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The 1962 British Hit Parade Part 1
The 1962 British Hit Parade Part 1

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7051
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 the last two years, with the New Musical Express and Record Retailer charts 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 just under 300, 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, along with the customary substantial 14,000 word booklet. Once again, we are also producing parallel collections of the B sides of these hits. Part One includes the original versions of every record that entered the charts mentioned between 1st January and the 3rd May (other 3rd May entries starts Part 2) in chronological order of chart entry, with nearly four hours of eclectic and fascinating entertainment. The charts of 1962 had a rather “safe” feel to the music – whether this is just us knowing in hindsight the revolution that was about to happen or not, it was clear that Tin Pan Alley was well in charge, with dozens of solo artists guided by their recording managers and brilliant backroom songwriters making skilfully crafted but sometimes bland recordings. The bite and challenge that the advent of rock ‘n’ roll had brought had been watered down. That’s not to say the music wasn’t entertaining and interesting, and the commercial environment laid the way open for an eclectic mix of genres to be accommodated in the charts, with modern jazz, country and early soul music finding their niche alongside the always collectable offerings of the forgotten one-hit wonders. In Part 3, of course, the changing times were heralded with the first Beatles hit, but for now, Cliff and Elvis still ruled, and there was precious little hint of the storm brewing a few months ahead. 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 Walk On By Leroy Van Dyke
2 Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night Doug Sheldon
3 Can't You Hear The Beat Of A Broken Heart Iain Gregory
4 Revival Chris Barber's Jazz band
5 The Young Ones Cliff Richard
6 What A Crazy World We're Living In Joe Brown & The Bruvvers
7 Twist Twist Chakachas
8 Forget Me Not Eden Kane
9 Crying In The Rain Everly Brothers
10 Lonesome Adam Faith
11 The Comancheros Lonnie Donegan
12 Jeannie Danny Williams
13 Peppermint Twist Danny Peppermint and the Jumping Jacks
14 Small Sad Sam Phil McLean
15 Wimoweh Karl Denver
16 A Little Bitty Tear Burl Ives
17 Norman Carole Deene
18 D-Darling Anthony Newley
19 He's Old Enough To Know Better The Brook Brothers
20 Rock A Hula Baby Elvis Presley
21 Can't Help Falling In Love Elvis Presley
22 Little Bitty Tear Miki And Griff
23 Pianissimo Ken Dodd
24 Don't Stop Twist Frankie Vaughan
25 Walk Away Shane Fenton & The Fentones
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Lonesome Number One Don Gibson
2 Softly As I Leave You Matt Monro
3 Peppermint Twist Joey Dee and The Starlighters
4 It's A Raggy Waltz The Dave Brubeck Quartet
5 I'm Counting On You Petula Clark
6 Break It To Me Gently Brenda Lee
7 Tell Me What He Said Helen Shapiro
8 March Of The Siamese Children Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen
9 Hole In The Ground Bernard Cribbins
10 The Wanderer Dion
11 Tonight Shirley Bassey
12 I''ll See You In My Dreams Pat Boone
13 Lessons In Love The Allisons
14 From Here To There To You Hank Locklin
15 Never Goodbye Karl Denver
16 Lesson One Russ Conway
17 Walk With Me My Angel Don Charles
18 Somebody To Love Brad Newman
19 Babette Tommy Bruce
20 Ring-a-ding Girl Ronnie Carroll
21 Wonderful Land The Shadows
22 Theme From Z Cars (Johnny Todd) Johnny Keating
23 Theme From Dr. Kildare Johnnie Spence And His Orchestra
24 Fanlight Fanny Clinton Ford
25 Dream Baby Roy Orbison
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Twistin' The Night Away Sam Cooke
2 Please Don't Ask About Barbara Bobby Vee
3 Town Without Pity Gene Pitney
4 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Emile Ford & the Checkmates
5 I Ain't Got Nobody Buddy Greco
6 Hey Little Girl Del Shannon
7 Love Me Warm And Tender Paul Anka
8 Letter Full Of Tears Billy Fury
9 Lone Rider John Leyton
10 Frankie And Johnny Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band
11 Listen To Me Buddy Holly
12 Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
13 Hey Baby Bruce Channel
14 When My Little Girl Is Smiling Craig Douglas
15 What Kind Of Fool Am I? Sammy Davis Jr.
16 Gonna Build A Mountain Sammy Davis Jr.
17 Drums Are My Beat Sandy Nelson
18 Theme From Z-Cars The Norrie Paramor Orchestra
19 Brazilian Love Song (Andorhina Preta) Nat King Cole
20 Heaven's Plan Mark Wynter
21 When My Little Girl Is Smiling Jimmy Justice
22 Young World Ricky Nelson
23 The Maigret Theme Joe Loss And His Orchestra
24 Her Royal Majesty James Darren
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Fats Domino
2 Speak To Me Pretty Brenda Lee
3 The Party's Over Lonnie Donegan
4 Everybody's Twisting Frank Sinatra
5 Slow Twistin' Chubby Checker
6 It's All over Now Shane Fenton & The Fentones
7 When My Little Girl Is Smiling The Drifters
8 Wonderful World Of The Young Danny Williams
9 Honest I Do Danny Storm
10 Nut Rocker B. Bumble and the Stingers
11 Love Letters Ketty Lester
12 King Of Clowns Neil Sedaka
13 The Mexican The Fentones
14 Teach Me To Twist Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell
15 Ave Maria Shirley Bassey
16 Big Man In A Big House Leroy Van Dyke
17 Don't Break The Heart That Loves You Connie Francis
18 Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares
19 She's Got You Patsy Cline
20 Cutty Sark The John Barry Seven And Orchestra
21 I'm Gonna Clip Your Wings Frankie Vaughan
22 Tavern In The Town Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen
23 I Know Where I'm Going The Countrymen
24 As You Like It Adam Faith
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