American Music Library: The Hits Of 1960

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 16 Jun 2014


CAT No: FVTD196UPC TEXT: 5055311001968

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The American Music Library is a major new series from Fantastic Voyage and is sure to be of considerable interest to music lovers with an interest in accumulating a substantial collection of hit singles, without track overlap with our popular British Hit Parade series. Hot on the heels of the debut release in the series, The Hits Of 1959, comes the second hit-packed instalment, The Hits Of 1960.

When the decade, later to be called “The Swinging Sixties”, got under way, America was still the engine room of the world’s pop music; their music industry was far more mature than that in any other country and a plethora of small independent labels were able to compete quite efficiently with the “majors” that had been in business since the forties or even earlier. So, a Top 10 hit in America would often translate into a hit in many other world territories. But not always. The American Music Library celebrates US hit singles big and small, but concentrates on only those singles that did not chart in the UK. So it deliberately avoids duplication of tracks on compilations like the British Hit Parade series, which many collectors have assiduously purchased over the years.

The Hits Of 1960 is a 90-track 3CD set which features:

All 30 US Pop 10 hits from 1959 that didn’t make the UK chart;

All 8 additional US Country and R&B chart-toppers that evaded the US Pop Top 10 (and again didn’t make the UK charts);

A further 52 hits from the US Pop Hot 100 that didn’t make the UK charts.

So enjoy this survey of the biggest pop, country and R&B hits that missed out on the UK charts, as well as a selection of other Hot 100 hits for your enjoyment. The accompanying 20pp booklet is illustrated in colour and features notes by series compiler Austin Powell, plus US release information (label, catalogue number, credited accompanists and producers) and details of any UK equivalent.



  1. Pretty Blue Eyes (Steve Lawrence)
  2. Go, Jimmy, Go (Jimmy Clanton)
  3. The Village Of St Bernadette (Andy Williams)
  4. Where Or When (Dion and The Belmonts)
  5. Lonely Blue Boy (Conway Twitty)
  6. Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) (Dinah Washington and Brook Benton)
  7. Forever (The Little Dippers)
  8. O Dio Mio (Annette)
  9. Sink The Bismark (Johnny Horton)
  10. The Old Lamplighter (The Browns)
  11. Night (Jackie Wilson)
  12. Love You So (Ron Holden)
  13. Happy-Go-Lucky-Me (Paul Evans)
  14. A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall in Love) (Dinah Washington and Brook Benton)
  15. That’s All You Gotta Do (Brenda Lee)
  16. My Home Town (Paul Anka)
  17. Tell Laura I Love Her (Ray Peterson)
  18. Image Of A Girl (The Safaris)
  19. Finger Poppin’ Time (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
  20. Mission Bell (Donnie Brooks)
  21. Mr Custer (Larry Verne)
  22. Yogi (The Ivy Three)
  23. A Million To One (Jimmy Charles)
  24. You Talk Too Much (Joe Jones)
  25. Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
  26. Last Date (Floyd Cramer)
  27. He Will Break Your Heart (Jerry Butler)
  28. Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea) (Lolita)
  29. Wonderland By Night (Wunderland Bei Nacht) (Bert Kaempfert)


  1. Angel Baby (Rosie and The Originals)
  2. Alabam (Cowboy Copas)
  3. Wings Of A Dove (Ferlin Husky)
  4. Smokie (Part 2) (Bill Black’s Combo)
  5. Fannie Mae (Buster Brown)
  6. Doggin’ Around (Jackie Wilson)
  7. There’s Something On Your Mind (Part 2) (Bobby Marchan)
  8. This Bitter Earth (Dinah Washington)
  9. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend (Jackie Wilson)
  10. Crazy Arms (Bob Beckham)
  11. Rockin’ Little Angel (Ray Smith)
  12. Why Do I Love You So (Johnny Tillotson)
  13. The Secret Of Love (Elton Anderson)
  14. Money (That’s What I Want) (Barrett Strong)
  15. Too Pooped To Pop (Chuck Berry)
  16. (Welcome) New Lovers (Pat Boone)
  17. String Along (Fabian)
  18. Let Them Talk (Little Willie John)
  19. The Same Old Me (Guy Mitchell)
  20. Just One Time (Don Gibson)
  21. Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich)
  22. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 2) (Jessie Hill)
  23. I Need You Now (Joni James)
  24. The Madison (Al Brown’s Tunetoppers)
  25. What Do You Want? (Bobby Vee)
  26. Nobody Loves Me Like You (The Flamingos)
  27. The Way Of A Clown (Teddy Randazzo)
  28. A Star Is Born (A Love Has Died) (Mark Dinning)
  29. All I Could Do Was Cry (Etta James)
  30. Hot Rod Lincoln (Charlie Ryan)
  31. Clap Your Hands (The Beau-Marks)


  1. Alley-Oop (Danté and The Evergreens)
  2. Hey Little One (Dorsey Burnette)
  3. Banjo Boy (Dorothy Collins)
  4. Look For A Star (Garry Miles)
  5. Sticks And Stones (Ray Charles)
  6. Do You Mind? (Andy Williams)
  7. One Boy (Joanie Sommers)
  8. I’ll Be There (Bobby Darin)
  9. Please Help Me, I’m Falling (Rusty Draper)
  10. The Twist (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters)
  11. I Know One (Jim Reeves)
  12. Little Bitty Pretty One (Frankie Lymon)
  13. (I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy (Bobby Freeman)
  14. Diamonds And Pearls (The Paradons)
  15. Shortnin’ Bread (Paul Chaplain and His Emeralds)
  16. A Fool In Love (Ike and Tina Turner)
  17. Let The Good Times Roll (Shirley and Lee)
  18. (You’ve Got To) Move Two Mountains (Marv Johnson)
  19. Brontosaurus Stomp (The Piltdown Men)
  20. Shoppin’ For Clothes (The Coasters)
  21. The Hucklebuck (Chubby Checker)
  22. Humdinger (Freddy Cannon)
  23. Ruby Duby Du (Tobin Mathews)
  24. Gonzo (James Booker)
  25. Bumble Bee (LaVern Baker)
  26. Dance By The Light Of The Moon (The Olympics)
  27. Frank Gari (Utopia)
  28. You Are The Only One (Ricky Nelson)
  29. Angel On My Shoulder (Shelby Flint)
  30. Oh Lonesome Me (Johnny Cash)