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The Music and Events of 1960

Our favorite songs of 1960 included these:

Title Artist
 
A Million to One Charles, Jimmy
Alley Oop Hollywood Argyles
Always It’s You Everly Brothers
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Presley, Elvis
Baby What You Want Me to Do Reed, Jimmy
Baby) Hully Gully Olympics
Beyond the Sea Darin, Bobby
Bill Bailey Darin, Bobby
Blue Angel Orbison, Roy
Boys Shirelles
Burning Bridges Scott, Jack
Cathy’s Clown Everly Brothers
Chain Gang Cooke, Sam
Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy Cannon, Freddie
Cherry Pie Skip & Flip
Corina, Corina Peterson, Ray
Devil Or Angel Vee, Bobby
Doin’ the Best I Can Presley, Elvis
Don’t You Just Know It? Smith, Huey “Piano”
Dreamin’ Burnette, Johnny
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool Francis, Connie
Ev’rybody’s Somebody’s Fool Francis, Connie
Exodus Ferante & Teicher
Fannie Mae Buster Brown
Feel So Fine Preston, Johnny
Finger Poppin’ Time Hank Ballard & the Midnight
First Name Initial Annette
Fishin’ Hole, “The Andy Griffith Theme” Griffith, Andy
Footsteps Lawrence, Steve
G. I. Blues Presley, Elvis
Georgia On My Mind Charles, Ray
Good Timin’ Jones, Jimmie
Greenfields Brothers Four
Handy Man Jones, Jimmy
He Don’t Love You Butler, Jerry
Hello, Josephine Domino, Fats
He’ll Have to Go Reeves, Jim
I Gotta Know Presley, Elvis
I Really Don’t Want to Know Edwards, Tommy
I Want to be Wanted Lee, Brenda
I Want to be Wanted Lee, Brenda
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow... Hyland, Brian
It’s Now Or Never Presley, Elvis
I’m Sorry Lee, Brenda
Just One Time Gibson, Don
Last Date Cramer, Floyd
Learning the Game Holly, Buddy
Let It Be Me Everly Brothers
Let the Little Girl Dance Bland, Billy
Let’s Have a Party Presley, Elvis
Like Strangers Everly Brothers
Lonely Blue Boy Twitty, Conway
Lonely Teenager Dion
Made to Love Everly Brothers
Magnificent Seven, the Cincinnatti Pops Orchestra
Mission Bell Brooks, Donnie
Money (That’s What I Want) Strong, Barrett
Mr. Custer Verne, Larry
Muleskinner Blues Fendermen
My Girl Josephine Domino, Fats
My Heart Has a Mind of It’s Own Francis, Connie
New Orleans Bonds, Gary U.S.
North to Alaska Horton, Johnny
O Dio Mio Annette
Only the Lonely Orbison, Roy
Paper Roses Bryant, Anita
Pineapple Princess Annette
Please Help Me I’m Falling Locklin, Hank
Poetry in Motion Tillotson, Johnny
Pretty Blue Eyes Lawrence, Steve
Puppy Love Anka, Paul
Running Bear Preston, Johnny
Save the Last Dance For Me DeFranco Family
Save the Last Dance for Me Drifters
Shout Dynatones
Sink the Bismark Horton, Johnny
Sixteen Reasons Stevens, Connie
Stairway to Heaven Sedaka, Neil
Stay Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
Stuck On You Presley, Elvis
Sweet Nothin’s Lee, Brenda
Tall Oak Tree, (There Was a) Burnette, Dorsey
Teen Angel Dinning, Mark
Tell Laura I Love Her Peterson, Ray
That’s All You Gotta’ Do Lee, Brenda
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) Cole, Nat King
The Madison Time Pt. 1 Bryant, Ray Combo
Theme from ’A Summer Place’ Faith, Percy
Theme from “The Apartment” Ferrante & Teicher
This Magic Moment Drifters
Tonight’s the Night Shirelles
True Love Ways Holly, Buddy
Twist Checker, Chubby
Volare Rydell, Bobby
Walk, Don’t Run Ventures
What in the World’s Come Over You? Scott, Jack
When Will I be Loved? Everly Brothers
Where or When Dion & the Belmonts
Wild One Rydell, Bobby
Wonderful World Cooke, Sam
Wonderland by Night Kaempfert, Bert
Wooden Heart Presley, Elvis
You Got What it Takes Johnson, Marv
You Talk too Much Jones, Joe
You’re Sixteen Burnette, Johnny
You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful Burnette, Johnny


Meanwhile, in 1960...

A Japanese company introduces the first felt-tip pen.

Xerox introduces the first production paper copier machine.

The U.S. launches Echo I, the world's first communication satellite.

The soviets shoot down a U.S. U-2 spy plane and capture the pilot, Capt. Gary Powers. The U.S. is thus forced to admit to spying on the Soviet Union. In response, Premier Khrushchev cancels a Paris summit meeting with President Eisenhower.

Television may have given Senator Kennedy the edge he needed to defeat Vice President Nixon in the first televised presidential debate. Kennedy wins by a margin of 113,000 votes (out of 69 million votes cast).

Outgoing-President Eisenhower warns against the "military-industrial-complex" that attempts to maintain high levels of defense spending.

95% of soft drinks sold in the U.S. are furnished in reusable bottles. But in 1960 aluminum cans are used for the first time.

In 1960 Howard Johnson had 607 independently owned restaurants, making it the largest private food distributor in the country.

Thomas S. Monaghan, borrows $500 to buy a pizza parlor in Detroit, and renames it "Domino's."

In February, U.S. blacks begin "sit-in" demonstrations at Greensboro, N.C., lunch counters. The city desegregates eating places in July.

Chubby Checker introduces The Twist at the Peppermint Lounge in New York.

"Camelot," "The Fantastics" and "Oliver" open in New York.

Castro nationalizes all banks and most industrial and commercial enterprises. This is Castro's communism.

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Yankees to win the 1960 World Series.

Floyd Patterson defeats Ingemar Johansson to regain the heavyweight championship.

2,000 computers are delivered in the U.S.

The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "The Apartment."


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