October 28

Remembering Porter Wagoner, The Legendary Country Icon, and His Music


In October 2007, Porter Wagoner took his last breath. He was surrounded by his loved ones and with his long-time work partner Dolly Parton. It was a sad day indeed as a country icon was taken away from the country music industry, but despite that, he left us with his greatest works. Since today marks his 12th death anniversary, let us gather together to honor and remember the man behind great country hits, and the one who helped Parton on her career.

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Remembering Porter Wagoner on his 12th death anniversary. Photo via countrymusichalloffame.org

In his years as a solo country artist, Wagoner had two number one songs on the Billboard country chart, and those were “A Satisfied Mind” and “Misery Loves Company.” His other number one hits came from his duet with Parton. Let us take a look at some of his number one songs on the chart.

Porter Wagoner’s Number One Songs

“A Satisfied Mind”

This is one of the songs Wagoner had that established him as a country singer. It was his first single to place at number one during his earlier days. It was penned by songwriters Joe “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes.

This single is closely attached to Wagoner’s name, not only because he was the first to record it and it reached number one, but the words to the song are inspiring and wonderful. It’s a great song to teach us what truly matters in life.

Money can’t buy back your youth when you’re old
Or a friend when you’re lonely, or a love that’s grown cold
The wealthiest person is a pauper at times
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind

“Misery Loves Company”

Tell funny stories, turn the jukebox up loud
Come on sit at my table where the drinks are on me
Just gather ’round me cause misery loves a company

A song about broken hearts and drowning oneself to take away the misery is the theme of Wagoner’s second number one song on the chart. It was released as a single in 1961 from his album A Slice of Life. 

“Please Don’t Stop Loving Me”

Wagoner was one of the reasons why Parton was noticed by the public. He took a chance with her talent and invited her into his TV show in 1967. The two became instant friends and an amazing duo, making songs together that charted. One of their best duets was with the song “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me.” The song was also written by the duo.

You’re my inspiration, my purpose in life
When things go all wrong, you make them all right
I would be useless if you ever leave
So please, oh please don’t stop loving me

Those are just his number one hits. Wagoner also had songs that entered the country chart that placed on the top 10.


Dolly Parton, Porter Wagner

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