Chesney Gets Willie Nelson Back on the Charts

posted October 24th, 2008 at 10:36 am

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by Josh Martn

“That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)” has broken onto the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, marking the first time in five years that Willie Nelson has appeared on a Billboard chart:

Willie Nelson is such an iconic figure that it might seem he is always hanging out on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs tally.

But this week’s No. 56 debut of “That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)” — credited to Kenny Chesney with Willie Nelson — is the first chart appearance by the country legend in almost five years. Nelson was last on the survey in January 2004 with another Chesney collaboration, the holiday song “Pretty Paper.”

The debut of “That Lucky Old Sun” expands Nelson’s country singles chart span to more than 46 years, dating back to the March 1962 debut of “Willingly.” “That Lucky Old Sun” is Nelson’s 121st chart entry, and while that sounds like a huge amount, it’s good enough to rank him only fourth among artists with the most entries in the 64-year history of this survey. The top three: George Jones (165), Eddy Arnold (143) and Johnny Cash (135).

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