by Pat Jacobs
Besides Brenda Lee, notable debuts were:
Ike and Tina Turner, Etta James, Joan Baez, Jimmy Jones, Brian Hyland, Bobby Vee, The Ventures, Chubby Checker, Dion(Di Muci or DiMucci), Gary "U.S." Bonds, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Tillotson.
And bubbling under in the Hot 100 was "Bye Bye Baby" (originally intended for Jackie Wilson), the first Motown single to enter the charts, a self-written rocker.....by Mary Wells.
Etta James (real name: Jamesetta Hawkins) who formerly worked with Johnny Otis, had her first Top 40 hit, "All I Could Was Cry."
James Brown had his first top 40 hit with "Think" (It reached no. 33).
Johnny Tillotson made his top 40 debut with "Poetry In Motion", a no. 2 smash.
Lloyd Price had three top 40 hits: "Lady Luck"(no. 14), "No If's-No And's" ( no. 40), and "Question", ( no. 19).
The Fleetwoods (Gary Troxel, Barbara Ellis, and Gretchen Christopher) had two top 40 hits: "Outside My Window" (no. 28), and "Runaround" (no. 23).
Anita Bryant ( I think a Miss America runner-up) had three top 40 hits: "Paper Roses", a no. 5 smash, "In My Little Corner Of The World", a no. 10 smash, and "Wonderland By Night", no. 18.
Teresa Brewer had her last top 40 hit, "Anymore" (no. 31).
Annette (Funicello) had three hits: "O Dio Mio" (no. 10), "Train Of Love" (no. 36), and "Pineapple Princess" (no. 11).
Mark Dinning's big hit "Teen Angel" inspired and brought about a rush of teen death songs. (Dinning's baby sitter was Patti Page!)
"Tonight's The Night", released in October and written by group member Shirley Owens, was the first Top 40 hit (no.39).....for the Shirelles. (Carole King played the kettle drums on this!)
Tina Turner debuted as a lead singer with "A Fool In Love", a Top 30 hit (No.27) and no.2 R + B smash. Her first recording appearance was on the song "Box Top" (1958). Comedians (Bob Newhart's debut, for example) were hot on record.
Besides the Twist, other popular dances were the Madison and the Hully Gully.
Folk music was rediscovered and revived on college campuses (and hootenannies, coined by Woody Guthrie, became cool) as a more relevant alternative to rock and roll.
The Hollywood Argyles ("Alley-Oop") were never an actual group; One was assembled for personal appearances and tours. The song was actually recorded by Gary Paxton and composed by Dallas Frazier, who Paxton met at a gas station.
Paxton's better known as the Flip half of "Skip and Flip" ("It Was I" and "Cherry Pie") He later produced "Monster Mash" and discovered Paul Revere and The Raiders.
Bob Crane, a successful DJ, (Yes, THE Bob Crane of "Hogan's Heroes") was largely responsible for making "Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne, a No. 1 smash by playing it regularly on his highly-rated program.
