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The 1961 British Hit Parade Part 2
The 1961 British Hit Parade Part 2

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7038

Release date: 4th January 2012

Acrobat Music’s series of British Hit Parade collections has become an essential annual purchase for a significant number of collectors and enthusiasts who wish to hear and own every record that entered the British record charts during each year. As the collections move into the ‘60s, the steady but inexorable shift in the balance of the music styles represented in the charts continues. As with 1960, when the New Musical Express and Record Retailer charts were extended to a Top 50, and including all the records which only charted in Melody Maker, Disc or Record Mirror, the number of titles in the complete anthology is well over 300, in this case 327, to be exact, meaning that the collection comprises 12 CDs, once again released by Acrobat as three 4-CD box sets, our well-established format for these releases. Part Two includes the original versions of every record that entered the charts mentioned between 28th April and 7th September (one 7th September entry starts Part 3) in chronological order of chart entry, with nearly four hours of eclectic and fascinating entertainment. Part One includes the original versions of every record that entered the charts mentioned between 1st January and the 27th April (one 28th April entry starts Part 2) in chronological order of chart entry, with nearly four hours of eclectic and fascinating entertainment. The charts of 1961 saw several important new names making their debut alongside the big names of rock ‘n’ roll who had managed to achieve commercial longevity which the Tin Pan Alley pundits said they would never do. There were still the inevitable lightweight novelty hits, and a strong showing from the trad jazz fraternity, while the popularity of instrumental hits of all kinds continued. Some excellent soul-flavoured American hits made their impact this year, while many 50s-era crooners maintained a solid chart presence. With the extended chart, there are also a healthy helping of obscure and collectable one-hit wonders. It was certainly a year that the musicologists would have fun analysing, but there was no hint yet of the musical storm that was brewing in Liverpool and Hamburg. We would point out once again that another company has made an opportunist attempt to mimic our series – we like to think that Acrobat’s are the “official” version, and we offer the only complete, comprehensive, coherent annual series. We thank our customers for supporting our British Hit Parade releases, and are sure this will one will prove as popular as the rest.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Coronation Street Geoff Love
2 But I Do Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
3 What'd I Say Jerry Lee Lewis
4 Billy Boy Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents
5 Mr. Guitar Bert Weedon
6 The Great Snowman Bob Luman
7 Love Or Money The Blackwells
8 Halfwat To Paradise Billy Fury
9 Frightened City The Shadows
10 You'll Never Know Shirley Bassey
11 Have A Drink On me Lonnie Donegan
12 I Still Love You All Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
13 Mother-in-law Ernie K. Doe
14 Lullaby Of The Leaves The Ventures
15 That Lucky Old Sun The Velvets
16 Gunslinger Frankie Laine
17 I've Told Every Little Star Linda Scott
18 Little Devil Neil Sedaka
19 Why Not Now Matt Monro
20 How Can This Be Love Matt Monro
21 Half Of My Heart Emile Ford & the Checkmates
22 Words The Allisons
23 Spurs Song The Totnamites
24 Surrender Elvis Presley
25 Running Scared Roy Orbison
26 We Will Never Be As Young As This Again Danny Williams
27 Pablo Russ Conway
28 Well I Ask You Eden Kane
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson
2 Travellin' Man Ricky Nelson
3 Transistor Radio Benny Hill
4 The Battle's O'er Andy Stewart
5 Bells Of Avignon Max Bygraves
6 Exclusively Yours Mark Wynter
7 Take Good Care Of Her Adam Wade
8 Motrocycle Michael Jo Ann Campbell
9 Ambush The Outlaws
10 Summertime The Marcels
11 Love Or Money Jimmy Crawford
12 Climb Ev'ry Mountain Tony Bennett
13 Temptation Everly Brothers
14 Pasadena The Temperance Seven
15 Pop Goes The Weasel Anthony Newley
16 Bee Bom Anthony Newley
17 Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart Connie Francis
18 Weekend Eddie Cochran
19 Once In Every Lifetime Ken Dodd
20 The Magnificent Seven Al Caiola
21 A Girl Like You Cliff Richard
22 Marcheta Karl Denver
23 Ring Of Fire Duane Eddy
24 I'll Step Down Garry Mills
25 Stand By Me Ben E. King
26 Don't Jump Off The Roof Dad Tommy Cooper
27 You Don't Know Helen Shapiro
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Time Craig Douglas
2 She She Little Sheila Gene Vincent
3 Baby I Don't Care Buddy Holly
4 Valley Of Tears Buddy Holly
5 Moody River Pat Boone
6 Nature Boy Bobby Darin
7 Old Smokey Johnny & The Hurricanes
8 High Voltage Johnny & The Hurricanes
9 The Miracle Of You Danny Williams
10 I'm Shy Mary Ellen I'm Shy Bob Wallis & His Storyville Jazz Band
11 Romeo Petula Clark
12 You Always Hurt The One You Love Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
13 That's My Home Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band
14 Boll Weevil Song Brook Benton
15 Quarter To Three Gary 'U.S.' Bonds
16 Don't You Know It Adam Faith
17 Dum Dum Brenda Lee
18 San Antonio Rose Floyd Cramer
19 Reach For The Stars Shirley Bassey
20 Climb Ev'ry Mountain Shirley Bassey
21 Cupid Sam Cooke
22 Quite A Party The Fireballs
23 Hide And Seek Marty Wilde
24 In The Hall Of The Mountain King Nero & The Gladiators
25 It Keeps Rainin' Fats Domino
26 Wheels Cha Cha Joe Loss
27 Johnny Remember Me John Leyton
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 How Many Tears Bobby Vee
2 What Kind Of Fool Am I? Anthony Newley
3 Baby Sittin' Bobby Angelo and the Tuxedos
4 Girls Johnny Burnette
5 Tansy Alex Welsh
6 Writing On The Wall Tommy Steele
7 Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker
8 Too Many Beautiful Girls Clinton Ford
9 Tonight (Could Be The Night) The Velvets
10 Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week Brook Brothers
11 Say It With Flowers Dorothy Squires & Russ Conway
12 Heart And Soul Jan & Dean
13 I'm A Fool To Care Joe Barry
14 Michael Row The Boat Ashore Lonnie Donegan
15 Lumbered Lonnie Donegan
16 Sea Of Heartbreak Don Gibson
17 Someday Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
18 Breakaway The Springfields
19 I'm Going Home Gene Vincent
20 Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee
21 Pepito Los Machucambos
22 True Love Terry Lightfoot & His New Orleans Jazzmen
23 Michael Row The Boat Ashore The Highwaymen
24 Kon-Tiki The Shadows
25 There I've Said It Again Al Saxon
26 Wild In The Country Elvis Presley
27 I Feel So Bad Elvis Presley
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