Category Archives: 1960

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight?

First Hit #1: November 28, 1960 I mentioned elsewhere that Elvis’ originals had gone downhill, and I’m still right, because Are You Lonesome Tonight isn’t an original. In fact, the song was published in 1926. It’s a testament to his … Continue reading

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Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs – Stay

First Hit #1: November 21, 1960 The year opened with a relatively long song hitting the top of the charts, and now the penultimate 1960 #1 is a song that is the shortest ever to hit the top. That’s Stay, … Continue reading

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Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind

First Hit #1: November 14, 1960 Here’s something odd, Georgia On My Mind is one of Ray Charles’ most famous songs, and was even used in the most misguided Peugeot commercial of all time – I mean misguided quite literally, … Continue reading

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Brenda Lee – I Want to be Wanted

First Hit #1: October 24, 1960 Brenda Lee is yet again being a naive little girl, and I Want to be Wanted is the kind of song that, had a grown woman sang it, would just sound sad and desperate. … Continue reading

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The Drifters – Save the Last Dance for Me

First hit #1: October 17, 1960 The story goes that this song was written by Doc Pomus for his wife, since Pomus could not dance but his wife was a dancer. So, the song is about letting her go and … Continue reading

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Larry Verne – Mr. Custer

First Hit #1: October 10, 1960 This is the worlds saddest novelty song. Verne is affecting a voice and trying to be funny as he sings about a soldier trying to get out of fighting in Battle of Little Big … Continue reading

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