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The Music and Events of 1961

Our favorite songs of 1961 included these:

Title Artist
 
A Hundred Pounds of Clay McDaniels, Gene
Angel on My Shoulder Flint, Shelby
Barbara Ann Regents
Big Bad John Dean, Jimmy
Big Boss Man Reed, Jimmy
Blue Hawaii Presley, Elvis
Blue Moon Marcels
Boll Weavel Song Benton, Brook
Briston Stomp Dovells
But I Do Henry, Clarence ďFrogmanĒ
Calcutta Welk, Lawrence
Calendar Girl Sedaka, Neil
Canít Help Falling in Love Presley, Elvis
Crazy Cline, Patsy
Cryiní Orbison, Roy
Cupid Cooke, Sam
Daddyís Home Shep & the Limelighters
Dedicated to the One I Love Shirelles
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor Donegan, Lonnie
Donít Blame Me Everly Brothers
Donít Worry Robbins, Marty
Ebony Eyes Everly Brothers
Every Beat of My Heart Gladys Knight & the Pips
Frankie and Johnny Benton, Brook
Frankie and Johnny Cooke, Sam
Goodbye Cruel World Darren, James
Half As Much Williams, Hank
Hats Off to Larry Shannon, Del
Heart and Soul Cleftones
Heart and Soul Jan & Dean
Heartaches Marcels
Hello Mary Lou Nelson, Ricky
Hello Walls Young, Faron
Hey! Baby Channel, Bruce
His Latest Flame Presley, Elvis
Hit the Road Jack Charles, Ray
How Many Tears Vee, Bobby
I Donít Know Why (I Just Do) Scott, Linda
I Fall to Pieces Cline, Patsy
I Know George, Barbara
I Like It Like That Kenner, Chris
I Love How You Love Me Paris Sisters
Iím Gonna Knock On Your Door Hodges, Eddie
Iím in the Mood For Love Chimes
Iíve Told Every Little Star Scott, Linda
Last Night Mar-Keys
Let There Be Drums Nelson, Sandy
Letís Get Together Mills, Haley
Letís Twist Again Checker, Chubby
Lion Sleeps Tonight Tokens
Little Bit of Soap, a Jarmels
Little Boy Sad Burnette, Johnny
Little Devil Sedaka, Neil
Little Sister Presley, Elvis
Louisiana Man Kershaw, Doug
Love My Life Away Pitney, Gene
Make Someone Happy Durante, Jimmy
Mama Said Shirelles
Michael (Row the Boat Ashore) Highwaymen
Moments to Remember Lettermen
Moody River Boone, Pat
Moon River Mancini, Henry
More Than I Can Say Vee, Bobby
Mother-In-Law K-Doe, Ernie
My Happiness Francis, Connie
Nadine Berry, Chuck
Never On Sunday Chordettes
Once in a While Chimes
Peanut Butter Marathons
Peppermint Twist Joey Dee & the Starlighters
Please Mr. Postman Marvelettes
Pony Time Checker, Chubby
Portrait of My Love Lawrence, Steve
Pretty Little Angel Eyes Lee, Curtis
Quarter to Three Bonds, Gary U.S.
Raindrops Clark, Dee
Rama Lama Ding Dong Edsels
Right or Wrong Jackson, Wanda
Rubber Ball Vee, Bobby
Run to Him Vee, Bobby
Runaround Sue Dion
Runaway Shannon, Del
Running Scared Orbison, Roy
Sad Movies Always Make Me Cry Thompson, Sue
School is Out Bonds, Gary U.S.
Sea of Heartbreak Gibson, Don
Sharing You Vee, Bobby
Shop Around Miracles
Shop Around Captain & Tennille
So How Come (No One Loves Me) Everly Brothers
Spanish Harlem King, Ben E.
Stand by Me King, Ben E.
Stand by Me Turner, Spyder
Stayiní in Vee, Bobby
Surrender Presley, Elvis
Sweet Dreams Gibson, Don
Take Good Care of My Baby Vee, Bobby
The Magnificent Seven Cailoa, Al
The Mountainís High Dick & Dee Dee
The Way You Look Tonight Lettermen
The Writing on the Wall Wade, Adam
Thereís a Moon Out Tonight Capris
This Time Shondell, Troy
Those Oldies But Goodies Little Caesar & the Romans
Thousand Stars Young, Kathy
Tonight Ferante & Teicher
Tossiní and Turniní Lewis, Bobby
Tower of Strength McDaniels, Gene
Tragedy Fleetwoods
Traveliní Man Nelson, Ricky
Walk On By (Wait On the Corner) Van Dyke, Leroy
Walk Right Back Everly Brothers
Walkiní With My Angel Vee, Bobby
When I Fall in Love Letterman
When We Get Married Dreamlovers
Where the Boys Are Francis, Connie
Who Put the Bomp Mann, Barry
Will You Love Me Tomorrow Shirelles
Ya Ya Dorsey, Lee
You Can Have Her Hamilton Roy
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby Darin, Bobby
Youíre the One Holly, Buddy
Youíre the Reason (Iím in Love) Robbins, Marty


Meanwhile, in 1961...

IBM introduces the Selectric typewriter; that's the one with the "bouncing ball" type.

In May FCC Chairman Newton Minow claims that television is a "vast wasteland." Oh, if he only knew....

April 12: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin is the first man to travel into space, as he circles the earth in 90 minutes in the Vostok I 187 miles above the earth.

May 5: Navy Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr., blasts into space for a 20 minute ride "out of this world" in the Freedom 7. The space race is under way, but the U.S. is behind.

Coca Cola introduces Sprite to complete against 7-Up. Another race is under way.

Ray Kroc buys out the McDonald brothers and takes control over the hamburger chain.

March 29: The 23d amendment to the Constitution is ratified; it provides for congressional representation of Washington, D.C.

Joseph Heller's "Catch 22" is published.

Johnson & Johnson introduces Tylenol.

More than 300 babies in Germany are born with horrible deformities; a doctor connects the abnormalities to a drug called thalidomide. Thalidomide was never approved for use in the U.S.

April: The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by 1,600 rebels trained by the US is a horrible disaster and embarrassment to President Kennedy.

August; East Germany closes the border between East and West Berlin, and t 13, and construct a wall to prevent East Germans from escaping to freedom.

March: President Kennedy creates the Peace Corps to improve education, agriculture, and living standards in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

The New York Yankees win the World Series by defeating Cincinnati in five games.

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle compete to beat Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs. Maris hits number 61 on October 1.

The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "West Side Story," which also wins several other awards.


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