Every UK #1 Single of the 1960's Discussion Thread

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  1. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    In the spirit of the following threads (one of which is active but winding down, the others already dealt with) . . .

    Every UK #1 Single of The 1980's Discussion Thread. (still current)

    - and going backwards . . .

    Every UK #1 Single of 1979 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single of 1978 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single of 1977 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single of 1976 Discussion Thread

    Every UK #1 Single Of 1975 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single Of 1974 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single Of 1973 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single Of 1972 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single Of 1971 Discussion Thread
    Every UK #1 Single of 1970 Discussion Thread

    . . . and as a tip to such thread starters as @Bobby Morrow, @Randoms, @Yam Graham and even @cut to the chase, we will be looking at a decade which was just as jarring from the beginning of the decade to the end as would be, say, the 1980's - the period from 1960 to 1969, where the whole music scene radically changed by leaps and bounds.

    I will, at first every day, but as interest peaks up the later we get in this timeline, go every other day depending on numerous variables, unveil each new #1. The format will be what I usually do in such threads as US Billboard country #1 charts - and, on UK #1 chart threads, juxtaposing UK with US single labels. Instead of copying from the Wikipedia entries, I shall be linking thereto.

    I invite any of the above participants mentioned, with access to chart info week-by-week, to provide same so they can be sliced and diced as they are on the current '80's thread.

    Up to 10 March 1960, what is considered the 'canonical' history of the UK Singles Charts was directly drawn from the New Musical Express (mostly known as NME), after that they switched to Record Retailer as the main source. Then on 15 February 1969, Record Retailer partnered with the BBC into a venture called the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB), which marked the beginning of the road to the current Official Charts.

    As always, year-by-year, after the last #1 of the old year, we will be looking at any "extra" #1's from NME, if any - and which toppers in the "official" canon missed reaching same on NME.

    As we begin, still at the top was Emile Ford & The Checkmates' "What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?," which began its run on 18 (or 19, depending on which source you look) December 1959 and stayed there for a total of 6 weeks.

    The UK single:
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    The US single:
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    Wikipedia entry

    After a break, the first "new" #1 of 1960.
     
  2. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    Now for the first "true" #1 of what would come to be known as the "Swinging Sixties":
    "Starry Eyed" by Michael Holliday
    (#1 for 1 week - 29 January 1960)

    The UK single (no US release whatsoever):
    [​IMG]
    Wikipedia entry
     
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  3. W.B.

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    Week Ending 29 January 1960

    05 - 03 - 01 - Michael Holliday - STARRY EYED
    03 - 02 - 02 - Anthony Newley - WHY
    14 - 01 - 03 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR?
    02 - 10 - 04 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
    05 - 05 - 05 - Freddy Cannon - WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS
    09 - 09 - 06 - Guy Mitchell - HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER
    12 - 06 - 07 - Neil Sedaka - OH! CAROL
    11 - 04 - 07 (tied) - Adam Faith - WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    07 - 07 - 09 - Elmer Bernstein - STACCATO'S THEME
    12 - 12 - 10 - The Avons - SEVEN LITTLE GIRLS SITTING IN THE BACK SEAT
    09 - 08 - 11 - Tommy Steele - LITTLE WHITE BULL
    12 - 11 - 12 - Frankie Laine - RAWHIDE
    06 - 16 - 13 - Ernie Field's Orchestra - IN THE MOOD
    07 - 14 - 14 - Fats Domino - BE MY GUEST
    03 - 18 - 15 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - EXPRESSO BONGO {EP}
    02 - 23 - 15 (tied) - Mr. Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band - SUMMER SET
    1 - NEW - 17 - The Platters - HARBOUR LIGHTS
    02 - 27 - 18 - Adam Faith - POOR ME
    1 - NEW - 19 - Johnny Mathis - MISTY
    02 - 20 - 20 - Frankie Avalon - WHY
    17 - 19 - 21 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - TRAVELLIN' LIGHT
    04 - 17 - 22 - The Drifters - DANCE WITH ME
    03 - 21 - 23 - Little Tony And His Brothers - TOO GOOD
    1 - NEW - 24 - Bobby Darin - LA MER (BEYOND THE SEA)
    02 - 28 - 25 - Craig Douglas - PRETTY BLUE EYES
    1 - NEW - 25 (tied) - Frankie Vaughan - WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT
    02 - 26 - 27 - Maureen Evans - THE BIG HURT
    1 - NEW - 28 - Marty Robbins - EL PASO
    09 - 21 - 29 - Connie Francis - AMONG MY SOUVENIRS
    08 - 13 - 29 (tied) - Marty Wilde - BAD BOY

    This is the standard I hope is maintained for such chart presentation, should I be unable to call them up at any time. (Any errors in this chart have been manually corrected by cross-checking with such sources as Discogs, 45cat, etc.) Titles are correspondent to what's presented on the UK releases and not their US counterparts.
     
