1960 British Hit Parade Part 1: January – July

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 6 Disc
Release date: 17 Jan 2011


"Hugely Entertaining."  4/5 RECORD COLLECTOR

"It’s exciting and totally brilliant if you are a serious collector."  4/5 THE DAILY EXPRESS

"...many gems with The Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent and the late Buddly Holly."   THE DAILY MIRROR


CAT No: FVSD090UPC TEXT: 5055311000299

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Fantastic Voyage’s Hit Parade series, which compiles every record that entered the British charts, boldly moves into the Sixties. March 1960 saw the UK singles chart grow from 30 to 50 positions, which means that the 1960 British Hit Parade comprises two 6CD sets, compared to the pair of 4CD sets which sufficed for 1959.

Once again record producer and music historian Stuart Colman is our host, expertly guiding us through the year’s hits and headlines. February 1960 saw the birth of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the launch of the independent Triumph label (co-founded by producer Joe Meek) and the staging of the first New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert. The following month brought the much-anticipated return to civilian life of Elvis Presley, who wasted no time in returning to the recording studio, as well as taping the Frank Sinatra-Timex TV Special. Tragedy struck on Easter Sunday when Eddie Cochran died in hospital following a road crash just outside Chippenham. Fellow rock ’n’ roller Gene Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were also injured in the wreck. May brought the wedding of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, while it was Tommy Steele’s turn to get spliced in June. Later that month the Beeb’s Television Centre in White City opened, and Lionel Bart’s Oliver! took 23 curtain calls on first night.

Chart-toppers in the first half of 1960 included Poor Me (Adam Faith), Running Bear (Johnny Preston), My Old Man’s A Dustman (Lonnie Donegan), Fame And Fortune (Elvis Presley), Cathy’s Clown (The Everly Brothers), Three Steps To Heaven (Eddie Cochran), Good Timin’ (Jimmy Jones) and Please Don’t Tease (Cliff Richard & The Shadows). Another number 1, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ Shakin’ All Over, provided inspiration for a generation of young guitarists. Among the many other hits which are now regarded as golden oldies were El Paso (Marty Robbins), True Love Ways (Buddy Holly) and Hit And Miss (The John Barry Seven), which Juke Box Jury promptly adopted as its theme tune. The Jim Reeves smash He’ll Have To Go prompted Jeanne Black to respond He’ll Have To Stay. Rarest single is almost certainly Mean To Me (Shaye Cogan), which has been known to change hands for over £100.



  1. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Freddy Cannon)
  2. Dance With Me (The Drifters)
  3. Starry Eyed (Michael Holliday)
  4. I'll Stay Single (Jerry Lordan)
  5. Wild Cat (Gene Vincent)
  6. Why (Anthony Newley)
  7. Too Good (Little Tony & His Brothers)
  8. Love [from Expresso Bongo EP] (Cliff Richard)
  9. When You Ask About Love (The Crickets)
  10. Too Young (Bill Forbes)
  11. I Wanna Be Loved (Ricky Nelson)
  12. Summer Set (Acker Bilk (as Mr Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band))
  13. Pretty Blue Eyes (Craig Douglas)
  14. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Eddie Cochran)
  15. Why (Frankie Avalon)
  16. Poor Me (Adam Faith)
  17. A Voice In The Wilderness (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  18. The Big Hurt (Maureen Evans)
  19. La Mer (Beyond The Sea) [aka Beyond The Sea] (Bobby Darin)
  20. Misty (Johnny Mathis)
  21. Harbor Lights [aka Harbour Lights] (The Platters)
  22. What More Do You Want (Frankie Vaughan)
  23. El Paso (Marty Robbins)
  24. Happy Anniversary (Joan Regan)
  25. On A Slow Boat To China (Emile Ford & The Checkmates)
  26. Anyplace Is Paradise (Elvis Presley)
  27. Time And The River (Nat "King" Cole)
  28. You Got What It Takes (Marv Johnson)
  29. The Big Hurt (Toni Fisher (as Miss Toni Fisher))


