1947: ‘Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)’ by Tex Williams

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Number of weeks spent as #1: 15

In retrospect, a song encouraging people to smoke may not have been the best idea. It was nevertheless a smashing success for Tex Williams, who recorded the song with fellow country legend Merle Travis in 1947. Williams was known for his “talking blues” style, and grew up in Illinois, as opposed to the traditional Southern upbringings of most western swing artists of the time.