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He had country music’s first No. 1 with pedal steel



On February 20, 1954, country music star Webb Pierce (pictured above) held the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Country & Western charts with “Slowly,” the first No. 1 country song to feature the pedal steel guitar. By the end of 1954, Pierce had four songs in Billboard’s C&W Top 10 for the week ending December 24, 1954. In addition to “Slowly” at No. 3, Pierce had “Even, Tho” at No. 4, “More and More” at No. 6 and “There Stands the Glass” at No. 8. The chart was published in the December 30, 1954 edition of The Mountain Eagle.

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