Billboard Top Hits: 1961
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Bobby Lewis gets things started with his "Tossin' And Turnin'." This awesome little number rocks well and the key modulations are great! Bobby never misses a beat and the backup vocalists harmonize very well. Del Shannon's "Runaway" also rocks but somewhat slower right after "Tossin' And Turnin'." Del Shannon sings this out like a belter and the interesting musical interlude adds to the number quite a bit.
The Marcels weigh in with their hit entitled "Blue Moon;" this has a distinct doo wop flavor to it that was a bit more popular a few years prior to 1961 but it all works very well. The backup vocalists are very strong on "Blue Moon."
Dion's "Runaround Sue" has a sound and a beat that always makes me smile despite the serious lyrics of the song. The men in the background harmonize and Dion's voice is quite strong. His excellent diction bolsters his performance and they never sing a superfluous note!
The Shirelles perform "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow;" this number always pulls at my heartstrings and the melody benefits from the strings in the arrangement. Shep & The Limelites do their sweet tune entitled "Daddy's Home;" and listen also for Ben E. King to do his huge hit "Stand By Me." "Stand By Me" still sounds as fresh as the first time I ever heard it!
Overall, this CD gives you some rather strong hits from 1961 for a lower price perfect for those of us on a budget. I highly recommend this CD for people who like music from the very early 1960s; and newcomers to this genre will enjoy this album, too.
"Tossin' and Turnin'" became the number 1 song of the year and made Bobby Lewis a one-hit wonder. If you were ever young and in love you can easily relate to the lyrics about a guy who can't sleep for thinking about his new girl. Unless you are old enough to remember home delivered milk you may not understand the line "I heard the milkman at the door....". The rest of the lyrics, though, will probably bring back a memory or two.
"Runaway" was Del Shannon's first and biggest hit, and is one of my all time favorites. You can almost picture Del "... a walkin' in the rain, tear drops fall and I feel the pain...". A true classic from 1961.
"Blue Moon" was a hopped up remake of an old ballad and made the Marcels a household name,...at least for a few months. It was the juiced up beat that made this one a big hit.
"Runaround Sue" was probably Dion's biggest hit and the first of his "you done me wrong, girl" hits. (Remember "Donna, the Prima Donna" and "Little Diane"?) I can only imagine how many times "Here's my story, it's sad but true..." has been paraphrased over the years.
When "Quarter to Three" first hit the airwaves it caused a bit of a stir. The one review I can remember back then was by a reviewer who called it "150 seconds of raw, raucous rock and roll". And it cetainly was, turning out to be (Gary) U.S. Bonds' biggest hit.
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" was a nice ballad by The Shirelles that is easy on the ears and always sounds good.
"Please, Mr. Postman" launched the career of The Marvalettes.Read more ›
Then in 1993 Rhino reissued the discs in the subset spanning 1960-1969 thus creating two different versions of each in the process. Because these discs are available via Amazon Marketplace, who knows which ones you'll get if you buy them used! If this is important to you, be sure to ask the seller(s) before placing your order(s).
The most obvious visual differences between the two editions are the song titles on both the front covers and the actual CDs. The 1988/9 editions feature mixed-case titles. The 1993 editions feature uppercase titles.
The 1993 editions also have the songs listed on the covers in the same order in which they appear on the discs. The 1988/9 editions list the songs in an almost random order which can be very frustrating while the disc is being played.
The song selections are also different; some moreso than others. For 1961 tracks 7 through 10 were changed!
1988 (7) Bobby Vee, "Take Good Care Of My Baby"
1993 (7) Chris Kenner, "I Like It Like That, Part 1"
1988 (8) The Marvelettes, "Please Mr. Postman"
1993 (8) Shep & The Limelites, "Daddy's Home"
1988 (9) Ernie K-Doe, "Mother-In-Law"
1993 (9) Ben E.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my 50th high school reunion and it really fit the bill! I think this has a great variety of favorites!Published on March 6, 2014 by Fran Lee
All of the Billboard CDs I own have an excellent collection of songs and this CD is no different. An excellent collection of songs that are have for any music buffs. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by B. K. Smith
Do i really need to say anything about this.
It's music from 1961. That should be enough.
long live rock and roll