Other popular hits of 1960 were:
1. Cathy's Clown, The Everly Brothers
2. He'll Have To Go, Jim Reeves
3. Theme From "A Summer Place", Percy Faith (This was 1960's biggest hit, according to Billboard)
4. It's Now Or Never, Elvis Presley
5. Teen Angel, Mark Dinning
6. I'm Sorry, Brenda Lee
7. Running Bear, Johnny Preston
8. Handy Man, Jimmy Jones
9. Stuck On You, Elvis Presley
10. The Twist, Chubby Checker
11. Everybody's Somebody's Fool, Connie Francis
12. Alley-oop, Hollywood Argyles
13. Greenfields, Brothers Four
14. What In The World's Come Over You, Jack Scott
15. El Paso, Marty Robbins
16. Weld One, Bobby Rydell
17. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own, Connie Francis
18. Sweet Nothin's, Brenda Lee
19. Only The Lonely, Roy Orbison
20. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Brian Hyland
21. Where Or When, Dion and The Belmonts
22. Sixteen Reasons, Connie Stevens
23. Puppy Love, Paul Anka
24. Why, Frankie Avalon
25. Walk, Don't Run, Ventures
26. Save The Last Dance For Me, Drifters
27. Baby (You Got What It Takes), Brook Benton and Dinah Washington
28. Sink The Bismark, Johnny Horton
29. Chain Gang, Sam Cooke
30. Let It Be Me, Everly Brothers
31. Good Timin', Jimmy Jones
32. Beyond The Sea, Bobby Darin
33. Go Jimmy Go, Jimmy Clanton
34. Night, Jackie Wilson
35. Burning Bridges, Jack Scott
36. Because They're Young, Duane Eddy
37. Lonely Blue Boy, Conway Twitty
38. The Big Hurt, Toni Fisher
39. Pretty Blue Eyes, Steve Lawrence
40. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Freddie Cannon
41. Paper Roses, Anita Bryant
42. Mr. Custer, Larry Verne
43. I Want To Be Wanted, Brenda Lee
44. Mule Skinner Blues, Fendermen
45. Cradle Of Love, Johnny Preston
46. Please Help Me, I'm Falling, Hank Locklin
47. You've Got What It Takes, Marv Johnson
48. Love You So, Rod Holden
49. Finger Poppin' Time, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters
50. Harbor Lights, Platters
51. Let The Little Girl Dance, Bobby Bland
52. He'll Have To Stay, Jeanne Black
53. Theme From The Apartment, Ferrante and Teicher
54. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu), Bobby Rydell
55. A Million To One, Jimmy Charles
56. The Village Of St. Bernadette, Andy Williams
57. White Silver Sands, Bill Black's Combo
58. The Old Lamplighter, Browns
59. Devil Or Angel, Bobby Vee
60. Down By The Station, Four Preps
61. Forever, Little Dippers
62. Image Of A Girl, Safaris and The Phantom's Band
63. Kiddio, Brook Benton
64. Mission Bell, Donnie Brooks
65. I Love The Way You Love, Marv Johnson
66. It's Time To Cry, Paul Anka
67. Tell Laura I Love Her, Ray Peterson
68. Mama, Connie Francis
69. Footsteps, Steve Lawrence
70. So Sad, Everly Brothers
71. That's All You Gotta Do, Brenda Lee
72. Walking To New Orleans, Fats Domino
73. Among My Souvenirs, Connie Francis
74. Swingin' School, Bobby Rydell
75. A Rockin' Good Way, Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
76. Stairway To Heaven, Neil Sedaka
77. My Home Town, Paul Anka
78. Georgia On My Mind, Ray Charles
79. Cherry Pie, Skip and Flip
80. Wonderful World, Sam Cooke
81. O Dio Mio, Annette
82. Lady Luck, Lloyd Price
83. Step By Step, Crests
84. Beatnik Fly, Johnny and The Hurricanes
85. Young Emotions, Ricky Nelson
86. Dreamin', Johnny Burnette
87. Mule Bitty Girl, Bobby Rydell
88.Tracy's Theme, Spencer Ross
89. You Talk Too Much, Joe Jones
90. Happy-Go-Lucky Me, Paul Evans
91. When Will I Be Loved, Everly Brothers
92. Let's Think About Livin', Bob Luman
93. Heartaches By The Number, Guy Mitchell
94. In My Little Corner Of The World, Anita Bryant
95. Sandy, Larry Hall
96. Poetry In Motion, Johnny Tillotson
97. Money, Barret Strong
98. Stay, Maurice Williams
99. Lonely Weekends, Charlie Rich
100. Doggin' Around, Jackie Wilson
The late Big Bopper (J.P.Richardson) wrote and did background vocals on Johnny Preston's "Running Bear."
"Theme From A Summer Place" won a Grammy for Best Record of 1960.
Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee got married. (Wasn't she only sixteen at the time?)
Lead singer Tony Williams left the Platters.
Across the ocean, The Silver Beetles (Beatles) toured Scotland as backup band to Johnny Gentle, and appeared with Gerry and The Pacemakers.
