1961 British Hit Parade Part 1: January – June

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 6 Disc
Release date: 9 Jan 2012


"Once again, [Stuart Colman] shows that the nascent 60s were already alive and kicking – maybe not by the modern definition of cool or revolutionary sounds, but often entertaining in an innocent kind of way."  4/5  RECORD COLLECTOR 

"The most complete, exhaustive and fabulous compilation."  MUSIC WEEK



CAT No: FVSD134UPC TEXT: 5055311001340

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The 1961 British Hit Parade Parts 1 and 2 collectively present every recording to debut on the UK hit singles chart during 1961, drawing on the Record Retailer Top 50, as well as the New Musical Express, Melody Maker and Record Mirror charts. In the extensive booklet notes, record producer and music historian Stuart Colman guides us through the year’s hits and headlines.

The early months of 1961 saw The Avengers debut on TV, the UK opening of Frank Sinatra’s new project, Reprise Records, and The Beatles’ first-ever gig at the Cavern Club. In April, ITV unveiled Thank Your Lucky Stars, hosted by Pete Murray, and in May Spurs beat Leicester City to win the double. June brought the weddings of both Shirley Bassey and Petula Clark, as well as the defection to the West of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.Chart-toppers in the first half of 1961 included Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Elvis Presley), Sailor (Petula Clark), Walk Right Back (The Everly Brothers), Blue Moon (The Marcels), On The Rebound (Floyd Cramer), Runaway (Del Shannon), Well I Ask You (Eden Kane) and You Don’t Know (Helen Shapiro). Among the many other hits which are now regarded as golden oldies were You’re Sixteen (Johnny Burnette), Calendar Girl (Neil Sedaka), My Kind of Girl (Matt Monro), Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles), Rubber Ball (Bobby Vee), Runnin’ Scared (Roy Orbison), Hello Mary Lou (Ricky Nelson) and Stand By Me (Ben E King).

The year also saw a proliferation of instrumental hits, with newcomers Nero & The Gladiators, Rhet Stoller, The Ramrods, The String-A-Longs and The Packabeats joining seasoned acts like Duane Eddy, Bert Weedon, The Shadows, The Ventures and The Piltdown Men in the charts. There was comedy aplenty, including Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren, Benny Hill, Anthony Newley and Tommy Cooper, while The Temperance Seven specialised in smile-inducing pastiches of the popular sounds of the twenties



  1. My Girl Josephine (Fats Domino)
  2. Stay (Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs)
  3. Doll House (The King Brothers)
  4. Must Be Santa (Joan Regan)
  5. Pepe (Duane Eddy)
  6. You're Sixteen (Johnny Burnette)
  7. A Scottish Soldier (Green Hills Of Tyrol) (Andy Stewart)
  8. Many Tears Ago (Connie Francis)
  9. Bangers And Mash (Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren)
  10. Piltdown Rides Again (The Piltdown Men)
  11. Can't You Hear My Heart (Danny Rivers)
  12. Chariot (Rhet Stoller)
  13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Elvis Presley)
  14. New Orleans (Gary (US) Bonds)
  15. Shimmy Like Kate (The Olympics)
  16. A Thousand Stars (Billy Fury)
  17. Rubber Ball (Bobby Vee)
  18. Corinna, Corinna (Ray Peterson)
  19. North To Alaska (Johnny Horton)
  20. Lonely Teenager (Dion)
  21. Let’s Jump The Broomstick (Brenda Lee)
  22. Shine (Joe Brown)
  23. Sailor (Petula Clark)
  24. Mean, Mean Man (Wanda Jackson)
  25. Rubber Ball (Marty Wilde)
  26. The World In My Arms (Nat "King" Cole)
  27. First Taste Of Love (Ben E King)


  1. Calendar Girl (Neil Sedaka)
  2. Messing About On The River (Josh MacRae)
  3. Ginchy (Bert Weedon)
  4. Jimmy's Girl (Johnny Tillotson)
  5. Sailor (Anne Shelton)
  6. Mystery Girl (Jess Conrad)
  7. Rubber Ball (The Avons)
  8. What To Do (Buddy Holly)
  9. FBI (The Shadows)
  10. Walk Right Back (The Everly Brothers)
  11. Ebony Eyes (The Everly Brothers)
  12. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles)
  13. The Black Bear (Frank Cordell & His Orchestra)
  14. Who Am I? (Adam Faith)
  15. This Is It (Adam Faith)
  16. Hey, Good Lookin' (Tommy Zang)
  17. Gather In The Mushrooms (Benny Hill)
  18. Pepys' Diary (Benny Hill)
  19. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky (The Ramrods)
  20. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) (Brook Benton)
  21. Are You Sure (The Allisons)
  22. C’Est Si Bon (It's So Good) (Conway Twitty)
  23. Wheels (The String-A-Longs)
  24. Samantha (Kenny Ball & His Jazz Band)
  25. 76 Trombones (The King Brothers)
  26. African Waltz (Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra)
  27. Baby Sittin' Boogie (Buzz Clifford)