  1. Running Bear (Johnny Preston)
  2. Let It Be Me (The Everly Brothers)
  3. You Got What It Takes (Johnny Kidd & The Pirates)
  4. Be Mine (Alle Mädchen Wollen Küssen) (Lance Fortune)
  5. Lucky Devil (Frank Ifield)
  6. Bonnie Came Back (Duane Eddy)
  7. Running Bear (Garry Mills)
  8. It's Time To Cry (Paul Anka)
  9. Delaware (Perry Como)
  10. Who Could Be Bluer (Jerry Lordan)
  11. Hit And Miss (John Barry Seven Plus Four)
  12. What In The World's Come Over You (Jack Scott)
  13. Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (Max Bygraves)
  14. Sink The Bismark (Don Lang)
  15. The Theme From "A Summer Place" (Percy Faith)
  16. Hound Dog Man (Fabian)
  17. No Hiding Place (Ken Mackintosh)
  18. Collette (Billy Fury)
  19. Looking High, High, High (Bryan Johnson)
  20. Royal Event (Russ Conway)
  21. Wild One (Bobby Rydell)
  22. Johnny Rocco (Marty Wilde)
  23. Teen Angel (Mark Dinning)
  24. My Heart (Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps)
  25. Listen To The Ocean (Nina & Frederik)
  26. Big Beat Boogie (Bert Weedon)
  27. California Here I Come (Freddy Cannon)
  28. Indiana (Freddy Cannon)
  29. The Dark Town Strutters' Ball (Joe Brown & The Bruvvers)
  30. Handy Man (Jimmy Jones)
  31. Heartbeat (The England Sisters)
  32. Country Boy (Fats Domino)
  33. Teensville (Chet Atkins)


  1. Beatnik Fly (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  2. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Dick Jordan)
  3. Love, Kisses And Heartaches (Maureen Evans)
  4. Theme From "A Summer Place" (Norrie Paramor)
  5. Valentino (Connie Francis)
  6. Too Much Tequila (The Champs)
  7. Answer Me (Ray Peterson)
  8. My Old Man's A Dustman (Ballad Of A Refuse Disposal Officer) (Lonnie Donegan & His Group)
  9. You Are Beautiful (Johnny Mathis)
  10. Do You Mind? (Anthony Newley)
  11. Ooh! La! La! (Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson)
  12. He'll Have To Go (Jim Reeves)
  13. Mean To Me (Shaye Cogan)
  14. As Time Goes By (Richard Allan)
  15. Fall In Love With You (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  16. Willie And The Hand Jive (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  17. Puppy Love (Paul Anka)
  18. Lucky Devil (Carl Dobkins Jr)
  19. Clementine (Bobby Darin)
  20. Tear Drop (Santo & Johnny)
  21. Midnite Special (Paul Evans)
  22. Summertime (Al Martino)
  23. Footsteps (Ronnie Carroll)
  24. With These Hands (Shirley Bassey)
  25. Stuck On You (Elvis Presley)
  26. Fame And Fortune (Elvis Presley)
  27. It's Nice To Go Trav'ling (Frank Sinatra)
  28. Standing On The Corner (The King Brothers)
  29. Sweet Nothin's [aka Sweet Nuthin's] (Brenda Lee)


  1. Cathy's Clown (The Everly Brothers)
  2. Someone Else's Baby (Adam Faith)
  3. Big Time (Adam Faith)
  4. I Enjoy Being A Girl (Pat Suzuki)
  5. Stairway To Heaven (Neil Sedaka)
  6. Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (Medley) (Russ Conway)
  7. Skylark (Michael Holliday)
  8. Mack The Knife (Ella Fitzgerald)
  9. Lady Luck (Lloyd Price)
  10. Footsteps (Steve Lawrence)
  11. Heartbeat (Buddy Holly)
  12. Shazam! (Duane Eddy)
  13. Tom Pillibi (Jacqueline Boyer)
  14. Cradle Of Love (Johnny Preston)
  15. Standing On The Corner (The Four Lads)
  16. The Lonely Man Theme (Cliff Adams Orchestra)
  17. Heart Of A Teenage Girl (Craig Douglas)
  18. Don't Throw Away All Those Teardrops (Frankie Avalon)
  19. Beat For Beatniks (John Barry & His Orchestra)
  20. This Love I Have For You (Lance Fortune)
  21. (Must You Always) Tease Me (Keith Kelly)
  22. Ooh-La-La (Keith Kelly)
  23. I Love The Way You Love (Marv Johnson)
  24. The Old Payola Roll Blues (Stan Freberg)
  25. Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) (Edward Byrnes)
  26. Sixteen Reasons (Connie Stevens)
  27. The Urge (Freddy Cannon)
  28. Milord (Edith Piaf)


