A History of Pop Music – Albums 1960

Featured Album:

Elvis is Back
This is a series of articles looking at albums from 1960 to whatever year we end up in.

I will select a featured album for each year and the link for the whole album, Plus list the songs on it.

As before, it is not just about the songs and tunes, it is very much about memories, and good ones, I hope.

Not everyone will like my choices of course, and you may remember some from each particular year that you feel should have been included, so do please post a link to the song.

So, on we go with memories from 1960: (Thank you Wiki)

Original Release – Elvis is Back

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. “Make Me Know It” Otis Blackwell March 20, 1960 1:58
2. Fever John DavenportEddie Cooley April 3, 1960 3:31
3. The Girl of My Best Friend Beverly RossSam Bobrick April 4, 1960 2:21
4. I Will Be Home Again Bennie Benjamin, Raymond Leveen, Louis C. Singer April 4, 1960 2:33
5. “Dirty, Dirty Feeling” Jerry LeiberMike Stoller April 4, 1960 1:35
6. Thrill of Your Love Stan Kesler April 4, 1960 2:59



Side two

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. “Soldier Boy” David Jones, Theodore Williams, Jr. March 20, 1960 3:04
2. Such a Night Lincoln Chase April 4, 1960 2:58
3. “It Feels So Right” Fred WiseBen Weisman March 21, 1960 2:09
4. Girl Next Door Went A-Walking Bill RiceThomas Wayne April 4, 1960 2:12
5. Like a Baby Jesse Stone April 3, 1960 2:38
6. Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulson April 4, 1960 3:39

The Top 10 Albums with a You Tube hyperlink on the title:

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Top Albums of 1960
   1 Original Soundtrack South Pacific
   2 One Hundred & One Strings Down Drury Lane To Memory Lane
   3 Elvis Presley Elvis Is Back
   4 The Everly Brothers It’s Everly Time
   5 Cliff Richard Me And My Shadows
   6 George Mitchell Minstrels The Black And White Minstrel Show
   7 Original London Cast Oliver
   8 Ray Conniff Hi-Fi Companion Album
   9 Bob Newhart Button-Down Mind Of Bob Hewhart
   10 Freddy Cannon The Explosive Freddy Cannon

South Pacific, I remember hearing those tunes for years afterwards. It’s Everly time is a superb album and would be featured, but you cannot start a series off like this without the King.  Interesting that whilst a great comedian, Bob Newhart also sold a lot of records!  I listened also to the Black and White Minstrels as Sunday in our house when I was growing up was always top 40 on the radio with Alan “Fluff” Freeman, then this show on the telly, then Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

I was only 5 or 6 years of age so do not remember much.  I do recall a Wimpy bar was a big treat.  SMASH was invented and hit the shops 2 years later.  Prawn cocktail was popular, not round our way though, we had no money.

More writings on this album here:  Elvis is Back

In my view the best albums of the year, after the featured one, and the top tune from each, are:

Joan Baez Silver Dagger – If you like folk music.  Good voice though.

Dean Martin – This Time I’m Swingin’ – Yes I like a bit of Deano.

Jackie Wilson – Please Tell Me Why – Great performer.

The Everly Brothers – Made To Love – Some more classics on this.

Johnny Cash – Ride This Train – Not one of his best, but there will many fans around

Johnny Cash – Now,There was a Song! – Much better

Chuck Berry – Rockin’ At The Hops – Proper rock music.

Hat tips to:

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/ratings/8-all-music-highest-rated/1960/1  these give the top 100 selling charts for each year

http://www.everyhit.com/chart1.html   these give the top 10 songs for each year

https://www.youtube.com/  you know them.

Next Time: 1961

Featured Image Steve BakerLicence CC BY-ND 2.0

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