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Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl on The Definitive Collection (1961)

Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl on The Definitive Collection (1961)
"Calendar Girl" is a song by Neil Sedaka. The music was composed by Sedaka and the lyrics by Howard Greenfield. Recorded in 1960 and released in 1961, it was a Top-5 hit single for Sedaka, peaking at #4 on the US charts and #1 on the Canadian and Japanese charts.



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Bobby Rydell - Good Time Baby on The Best Of Bobby Rydell (1961)

Bobby Rydell - Good Time Baby on The Best Of Bobby Rydell (1961)
"Good Time Baby" is a song released in January 1961 by Bobby Rydell. The song spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 11, while reaching No. 6 in Australia, No. 6 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade, No. 18 in the Netherlands, and No. 42 in the United Kingdom's Record Retailer chart.



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The Shirelles - Mama Said Their Very Best (1961)

The Shirelles - Mama Said Their Very Best (1961)
"Mama Said" is a song performed by The Shirelles, written by Luther Dixon and Willie Denson. It became a top ten hit, on both the pop and R&B charts, when it was released as a single in 1961. "Mama Said" went number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart.



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Dee Clark - Raindrops on Teenage Crush Volume 3 (1961)

Dee Clark - Raindrops on Teenage Crush Volume 3
"Raindrops" is a 1961 song by the American R&B singer Dee Clark. Released in April of that same year, this ballad is about a man who convinces himself that the tears he is crying since his lover's departure are raindrops since "a man ain't supposed to cry," peaked at position 2 on the Hot 100 and at position 3 on the R&B chart. Billboard ranked it as the ninth most popular song of the year for 1961.



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Sue Thompson - Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) on Early Girls, Vol.4 (1961)

Sue Thompson - Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) on Early Girls, Vol.4
"Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" is a 1961 pop song by the American singer Sue Thompson. The song was written by John D. Loudermilk and appears on Thompson's 1962 Hickory Records album Meet Sue Thompson.

Released as a single in 1961, "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" was Thompson's first song to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number five in October. The song also reached the top of the Billboard Easy Listening chart, which had been created earlier in 1961, becoming the second song by a female vocalist to top this list. In Australia, the song topped out at number six on the Kent Music Report, while in the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 46 on the UK Singles Chart.



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The Miracles - Shop Around on Motown Classics Gold (1961)

The Miracles - Shop Around on Motown Classics Gold
"Shop Around" is a song written by Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy. It became a popular hit in 1960 when originally recorded by the Miracles, reaching number one on the Billboard R&B chart and number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A 1976 cover version by the American husband and wife pop duo Captain & Tennille was also a popular hit, reaching number 4 on the Hot 100 chart, number 4 on the RPM chart in Canada and charting at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.



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The Shirelles - Dedicated To The One I Love on Tonight's The Night (1961)

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"Dedicated to the One I Love" is a song written by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass which was a hit for the "5" Royales, the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas. Pauling was the guitarist of the "5" Royales, the group that recorded the original version of the song, produced by Bass, in 1957. Their version was re-released in 1961 and charted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A cover version recorded by American girl group the Shirelles reached number 83 in 1959. This version was re-released In 1961 and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 2 on the R&B charts. The song was subsequently included on their 1961 album Tonight's the Night.



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The Everly Brothers - Walk Right Back on Music We Grew Up With, Vol. 2 (1961)

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"Walk Right Back" is a 1961 song by Sonny Curtis that was recorded by The Everly Brothers, and went to No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Overseas, the song went No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. Originally it was the B-side, then it was changed to the A-side.



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Timi Yuro - Hurt on Hurt (1961

Timi Yuro - Hurt  WLCY RADIO HITS
Rosemary Timothy Yuro (August 4, 1940 – March 30, 2004), professionally known as Timi Yuro, was an American singer and songwriter. Sometimes called "the little girl with the big voice," she is considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul stylists of the rock era. According to one critic, "her deep, strident, almost masculine voice, staggered delivery and the occasional sob created a compelling musical presence." Yuro possessed a contralto vocal range.



