Some classic country songs from the 1940s include "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe and "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" by Tex Williams. A few other hits were "Slippin' Around" by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely, and "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
The song "New San Antonio Rose," by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, was re-released in 1944 with new lyrics and a different vocalist, Tommy Duncan. Also in 1944, Red Foley released a song about World War II called "Smoke On the Water" that stayed on the charts for 13 weeks. The song "Candy Kisses," by George Morgan, was recorded at Columbia Records and launched Morgan's career.
In 1941, Ernest Tubb released "Walking the Floor Over You," a song that launched Tubb's chance to tour with the Texas Troubadours. Hank Williams released many great Country songs, but in 1949 he released his first number-one single, called "Lovesick Blues." Hank Williams would later become known as one of the greatest American songwriters. Eddy Arnold was the number-one artist of the 1940s on the Billboard charts. In 1948, he released the song, "Bouquet Of Roses," which was one of only six songs at number one for the entire year. Of the other five number-one songs, Arnold wrote four.