Showing posts with label 1960. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1960. Show all posts

Johnny Tillotson - Poetry In Motion on Hits Of The 60s (1960)

"Poetry in Motion" is a UK number-one hit single in 1961, recorded amongst others by Johnny Tillotson.

The song was written by Paul Kaufman (1930–1999) and Mike Anthony (born 1930), who said that the inspiration for it came from looking up from their work and seeing a procession of young ladies from a nearby school pass by on the sidewalk outside each afternoon. Bill Porter supervised the recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, which featured saxophonist Boots Randolph and pianist Floyd Cramer. An alternative version, with King Curtis on saxophone, was recorded some weeks earlier and published by Bear Family Records in 2011.



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In the US Billboard Hot 100, "Poetry in Motion" peaked at number 2 in November 1960; in the UK Singles Chart it hit No. 1 in January 1961, and also made the charts on reissue in 1979.

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Marv Johnson - You Got What It Takes on Complete Sixties (1960)

Marv Johnson - You Got What It Takes on Complete Sixties (1960)
"You Got What It Takes" is a 1959 single by Marv Johnson. In the US it reached #2 on the Black Singles chart, and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 early in 1960. In the UK Singles Chart it reached a high of #7. The original recording of You Got What It Takes was by Bobby Parker on Vee-Jay 279 in 1958. Parker claims to have written the song, but later cover recordings credit Berry Gordy, Gwen Gordy, Billy Davis, and sometimes Marv Johnson.



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Bobby Rydell - Swingin' School on The Best Of Bobby Rydell (1960)

Bobby Rydell - Swingin' School on The Best Of Bobby Rydell (1960)
"Swingin' School" is a song released in 1960 by Bobby Rydell. The song was from the film "Because They're Young”. "Swingin' School" spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 5, while reaching No. 11 in Flemish Belgium, and No. 44 in the United Kingdom. Paired with its flip-side, "Ding-A-Ling", "Swingin' School" reached No. 1 in Australia and No. 2 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.



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Connie Stevens - Sixteen Reasons on As Cricket In Hawaiian Eye (1960)

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"Sixteen Reasons (Why I Love You)" is a list song written by Bill and Doree Post which in 1960 reached #3 via a recording by Connie Stevens.

The composers: Bill and Doree Post, were a husband-and-wife team from Kansas who had several single releases on Crest Records but their own version of "Sixteen Reasons" was not released until 1963: Doree Post was then deceased having been claimed by stomach cancer on 24 July 1961.



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Stevens' single - arrangement and accompaniment by Don Ralke - was issued in December 1959 with the Robert Allen composition "Little Sister" being the intended A-side - another version of the last-named song by Cathy Carr was issued as a single at the same time - but it was as "Sixteen Reasons" that Stevens' single debuted at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 1 February 1960, to reach #3 on the chart dated 9 May 1960.

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Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay on The Best Of Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs (1960)

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"Stay" is a doo-wop song written by Maurice Williams and first recorded in 1960 by Williams with his group the Zodiacs. Commercially successful recordings were later also issued by both the Hollies and the Four Seasons.

The song was written by Williams in 1953 when he was 15 years old. He had been trying to convince his date not to go home at 10 o'clock as she was supposed to. He lost the argument, but as he was to relate years later, "Like a flood, the words just came to me."



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Ricky Nelson - Young Emotions on Lengendary Masters - Volume 1 (1960)

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"Young Emotions" is a song written by Jerry Livingston and Mack David and performed by Ricky Nelson. The song reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #28 on the R&B chart, and #48 in the UK in 1960. The single's B-side, "Right by My Side", reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is ranked #85 on Billboard magazine's Top 100 songs of 1960.



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Marty Robbins - El Paso on Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs (1960)

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Reconsidering such a Latin (and more specifically mariachi) tinge in country music helps to understand why the 1959 song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins became such a huge hit for Robbins as well as a significant part of country music's history. Released in 1959, "El Paso" was the first song to rule the pop charts as the 1960s were ushered in, and propelled Marty Robbins to critical acclaim (e.g., a Grammy Award) and major commercial success. In fact, Marty Robbins was so successful with "El Paso" that it eventually spawned two popular sequel songs, "Faleena" and "El Paso City", more Grammy Awards for Robbins and other accolades, and eventually helped Robbins get elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. 



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Of course, of relevance for this analysis, "El Paso" was a Mexican corrido translated into English, and beyond the obvious outlaw/gunfighter narrative that puts it squarely within Mexican corrido tradition, the vocalizations by Marty Robbins left no doubt that he was mimicking Mexico's ranchera (or mariachi) singing style. Nonetheless, "El Paso" was so significant that it eventually resurfaced in rock music as a cover by the Grateful Dead and others.

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Brenda Lee - I Want To Be Wanted on Greatest Country Songs (1960)

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"I Want to Be Wanted" is a popular song sung by Brenda Lee that was a number-one song in the United States during the year 1960. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the issue dated October 24, 1960, and remained there for one week. It is an Italian song, Per tutta la vita (For all lifetime), that was in the original version of Never on Sunday. This was Brenda Lee's second number-one single, her first being "I'm Sorry". The English lyrics of "I Want to Be Wanted" were written by Kim Gannon.



