NASHVILLE Country singer Kenny Rogers gets his first #1 single since 1986 this week, as his song "Buy Me a Rose" topples George Strait's "The Best Day" on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Garth Brooks also returns to the chart with a song taken from a movie.
Rogers last had a #1 radio hit in 1986 with "Tomb of the Unknown Love" (although he shared a #1 hit with Ronnie Milsap in 1987 with "Make No Mistake, She's Mine"). "Buy Me a Rose" (RealAudio excerpt) makes Rogers, 61, the oldest country singer to have a #1 hit, according to Billboard. Hank Snow hit #1 with "Hello Love" in 1974 when he was 59.
Strait's song drops to #2. At #3 is Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me," at #4 is Andy Griggs' "She's More" and at #5 is Phil Vassar's "Carlene."
Debuting at #59 is Brooks' "When You Come Back to Me Again," from the movie "Frequency." The song, which is available only as a music video on VH1, CMT and GAC, has been copied from the video and played by several radio stations. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns VH1.)
Other debuts are George Jones' "Sinners and Saints" at #65 and Alecia Elliot's "You Wanna What?" at #71.