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Chart Rewind: In 1991, Mark Chesnutt's 'Jukebox' Played All the Way to No. 1

Mark Chesnutt
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Mark Chesnutt

The Texan achieved his first of nine Hot Country Songs leaders.

On Feb. 9, 1991, Mark Chesnutt's "Brother Jukebox" ascended for its first of two weeks atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking his first leader on the list.

Penned by Paul Craft, the song was originally recorded by Don Everly, half of famed duo The Everly Brothers; his version reached No. 96 in 1977.

Chesnutt's take was released as the second single from his debut MCA album Too Cold at Home, which produced five top 10 Hot Country Songs hits. The title-track lead single (No. 3, 1990) started a run of his first 12 entries all reaching the top 10 through 1994.

Chesnutt, born in Beaumont, Texas, quit high school in 11th grade and was performing in Texas clubs by age 17. Known for his honky-tonk style of traditional country music, he has racked up 40 Hot Country Songs entries, including nine No. 1s among 20 top 10s. He won the Horizon Award as the best emerging artist at the 1993 Country Music Association Awards.

In 2016, Chesnutt, now 57, released his most recent LP, Tradition Lives, which reached No. 22 on Top Country Albums.