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In 1962 Bob Johnston and Clyde Otis produced Yuro's single "What's a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You?)", which went to No. 12 on the Billboard pop chart. On both "Hurt" and "What's a Matter Baby", Yuro showed an emotional but elegant vocal style that owed a debt to Washington and other black jazz singers. Many listeners in the early 1960s thought Yuro was black. Her single "The Love of a Boy" reached No. 44 in 1962. It was arranged and co-written by Burt Bacharach, but Yuro refused to record his suggested follow-up, "What the World Needs Now Is Love".

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Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) on Live At The Bohemian Caverns (1961)

In any case, there can be no doubt that without Carla Thomas, Stax would not have developed in the way it did. “Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)” which Thomas had written as a poem when she was about fifteen and had then tucked away for a couple of years, became the fledgling label’s first big pop success in 1961. A fetching, delicate song with a flowery string arrangement that marvelously framed Thomas’ seven teen-year old voice (she would turn eighteen in December of 1960, four months after cutting “Gee Whiz”), the record reached #10 on the pop charts once it was rereleased by Atlantic. Thomas never had another pop hit as big as “Gee Whiz” (although “B-A-B-Y,” an Isaac Hayes and David Porter production released in 1966, came close), but the success of the record provided Stax with the recognition and capital it needed to move from a struggling little label to a major force in R&B and soul music.



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Carla Thomas 1966
Carla Thomas 1966
Although this single would eventually chart within the Top 10 on the pop chart and within the Top 5 on the R&B chart, it had an inauspicious beginning. Initially recorded at the Thomas family home, Rufus shopped the song to Vee-Jay Records in Chicago. Vee-Jay never followed through or actively pursued securing the distribution rights. Because of his belief in the song's potential, Rufus returned to Memphis and in the summer of 1960, Thomas would cut the teen love song that she wrote when she was only 15 years old. The song was released by Rufus and Carla in October 1960, to not much fanfare. However, by February 1961, the song was being distributed nationally through Atlantic Records just as Thomas was in the midst of her first year at Tennessee A&I University in Nashville. The success of the single also propelled Thomas into the spotlight, as she performed on American Bandstand. According to Thomas, “The record was young-sounding, romantic and it expressed what a lot of people wanted to say at that age, but still, I was surprised at how well it did”. Not only did this song provide a launching pad to Thomas' first album, but it also gave Stax Records national exposure and label recognition.

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Joe Dowell - Wooden Heart on Hard-To-Find 45s On Cd Volume II (1961)

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"Wooden Heart" ("Muss i denn" lit. Must I then) is a song best known for its use in the 1960 Elvis Presley film G.I. Blues. The song was a hit single for Presley in the UK Singles Chart, making No. 1 for six weeks there in March and April 1961, but was not released on a single in the United States until November 1964, where it was the B-side to "Blue Christmas". Presley performed the song live during his Dinner Show concert at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas in 1975, a recording available on the Elvis Presley live album Dinner At Eight.

A cover version by Joe Dowell made it to number one in the US at the end of August 1961, knocking Bobby Lewis' "Tossin' and Turnin'" off the number-one spot of the Billboard Hot 100 after seven weeks. Dowell's version also spent three weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart.



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"Wooden Heart", created by Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey and German bandleader Bert Kaempfert, was based on a German folk song by Friedrich Silcher, "Muss i denn", originating from the Rems Valley in Württemberg, southwest Germany. "Wooden Heart" features several lines from the original folk song, written in the German Swabian dialect, as spoken in Württemberg. Marlene Dietrich recorded a version of the song sometime before 1958, pre-dating Presley, in the original German language, which appears as a B-side on a 1959 version of her single "Lili Marlene", released by Philips in association with Columbia Records. The Elvis Presley version was published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. Bobby Vinton recorded his version in 1975 with those lines translated into Polish.

