Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Billboard Hot 100 - 1961

The year is 1961 and just when you thought that rock & roll was the only sound on the radio dial along comes Motown Records. Named after its home town of Detroit, Michigan it signed up groups who were up and coming mega stars like The Supreme's and The Miracles whose 1961 hit "Shop Around" sold over a million copies and put the relatively new record label on the charts. Another Motown star was Ray Charles with the chart toppers "Hit the Road Jack" and "Let The Good Times Roll". The Motown sound was a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence which contributed major influences to the American music scene. It's creator Berry Gordy Jr. a song writer himself, would run the record label until 1988 when he sold his rights to MCA Universal Music.
Ricky (Rick) Nelson turned 21 this year and to celebrate he dropped the "y" from his name. To help promote his TV show a video recording was made of his performance of "Travelin' Man" which some believe is the first music video. The song made it to No1 for two weeks.
music of 1961

Wonderland By NightBert Kaempfert31/09
Will You Love Me TomorrowThe Shirelles21/30
CalcuttaLawrence Welk22/13
Pony TimeChubby Checker32/27
SurrenderElvis Presley23/20
Blue MoonThe Marcels34/03
RunawayDel Shannon44/24
Travelin' ManRicky Nelson25/29
Running ScaredRoy Orbison16/05
Moody RiverPat Boone16/19
Quarter To ThreeGary U.S. Bonds26/26
Tossin' And Turnin'Bobby Lewish77/10
Wooden HeartJoe Dowell18/28
Take Good Care Of My BabyBobby Vee39/18
Hit The Road JackRay Charles210/09
Runaround SueDion210/23
StayJimmy Dean511/06
Please Mr. PostmanMarvalettes112/11
The Lion Sleeps TonightTokens312/18

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