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  4. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    Now, as to what'd be in my collection:
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  5. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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  6. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    And as for the remaining "newies" that aren't amongst my 45's:
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  7. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    The Marty Wilde number - which by all appearances, was his signature tune - saw a U.S. release on Epic (promo shown as it's the only known pic on 45 databases with label fonts from their East Coast plant which was then in Bridgeport, CT):
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    Did manage to make US Top 50 . . .
     
  8. omikron

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    Wait. Is this the '60s thread or the '80s thread? I see Cliff Richard on here. o_O


    Emile Ford And The Checkmates - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR?
    Perhaps the off-the-cuff Beatles snippet of this song from the Let It Be sessions will see the light of day next year.
     
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  9. It's a 50s thread. (I see Cliff Richard on here.) :)
     
  10. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    I forgot to mention two things:
    - The Michael Holliday number, among all UK Singles Chart #1's, was #94 (and the first of 1960).
    - This year was also the one where Marty Wilde welcomed into the world a daughter who would grow up to become '80's singing superstar Kim Wilde.

    So regardless of decade, all these charts are in one way or another intertwined. :winkgrin: With Mr. Richard the major barometer. :laughup:
     
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  11. W.B.

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    Big difference. Here you have him with The Shadows. In the '80's (and '70's) he's flying solo.
     
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  12. Yam Graham

    Yam Graham Senior Member

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    Michael Holliday - STARRY EYED
    Culture shock!!!!!
    Croon all you like....
    It's ok....but not my thing.
    2/5
     
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  13. Randoms

    Randoms Aerie Faerie Nonsense

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    Emile Ford & The Checkmates' - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?

    Short and to the point, not heard it before, but definitely has a fifties vibe!
     
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  14. Yam Graham

    Yam Graham Senior Member

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    Likes....
    14 - 01 - 03 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR?
    17 - 19 - 21 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - TRAVELLIN' LIGHT
     
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  15. Randoms

    Randoms Aerie Faerie Nonsense

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    There are several very good songs in the charts this week - this isn't one if them! The sixties were not swinging after hearing Starry Eyed...

    I'm amazed by how many of the songs I've previously heard.

    @W.B., are you going to tell us your opinion of the number ones?
     
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  16. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    It does seem that there were as much "record industry creations" back then in Britain as there were in America (the most notable being US teen idols Frankie Avalon and Fabian). Only, from what I know, there wasn't the added layer in the UK of the cloud that affected the US broadcasting industry as the result of investigations of payola which helped bring down Alan Freed - and forced Dick Clark to divest of all his music industry holdings (which he would later blame for his ultimately becoming one of the hardest-working TV and radio personalities, taking any and every job outside of American Bandstand - the most famous, starting in 1973 and continuing into the '80's, the various iterations of The $_________ Pyramid). It also ushered in what was long universally called the "blahs" between 1959 and the advent of Beatlemania in 1964. It would seem the UK music scene had a similar malaise at this point.

    But as you've observed this one as being "not swinging," as this unfolds you'll see what I mean why, in setting up this premise, I said the changeover if you were to go into hibernation in 1960 and wake up in 1969 would be so "jarring" as far as music went.

    As for "Starry Eyed," the only US release this got was via another version by one Gary Stites - first, the US single:
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    Then the UK single:
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    His only got to US #77. Obviously, American record buyers didn't seem to think this "swung," either.

    But Mr. Holliday's story would be especially tragic, in the end.
     
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  17. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    P.S. From what I'm listening, I can see that the period before a few years from here where a quartet of mop tops changed the course of the music industry forever, was on a par with what the regulars of the '70's and '80's threads commented on how the rise of punk in the former decade, and new wave and synth-pop in the latter, gave the charts a much-needed "shot in the arm."
     
  18. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

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    Unfamiliar with the no. 1.

    Two obvious great new songs this week:
    These three tracks were done by other artists in North America. You're going to find a LOT of that here.
     
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  19. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    So is this number which took the place of "Starry Eyed" (and I see from the participation level, we're getting off to a good start) . . .
    #2 of 1960 (#95 in total) - "Why" by Anthony Newley
    (#1 for 4 weeks - 05 February-26 February 1960)

    The UK single (once again, saw no US release):
    [​IMG]
    Wikipedia entry - I'll take the US version by Frankie Avalon, thank you . . . as for Mr. Newley, his glory years are a few years off . . .
     
