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The 'Telstar' Hot 100 December 22nd 1962
The 'Telstar' Hot 100 December 22nd 1962

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, Pop
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7144
As adjuncts to our highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series of collections for each calendar year in the 50s and early ‘60s, we have already produced collections based on landmark moments in the Billboard charts – “The First Top 100 Nov. 1955” (ACQCD7062), “The First Hot 100 Aug. 1958” (ACQCD7083), “The First Hot 100 of the '60s” (ACQCD7097), “The 'Heartbreak Hotel' Top 100” (ACQCD7122)and “The Day The Music Died - Feb 3rd 1959 Hot 100” (ACQCD7134) each comprising all the records in the Top 100 for the date in question. This collection celebrates a landmark event of 1962, the launching of the first telecommunications satellite Telstar on July 10th, a multinational project involving the USA, UK and France, which revolutionised transatlantic TV broadcasting as well as telephone and other communications, and helped bring the world closer together. Within weeks the event had inspired the British band The Tornados to record Joe Meek's iconic instrumental composition and production “Telstar” which made No. 1 in the UK in September and stayed there for five weeks. It entered the US Hot 100 while it was at No. 1 in the UK, and rose to make No. 1 in Christmas week. This collection comprises just about all the records in the Billboard Hot 100 of that week (a couple of records are unavailable for copyright reasons) and it provides a fascinating and evocative snapshot of the music scene at the end of an important and optimistic year. It’s a window onto a dynamic and exciting musical environment, and includes a number of unfamiliar names and recordings of which even pop enthusiasts 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 Telstar The Tornadoes
2 Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
3 Return To Sender Elvis Presley
4 Bobby's Girl Marcie Blane
5 Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons
6 Don't Hang Up The Orlons
7 Go Away Little Girl Steve Lawrence
8 Release Me "Little Esther" Phillips
9 You Are My Sunshine Ray Charles
10 Love Came To Me Dion
11 The Lonely Bull Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
12 Keep Your Hands Off My Baby Little Eva
13 Ride! Dee Dee Sharp
14 Hotel Happiness Brook Benton
15 Dear Lonely Hearts Nat King Cole
16 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans
17 Rumors Johnny Crawford
18 Ruby Ann Marty Robbins
19 Let's Go Routers
20 Chains Cookies
21 (Dance With The) Guitar Man Duane Eddy
22 Tell Him Exciters
23 Pepino The Italian Moue Lou Monte
24 Wiggle Wobble Les Cooper
25 Two Lovers Mary Wells
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 All Alone Am I Brenda Lee
2 My Dad Paul Petersen
3 Your Cheating Heart Ray Charles
4 He's A Rebel The Crystals
5 Spanish Lace Gene McDaniels
6 Desafinado Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
7 Little Drummer Boy Harry Simeone Chorale
8 Santa Claus is Coming To Town The Four Seasons
9 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes Bobby Vee
10 Eso Beso Paul Anka
11 The Push And Kick Mark Valentino
12 Shutters And Boards Jerry Wallace
13 Comin' Home Baby Mel Torme
14 Monsters' Holiday Bobby (Boris) Pickett & The Crypt Kickers
15 Up On The Roof The Drifters
16 I Saw Linda Yesterday Dickey Lee
17 Let's Kiss And Make Up Bobby Vinton
18 My Own True Love The Duprees
19 It's Up To You Rick Nelson
20 White Christmas Bing Crosby
21 The Chipmunk Song David Seville & The Chipmunks
22 See See Rider Lavern Baker
23 You Threw A Lucky Punch Gene (Duke Of Earl) Chandler
24 That's Life Gabriel & The Angels
25 The Cha-Cha-Cha Bobby Rydell
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Ten Little Indians The Beach Boys
2 I Can't Help It Johnny Tillotson
3 Santa Claus Is Watching You Ray Stevens
4 Half Heaven, Half Heartache Gene Pitney
5 I Left My Heart In San Francisco Tony Bennett
6 Coney Island Baby The Excellents
7 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms
8 Some Kinda Fun Chris Montez
9 The Love Of A Boy Timi Yuro
10 Trouble Is My Middle Name Bobby Vinton
11 A Little Bit Now The Majors
12 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Brenda Lee
13 I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter Connie Francis
14 Rainbow At Midnight Jimmie Rodgers
15 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole
16 Diddle-De-Dum The Belmonts
17 Me And My Shadow Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr.
18 Don't Go Near The Eskimos Ben Colder
19 I May Not Live To See Tomorrow Brian Hyland
20 The Ballad Of Jed Clampett Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
21 Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight Jimmy Dean
22 Strange I Know The Marvelettes
23 Remember Then The Earls
24 You've Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 You're Gonna Need Me Barbara Lynn
2 My Wife Can't Cook Lonnie Russ
3 Road Hog John D. Loudermilk
4 Loop De Loop Johnny Thunder
5 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer David Seville & The Chipmunks
6 Lovesick Blues Frank Ifield
7 She's A Troublemaker The Majors
8 Shake Sherry The Contours
9 Cast Your Fate To The Wind Vince Guaraldi Trio
10 Echo The Emotions
11 Alvin's Harmonica David Seville & The Chipmunks
12 White Christmas The Drifters
13 My Coloring Book Kitty Kallen
14 Jelly Bread Booker T' & The MGs
15 Trouble In Mind Aretha Franklin
16 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Rydell & Chubby Checker
17 Three Hearts In A Tangle James Brown & The Famous Flames
18 Twilight Time Andy Williams
19 Sam's Song Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.
20 Molly Bobby Goldsboro
21 Little Town Flirt Del Shannon
22 Does He Mean That Much To You Eddy Arnold
23 The (Bossa Nova) Bird The Dells
24 I Need You Rick Nelson
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