Welcome To Every Chart Entry Of 1961

Welcome to the Story Of 1961


In 1960 the United States saw the rise of Chubby Checker with 'The Twist'. But it was in the summer of 1961 his follow up single 'Let's Twist Again' got him noticed in the U.K. While 'The Twist' peaked at No. 14 in January 1962. Both Tracks had more success in the U.K. as a double AA side single in the summer of 1975.


The biggest British Hit to storm the international scene was 'Blue Moon' by The Marcels which went to No. 1 in the U.K., The U.S. and Canada. The track itself dates back to 1934 and has been covered by many artists over the years including Elvis Presley, Showaddywaddy, John Alford, The Mavericks, Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jo Stafford, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, and Ella Fitzgerald. But this version by the Marcels was the only version to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.


The biggest hit of the year came from the United States in the name of Del Shannon. 'Runaway' reached the top of the charts in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, Norway, Germany, Austria and South Africa. The Track was not remastered and released in the orginal Stereo version until after his tragic suicide in 1990.


The artist who had the most U.K. No. 1 records in 1961 was Elvis Presley with a total of 6 tracks at the top (including AA sides)

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