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Stonewall Jackson’s breakthrough in the country Top 40 came in late 1958, with a song written by George Jones, ‘Life to Go’. It peaked at #2 in early 1959 and his follow-up record, ‘Waterloo’, was #1 for five weeks and crossed over into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it reached #4. The track also reached #24 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1959. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. His next #1 hit came in 1964, with ‘B.J. the D.J.’ and in 1963, Jackson was the first artist to record a live album from the Grand Ole Opry with Old Showboat.
From 1958 to 1971, Jackson had 35 Top 40 country hits and along with Ray Price, is considered a cornerstone, after Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, of the hard-driving honky tonk sound in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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