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1960 Start of School Year September Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters
Save the Last Dance for Me
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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October Tonight`s the Night The Shirelles
Tonight`s the Night
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:56
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
Georgia On My Mind
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 3:37
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Let`s Go, Let`s Go, Let`s Go Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Let`s Go, Let`s Go, Let`s Go
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
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Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
Stay
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:35
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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November New Orleans Gary U.S. Bonds
New Orleans
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
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A Thousand Stars Kathy Young with The Innocents
A Thousand Stars
CD Source:
Time: 3:10
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley
Are You Lonesome Tonight
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 3:06
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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He Will Break Your Heart Jerry Butler
He Will Break Your Heart
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Lonely Teenager Dion
Lonely Teenager
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
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December Angel Baby Rosie & The Originals
Angel Baby
CD Source: 25 More All-Time Doo Wop Hits (1954-63+)
Time: 3:43
Sequenced by: single
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Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
CD Source: The Scepter Records Story (1959-72) (3)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
This is the only CD source I know for the mono version. Although the stereo mix sounds OK by itself, it does not preserve the depth, resonance, and very special timbre of the lead vocal that I treasure.
 
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1961 January I Count the Tears The Drifters
I Count the Tears
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
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Shop Around The Miracles
Shop Around
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-61 (6)
Time: 2:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Who`s Lovin` You The Miracles
Who`s Lovin` You
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-61 (6)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: single
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At Last Etta James
At Last
CD Source: The Essential (1960-75) (2)
Time: 3:01
Sequenced by: single
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Covered by Beyoncé, who played Etta in film about Chess Records. Famously sung live by Beyoncé as first couple danced at Obama`s first inaugural ball, January 2005.
 
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There`s A Moon Out Tonight The Capris
There`s A Moon Out Tonight
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
There was a strong element of a doo-wop "revival" in 1961. Three significant Timeline hits had been recorded years earlier. "Moon Out Tonight" was recorded and first released in 1958. "Dedicated" was recorded and first released in spring 1959. And "Barbara-Ann" was recorded in 1958 but not released until 1961.
 
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February Dedicated to the One I Love The Shirelles
Dedicated to the One I Love
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box II (+1953-63) (4)
Time: 1:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
There was a strong element of doo-wop "revival" in 1961. Three significant Timeline hits had been recorded years earlier. "Moon Out" was recorded and first released in 1958. "Dedicated" was recorded and first released in spring 1959. And "Barbara-Ann" was recorded in 1958 but not released until 1961. In the case of "Dedicated," the huge success of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" was the obvious impetus for an immediate follow-up.
 
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I Pity The Fool Bobby Bland
I Pity The Fool
CD Source: The Anthology (1952-77+) (2)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
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Bobby Bland was better known as Bobby "Blue" Bland throughout his career. After 1960, however, "Blue" was usually omitted from his name on singles releases but not from his albums. I decided to omit "Blue" in the Timeline to make searching more consistent. See this discography for details.
 
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Spanish Harlem Ben E. King
Spanish Harlem
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:52
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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March Apache Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
Apache
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.2: The `60s (60-63+)
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: single
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Blue Moon The Marcels
Blue Moon
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Runaway Del Shannon
Runaway
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Mother-in-Law Ernie K-Doe
Mother-in-Law
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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April One Mint Julep Ray Charles
One Mint Julep
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 3:05
Sequenced by: single
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May Daddy`s Home Shep and the Limelites
Daddy`s Home
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Mama Said The Shirelles
Mama Said
CD Source: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits (1958-64)
Time: 2:04
Sequenced by: single
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Travelin` Man Ricky Nelson
Travelin` Man
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-72)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
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Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson
Hello Mary Lou
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-72)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Running Scared Roy Orbison
Running Scared
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Barbara-Ann The Regents
Barbara-Ann
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v4 (1955-63)
Time: 2:13
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
There was a strong element of doo-wop "revival" in 1961. Three significant Timeline hits had been recorded years earlier. "Moon Out" was recorded and first released in 1958. "Dedicated" was recorded and first released in spring 1959. And "Barbara-Ann" was recorded in 1958 but not released until 1961.
 
