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The 1962 R&B Hits Collection
The 1962 R&B Hits Collection

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, Pop, R&B
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7123
This continues the strand of R&B and country collections associated with Acrobat’s highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series, this one focusing on the top R&B records in the US Billboard charts during 1962. This great value 103-track 4-CD anthology includes, with a few exceptions, just about every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Top 10 during that year. By this time, the R&B scene had evolved considerably as the rock ‘n roll scene had matured and Tin Pan Alley had marketed its teen-oriented offshoots, and there was an exciting feel to the charts, with substantial crossover into the pop charts through artists like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, The Crystals, The Four Seasons, Booker T & The MGs, and The Marvelettes. There was also a significant weight of other records from the increasingly powerful Motown, Tamla and other labels producing material which would have a significant influence on emerging talent across the pond in the UK, like The Beatles, who absorbed some of the songs in this anthology into their repertoire, sowing the seeds of the British invasion which was soon to transform the pop landscape once more. With the blurring of the boundaries between the genres, the more traditional blues and R&B artists whose music had helped lay the groundwork for rock found it harder to reach the top positions in the R&B chart, and the foundations of the soul boom of the late ‘60s and 70s was clearly in evidence in many of the hits included here. As with all these collections, it provides a window onto a dynamic and exciting musical environment, and includes a number of unfamiliar names and recordings of which even enthusiasts of the genre may not be too aware, and which will be welcome additions to their collections. It contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every record.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Unchain My Heart Ray Charles & His Orchestra
2 The Twist Chubby Checker
3 But On The Other Hand Baby Ray Charles & His Orchestra
4 I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) Barbara George
5 Poor Fool Ike & Tina Turner
6 If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody James Ray
7 Peppermint Twist - Part I Joey Dee & the Starliters
8 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Tokens
9 Lost Someone James Brown and The Famous Flames
10 Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
11 I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) Ikettes
12 Dear Lady Twist Gary (U. S.) Bonds
13 Jamie Eddie Holland
14 Baby Don't Leave Me Joe Henderson
15 Letter Full Of Tears Gladys Knight & the Pips
16 Cry To Me Solomon Burke
17 Hey! Baby Bruce Channel
18 Twistin' The Night Away Sam Cooke
19 Let Me In Sensations
20 Tuff Ace Cannon
21 Smoky Places The Corsairs
22 Slow Twistin' Chubby Checker
23 Something's Got A Hold On Me Etta James
24 Soul Twist King Curtis & The Noble Knights
25 Ain't That Loving You Bobby Bland
26 Our Anniversary Shep and The Limelites
27 At The Club Ray Charles & His Orchestra
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
2 Love Letters Ketty Lester
3 Annie Get Your Yo-Yo Little Junior Parker
4 Tra La La La La Ike & Tina Turner
5 I Found A Love The Falcons
6 The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
7 Hide 'Nor Hair Ray Charles & His Orchestra
8 Night Train James Brown
9 The Town I Live In McKinley Mitchell
10 I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles
11 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) Ben E. King
12 Stranger On The Shore Mr. Acker Bilk
13 Playboy Marvelettes
14 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' Johnny Tillotson
15 Walk On The Wild Side (Part I) Jimmy Smith and The Big Band
16 Snap Your Fingers Joe Henderson
17 Having A Party Sam Cooke
18 The Wah Watusi Orlons
19 Need Your Loving Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
20 You'll Lose A Good Thing Barbara Lynn
21 Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke
22 Roses Are Red (My Love) Bobby Vinton
23 Ahab, The Arab Ray Stevens
24 Party Lights Claudine Clark
25 The Locomotion Little Eva
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Stop The Wedding Etta James
2 Beechwood 4-5789 Marvelettes
3 Lookin' For A Love Valentinos
4 You Don't Know Me Ray Charles
5 Rinky Dink Dave "Baby" Cortez
6 Green Onions Booker T & The MGs
7 You Beat Me To The Punch Mary Wells
8 Sheila Tommy Roe
9 Sherry Four Seasons
10 Lie To Me Brook Benton
11 Stormy Monday Blues Bobby Bland
12 Yield Not To Temptation Bobby "Blue" Bland
13 Don't You Worry Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
14 Do You Love Me Contours
15 Ramblin' Rose Nat "King" Cole
16 Patches Dickey Lee
17 Someday, Someway Marvelettes
18 Monster Mash Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers
19 Sweet Sixteen Bars Earl Grant
20 I've Got A Woman (Part I) Jimmy McGriff
21 Stubborn Kind Of Fellow Marvin Gaye
22 Anna (Go To Him) Arthur Alexander
23 I'll Bring It Home To You Carla Thomas
24 Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons
25 He's A Rebel Crystals
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Nothing Can Change This Love Sam Cooke
2 Somebody Have Mercy Sam Cooke
3 Return To Sender Elvis Presley
4 Release Me "Little Esther" Phillips
5 Don't Hang Up Orlons
6 Keep Your Hands Off My Baby Little Eva
7 Ride! Dee Dee Sharp
8 You Are My Sunshine Ray Charles
9 Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
10 Hotel Happiness Brook Benton
11 My Man - He's A Lovin' Man Betty LaVett
12 See See Rider Lavern Baker
13 Tell Him Exciters
14 Strange I Know Marvelettes
15 Chains Cookies
16 Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
17 Telstar Tornadoes
18 Two Lovers Mary Wells
19 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes Bobby Vee
20 Don't Make Me Over Dionne Warwick
21 Mama Didn't Lie Jan Bradley
22 You've Really Got A Hold On Me Miracles
23 Loop De Loop Johnny Thunder
24 Call On Me Bobby Bland
25 Hey, Paula Paul & Paula
26 Walk Right In Rooftop Singers
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