AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 60’S- WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 1961

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American Top 40- The 60’s- Week of January 8, 1961. The early 60’s were odd- but while rock and roll seemed to be on shaky ground there was a mixture of different styles of music on the charts- some good and some well- not so good.

1 1 ARE YOU LONESOME TO-NIGHT –•– Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)-8 (6 weeks at #1) (1) A
2 2 WONDERLAND BY NIGHT –•– Bert Kaempfert (Decca)-8 (2) B
3 3 LAST DATE –•– Floyd Cramer (RCA Victor)-13 (2) B
4 5 EXODUS –•– Ferrante and Teicher (United Artists)-8 (4) B-
5 4 A THOUSAND STARS –•– Kathy Young and The Innocents (Indigo)-11 (3) C
6 6 NORTH TO ALASKA –•– Johnny Horton (Columbia)-16 (4) A
7 7 MANY TEARS AGO –•– Connie Francis (MGM)-9 (7) C
8 8 YOU’RE SIXTEEN –•– Johnny Burnette (Liberty)-10 (8) A-
9 13 ANGEL BABY –•– Rosie and The Originals (Highland)-4 (9)B
10 10 CORRINA, CORRINA –•– Ray Peterson (Dunes)-7 (10) B+

11 16 RUBBER BALL –•– Bobby Vee (Liberty)-6 (11) B-
12 9 SAILOR (Your Home Is The Sea) –•– Lolita (Kapp)-11 (5)C
13 11 HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART –•– Jerry Butler (Vee-Jay)-10 (7) A
14 20 WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW –•– The Shirelles (Scepter)-7 (14) A+
15 12 LONELY TEENAGER –•– Dion (Laurie)-12 (12) A
16 17 WONDERLAND BY NIGHT –•– Louis Prima (Dot)-8 (16) B
17 15 PERFIDIA –•– The Ventures (Dolton)-10 (15) A
18 14 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE –•– Brenda Lee (Decca)-4 (14) C
19 27 WONDERLAND BY NIGHT –•– Anita Bryant (Carlton)-5 (19) D
20 23 SWAY –•– Bobby Rydell (Cameo)-9 (14) C

21 18 POETRY IN MOTION –•– Johnny Tillotson (Cadence)-13 (2) C+
22 42 CALCUTTA –•– Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra (Dot)-4 (22) C
23 35 WINGS OF A DOVE –•– Ferlin Husky (Capitol)-6 (23) A+
24 19 NEW ORLEANS –•– Gary (U.S.) Bonds (Legrand)-12 (6) A
25 22 MY GIRL JOSEPHINE –•– Fats Domino (Imperial)-11 (14)A
26 25 BLUE TANGO –•– Bill Black’s Combo (Hi)-6 (16) B-
27 62 BABY OH BABY –•– The Shells (Johnson)-3 (27) B+
28 32 RUBY –•– Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount)-7 (28) A
29 24 THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY –•– The Harry Simeone Chorale (20th Fox)-20 (13) A
30 29 FOOLS RUSH IN (Where Angels Fear To Tread) –•– Brook Benton (Mercury)-8 (24) B

31 28 ALONE AT LAST –•– Jackie Wilson (Brunswick)-13 (8) B
32 53 SHOP AROUND –•– The Miracles (Featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson) (Tamla)-4 (32) A+
33 39 I GOTTA KNOW –•– Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)-8 (20) B
34 31 DOLL HOUSE –•– Donnie Brooks (Era)-6 (31) C
35 30 STAY –•– Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs (Herald)-14 (1) A+
36 34 SAD MOOD –•– Sam Cooke (RCA Victor)-5 (29) A
37 55 I COUNT THE TEARS –•– The Drifters (Atlantic)-3 (37) A
38 57 CALENDAR GIRL –•– Neil Sedaka (RCA Victor)-3 (38) C
39 38 BALLAD OF THE ALAMO –•– Marty Robbins (Columbia)-12 (34) B+
40 51 I’M HURTIN’ –•– Roy Orbison (Monument)-4 (40) A+

One response to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 60’S- WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 1961

  1. I recognize a few of those…Calendar Girl, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (which I love), Shop Around, Stay (another love)…then there is North to Alaska. My dad was a Johnny Horton fan and I grew up with that music. “Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ’92…”

    I haven’t heard Exodus in YEARS.

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