R&B Spotlight ’60

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 24 Jan 2011

"A Veritable Treasure Trove." - 4/5  UNCUT

"Landscape- changing cuts." 4/5  RECORD COLLECTOR

"A mouth-watering selection from the groups like Anthony & the Imperials, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters and The Olympics." BLUES AND SOUL

CAT No: FVDD083UPC TEXT: 5055311000831

Full details

R&B Spotlight ’60 compiles 60 tracks by various artists selected from the US charts of 1960. All of the songs were R&B and/or pop hits and many have become classics of the genre. The artists include legends like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, the Coasters, Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Joe Turner and the Platters. The collection, which includes full details of the original label issues, is the third in an ongoing series chronicling Rhythm & Blues hits year by year. The informative booklet notes are authored by respected Echoes/Record Collector journalist Mike Atherton. A parallel series, Soul Breakout, is released simultaneously. The two series are intended to complement each other, with no duplication of tracks.

This 1960 instalment of R&B Spotlight sees the genre continuing to boom, with many of the entries also crossing over to the pop charts. Established hitmakers include Etta James (duetting with Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows), Lloyd Price, Johnny Otis and Little Willie John, while Jessie Hill, Jimmy Jones, Aaron Neville and Joe Jones are among the chart newcomers. Group sounds remain popular with chart placings for Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Olympics and the Spaniels. In 1960 you could do the Madison, the Hucklebuck, the Mashed Potatoes and (of course) the Twist.

Blues hits are growing scarce, but Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and Elmore James are all present. Timeless tracks include “Honey Hush”, “Road Runner”, “Fannie Mae”, “Walking To New Orleans”, “Good Timin’”, “Stay” and “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go”.



  1. Bumble Bee (LaVern Baker)
  2. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1) (Jessie Hill)
  3. Just A Little Bit (Rosco Gordon)
  4. Honey Hush (Big Joe Turner)
  5. What About Us (The Coasters)
  6. Road Runner (Bo Diddley)
  7. The Coffee Grind (Hank Ballard & The Midnighters)
  8. Fannie Mae (Buster Brown)
  9. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Jimmy Reed)
  10. Easy Lovin' (Wade Flemons)
  11. Let Them Talk (Little Willie John)
  12. Shake A Hand (LaVern Baker)
  13. Harbor Lights (The Platters)
  14. Don't Deceive Me (Ruth Brown)
  15. Walking To New Orleans (Fats Domino)
  16. If I Can't Have You (Etta James)
  17. How About That (Dee Clark)
  18. Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
  19. Big Boy Pete (The Olympics)
  20. Handy Man (Jimmy Jones)
  21. Question (Lloyd Price)
  22. You Talk Too Much (Joe Jones)
  23. Mumblin' Mosie (Johnny Otis Show)
  24. (Do The) Mashed Potatoes (Part 1) (Nat Kendrick & The Swans)
  25. The Twist (Chubby Checker)
  26. Let It Rock (Chuck Berry)
  27. Run Red Run (The Coasters)
  28. Alley-Oop (The Hollywood Argyles)
  29. Gonzo (James Booker)
  30. Stay (Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs)


  1. New Orleans (Gary (US) Bonds)
  2. Crawdad (Bo Diddley)
  3. Good Timin' (Jimmy Jones)
  4. Too Pooped To Pop "Casey" (Chuck Berry)
  5. My Little Honey Dripper (Big Joe Turner)
  6. The Madison (Al Brown's Tunetoppers featuring Cookie Brown)
  7. Finger Poppin' Time (Hank Ballard & The Midnighters)
  8. Besame Mucho (Part 1) (The Coasters)
  9. The Hucklebuck (Chubby Checker)
  10. My Girl Josephine (Fats Domino)
  11. Over You (Aaron Neville)
  12. Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me) (Little Willie John)
  13. What's Happening (Wade Flemons)
  14. You're Looking Good (Dee Clark)
  15. My Empty Room (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
  16. My Hero (The Blue Notes)
  17. I Know (The Spaniels)
  18. I'll Be Seeing You (The Five Satins)
  19. Wheel Of Fortune (LaVern Baker)
  20. Sleep (Little Willie John)
  21. What Would I Do (Mickey & Sylvia)
  22. Shadows Of Love (LaVern Baker)
  23. Psycho (Bobby Hendricks)
  24. Shoppin' For Clothes (The Coasters)
  25. The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James & His Broomdusters)
  26. No Shoes (John Lee Hooker)
  27. Spoonful (Etta James)
  28. Jaguar And Thunderbird (Chuck Berry)
  29. Wake Me, Shake Me (The Coasters)
  30. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go (Hank Ballard & The Midnighters)