  1. Green Jeans (The Fabulous Flee-Rakkers)
  2. Dream Talk (Alma Cogan)
  3. Sweet Dreams (Dave Sampson)
  4. Three Steps To Heaven (Eddie Cochran)
  5. The Fight (Marty Wilde)
  6. Let The Little Girl Dance (Billy Bland)
  7. Lucky Five (Russ Conway)
  8. More Than I Can Say (The Crickets)
  9. Baby My Heart (The Crickets)
  10. True Love Ways (Buddy Holly)
  11. Big Iron (Marty Robbins)
  12. That's Love (Billy Fury)
  13. Paper Roses (Anita Bryant)
  14. Got A Girl (The Four Preps)
  15. Mustapha (Bob Azzam & His Orchestra & Chorus)
  16. You'll Never Know What You're Missin' 'Til You Try (Emile Ford & The Checkmates)
  17. That's You (Nat "King" Cole)
  18. Ain't Misbehavin' (Tommy Bruce & The Bruisers)
  19. Mama (Connie Francis)
  20. Robot Man (Connie Francis)
  21. I Wanna Go Home (The Wreck Of The John "B") (Lonnie Donegan)
  22. Jimmy Brown The Newsboy (Lonnie Donegan)
  23. Paper Roses (Maureen Evans)
  24. Heart Of A Teenage Girl (George Chakiris)
  25. Sing Like An Angel (Jerry Lordan)
  26. Goodnight Sweet Prince (Acker Bilk (as Mr Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band))
  27. Rockin' Red Wing (Sammy Masters)
  28. Little Christine (Dick Jordan)
  29. Burning Bridges (Jack Scott)


  1. Angela Jones (Michael Cox)
  2. Twelfth Street Rag (Bert Weedon & His Honky Tonk Guitar)
  3. Baby, Baby, Bye Bye (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  4. River, Stay 'Way From My Door (Frank Sinatra)
  5. Good Timin' (Jimmy Jones)
  6. Shakin' All Over (Johnny Kidd & The Pirates)
  7. Down Yonder (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  8. Pistol Packin' Mama (Gene Vincent)
  9. Happy To Make Your Acquaintance (Sammy Davis Jr)
  10. Greenfields (The Brothers Four)
  11. You're Singing Our Love Song To Somebody Else (Jerry Wallace)
  12. He'll Have To Stay (Jeanne Black)
  13. Walking The Floor Over You (Pat Boone)
  14. Why Didn't You Tell Me? (Marke Anthony)
  15. How Do You Know It's Love (Teresa Brewer)
  16. What A Mouth (What A North And South) (Tommy Steele)
  17. Green Fields (The Beverley Sisters)
  18. Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home (Bobby Darin)
  19. Look For A Star (Jericho Brown)
  20. Swingin' School (Bobby Rydell)
  21. Cherry Pie (Jess Conrad)
  22. Please Don't Tease (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  23. I'm Sorry (Brenda Lee)
  24. We're Only Young Once (The Avons)
  25. Look For A Star (Garry Mills)
  26. Mountain Of Love (Kenny Lynch)
  27. Johnny Comes Marching Home (Adam Faith)
  28. Made You (Adam Faith)
  29. Young Emotions (Ricky Nelson)
  30. Lady Is A Tramp (Buddy Greco)
  31. Love Is Like A Violin (Ken Dodd)