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Frankie Avalon - Why on The Best Of Frankie Avalon (1960)

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"Why" is a hit song recorded by Frankie Avalon in 1959 that went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart published on the week of December 28, 1959 "for the week ending of January 2nd, 1960", making it the last No. 1 single of the 1950s, and the first No. 1 single of the 1960s at the same time. The single also became the first No. 1 single of the 1960s on the Cashbox magazine charts. The song was written by Avalon's manager and record producer Robert "Bob" Marcucci and Peter De Angelis. It was Avalon's second and final No. 1 hit.



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Johnny Burnette - Dreamin' on The Very Best Of Johnny Burnette: Dreamin' (1960)

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"Dreamin'" is a song written by Barry De Vorzon and Ted Ellis and performed by Johnny Burnette. The song reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. The song appeared on his 1960 album, Dreamin.

The song was produced by Snuff Garrett. the personnel on the original recording included Howard Roberts and Vincent Terri on guitar, and Jerry Allison on drums.



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Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want) on The Best Of Barrett Strong: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (1960)

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"Money (That's What I Want)" is a song written by Tamla founder Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford that became the first hit record for Gordy's Motown enterprise. The song was recorded in 1959 by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label, distributed nationally on Anna Records. It went on to be covered by many artists, including the Beatles in 1963 and the Flying Lizards in 1979.



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Bobby Darin - Beyond The Sea on The Ultimate Bobby Darin (1960)

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"Beyond the Sea" is a 1946 contemporary pop romantic love song by Jack Lawrence, with music taken from the song "La Mer" by Charles Trenet.

Trenet had composed "La Mer" (which means "the Sea") with French lyrics completely different and unrelated to the English-language version that Lawrence later wrote. Trenet's French version was a homage and ode to the changing moods of the sea, while Lawrence, by just adding one word "Beyond" to the title, gave him the start whereby he made the song into one of a dear lover mourning for a lost love.



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It has been recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin's version released in 1959 is the best known by many, reaching no. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, no. 15 on the US R&B Chart, and no. 8 in the UK Singles Chart and no 32 in Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1960.

Prior to Bobby Darin, two recordings reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Benny Goodman's version charted in 1948, and was featured in the Cary Grant/Betsy Drake romantic comedy Every Girl Should Be Married. Roger Williams' recording reached no. 37 in 1955.

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The Everly Brothers - Let It Be Me on The Broons Big Braw Party Album (1960)

The Everly Brothers - Let It Be Me on The Broons Big Braw Party Album (1960)
"Let It Be Me" is a popular song originally published in French in 1955 as "Je t'appartiens". It became popular worldwide with an English version by The Everly Brothers and later with the duet by Betty Everett and Jerry Butler.

The Everly Brothers helped to further popularize the song with their 1960 rendition of "Let It Be Me" which reached 7th position on the Billboard Hot 100. The harmony arrangement of this version was often emulated in subsequent remakes. This was the first Everly Brothers single to be recorded in New York, and not in Nashville. The musicians that backed up the brothers on the record included Howard Collins, Barry Galbraith and Mundell Lowe on guitar, Lloyd Trotman on bass, Jerry Allison on drums and Hank Rowland on piano.



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Chubby Checker - The Twist on Best Of 1959-1963 (1960)

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"The Twist" is an American pop song written and originally released in early 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side to "Teardrops on Your Letter". Ballard's version was a moderate 1960 hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chubby Checker's 1960 cover version of the song gave birth to the Twist dance craze. His single became a hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960, where it stayed for one week, and setting a record as the only song to reach number 1 in two different chart runs when it resurfaced and topped the chart again for two weeks starting on January 13, 1962.

In 1988, "The Twist" again became popular due to a new recording of the song by The Fat Boys featuring Chubby Checker. This version reached number 2 in the United Kingdom and number 1 in Germany. In 2014, Billboard magazine declared the song the "biggest hit" of the 1960s.



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Special of the day: Roy Orbinson - Only The Lonely (1960)

Special of the day: Roy Orbinson - Only The Lonely (1960)





"Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)" is a 1960 song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. Produced by Fred Foster for Monument Records it became the first major hit for Orbison. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time except It's Now or Never by Elvis Presley, described by the New York Times as expressing "a clenched, driven urgency". It is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May 1960, "Only the Lonely" went to No. 2 on the United States Billboard pop music charts on 25 July 1960 (blocked by Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry") & No. 14 on the Billboard R&B charts. "Only the Lonely" reached Number One in the United Kingdom, a position it achieved on 20 October 1960, staying there for two weeks (out of a total of 24 weeks spent on the UK singles chart from 28 July 1960). the personnel who were featured on the original recording included Orbison's session regulars Buddy Harman on drums, Floyd Cramer on piano and Bob Moore on bass with Hank Garland and Harold Bradley on guitar.

In 1999, "Only the Lonely" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 232 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.