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Thursday, September 02, 2021

THURSDAY BACKTRACK: Music and news from 60 years ago - week ending 2 September 1961

 At #8 this week is the Brook Brothers' 'Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week':


Some memorable events (via Wikipedia):

29 August: Six people in an aerial tramway car in the Alps fall to their deaths when a jet fighter accidentally strikes and severs the cable. 81 other tourists are stranded for hours until rescued.
    There have been many other accidents involving military aircraft in the Sixties alone; there was one similar to this in 1998: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1998-02-04-9802040065-story.html 

30 August: racial segregation in schools in Atlanta, Georgia ends with the admission of nine African-American to four formerly all-white Atlanta high schools.

31 August: amid rising tensions between the West and the USSR during the Berlin crisis, the Soviet Union announces the end of a three-year worldwide moratorium on nuclear testing, and begins by detonating an atom bomb the next day - a 16-kiloton airburst over Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.

UK chart hits, week ending 2 September 1961 (tracks in italics have been played in earlier posts)


Htp: Clint's labour-of love compilation https://www.sixtiescity.net/charts/61chart.htm

1

Johnny Remember Me

John Leyton

Top Rank

2

You Don't Know

Helen Shapiro

Columbia

3

Reach For The Stars / Climb Every Mountain

Shirley Bassey

Columbia

4

Romeo

Petula Clark

Pye

5

Well I Ask You

Eden Kane

Decca

6

Halfway To Paradise

Billy Fury

Decca

7

A Girl Like You

Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Columbia

8

Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week

The Brook Brothers

Pye

9

Cupid

Sam Cooke

RCA

10

Time

Craig Douglas

Top Rank

11

Quarter To Three

The U.S. Bonds

Top Rank

12

That's My Home

Acker Bilk

Columbia

13

How Many Tears

Bobby Vee

London

14

Hello Mary Lou / Travellin' Man

Ricky Nelson

London

15

You Always Hurt The One You Love

Clarence 'Frogman' Henry

Pye

16

Baby I Don't Care / Valley Of Tears

Buddy Holly

Coral

17

Marcheta

Karl Denver

Decca

18

Pasadena

The Temperance Seven

Parlophone

19

Pepito

Los Machucambos

Decca

20

Temptation

The Everly Brothers

Warner Brothers


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