American Music Library: The Hits Of 1961

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 18 Aug 2014

"With a whopping 90 tracks in all, The Hits of 1961 paints a great picture of what popular music sounded like in the early days of rock n’ roll" Icon Fetch


CAT No: FVTD201UPC TEXT: 5055311002019

Full details

The American Music Library is a major 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. Following the release of The Hits Of 1959 and The Hits Of 1960, comes the third hit-packed instalment, The Hits Of 1961.

A Top 10 hit in America often translated into a hit in many other world territories. But not always. Among the 1961 US hits that did not chart in the UK are such famous recordings as Shop Around (The Miracles), Bristol Stomp (The Dovells), Ya Ya (Lee Dorsey), Crazy (Patsy Cline), Please Mr Postman (The Marvelettes), Hello Walls (Faron Young) and I Pity The Fool (Bobby Bland), as well as titles by Elvis Presley, Dion, Jackie Wilson, Chubby Checker, The Impressions and The Crystals. The American Music Library: The Hits Of 1961 includes all of these, alongside many less familiar titles of great interest to collectors of hit singles.

The Hits Of 1961 is a 90-track 3CD set which features:

All 42 US Pop 10 hits from 1961 that didn’t make the UK chart;

All 5 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 43 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. Calcutta (Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra)
  2. Shop Around (The Miracles)
  3. My Empty Arms (Jackie Wilson)
  4. There’s A Moon Out Tonight (The Capris)
  5. Dedicated To The One I Love (The Shirelles)
  6. Don’t Worry (Marty Robbins)
  7. Spanish Harlem (Ben E. King)
  8. Apache (Jorgen Ingmann and His Guitar)
  9. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) (Carla Thomas)
  10. A Hundred Pounds Of Clay (Gene McDaniels)
  11. You Can Depend On Me (Brenda Lee)
  12. One Mint Julep (Ray Charles)
  13. Portrait Of My Love (Steve Lawrence)
  14. Daddy’s Home (Shep and The Limelites)
  15. Mama Said (The Shirelles)
  16. Tragedy (The Fleetwoods)
  17. Raindrops (Dee Clark)
  18. The Writing On The Wall (Adam Wade)
  19. Every Beat Of My Heart (The Pips)
  20. Tossin’ And Turnin’ (Bobby Lewis)
  21. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) (Little Caesar and The Romans)
  22. Yellow Bird (Arthur Lyman Group)
  23. Dance On Little Girl (Paul Anka)
  24. I Like It Like That (Part 1) (Chris Kenner)
  25. Last Night (The Mar-Keys)
  26. Wooden Heart (Joe Dowell)
  27. School Is Out (Gary U.S. Bonds)
  28. Hurt (Timi Yuro)
  29. My True Story (The Jive Five)
  30. As If I Didn’t Know (Adam Wade)


  1. Without You (Johnny Tillotson)
  2. One Track Mind (Bobby Lewis)
  3. When We Get Married (The Dreamlovers)
  4. Mexico (Bob Moore and His Orchestra)
  5. Bristol Stomp (The Dovells)
  6. Ya Ya (Lee Dorsey)
  7. I Love How You Love Me (The Paris Sisters)
  8. The Fly (Chubby Checker)
  9. Please Mr Postman (The Marvelettes)
  10. Heartaches (The Marcels)
  11. Crazy (Patsy Cline)
  12. Tonight (Ferrante and Teicher)
  13. Hello Walls (Faron Young)
  14. Heartbreak USA (Kitty Wells)
  15. I Fall To Pieces (Patsy Cline)
  16. Tender Years (George Jones)
  17. I Pity The Fool (Bobby Bland)
  18. Chills And Fever (Ronnie Love and His Orchestra)
  19. If I Didn’t Care (The Platters)
  20. Lost Love (H.B. Barnum)
  21. Sound-Off (Titus Turner)
  22. What A Price (Fats Domino)
  23. Havin’ Fun (Dion)
  24. Wheels (Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra)
  25. Model Girl (Johnny Maestro)
  26. Don’t Let Him Shop Around (Debbie Dean)
  27. Pony Express (Danny and The Juniors)
  28. Lonely Man (Elvis Presley)
  29. Please Love Me Forever (Cathy Jean and The Roommates)
  30. Hide Away (Freddy King and His Orchestra)


  1. The Second Time Around (Frank Sinatra)
  2. Foolin’ Around (Kay Starr)
  3. The Blizzard (Jim Reeves)
  4. Bumble Boogie (B. Bumble and The Stingers)
  5. The Next Kiss (Is The Last Goodbye) (Conway Twitty)
  6. African Waltz (Cannonball Adderley Orchestra)
  7. Girl Of My Best Friend (Ral Donner)
  8. A Dollar Down (The Limeliters)
  9. Big Big World (Johnny Burnette)
  10. You’d Better Come Home (Russell Byrd)
  11. Rainin’ In My Heart (Slim Harpo)
  12. Bobby (Neil Scott)
  13. Never On Sunday (The Chordettes)
  14. Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta (Ernie K-Doe)
  15. One Summer Night (The Diamonds)
  16. Wishin’ On A Rainbow (Phill Wilson)
  17. I Just Don’t Understand (Ann-Margret)
  18. Magic Moon (Clair De Lune) (The Rays)
  19. Big Cold Wind (Pat Boone)
  20. You’re The Reason (Joe South)
  21. Foot Stomping (Part 1) (The Flares)
  22. Magic Is The Night (Kathy Young with The Innocents)
  23. I Really Love You (The Stereos)
  24. Laugh (The Velvets)
  25. Gypsy Woman (The Impressions)
  26. On Bended Knees (Clarence Henry)
  27. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night (Kenny Dino)
  28. It Will Stand (The Showmen)
  29. There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (The Crystals)
  30. Please Come Home For Christmas (Charles Brown)