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  20. Silksashbash

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    What do you want to make those eyes at me for?
    Had me fooled thinking it's a 1959 doowop track. Certainly works that way. Here's the original version from four decades earlier:

    Freddy Cannon took a similar route with "Way down yonder in New Orleans" from 1922, which I think sounds a tad forced in the rock'n'roll mold, but it's still fun.

    Starry eyed - sounds like half-arsed filler to me.
    Why - generic entertainer pop. "I love you and you love me all the time"... Come on, give it a little effort.
     
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  21. W.B.

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    Week Ending 05 February 1960

    04 - 02 - 01 - Anthony Newley - WHY
    03 - 04 - 02 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
    06 - 01 - 03 - Michael Holliday - STARRY EYED
    06 - 05 - 04 - Freddy Cannon - WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS
    10 - 06 - 05 - Guy Mitchell - HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER
    15 - 03 - 06 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR?
    03 - 18 - 07 - Adam Faith - POOR ME
    12 - 07 - 08 - Adam Faith - WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    13 - 07 - 09 - Neil Sedaka - OH! CAROL
    08 - 09 - 10 - Elmer Bernstein - STACCATO'S THEME
    10 - 11 - 10 (tied) - Tommy Steele - LITTLE WHITE BULL
    03 - 25 - 12 - Craig Douglas - PRETTY BLUE EYES
    13 - 12 - 13 - Frankie Laine - RAWHIDE
    04 - 15 - 14 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - EXPRESSO BONGO {EP}
    02 - 19 - 15 - Johnny Mathis - MISTY
    02 - 24 - 15 (tied) - Bobby Darin - LA MER (BEYOND THE SEA)
    08 - 14 - 17 - Fats Domino - BE MY GUEST
    03 - 15 - 17 (tied) - Mr. Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band - SUMMER SET
    02 - 17 - 17 (tied) - The Platters - HARBOUR LIGHTS
    07 - 13 - 20 - Ernie Field's Orchestra - IN THE MOOD
    1 - NEW - 21 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA
    02 - RE - 22 - Eddie Cochran - HALLELUJAH, I LOVE HER SO
    13 - 10 - 23 - The Avons - SEVEN LITTLE GIRLS SITTING IN THE BACK SEAT
    02 - 28 - 24 - Marty Robbins - EL PASO
    12 - RE - 25 - Sandy Nelson - TEEN BEAT
    02 - 25 - 25 (tied) - Frankie Vaughan - WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT
    03 - 20 - 27 - Frankie Avalon - WHY
    06 - RE - 28 - Johnnie Ray - I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
    1 - NEW - 29 - Joan Regan - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
    10 - 29 - 30 - Connie Francis - AMONG MY SOUVENIRS


    Week Ending 12 February 1960

    04 - 02 - 01 - Anthony Newley - WHY
    04 - 02 - 02 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
    07 - 04 - 03 - Freddy Cannon - WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS
    04 - 07 - 04 - Adam Faith - POOR ME
    07 - 03 - 05 - Michael Holliday - STARRY EYED
    04 - 06 - 06 - Craig Douglas - PRETTY BLUE EYES
    02 - 21 - 06 (tied) - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA
    03 - 15 - 08 - Bobby Darin - LA MER (BEYOND THE SEA)
    16 - 06 - 09 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR?
    11 - 05 - 10 - Guy Mitchell - HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER
    04 - 17 - 11 - Mr. Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band - SUMMER SET
    03 - 15 - 12 - Johnny Mathis - MISTY
    1 - NEW - 13 - Johnny Preston - RUNNING BEAR
    09 - 10 - 14 - Elmer Bernstein - STACCATO'S THEME
    13 - 08 - 15 - Adam Faith - WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    03 - 17 - 16 - The Platters - HARBOUR LIGHTS
    11 - 10 - 17 - Tommy Steele - LITTLE WHITE BULL
    14 - 13 - 18 - Frankie Laine - RAWHIDE
    03 - 24 - 19 - Marty Robbins - EL PASO
    14 - 09 - 20 - Neil Sedaka - OH! CAROL
    1 - NEW - 21 - Marv Johnson - YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
    1 - NEW - 22 - The Everly Brothers - LET IT BE ME
    05 - 14 - 23 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - EXPRESSO BONGO {EP}
    03 - 22 - 24 - Eddie Cochran - HALLELUJAH, I LOVE HER SO
    1 - NEW - 25 - Johnny Kidd And The Pirates - YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
    1 - NEW - 25 (tied) Elvis Presley - STRICTLY ELVIS {EP}
    08 - 20 - 27 - Ernie Field's Orchestra - IN THE MOOD
    04 - 27 - 27 (tied) - Frankie Avalon - WHY
    1 - NEW - 29 - Nat King Cole - TIME AND THE RIVER
    1 - NEW - 30 - Toni Fisher - THE BIG HURT



