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The 1960 R&B Hits Collection
The 1960 R&B Hits Collection

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, Pop, R&B
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7143
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 1960. This great value 115-track 4-CD anthology includes, with the exception of certain records which are unavailable for inclusion due to copyright restrictions, just about every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Top 15 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 of pop artists into the R&B chart and vice versa, with artists like Jackie Wilson, The Drifters, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. The big chart winner of the year was Brook Benton with three No. 1s and 23 weeks at the top, fourteen of those with Dinah Washington. 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. However, there was still a solid representation of old school blues artists like B.B. King and Jimmy Reed, and top class R&B singers like Etta James, Bobby Bland and James Brown formed the core of the chart, as well as the first chart incursions from the Motown stable by Barrett Strong and Marv Johnson. 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 Won'tcha Come Home Lloyd Price
2 Smokie (Part 2) Bill Black's Combo
3 Let's Try Again Clyde McPhatter
4 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans Freddy Cannon
5 Why Frankie Avalon
6 How About That Dee Clark
7 Among My Souvenirs Connie Francis
8 It's Time To Cry Paul Anka
9 Not One Minute More Della Reese
10 Money (That's What I Want) Barrett Strong
11 Lady Luck Lloyd Price
12 Baby (You've Got What it Takes) Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
13 I'll Take Care Of You Bobby "Blue" Bland
14 Running Bear Johnny Preston
15 Just A Little Bit Rosco Gordon
16 Sweet Sixteen (Part I) B. B. King
17 Teen Angel Mark Dinning
18 Beyond The Sea Bobby Darin
19 Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko Ko Bop Little Anthony & The Imperials
20 What In The World's Come Over You Jack Scott
21 I'll Go Crazy James Brown
22 Handy Man Jimmy Jones
23 Wild One Bobby Rydell
24 Shake A Hand Lavern Baker
25 Whatcha' Gonna Do Nat "King" Cole
26 Theme From "A Summer Place" Percy Faith
27 Little Susie (Part 4) Ray Bryant Combo
28 Paradise Sammy Turner
29 This Magic Moment Drifters
30 Baby What You Want Me To Do Jimmy Reed
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 I Love The Way You Love Marv Johnson
2 Don't Deceive Me Ruth Brown
3 Sweet Nothin's Brenda Lee
4 Harbor Lights Platters
5 Fannie Mae Buster Brown
6 (Do The) Mashed Potatoes (Part 1) James Brown (aka Nat Kendrick & the Swans)
7 Let The Little Girl Dance Billy Bland
8 White Silver Sands Bill Black's Combo
9 Lead Me On Bobby "Blue" Bland
10 The Ties That Bind Brook Benton
11 Am I That Easy To Forget? Debbie Reynolds
12 Easy Lovin' Wade Flemons
13 The Madison Al Brown's Tunetoppers
14 The Sky Is Crying Elmo James and His Broomdusters
15 Night Jackie Wilson
16 Mountain Of Love Harold Dorman
17 Sixteen Reasons Connie Stevens
18 Doggin' Around Jackie Wilson
19 Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part II) Jessie Hill
20 Stuck On You Elvis Presley
21 Good Timin' Jimmy Jones
22 He'll Have To Go Jim Reeves
23 Cradle Of Love Johnny Preston
24 Mack The Knife Ella Fitzgerald
25 He'll Have To Stay Jeanne Black
26 The Madison Time (Part I) Ray Bryant Combo
27 (I've) Got A Right To Love My Baby B. B. King
28 Cathy's Clown Everly Brothers
29 Wonderful World Sam Cooke
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Burning Bridges Jack Scott
2 Think James Brown and The Famous Flames
3 Love You So Ron Holden With The Thunderbirds
4 A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around & Fall In Love) Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
5 Everybody's Somebody's Fool Connie Francis
6 Alley Oop Hollywood Argyles
7 Lonely Winds Drifters
8 All I Could Do Was Cry Etta James
9 There's Something On Your Mind (Part 2) Bobby Marchan
10 You've Got The Power James Brown (and the Famous Flames)
11 This Bitter Earth Dinah Washington
12 Sticks and Stones Ray Charles
13 Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me) Jon Thomas
14 Big Boy Pete Olympics
15 Wake Me, Shake Me Coasters
16 A Woman, A Lover, A Friend Jackie Wilson
17 Walking To New Orleans Fats Domino
18 I'm Sorry Brenda Lee
19 Question Lloyd Price
20 A Fool In Love Ike & Tina Turner
21 It's Now Or Never Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
22 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Brian Hyland
23 Tell The Truth Ray Charles
24 The Twist Chubby Checker
25 My Love Nat "King" Cole & Stan Kenton
26 Kiddio Brook Benton
27 Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) Bobby Rydell
28 Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel) Roy Orbison
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Partin' Time B. B. King
2 I Want To Know Sugarpie DeSanto
3 If I Can't Have You Etta James & Harvey Fuqua
4 Ta Ta Clyde McPhatter
5 Chain Gang Sam Cooke
6 My Dearest Darling Etta James
7 Walk -- Don't Run Ventures
8 (You've Got To) Move Two Mountains Marv Johnson
9 Irresistible You Bobby Peterson
10 A Million To One Jimmy Charles
11 Mr. Custer Larry Verne
12 My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own Connie Francis
13 Three Nights A Week Fats Domino
14 Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
15 Don't Be Cruel Bill Black's Combo
16 Save The Last Dance For Me Drifters
17 Let's Think About Livin' Bob Luman
18 I Want To Be Wanted Brenda Lee
19 Am I The Man Jackie Wilson
20 The Hucklebuck Chubby Checker
21 My Girl Josephine Fats Domino
22 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley
23 You Talk Too Much Joe Jones
24 Stay Maurice Williams & Zodiacs
25 New Orleans Gary "U. S." Bonds
26 Gee Baby Joe & Ann
27 Don't Go To Strangers Etta Jones
28 Today I Sing The Blues Aretha Franklin
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