 1971 and it went into first-run syndication, it would become one of the three biggest successes of the syndicated world for the rest of the decade (along with another network orphan, The Lawrence Welk Show, and Soul Train). Over the years, Hee Haw would spotlight these and more top country acts. As we go by year, the number of chart #1's per year will increase exponentially. In 1970, 23 songs made the top spot; by 1974 that would go up to 41. Because of this, a new #1 will be unveiled every day, as we are doing with: EVERY Billboard #1 country hit discussion thread 1980-1984 (the magnitude of which warrants dividing up the decade by two threads; 1985-1989 will follow) Meanwhile, for those more nostalgically inclined, there are these threads to peruse through and add any thoughts: EVERY Billboard #1 country hit discussion thread 1944-1949 EVERY Billboard #1 country hit discussion thread 1950-1954 EVERY Billboard #1 country hit discussion thread 1955-1959 After a break, the first #1 of the 1970's.