It’s true. Peggy Sue Webb is one of four Webb siblings who have scored hits on the country charts. Her brother Jay Lee had a couple in the late sixties. And two of her sisters have had hall of fame-type careers, Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.
While Peggy’s success didn’t rival that of her sisters, she still has enjoyed a good career in the business, making six appearances on Billboard’s country top 40, and five on Cashbox. And her first appearance on both charts is today’s Single Of The Day, “I’m Dynamite”.
Released in late Spring, 1969, the single climbed the charts, throughout July and August. And here, it gets really interesting. Billboard and Cashbox had differences in their chart compiling methods; Cashbox, I’m told, put much more emphasis in juke box spins, for example. On the other hand, Billboard was mostly sales and radio spins. Also, I believe there was a significant difference in which radio stations reported to each magazine. With all that in mind, it helps explain how “I’m Dynamite” only peaked at 28 on Billboard, while climbing all the way to 10 on Cashbox.
On some of Peggy Sue’s records, you’d be hard pressed to find a connection to her sisters, when listening. “All American Husband” is a good example. But on this record, you can really hear the similarities between her and Loretta in the vocals. In fact, if you heard it and didn’t know who the artist was, you might well think it is Loretta Lynn. Loretta also wrote the song and if she hadn’t given it to Peggy Sue, this could have easily been a Loretta Lynn hit.
Peggy Sue would continue to chart singles through 1980. Her last country top 40 appearance on both charts coming in 1979. By that point, she had left the Decca/MCA group and was recording for the independent Door Knob label.
A really good record that is worthy of remembering in classic country music.
Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, and focuses on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.