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The Capris - There's A Moon Out Tonight on 20 Great Oldies I'll Always Remember, Vol.4 (1961)

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Del Shannon - Runaway on The Fabulous 60's (1961)

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"Runaway" is a number-one Billboard Hot 100 song made famous by Del Shannon in 1961. It was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and became a major international hit. It is No. 472 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, compiled in 2010.



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Shep & The Limelites - Daddy's Home on Daddy's Home Single (1961)

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"Daddy's Home" is a famous song by American doo-wop group Shep and the Limelites. The song was written by the three members of the band, James "Shep" Sheppard (1935–1970), Clarence Bassett (1936–2005) and Charles Baskerville. The group recorded the original version of "Daddy's Home" on February 1, 1961, and it was released on Hull Records in March 1961 with the B-side being "This I Know".

"Daddy's Home" reached no. 2 on the Billboard popular music chart in May 1961. Later songs by the band were not as successful as "Daddy's Home", but still sold well.



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Bobby Darin - You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby on The Ultimate Bobby Darin (1961)

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"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" is a popular song with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, published in 1938. It was featured in the Warner Brothers movie Hard to Get, released November 1938, where it was sung by Dick Powell.

Originally, the song was recorded by Bing Crosby for the biggest-selling hit version, while other contemporaneous hit versions included recordings by Tommy Dorsey (with vocal by Edythe Wright) and Russ Morgan. It was also revived by Bobby Darin in 1961, reaching the charts again that year. The song has been recorded by many other artists (see below for a partial list) and is considered a popular standard. It was used frequently in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, also produced by Warner Brothers, under the musical direction of Carl W. Stalling.

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Linda Scott - I've Told Ev'ry Little Star on The Complete Hits Of Linda Scott (1961)

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"I've Told Every Little Star" is a popular song with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1932. The song was introduced in the musical play, Music in the Air. It has since been recorded by many artists.

The best-known recording is the 1961 hit by Linda Scott, titled "I've Told Every Little Star", which reached number three on the U.S. Pop charts and also reached the top ten in New Zealand and South Africa. In an audition scene in the film Mulholland Drive, the Linda Scott recording was used for the voice of the auditioning actress (Melissa George). The Linda Scott version also features as the title song of The Girl (2012). This version was sampled by rapper Mac Miller on his 2011 single "Knock Knock".

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"Moody River" is a number-one Billboard Hot 100 song from June 1961 performed by Pat Boone. It was written by and originally performed by country rockabilly singer Chase Webster (real name Gary Daniel Bruce, not to be confused with Gary Bruce of the Knack). Webster was a labelmate of Boone's at Dot Records.

This was the title track from one of Boone's better-selling albums. Boone sang this song as if he were in pain. It was covered some years later by Johnny Burnette in 1962, also Frank Sinatra and Johnny Rivers. In August 2009, John Fogerty covered the song in the album entitled The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again.



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The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow on Music We Grew Up With, Vol. 2 (1961)

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"Will You Love Me Tomorrow", also known as "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was originally recorded in 1960 by the Shirelles, who took their single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is also notable for being the first song by an all-girl group to reach number one in the United States. It has since been recorded by many artists over the years, including a 1971 version by co-writer Carole King.



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Marty Robbins - Don't Worry on A Lifetime of Song 1951-1982 (1961)

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"Don't Worry" is a 1961 country/pop single written and recorded by Marty Robbins. "Don't Worry" was Marty Robbins' seventh number one on the country chart and stayed at number one for ten weeks. The single crossed over to the pop chart and was one of Marty Robbins' most successful crossover songs, peaking at number three on the Hot 100

"Don't Worry" is an early example of guitar distortion. Session guitarist Grady Martin, using a faulty channel in the mixing-desk for his six-string bass, created a distorted sound. Although Martin did not like the sound, Robbins' producer left the guitar track as it was.



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