    Week Ending 19 February 1960


    04 - 02 - 01 - Anthony Newley - WHY
    05 - 02 - 02 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
    05 - 04 - 03 - Adam Faith - POOR ME
    08 - 03 - 04 - Freddy Cannon - WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS
    03 - 06 - 05 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA

    05 - 06 - 06 - Craig Douglas - PRETTY BLUE EYES
    08 - 05 - 07 - Michael Holliday - STARRY EYED
    02 - 13 - 08 - Johnny Preston - RUNNING BEAR
    04 - 08 - 09 - Bobby Darin - LA MER (BEYOND THE SEA)
    12 - 10 - 10 - Guy Mitchell - HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER
    17 - 09 - 11 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR?
    05 - 11 - 12 - Mr. Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band - SUMMER SET
    04 - 12 - 13 - Johnny Mathis - MISTY
    14 - 15 - 14 - Adam Faith - WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    02 - 21 - 15 - Marv Johnson - YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
    04 - 16 - 16 - The Platters - HARBOUR LIGHTS
    10 - 14 - 17 - Elmer Bernstein - STACCATO'S THEME
    15 - 18 - 18 - Frankie Laine - RAWHIDE
    12 - 17 - 19 - Tommy Steele - LITTLE WHITE BULL
    02 - 22 - 20 - The Everly Brothers - LET IT BE ME
    1 - NEW - 20 (tied) - Duane Eddy - BONNIE CAME BACK
    04 - 19 - 22 - Marty Robbins - EL PASO
    1 - NEW - 22 (tied) - Lance Fortune - BE MINE (ALLE MADCHEN WOLLEN KUSSEN)
    15 - 20 - 24 - Neil Sedaka - OH! CAROL
    09 - RE - 25 - Fats Domino - BE MY GUEST
    1 - NEW - 26 - Frank Ifield - LUCKY DEVIL
    04 - 24 - 27 - Eddie Cochran - HALLELUJAH, I LOVE HER SO
    02 - 25 - 28 - Johnny Kidd And The Pirates - YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
    02 - RE - 29 - Joan Regan - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
    06 - 23 - 30 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - EXPRESSO BONGO {EP}


    Week Ending 26 February 1960

    04 - 02 - 01 - Anthony Newley - WHY
    06 - 03 - 02 - Adam Faith - POOR ME
    09 - 04 - 03 - Freddy Cannon - WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS
    06 - 02 - 04 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS
    06 - 04 - 04 (tied) - Craig Douglas - PRETTY BLUE EYES
    04 - 05 - 06 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA
    03 - 08 - 07 - Johnny Preston - RUNNING BEAR
    05 - 09 - 08 - Bobby Darin - LA MER (BEYOND THE SEA)
    09 - 07 - 09 - Michael Holliday - STARRY EYED

    06 - 12 - 10 - Mr. Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band - SUMMER SET

    05 - 16 - 11 - The Platters - HARBOUR LIGHTS
    03 - 15 - 12 - Marv Johnson - YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
    02 - 22 - 13 - Lance Fortune - BE MINE (ALLE MADCHEN WOLLEN KUSSEN)
    18 - 11 - 14 - Emile Ford And The Checkmates - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR?
    05 - 13 - 15 - Johnny Mathis - MISTY
    13 - 10 - 16 - Guy Mitchell - HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER
    02 - 20 - 17 - Duane Eddy - BONNIE CAME BACK
    03 - 20 - 18 - The Everly Brothers - LET IT BE ME
    10 - 25 - 19 - Fats Domino - BE MY GUEST
    15 - 14 - 20 - Adam Faith - WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    16 - 18 - 21 - Frankie Laine - RAWHIDE
    02 - 26 - 22 - Frank Ifield - LUCKY DEVIL
    02 - RE - 23 - Nat King Cole - TIME AND THE RIVER
    1 - NEW - 24 - Jerry Lordan - WHO COULD BE BLUER?
    1 - NEW - 24 (tied) - Perry Como - DELAWARE
    05 - 22 - 26 - Marty Robbins - EL PASO
    16 - 24 - 27 - Neil Sedaka - OH! CAROL
    1 - NEW - 28 - Paul Anka - IT'S TIME TO CRY
    07 - 30 - 29 - Cliff Richard And The Shadows - EXPRESSO BONGO {EP}
    03 - 28 - 30 - Johnny Kidd And The Pirates - YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES​
     
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  22. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    Now for those that are in my collection, week by week (with a few 'newies' among the mix):
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  23. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    And now, for the rest of the 'newies' in this stretch not in my collection:
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    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    One of a handful of discrepancies between US and UK credits:
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    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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