This week in music: 1960
(KFVS) - Let's step into the Breakfast Show's musical time machine and set the dials for this week in 1960.
Fifty-eight years ago, these were the records playing on jukeboxes across the country. Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 had "Little Miss Dynamite" Brenda Lee at number five with I'm Sorry. The song was her only number one hit and is considered one of her signature songs. Despite recording the song early in the year, her record company wouldn't release it as a single because there was concern that a 15-year-old girl was not mature enough to sing about unrequited love.
Chubby Checker checked in at number 4 with his signature song. The Twist would go on to top the charts one month later. In 1962, the song was re-released and once again it climbed all the way to the top spot. That's why Billboard Magazine ranks it as the number one single of all-time.
At number three was The Ventures with Walk--Don't' Run.The instrumental jump-started the band's career. As a matter of fact when the band recorded Walk--Don't Run they didn't even have a drummer. The Ventures website credits the drumming to Skip Moore. For the recording session, Moore was offered either $25 dollars or 25 percent of what the song would make. Moore opted for the $25.
One of the biggest novelty songs of all time was in the number two spot. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini by Brian Hyland tells the story of a shy girl wearing a revealing polka dot bikini at the beach. The song was a worldwide hit. Not only did it top the U.S. charts it was also a number one single in ten other countries including Great Britain. One, Two, Three, Four tell the people what she wore.
And in the top spot for this week in '60 was one of Elvis Presley's biggest hits. The music for It's Now Or Never was based on a song Elvis heard while stationed in Germany. He had two American songwriters rework the lyrics to O Sole Mio. It shot straight to the top of the charts upon its release. It would spend 5 weeks at number one and sell over 20 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. It was even a bigger hit overseas. It spent 8 weeks at number one on the British charts in 1960 and then spent an additional week at number one in 2005 as a re-issue.
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