1960s Music – 1960, what a year it was!
Elvis is discharged from the Army and he hits the ground singing. The album “Elvis Is Back” was released and included three #1 singles, “It’s Now Or Never”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Stuck On You”. Two more songs “Wooden Spoon” and “Surrender” rounded out Elvis’s chart entries.
Number of Charted Songs Top 100:
Elvis Presley – 5
And The Grammy Goes To:
Record of the Year – “Theme From A Summer Place” – Percy Faith
Elvis certainly wasn’t alone on the charts however.
Superstars like Connie Francis added tunes as well, “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” and “My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own” both went to #1. “Where the Boys Are” only charted to #4 but was the theme song for a popular movie by the same name and was responsible for starting the “Spring Break” craze in Ft. Lauderdale among college students.
Brenda Lee lent her voice to the charts with “Sweet Nothin’s”, “I’m Sorry” and “I Want To Be Wanted” with the latter two reaching the #1 spot as well.
The Drifters contributed “Save The Last Dance For Me” and “This Magic Moment” to the top half of the chart.
Bobby Vee who had become a somewhat of a teen idol had some limited chart success with “What Do You Want?” and “Rubber Ball”.
The Everly Brothers had a #1 hit with “Cathy’s Clown” and another chart entry with “Let It Be Me”.
American Bandstand launched the careers of many young artists and many new dance crazes. One in particular was Chubby Checker who twisted his way to #1 with “The Twist”.
BILLBOARD #1 HITS 1960
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|# OF WEEKS||DATE|
|El Paso||Marty Robbins||2||1/4|
|Running Bear||Johnny Preston||3||1/18|
|Teen Angel||Mark Dinning||2||2/8|
|The Theme from “A Summer Place”||Percy Faith||8||2/22|
|Stuck on You||Elvis Presley||4||4/25|
|Cathy’s Clown||Everly Brothers||5||5/23|
|Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool||Connie Francis||2||6/27|
|I’m Sorry||Brenda Lee||3||7/18|
|Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini||Brian Hyland||1||8/8|
|It’s Now or Never||Elvis Presley||5||8/15|
|The Twist||Chubby Checker||1||9/19|
|My Heart Has a Mind of It’s Own||Connie Francis||2||9/26|
|Mr. Custer||Larry Verne||1||10/10|
|Save the Last Dance For Me||The Drifters||1||10/17|
|I Want To Be Wanted||Brenda Lee||3||10/24|
|Georgia On My Mind||Ray Charles||1||11/14|
|Stay||Maurice Williams & Zodiacs||1||11/21|
|Are You Lonesome Tonight?||Elvis Presley||6||11/28|
In 1960 the expense of albums was beyond most teenage allowances. The bulk of the “Top 40” music was purchased on 45rpm records. Album sales went mostly to adults who bought movie soundtracks, comedy, Broadway musicals, blues and jazz. So the top albums of 1960 were very different than the what the popular charts reflected:
Top Albums of 1960
Bob Newhart – Button Down Mind
Oliver – Original London Cast
Everly Brothers’s – Everly Time
Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back
South Pacific – Original Soundtrack