Classic Singles Charts 2nd March 1961

Classic Singles Charts 2nd March 1961

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 9th March 2022

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

And

TOP FIFTY OF THE DAY

TOP 50 BESTSELLING SINGLES 2ND MARCH 1961

On Monday 14th November 2022, the nation will celebrate 70 years since the first UK singles chart was published in the New Musical Express. In those 70 years there have been lots of classic charts where most entries have been classic tracks and our favourite tracks. Here is one of those charts where almost every entry is a classic. (Ok, there are the odd crap ones but most are brilliant.) The chart creates its own playlist.

TOP 50 BESTSELLING SINGLES 2ND MARCH 1961

TW         LW         TITLE                                                                  ARTIST                                RECORD LABEL

1              3              WALK RIGHT BACK/EBONY EYES          THE EVERLY BROTHERS            

WARNER BROS

2              1              SAILOR                                                                PETULA CLARK               PYE

3              2              ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?             ELVIS PRESLEY                RCA

4              31           ARE YOU SURE                                                ALLISONS                           FONTANA

5              8              WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW?         SHIRELLES                         TOP RANK

6              5              WHO AM I?/THIS IS IT                                   ADAM FAITH                    PARLOPHONE

7              6              FBI                                                                         THE SHADOWS                 COLUMBIA

8              10           CALENDAR GIRL                                            NEIL SEDAKA                    RCA

9              4              YOU’RE SIXTEEN                                             JOHNNY BURNETTE      LONDON

10           24           RIDERS IN THE SKY                                       RAMRODS                           LONDON

11           7              RUBBER BALL                                                  BOBBY VEE                       LONDON

12           22           GATHER IN THE MUSHROOMS                 BENNY HILL                     PYE

13           9              PEPE                                                                      DUANE EDDY                    LONDON

14           19           LET’S JUMP THE BROOMSTICK                 BRENDA LEE                     BRUNSWUCK

15           12           PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE                               MATT MONRO                  PARLOPHONE

16           30           WHEELS                                                              STRING-A-LONGS             LONDON

17           11           BUONA SERA                                                    MR ACKER BILK              COLUMBIA

18           25           MYSTERY GIRL                                               JESS CONRAD                    DECCA

19           13           RUBBER BALL                                                  MARTY WILDE                 PHILIPS

20           17           PILTDOWN RIDES AGAIN                            PILTDOWN MEN              CAPITO;

21           New        THEME FOR A DREAM                                  CLIFF RICHARD               COLUMBIA

22           14           SAILOR                                                                ANNE SHELTON               PHILIPS

23           16           NEW ORLEANS                                                 U.S. BONDS                         TOP RANK

24           39           SAMANTHA        LONNIE DONEGAN PRESENTS KENNY BALL AND HIS JAZZMEN             PYE JAZZ TODAY

25           20           A THOUSAND STARS                                     BILLY FURY                      DECCA

26           New        JA-DA                                    JOHNNY AND THE HURRICANES             LONDON

27           32           FIRST TASTE OF LOVE                                  BEN E KING                        LONDON

28           18           MANY TEARS AGO                                         CONNIE FRANCIS            MGM

29           28           A SCOTTISH SOLDIER                                   ANDY STEWART              TOP RANK

30           15           POETRY IN MOTION                                       JOHNNY TILLOTSON     LONDON

31           23           PEPE                                                                      RUSS CONWAY                 COLUMBIA

32           26           I LOVE YOU                                                       CLIFF RICHARD               COLUMBIA

33           36           DOLL HOUSE                                                     KING BROTHERS             PARLOPHONE

34           47           AFRICAN WALTZ                            JOHNNY DANKWORTH                   COLUMBIA

35           New        76 TROMBONES                                                KING BROTHERS             PARLOPHONE

36           41           THE WORLD IN MY ARMS                          NAT ‘KING’ COLE             CAPITOL

37           34           IT’S NOW OR NEVER                                      ELVIS PRESLEY                RCA

38           27           STAY                                                                     MAURICE WILLIAMS AND THE ZODIACS                                                                                                                                                            TOP RANK

39           29           SWAY                                                                    BOBBY RYDELL               COLUMBIA

40           45           C’EST SI BON                                                     CONWAY TWITTY          MGM

41           43           NORTH TO ALASKA                                        JOHNNY HORTON           PHILIPS

42           33           SHINE                                   JOE BROWN AND HIS BRUVVERS            PYE

43           New        BABY SITTIN’ BOOGIE                                  BUZZ CLIFFORD              FONTANA

44           40           WHAT TO DO                                                     BUDDY HOLLY                 CORAL

45           New        WHAT AM I GONNA DO                EMILE FORD AND THE CHECKMATES  -PYE

46           35           GINCHY                                                               BERT WEEDON                 TOP RANK

47           42           CORINNE, CORINNA                                      RAY PETERSON                LONDON

48           New        THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN                         JOHN BARRY                     COLUMBIA

49           46           CHARIOT                                                            RHET STOLLER                DECCA

50           38           SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME             THE DRIFTERS                  LONDON

 

Source: https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singles-chart/19610302/7501/

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort

 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“Live each day as if your life had just begun.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…the Top 50.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

I’m starting a flight company exclusively for bald people, I’ll call it… Receding airlines.

LOVE IS…

Love is…what makes it feel like Spring

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time for the Hit Parade…A time for the Official Singles Chart Top 100.

 

 

©2022 Phil M Robinson