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This week in music: 1960

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Let's travel back in time to 1960.

The movies drawing the biggest crowds were The Swiss Family Robinson, Psycho and The Alamo.

The highest rated TV shows were westerns: Gunsmoke, Wagon Train and Have Gun--Will Travel.

And these were the songs being played on the radio this week 56 years ago.
Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 had Miss Toni Fischer at number 5 with The Big Hurt.

In the number four spot was Running Bear by Johnny Preston.  The song featured George Jones on background vocals.  It was written by J.P. Richardson whose better known as The Big Bopper.  Richardson would die in a plane crash with Buddy Holly one month later.

Freddie Cannon was holding down the number three spot with Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, a song that dates way back to sheet music in 1922. 

At number two was Frankie Avalon with Why. It was Avalon's second and final number one hit.

And in the top spot was a huge country crossover hit.  El Paso remains Mary Robbins best known song. It's considered a classic country and western song which features a Spanish guitar that gives it a Tex-Mex feel. 
The music from this week in 1960.

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