  1. Calcutta (Lawrence Welk)
  2. What Am I Gonna Do (Emile Ford & The Checkmates)
  3. The Man From Madrid (Tony Osborne)
  4. My Kind Of Girl (Matt Monro)
  5. Gypsy Beat (The Packabeats)
  6. Dream Girl (Mark Wynter)
  7. The Magnificent Seven (John Barry Seven)
  8. Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley)
  9. Ja-Da (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  10. Theme For A Dream (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  11. Theme From "Exodus" (Ferrante & Teicher)
  12. And The Heavens Cried (Anthony Newley)
  13. Marry Me (Mike Preston)
  14. Trambone (The Krew Kats)
  15. Where The Boys Are (Connie Francis)
  16. Baby Roo (Connie Francis)
  17. Ram-Bunk-Shush (The Ventures)
  18. Lazy River (Bobby Darin)
  19. Goodnight Mrs Flinstone (The Piltdown Men)
  20. I Count The Tears (The Drifters)
  21. Whispering Hope (Jim Reeves)
  22. (I Wanna) Love My Life Away (Gene Pitney)
  23. Don't Treat Me Like A Child (Helen Shapiro)
  24. Entry Of The Gladiators (Nero & The Gladiators)
  25. Good Time Baby (Bobby Rydell)
  26. Exodus - Main Theme (Semprini)
  27. Till There Was You (Peggy Lee)
  28. You're Driving Me Crazy (The Temperance Seven)


  1. Warpaint (The Brook Brothers)
  2. Gee Whizz It's You (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  3. Pony Time (Chubby Checker)
  4. Emotions (Brenda Lee)
  5. How Wonderful To Know (Teddy Johnson & Pearl Carr)
  6. I Told You So (Jimmy Jones)
  7. Blue Moon (The Marcels)
  8. Something Missing (L'Absent) (Petula Clark)
  9. On The Rebound (Floyd Cramer)
  10. Linda Lu (Johnny Kidd & The Pirates)
  11. Little Boy Sad (Johnny Burnette)
  12. Swingin' Low (The Outlaws)
  13. More Than I Can Say (Bobby Vee)
  14. Stayin' In (Bobby Vee)
  15. Asia Minor (Kokomo)
  16. Muskrat Ramble (Freddy Cannon)
  17. A Hundred Pounds Of Clay (Craig Douglas)
  18. Theme From Dixie (Duane Eddy)
  19. My Blue Heaven (Frank Sinatra)
  20. Cowboy Jimmy Joe (Alma Cogan)
  21. Main Theme From "Exodus" (Mantovani & His Orchestra)
  22. Don't Worry (Billy Fury)
  23. Easy Going Me (Adam Faith)
  24. Billy Boy (Dick Charlesworth & His City Gents)
  25. Mr Guitar (Bert Weedon)
  26. Runaway (Del Shannon)
  27. What'd I Say (Jerry Lee Lewis)


  1. But I Do (Clarence "Frogman" Henry)
  2. The Great Snow Man (Bob Luman)
  3. That Lucky Old Sun (The Velvets)
  4. Coronation Street (Geoff Love & His Orchestra)
  5. Have A Drink On Me (Lonnie Donegan & His Group)
  6. I Still Love You All (Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen)
  7. The Frightened City (The Shadows)
  8. Mother-In-Law (Ernie K-Doe)
  9. Half Of My Heart (Emile Ford)
  10. You'll Never Know (Shirley Bassey)
  11. Halfway To Paradise (Billy Fury)
  12. Lullaby Of The Leaves (The Ventures)
  13. Gunslinger (Frankie Laine)
  14. Why Not Now (Matt Monro)
  15. Can This Be Love (Matt Monro)
  16. Love Or Money (The Blackwells)
  17. I've Told Every Little Star (Linda Scott)
  18. Words (The Allisons)
  19. Pablo (Russ Conway)
  20. Surrender (Elvis Presley)
  21. We Will Never Be As Young As This Again (Danny Williams)
  22. Running Scared (Roy Orbison)
  23. Little Devil (Neil Sedaka)
  24. Hello Mary Lou (Ricky Nelson)
  25. Travelin' Man (Ricky Nelson)
  26. The Battle's O'er (Andy Stewart)
  27. Transistor Radio (Benny Hill)


  1. The Bells Of Avignon (Max Bygraves)
  2. She She Little Sheila (Gene Vincent)
  3. Motorcycle Michael (Jo-Ann Campbell)
  4. Well I Ask You (Eden Kane)
  5. The Spurs Song (The Totnamites)
  6. Ambush (The Outlaws)
  7. Summertime (The Marcels)
  8. Take Good Care Of Her (Adam Wade)
  9. Exclusively Yours (Mark Wynter)
  10. Love Or Money (Jimmy Crawford)
  11. Pop Goes The Weasel (Anthony Newley)
  12. Bee-Bom (Anthony Newley)
  13. Pasadena (The Temperance Seven)
  14. Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart (Connie Francis)
  15. The Magnificent Seven (Al Caiola)
  16. Temptation (The Everly Brothers)
  17. Once In Every Lifetime (Ken Dodd)
  18. Weekend (Eddie Cochran)
  19. I'll Step Down (Garry Mills)
  20. Marcheta (Karl Denver)
  21. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Tony Bennett)
  22. A Girl Like You (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  23. Stand By Me (Ben E King)
  24. Ring Of Fire (Duane Eddy)
  25. You Don't Know (Helen Shapiro)
  26. Time (Craig Douglas)
  27. Don't Jump Off The Roof Dad (Tommy Cooper)