Top Picture: Top of the Pops 1960
Second Picture: The Temperance Seven today
To be a hit a record really had to reach No 1 and in the first three years of the 1960 40 different artists held the No1 position, try counting them!!!
The first No1 of 1960 was What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For by Emile Ford & The Checkmates, this was their only No 1 and it stayed in the No 1 position for 6 weeks. This was followed for one week by Michael Holliday with Starry Eyed but by the beginning of February Anthony Newley knocked him off the top and stayed there for a whole month. March saw Adam faith with Poor Me up there but for only one week and he was followed by Johnny Preston with Running Bear for a fortnight. Then skiffle made an appearance when Lonnie Donegan sat on the No 1 spot for four weeks with My Old Man’s a Dustman.
April saw the 100th No1 hit but again this only lasted for a single week and was Do You Mind by Anthony Newley. Now comes a selection of long reigning hits The Everly Brothers with Cathy’s Clown for 7 weeks, Three Steps to Heaven by Eddie Cochran for 2 weeks, the Jimmy Jones for 3 weeks with Good Timin’ and Cliff Richard for 4 weeks with Please Don’t Tease.
Then in August came Johnny Kidd & The Pirates who were Shakin' All Over for 1 week the Apache by The Shadows for 5. Ricky Valence asked us to Tell Laura I Love Her for 3 weeks and Roy Orbison stayed at the top for 2 weeks with Only the Lonely. Now comes the first really big with Elvis’ Its Now or Never which stayed at the top for two whole months, only to be knocked off by Cliff Richard with the 1960 Christmas No 1 I Love You.
In January Johnny Tillotson sang of Poetry in Motion for 2 week and for the next month Elvis asked Are You Lonesome Tonight? Petula Clark hit No1 in February for 1 week with sailor the The Everly’s were back for 3 weeks with Walk Right Back but Elvis was not to be denied and on 23rd march he reached No1 with Wooden Heart and it stayed there for 6 weeks. Two very different records then took over the No1 slot both for just one week, Floyd Cramer with On The Rebound and then The Temperance Seven with You're Driving Me Crazy. But Elvis was soon back with Surrender which sat at the top for 4 weeks.
Now followed a selection of hits that only lasted 1,2 or 3 weeks. Del Shannon with Runaway for 3 weeks, the Everly Brothers held Temptation on the No1 spot for a fortnight, the Eden Kane said Well I Ask You for just 1 week followed by Helen Shapiro with You Don’t Know which sat at the top for 3 weeks only to be knocked off by John Leyton who stayed at the top for 4 weeks with Johnny Remember Me.
Shirley Bassey, The Shadows and The Highwaymen all sat at the top for just 1 week each with Reach For The Stars, Kon Tiki and Michael Row the Boat Ashore. Then, to me came a surprise Helen Shapiro with Waking back to Happiness which reigned from 19th October until 9th November ( I always thought this came before You Don’t Know!) . It was up to Elvis to remove Helen from the top with His Latest Flame another 4 week hit for Elvis to be followed by a Tower of Strength by Frankie Vaughn for 3 weeks and the 1961 Christmas No1 was Moon River by Danny Willams.
The first 18 weeks of 1962 were dominated by Cliff with The Young Ones (6 weeks), Elvis with Can’t Help Falling In Love (4 weeks) and The Shadows Wonderful Land for an incredible 8 weeks. These long lived hit changed when the one hit wonder of Bee Bumble and the Stingers, Nut Rocker, came along on 17th may 1962. But Elvis was soon there again for 5 weeks with Good Luck Charm. The came one of the strangest No1 of all time by Mike Sarne and Wendy Richards as Mike asked Wendy to Come Outside a record that stayed at No1 for 2 weeks in June.
For the next 25 weeks only five different artists took the number one spot Ray Charles for two weeks with I Can’t Stop Loving You, Frank Ifield with I Remember You for 7 weeks, Elvis with She’s Not You for 3 weeks, Telestar stayed at the top played by the Tornados for 5 weeks the Frank Ifield was back again this time with Lovesick Blues for 5 weeks. Finally the year ended with Elvis having the Christmas hit, Return to Sender which stayed at the top from 13th December through to the New Year.
The first three No1’s in 1963 all had some relation to each other. Firstly Cliff with Bachelor Boy for 3 weeks, the Dance On by The Shadows for a single week and then Diamonds by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan for three weeks up until Frank Ifield returned with The Wayward Wind for another 3 week run. Not be out done the old firm were soon back Cliff with Summer Holiday for 3 weeks and The Shadows then took over for a week with Foot Tapper.
April marked a milestone in pop history when the first Merseyside groups broke through to No1. Gerry and the Pacemakers with How Do You Do It? for 3 weeks in April then followed by From Me To You by the Beatles for 7 weeks after which Gerry was back again for a month with I Like It. This brought us up to mid July which is when Frank Ifield had his last No1 Confessin’ which saw the month out to be replace for just one week by Elvis with Devil in Disguise.
The next 6 No1’s covering 23 weeks were all Merseyside groups except for one. The Searchers held the top spot for 2 weeks with Sweets For My Sweet, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas with Bad To Me for 3 weeks, The Beatles She Loves You for 6 weeks, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes sang Do You Love Me at No 1 successfully for 3 week. Gerry was back with You’ll Never Walk Alone in November and this stayed at the top until 12th December when the Beatles took over with I Want to Hold Your Hand and this lasted right through until 16th January 1964.
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Sadly Brian Fitzgerald died in Queen Alexander Hospital a couple of weeks ago after a long battle with Cancer. Brian left Manor court in 1972 and stayed in the Portsmouth area.
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Congratulations also to Rick Wakeman of Yes. The 62 year-old keyboardist was quietly married to his 37 year-old girlfriend December 14. They've known each other for eight years.
On this day 28th January 1960-1965.
28/01/1960the number one single was Why - Anthony Newley and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was not listed and the box office smash was North by Northwest. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was Call for higher police pay.
28/01/1961the number one single was Are you Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was The Russ Conway Show (ATV) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £ 13.25. The big news story of the day was Bootsie & Snudge (Granada).
28/01/1962the number one single was The Young Ones - Cliff Richard & the Shadows and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
28/01/1963the number one single was Dance On - The Shadows and the number one album was Out of the Shadows - Shadows. The top rated TV show was The Prime Minister (All channels) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
28/01/1964the number one single was Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Labour Party Political Broadcast (all channels) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24.
28/01/1965the number one single was Go Now! - Moody Blues and the number one album was Beatles For Sale - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.