1961 British Hit Parade Part 2: June – December

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: FVSD135UPC TEXT: 5055311001357

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About The Compilation: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 summer of ’61 saw the birth of Diana Spencer, the future Princess of Wales, and East Germany closing the border between East and West Berlin. Autumn saw the first new episode of Tom and Jerry since 1957, and the Twist dance craze go global. In December, Cliff Richard’s third film The Young Ones premiered in London.Back in July the first edition of regional music paper Mersey Beat had sold all of its 5,000 copies within a week: the shape of sounds to come…Chart-toppers in the second half of 1961 included Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton), Kon-Tiki (The Shadows), Walkin’ Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro), Moon River (Danny Williams) and His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley)…and has there ever been a finer flipside than Little Sister? Among the many other hits which are now regarded as golden oldies were Cupid (Sam Cooke), Let’s Twist Again (Chubby Checker), Sea of Heartbreak (Don Gibson), Take Good Care of My Baby (Bobby Vee), Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles), I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) (Shirley Bassey), Multiplication (Bobby Darin) and The Tokens’ The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh).

The trad jazz boom continued with hits for the bands of Acker Bilk, Bob Wallis, Kenny Ball and Terry Lightfoot. In December Bilk’s Stranger On The Shore commenced an extraordinary 55-week stay in the charts. There were no less than five different hit renditions of Sucu Sucu. Gene Vincent had his final UK hit, while artists making their chart debut included Jan & Dean, Dusty Springfield (in The Springfields) and Alvin Stardust (Shane Fenton & The Fentones).



  1. Wheels - Cha Cha (Joe Loss & His Orchestra)
  2. Moody River (Pat Boone)
  3. You’re So Square (Baby I Don't Care) (Buddy Holly)
  4. Valley Of Tears (Buddy Holly)
  5. The Miracle Of You (Danny Williams)
  6. I'm Shy Mary Ellen I'm Shy (Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen)
  7. Old Smokie (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  8. High Voltage (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  9. Nature Boy (Bobby Darin)
  10. Romeo (Petula Clark)
  11. The Boll Weevil Song (Brook Benton)
  12. That's My Home (Mr Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band)
  13. You Always Hurt The One You Love (Clarence "Frogman" Henry)
  14. San Antonio Rose (Floyd Cramer)
  15. Dum Dum (Brenda Lee)
  16. Don't You Know It? (Adam Faith)
  17. Quarter To Three (Gary (US) Bonds)
  18. Reach For The Stars (Shirley Bassey)
  19. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Shirley Bassey)
  20. Quite A Party (The Fireballs)
  21. Cupid (Sam Cooke)
  22. Hide And Seek (Marty Wilde)
  23. In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Nero & The Gladiators)
  24. It Keeps Rainin' (Fats Domino)
  25. What Kind Of Fool Am I (Anthony Newley)
  26. How Many Tears (Bobby Vee)
  27. Johnny Remember Me (John Leyton)


  1. Tonight (Could Be The Night) (The Velvets)
  2. Girls (Johnny Burnette)
  3. The Writing On The Wall (Tommy Steele)
  4. Let's Twist Again (Chubby Checker)
  5. Tansy (Alex Welsh & His Band)
  6. Baby Sittin' (Bobby Angelo & The Tuxedos)
  7. Too Many Beautiful Girls (And Not Enough Time) (Clinton Ford)
  8. Say It With Flowers (Dorothy Squires & Russ Conway)
  9. Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week (The Brook Brothers)
  10. Heart And Soul (Jan & Dean)
  11. I'm A Fool To Care (Joe Barry)
  12. Someday (You'll Be Sorry) (Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen)
  13. Michael, Row The Boat (Lonnie Donegan & His Group)
  14. Lumbered (Lonnie Donegan & His Group)
  15. I'm Going Home (To See My Baby) (Gene Vincent)
  16. Pretty Little Angel Eyes (Curtis Lee)
  17. Sea Of Heartbreak (Don Gibson)
  18. Breakaway (The Springfields)
  19. Pepito (Los Machucambos)
  20. Wild In The Country (Elvis Presley)
  21. I Feel So Bad (Elvis Presley)
  22. Jealousy (Billy Fury)
  23. Kon-Tiki (The Shadows)
  24. There I've Said It Again (Al Saxon)
  25. True Love (Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen)
  26. Together (Connie Francis)
  27. Michael (The Highwaymen)


