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The 1961 British Hit Parade Part 1
The 1961 British Hit Parade Part 1

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7037

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 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 Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
2 My Girl Josephine Fats Domino
3 Must Be Santa Joan Regan
4 Till Tony Bennett
5 Ask Anyone In Love (Serenata) Tony Bennett
6 Pepe Duane Eddy
7 You're Sixteen Johnny Burnette
8 Many Tears Ago Connie Francis
9 Piltdown Rides Again The Piltdown Men
10 A Scottish Soldier Andy Stewart
11 Bangers And Mash Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren
12 Chariot Rhet Stoller
13 Doll House The King Brothers
14 Can't You Hear My Heart Danny Rivers
15 Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley
16 Rubber Ball Bobby Vee
17 Let's Jump The Broomstick Brenda Lee
18 A Thousand Stars Billy Fury
19 New Orleans Gary 'U.S.' Bonds
20 North To Alaska Johnny Horton
21 I Wish I could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate Olympics
22 Lonely Teenager Dion
23 Corinne, Corrina Ray Peterson
24 Sailor Petula Clark
25 Rubber Ball Marty Wilde
26 Sailor Anne Shelton
27 Mystery Girl Jess Conrad
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Rubber Ball The Avons
2 Shine Joe Brown
3 What To Do Buddy Holly
4 Mean Mean Man Wanda Jackson
5 Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka
6 First Taste Of Love Ben E. King
7 Spanish Harlem Ben E. King
8 Ginchy Bert Weedon
9 The World In My Arms Nat King Cole
10 Jimmy's Girl Johnny Tillotson
11 Walk Right Back Everly Brothers
12 Ebony Eyes Everly Brothers
13 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
14 This Is it Adam Faith
15 Who Am I Adam Faith
16 F.B.I. The Shadows
17 Messing About On The River Josh Macrae
18 Gather In The Mushrooms Benny Hill
19 Pepy's Diary Benny Hill
20 Black Bear Frank Cordell
21 Hey Good Looking Tommy Zang
22 Fools Rush In Brook Benton
23 Calcutta Lawrence Welk
24 Are You Sure The Allisons
25 Wheels The String-a-Longs
26 Riders In The Sky The Ramrods
27 African Waltz Johnny Dankworth
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Samantha Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
2 C'est Si Bon Conway Twitty
3 Gypsy Beat The Packabeats
4 Man From Madrid Tonmy Osborne Sound
5 Theme For A Dream Cliff Richard
6 Ja-Da Johnny & The Hurricanes
7 Baby Sittin' Boogie Buzz Clifford
8 76 Trombones The King Brothers
9 What Am I Gonna Do? Emile Ford & the Checkmates
10 The Magnificent Seven John Barry Seven
11 Wooden Heart Elvis Presley
12 Marry Me Mike Preston
13 My Kind Of Girl Matt Monro
14 Theme From 'Exodus' Ferrante & Teicher
15 Goodnight Mrs. Flintstone The Piltdown Men
16 Trambone The Krew-Kats
17 Dream Girl Mark Wynter
18 Ram-Bunk-Shush The Ventures
19 Lazy River Bobby Darin
20 Where The Boys Are Connie Francis
21 Baby Roo Connie Francis
22 And The Heavens Cried Anthony Newley
23 Theme From 'Exodus' Semprini
24 I Count The Tears The Drifters
25 Whispering Hope Jim Reeves
26 Don't Treat Me Like A Child Helen Shapiro
27 I Wanna Love My Life Away Gene Pitney
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Till There Was You Peggy Lee
2 Good Time Baby Bobby Rydell
3 Entry Of The Gladiators Nero & The Gladiators
4 You're Driving Me Crazy The Temperance Seven
5 Gee Whiz It's You Cliff Richard
6 Warpaint Brook Brothers
7 Pony Time Chubby Checker
8 I Told You So Jimmy Jones
9 How Wonderful To Know Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson
10 Emotions Brenda Lee
11 Theme From Exodus Mantovani
12 On The Rebound Floyd Cramer
13 Blue Moon The Marcels
14 More Than I Can Say Bobby Vee
15 Stayin' In Bobby Vee
16 Little Boy Sad Johnny Burnette
17 Asia Minor Kokomo
18 Something Missing Petula Clark
19 Swingin' Low The Outlaws
20 Linda Lu Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
21 Theme From Dixie Duane Eddy
22 A Hundred Pounds Of Clay Craig Douglas
23 Muskrat Ramble Freddy Cannon
24 My Blue Heaven Frank Sinatra
25 Cowboy Jimmy Joe Alma Cogan
26 Runaway Del Shannon
27 Easy Going Me Adam Faith
28 Don't Worry Billy Fury
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