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The 1960 Embassy British Hit Parade
The 1960 Embassy British Hit Parade

Various Artists
Styles: Embassy Label
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7043
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. This year, we are introducing another innovation into our annual trawl of the songs that the great British record-buying public was spending their hard-earned shillings on. This collection comprises every 45rpm single that was released in 1960 on the Embassy label, the cover versions that were sold exclusively in Woolworths stores from 1954 to 1965. Obviously, they were highly selective about the tracks they recorded – they were generally already guaranteed hits – although they did do one or two pre-emptive recordings of things they expected to chart which didn’t make it. For those who began their record-buying lives in the ‘50s and ‘60s the Embassy label provided a variety of different perceptions. For the purist, it was anathema – the idea of buying anything other than the version of a hit that was in the charts by the star artist was unconscionable (although people would happily buy a watered-down British cover of a stonking and original US hit if that was what was being pushed at them on the radio). For others, the chance to buy a halfway-decent version of two different hits on one 45 for not much more than half the price of a regular single – and from a shop they were probably in most Saturdays – looked like a sensible deal, especially if you weren’t a dyed-in-the-wool NME or MM-reading aficionado. There were also those who were genuinely interested in the music, and saw it as an interesting parallel world, buying either or both of the original and the sound-alike version. Half a century and more distant, in the world of collectors, enthusiasts and nostalgia, even the prejudices about the presumed naffness of Embassy recordings have gone out of the window as fans of ‘50s and ‘60s pop are happy to revisit the music of the times in all its forms in a happy voyage of rediscovery, and people can hear them for what they really are. In addition, the artists who made the cover versions have a story of their own to tell, and still command a hard core of fans, and so this collection provides an eclectic slice of nostalgia that will appeal at a number of levels. We are sure that in addition to the enthusiasts with a special interest in Embassy, many purchasers of our main British Hit Parade sets will also be keen to acquire the ‘B’ sides to ensure the completeness of their collection.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 The Big Hurt Jean Campbell
2 I Can't Begin To Tell You Jean Campbell
3 It Ain't Necessarily So Barry Johns & Neville Taylor
4 A Woman Is A Sometime Thing/I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Gordon Franks & Bobbie Britton
5 Heartaches By The Number Paul Rich
6 Some Kinda Earthquake Bud Ashton
7 Reveille Rock Steve Stannard & His Sextet
8 Dance With Me Bobbie Britton
9 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans Johnny Worth
10 Pretty Blue Eyes Johnny Worth
11 Starry Eyed Rikki Henderson
12 Why Rikki Henderson
13 Little White Bull Paul Rich
14 Harbour Lights Paul Rich
15 A Voice In The Wilderness Johnny Worth
16 Poor Me Johnny Worth
17 Summer Set Black Knight's Jazz Band
18 On A Slow Boat To China Hal Munro
19 Misty Dick Jordan
20 Beyond The Sea Dick Jordan
21 El Paso Rikki Henderson
22 What More Do You Want Rikki Henderson
23 Delaware Rikki Henderson
24 Lady Luck Rikki Henderson
25 Let It Be Me Dick Jordan
26 Running Bear Dick Jordan
27 Theme from 'A Summer Place' Steve Stannard & His Orchestra
28 What In The World's Come Over You Rikki Henderson
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 You Got What It Takes Hal Munro
2 California Here I Come Hal Munro
3 My Old Man’s A Dustman Paul Rich
4 Fings Ain’t What They Used To Be Paul Rich
5 Be Mine (Aller Madchen Wollen Kusser) Rikki Henderson
6 Do You Mind Rikki Henderson
7 Handy Man Johnny Worth
8 Beatnik Fly The Gordon Franks Sextet
9 Fall In Love With You Bobby Stevens
10 Wild One Bobby Stevens
11 Fame And Fortune Rikki Henderson
12 He’ll Have To Go Rikki Henderson
13 Clementine Bobby Stevens
14 Stuck On You Bobby Stevens
15 Someone Else’s Baby Johnny Worth
16 Footsteps Johnny Worth
17 Cathy’s Clown Dick Jordan
18 Don’t Throw Away All Those Teardrops Dick Jordan
19 Sweet Nothin’s Jean Campbell
20 Standing On The Corner Paul Rich
21 Shazam Bud Ashton
22 Green Fields Paul Rich
23 Cradle Of Love Bobby Stevens
24 Heart Of A Teenage Girl Bobby Stevens
25 Robot Man Jean Campbell
26 Lucky Five Bobby Brent
27 Three Steps To Heaven Rikki Henderson
28 The Urge Rikki Henderson
29 Down Yonder Steve Stannard & His Sextet
30 Ain’t Misbehavin Rikki Henderson
31 I Wanna Go Home Hal Munro
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Good Timin’ Hal Munro
2 Please Don’t Tease Don Duke
3 Made You Don Duke
4 What A Mouth Paul Rich
5 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Paul Rich
6 Shakin’ All Over Bobby Stevens
7 Angela Jones Bobby Stevens
8 When Will I Be Loved Don Duke
9 Look For A Star Don Duke
10 Mais Oui Rikki Henderson
11 If She Should Come To You Rikki Henderson
12 Everybody's Somebody's Fool Jean Campbell
13 I’m Sorry Jean Campbell
14 Paper Roses Jean Campbell
15 The Train Of Love Jean Campbell
16 Because They’re Young Bud Ashton
17 Apache Bud Ashton
18 As Long As He Needs Me Vicki Stevens
19 Where Is Love? Vicki Stevens
20 Tell Laura I Love Her Paul Rich
21 Lorelei Paul Rich
22 Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport Bobby Stevens
23 A Mess Of Blues Bobby Stevens
24 How About That Johnny Worth
25 Nine Times Out Of Ten Johnny Worth
26 Only The Lonely Don Duke
27 Chain Gang Don Duke
28 Walk Don’t Run Steve Stannard & His Orchestra
29 Never On Sunday Steve Stannard & His Orchestra
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 So Sad Don Duke
2 Please Help Me I’m Falling Don Duke
3 My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own Jean Campbell
4 I Want To Be Wanted Jean Campbell
5 Dreamin’ Don Duke
6 Let's Think About Living Don Duke
7 Save The Last Dance For Me Rikki Henderson
8 It's Now Or Never Rikki Henderson
9 Goodness Gracious Me Matt Bryant & Linda Joyce
10  Man Of Mystery Steve Stannard & His Group
11 Mr Custer Paul Rich
12 McDonalds Cave Steve Stannard & His Orchestra
13 Kommotion Bud Ashton
14 Rocking Goose Steve Stannard & His Group
15 My Love For You Rikki Henderson
16 Just As Much As Ever Rikki Henderson
17 Little Donkey The Embassy Singers
18 The Little Drummer Boy The Embassy Singers
19 Poetry In Motion Don Duke
20 Ol' Macdonald Don Duke
21 Must Be Santa Paul Rich
22 Virgin Mary Paul Rich
23 I Love You Bobby Stevens
24 Strawberry Fair Bobby Stevens
25 Lively Bobby Stevens
26 Lonely Pup Bobby Stevens
27 Gurney Slade Theme Steve Stannard & His Group
28 The Green Leaves Of Summer The Tonettes
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