  1. Hats Off To Larry (Del Shannon)
  2. Get Lost (Eden Kane)
  3. You'll Answer To Me (Cleo Laine)
  4. Drivin' Home (Duane Eddy)
  5. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) (The Viscounts)
  6. Don't Bet Money Honey (Linda Scott)
  7. Crying [aka Cryin'] (Roy Orbison)
  8. There's A Hole In The Bucket (Harry Belafonte & Odetta)
  9. Sucu Sucu (Laurie Johnson Orchestra)
  10. Granada (Frank Sinatra)
  11. Long Time Boy (Nina & Frederik)
  12. Frankie And Johnny (Brook Benton)
  13. Lonely Street (Clarence "Frogman" Henry)
  14. Why Can't You (Clarence "Frogman" Henry)
  15. You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It) (Ral Donner)
  16. Walkin' Back To Happiness (Helen Shapiro)
  17. I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door (Eddie Hodges)
  18. Hard Hearted Hannah (The Temperance Seven)
  19. Chili Bom Bom (The Temperance Seven)
  20. Caravan (Part 1) (Duane Eddy)
  21. My Boomerang Won't Come Back (Charlie Drake)
  22. Amo, Amor (Ben E King)
  23. Gonna Build A Mountain (Matt Monro)
  24. Sucu Sucu (Ted Heath & His Music)
  25. Bless You (Tony Orlando)
  26. Wild Wind (John Leyton)


  1. Muskrat (The Everly Brothers)
  2. Don't Blame Me (The Everly Brothers)
  3. Tribute To Buddy Holly (Mike Berry & The Outlaws)
  4. Sucu Sucu (Ping Ping & Al Verlane)
  5. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby (Bobby Darin)
  6. Let's Get Together (Hayley Mills)
  7. When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart (Cliff Richard)
  8. Got A Funny Feeling (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  9. Mexicali Rose (Karl Denver)
  10. Big Bad John (Jimmy Dean)
  11. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) (Carol Deene)
  12. Take Good Care Of My Baby (Bobby Vee)
  13. Sucu-Sucu (Nina & Frederik)
  14. The Time Has Come (Adam Faith)
  15. Take Five (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
  16. Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles)
  17. I'm A Moody Guy (Shane Fenton & The Fentones)
  18. The Mountain's High (Dick & Deedee)
  19. Sucu-Sucu (Joe Loss & His Orchestra)
  20. Theme From "Come September" (Bobby Darin & His Orchestra)
  21. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley)
  22. Little Sister (Elvis Presley)
  23. Stars And Stripes Forever (Mr Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band)
  24. Creole Jazz (Mr Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band)
  25. This Time (Troy Shondell)
  26. Runaraound Sue (Dion)
  27. More Money For You And Me (medley) (The Four Preps)


  1. Night Of The Vampire (The Moontrekkers)
  2. Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughan)
  3. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) (Sue Thompson)
  4. Moon River (Danny Williams)
  5. Tomorrow's Clown (Marty Wilde)
  6. Runaround Sue (Doug Sheldon)
  7. Midnight In Moscow (Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen)
  8. Hey, Look Me Over (Ronnie Hilton)
  9. The Savage (The Shadows)
  10. Bambino (The Springfields)
  11. Everlovin' (Rick Nelson)
  12. I Love How You Love Me (Jimmy Crawford)
  13. Let True Love Begin (Nat "King" Cole)
  14. Tower Of Strength (Gene McDaniels)
  15. My Friend The Sea (Petula Clark)
  16. Fool No. 1 (Brenda Lee)
  17. You're The Only Good Thing (That's Happened To Me) (Jim Reeves)
  18. King Kong (Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen)
  19. The Way You Look Tonight (The Lettermen)
  20. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) (Shirley Bassey)
  21. Stranger On The Shore (Mr Acker Bilk & The Leon Young String Chorale)
  22. September In The Rain (Dinah Washington)
  23. My Sunday Baby (Un Telegrama) (The Dale Sisters)
  24. Goody Goody (Helen Shapiro)
  25. The Coffee Song (Frank Sinatra)
  26. Married (The Brook Brothers)
  27. So Long Baby (Del Shannon)


  1. Toy Balloons (Russ Conway)
  2. Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie (Eddie Cochran)
  3. What A Party (Fats Domino)
  4. I Understand (Just How You Feel) (The G-Clefs)
  5. The Gypsy Rover (The Highwaymen)
  6. Don't Bring Lulu (Dorothy Provine)
  7. The Charleston (The Temperance Seven)
  8. Moon River (Henry Mancini)
  9. Johnny Will (Pat Boone)
  10. Tall Dark Stranger (Rose Brennan)
  11. Let There Be Drums (Sandy Nelson)
  12. Goodbye Cruel World (James Darren)
  13. I'd Never Find Another You (Billy Fury)
  14. Baby's First Christmas (Connie Francis)
  15. Give Us A Kiss For Christmas (Lionel Bart)
  16. Mrs Mills Medley (Mrs Mills)
  17. I Cried For You (Ricky Stevens)
  18. Multiplication (Bobby Darin)
  19. Onward Christian Soldiers (The Harry Simeone Chorale)
  20. There Goes That Song Again (Gary Miller)
  21. The Night Is Young (And You're So Beautiful) (Gary Miller)
  22. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen (Neil Sedaka)
  23. Run To Him (Bobby Vee)
  24. Language Of Love (John D Loudermilk)
  25. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (The Tokens)
  26. Come Along Please (Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazzmen)
  27. Son, This Is She (John Leyton)
  28. Image (Part 1) (Hank Levine & Orchestra)