Johnny Horton died in a car wreck after playing the Austin, Texas Skyline Club, the last place Hank Williams played. Horton's widow had also been married to Williams.
"Only The Lonely" was originally intended for Elvis Presley.
Rock and roll may have ruled the singles charts, but with a few exceptions, the year's top albums were practically all MOR (middle-of-the-road) or "grown-up music", with some folk, Broadway, and comedy thrown in: "Here We Go Again", "Sold Out", and "String Along"- Kingston Trio "Faithfully", "Johnny's Moods", and "Heavenly"- Johnny Mathis The Original Cast albums of "The Sound Of Music", "South Pacific", and "My Fair Lady" ""Inside Shelly Berman" and "Edge of Shelly Berman"- Shelly Berman "Fabulous Fabian"- Fabian "Italian Favorites"- Connie Francis "Elvis Is Back" and "G.I. Blues"- Elvis Presley "Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart" and "Button-Down Mind Strikes Back"- Bob Newhart "Nice and Easy"- Frank Sinatra "Paul Anka Sings His Big 15"- Paul Anka "Brenda Lee"- Brenda Lee
Jane Fonda made her movie debut in "Tall Story" with Anthony Perkins.
A young up-and-coming boxer named Cassius Clay made an impact at the Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.
On Feb. 1st, sit-ins began in Greensboro, North Carolina, and quickly spread nationwide.
"Bye Bye Birdie" was the first Broadway musical to feature rock music in its score. ("Put On A Happy Face", "A Lot Of Livin' To Do", and "Ed Sullivan" came from this show.)
Ken, Barbie's boyfriend, made his debut. (The dolls!)
The Pill was approved by the FDA.
The Pepsi campaign "For those who think young" debuted.
"I became 'of age' and for the first time in the upcoming presidential election, I was able to vote", recalled Mrs. Tina Martin. "There were so many wonderful performers that I could see or hear. My husband and I could get decent jobs. I believe there was more honesty and decency in everyday dealings with people." "Also, civil rights for ALL citizens were finally being taken seriously and steps were taken to implement the ideals that this country was supposed to stand for."
The 1st oral contraceptives (Enovid) were marketed.
Aluminum cans came out, but 90% of soft drinks and 50% of beer were still in bottles.
The first laser was built at Hughes Aircraft.
The first weather satellite, Tiros 1, was launched.
Electric wristwatches debuted.
The first televised presidential debate was held between Vice-President Richard Nixon and Senator John Kennedy. Kennedy won the election by one of the closest margins in history.
On TV, "The Andy Griffith Show" debuted. Also, "The Flintstones", "The Roaring Twenties", and "Surfside Six" made their bow. Westerns ruled, with 11 on ABC, 9 on NBC, and 8 on CBS.
Popular books included Between You, Me and The Gatepost- Pat Boone Catch-22- Joseph Heller, and To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee.
And for a special treat, here are the Number One hits of 1960, in chronological order:
Jan.4- "El Paso"- Marty Robbins 8- "Running Bear"- Johnny Preston (also was a Top 10 R + B hit!) Feb.8- "Teen Angel"- Mark Dinning 22- "Theme From 'A Summer Place'- Percy Faith (The year's biggest hit, Top 10 R + B) April 25- "Stuck On You"- Elvis Presley May 23- "Cathy's Clown"- The Everly Brothers June 27- "Everybody's Somebody's Fool"- Connie Francis July 11- "Alley-Oop"- The Hollywood Argyles (Top 10 R + B) 18- "I'm Sorry"- Brenda Lee.
August 8- "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"- Brian Hyland
August 15- "It's Now Or Never"- Elvis Presley
September 19- "The Twist"-Chubby Checker
26- "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own"- Connie Francis October 10- "Mr. Custer"- Larry Verne 17- "Save The Last Dance For Me"- The Drifters 24- "I Want To Be Wanted"- Brenda Lee November 14- "Georgia On My Mind"- Ray Charles 21- "Stay"- Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs 28- "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"- Elvis Presley
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