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The 1961 R&B Hits Collection
The 1961 R&B Hits Collection

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, R&B
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7134
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 1961. This great value 113-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 into the pop charts through artists like Ben E. King, Ray Charles, Brook Benton, The Miracles, Aretha Franklin 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 He Will Break Your Heart Jerry Butler
2 Last Date Floyd Cramer
3 Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert & His Orch.
4 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) Brook Benton
5 A Thousand Stars Kathy Young & The Innocents
6 North To Alaska Johnny Horton
7 Cry Cry Cry Bobby Bland
8 Shop Around Miracles
9 Gonzo James Booker
10 Ruby Ray Charles
11 Trouble In Mind Nina Simone
12 Spoonful Etta & Harvey
13 I Idolize You Ike & Tina Turner
14 Stand By Me Little Junior Parker
15 I Count The Tears Drifters
16 Happy Days Marv Johnson
17 Gee Whiz The Innocents
18 Close Together Jimmy Reed
19 Chills And Fever Ronnie Love & His Orch.
20 Angel Baby Rosie & The Originals
21 Exodus Ferrante & Teicher
22 Them That Got Ray Charles & His Orch.
23 There's A Moon Out Tonight The Capris
24 All In My Mind Maxine Brown
25 You Can Have Her Roy Hamilton
26 Won't Be Long Aretha Franklin
27 Bye Bye Baby Mary Wells
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 The Tear Of The Year Jackie Wilson
2 What A Price Fats Domino
3 Calcutta Lawrence Welk
4 Pony Time Chubby Checker
5 At Last Etta James
6 Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) Carla Thomas
7 Think Twice Brook Benton
8 I Pity The Fool Bobby Bland
9 Bewildered James Brown
10 Blue Moon Marcels
11 For My Baby Brook Benton
12 The Watusi The Vibrations
13 Spanish Harlem Ben E. King
14 One Mint Julep Ray Charles
15 Trust In Me Etta James
16 Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe
17 Find Another Girl Jerry Butler
18 Apache Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
19 Please Tell Me Why Jackie Wilson
20 Ain't It Baby The Miracles
21 Some Kind Of Wonderful Drifters
22 But I Do Clarence "Frogman" Henry
23 A Hundred Pounds Of Clay Gene McDaniels
24 Runaway Del Shannon
25 Daddy's Home Shep & The Limelites
26 I'm A Fool To Care Joe Barry
27 Funny Maxine Brown
28 Driving Wheel Junior Parker
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Stand By Me Ben E. King
2 Heart And Soul Cleftones
3 Barbara Ann Regents
4 Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed
5 Fool That I Am Etta James
6 I Don't Mind James Brown
7 I Feel So Bad Elvis Presley
8 Every Beat Of My Heart Pips
9 You Always Hurt The One You Love Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
10 Tossin' And Turnin' Bobby Lewis
11 Raindrops Dee Clark
12 I've Got News For You Ray Charles
13 I'm Comin' On Back To You Jackie Wilson
14 The Boll Weevil Song Brook Benton
15 Please Stay The Drifters
16 Quarter To Three Gary "U. S." Bonds
17 Peace Of Mind B. B. King
18 I Like It Like That (Part I) Chris Kenner
19 That's What Girls Are Made For Spinners
20 I'll Be There Damita Joe
21 Last Night Mar-Keys
22 School Is Out Gary U.S. Bonds
23 Don't Cry No More Bobby Bland
24 I Don't Want To Take A Chance Mary Wells
25 No, No, No The Chanters
26 I'm A Telling You Jerry Butler
27 Music, Music, Music The Sensations Featuring Yvonne
28 My True Story Jive Five
29 Let The Four Winds Blow Fats Domino
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Amor Ben E. King
2 Baby, You're Right James Brown
3 I Love You Yes I Do Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats
4 It's Gonna Work Out Fine Ike & Tina Turner
5 Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed
6 One Track Mind Bobby Lewis
7 Frankie And Johnny Brook Benton
8 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
9 Look In My Eyes Chantels
10 A Little Bit Of Soap Jarmels
11 Don't Cry, Baby Etta James
12 I Really Love You The Stereos
13 Bristol Stomp Dovells
14 Ya Ya Lee Dorsey
15 Sweets For My Sweet Drifters
16 Please Mr. Postman Marvelettes
17 Runaround Sue Dion
18 Operation Heartbreak Aretha Franklin
19 In The Dark Little Junior Parker
20 Tower Of Strength Gene McDaniels
21 Just Got To Know Jimmy McCracklin
22 Soothe Me Sims Twins
23 The Fly Chubby Checker
24 September In The Rain Dinah Washington
25 Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) Solomon Burke
26 Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues The Miracles
27 Turn On Your Love Light Bobby Bland
28 There's No Other (Like My Baby) Crystals
29 Gypsy Woman Impressions
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