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This week in music: 1960 North to Alaska

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Time to head down our musical memory lane.  This morning we turn our attention to the music scene from 56 years ago.

It was on this week in 1960 Billboard Magazine had these songs at the top of the Hot 100 chart.

At number five was North to Alaska by Johnny Horton. It was a country crossover hit and the theme song to the John Wayne movie of the same name. Horton didn't get a chance to enjoy the success of the song about the Alaskan gold rush.  He had been killed in a car crash a month earlier.

In the number four spot was Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra with Wonderland By Night.  Kaempfert was from Germany and he was a key player in the career of a group he had been keeping an eye on in Hamburg. It was Kaempfert who hired The Beatles to back up Tony Sheridan on the album My Bonnie.

At number three was Kathy Young and the Innocents with  A Thousand Stars.  It was Young's only top ten hit.

Country Music Hall of Fame piano player Floyd Cramer was parked in the number two spot with Last Date.  Although it was an instrumental, words were later added and it also became a hit for artists like Skeeter Davis, Conway Twitty and Emmylou Harris.
   
The song which kept Last Date out of the number one spot was Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley.  The song was among the first Elvis recorded after being honorably discharged from the army. By the way, the guy playing piano on the song is none other than Floyd Cramer.
That's a look at music from this week in 1960.

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