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Stand By Me Ben E. King
Stand By Me
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Quarter to Three Gary U.S. Bonds
Quarter to Three
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Every Beat of My Heart The Pips
Every Beat of My Heart
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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June Tossin` and Turnin` Bobby Lewis
Tossin` and Turnin`
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:19
Sequenced by: single
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July I Like It Like That, Part 1 Chris Kenner
I Like It Like That, Part 1
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 1:53
Sequenced by: single
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Cupid Sam Cooke
Cupid
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Let`s Twist Again Chubby Checker
Let`s Twist Again
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Last Night The Mar-Keys
Last Night
CD Source: Complete Stax/Volt Singles:1959-1968(9)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
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Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee
Pretty Little Angel Eyes
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box II (+1953-63) (4)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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August I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline
I Fall to Pieces
CD Source: 12 Greatest Hits (1961-63)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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My True Story The Jive Five
My True Story
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R (1954-63)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Take Good Care of My Baby Bobby Vee
Take Good Care of My Baby
CD Source: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time (1951-70)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: single
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A Little Bit of Soap The Jarmels
A Little Bit of Soap
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
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Little Sister Elvis Presley
Little Sister
CD Source: 2nd To None (1954-77+)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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September Crying Roy Orbison
Crying
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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The Mountain`s High Dick and Dee Dee
The Mountain`s High
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v8 (1953-63)
Time: 2:13
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Start of School Year Hit the Road, Jack Ray Charles
Hit the Road, Jack
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 1:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Bristol Stomp The Dovells
Bristol Stomp
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
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Runaround Sue Dion
Runaround Sue
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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October Ya Ya Lee Dorsey
Ya Ya
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: single
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Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
Please Mr. Postman
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-61 (6)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
Some songs take a lot longer than others to climb the national charts. "Please Mr. Postman" was released in August 1961 and finally reached #1 on the pop charts - the first Motown song to do so - the last week in November (chart date December 11). The song was so popular and influential that its basic arrangement was copied by two of the biggest hits of 1962, "Mashed Potato Time" and "Monster Mash."
 
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November Crazy Patsy Cline
Crazy
CD Source: 12 Greatest Hits (1961-63)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Gypsy Woman The Impressions
Gypsy Woman
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
CD Source: Nipper`s Greatest Hits--The 60`s (2)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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December Peppermint Twist Joey Dee & The Starliters
Peppermint Twist
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 1:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Can`t Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley
Can`t Help Falling in Love
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Unchain My Heart Ray Charles
Unchain My Heart
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 2:52
Sequenced by: single
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Let`s Go Trippin` Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
Let`s Go Trippin`
CD Source: The Anthology (1959-96) (2)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
If not literally the first rock instrumental to have something of a "surf" sound to it, "Let`s Go Trippin`" is nevertheless regarded as the first clearly distinguishable surf music record. And no one questions Dick Dale`s claim to be "King of the Surf Guitar."
 
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Turn On Your Lovelight Bobby Bland
Turn On Your Lovelight
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Bobby Bland was better known as Bobby "Blue" Bland throughout his career. After 1960, however, "Blue" was usually omitted from his name on singles releases but not from his albums. I decided to omit "Blue" in the Timeline to make searching more consistent. See this discography for details.
 
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It Will Stand The Showmen
It Will Stand
CD Source: Crescent City Soul (1947-62+) (4)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
This New Orleans classic featuring General Johnson`s lead vocal spent 12 weeks in the lower half of the Hot 100 this time and then returned for another 3 weeks of national chart action in June 1964. General Johnson later attained fame as the lead singer of Chairmen of the Board ("Give Me Just A Little More Time") in 1970.
 
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I Know Barbara George
I Know
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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1962 January Baby It`s You The Shirelles
Baby It`s You
CD Source: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits (1958-64)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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The Wanderer Dion
The Wanderer
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Duke of Earl Gene Chandler
Duke of Earl
CD Source:
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Cry to Me Solomon Burke
Cry to Me
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
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February Hey! Baby Bruce Channel
Hey! Baby
CD Source:
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Let Me In The Sensations
Let Me In
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: single
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What`s Your Name Don & Juan
What`s Your Name
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v5 (1954-63)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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March Twistin` the Night Away Sam Cooke
Twistin` the Night Away
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Dream Baby Roy Orbison
Dream Baby
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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You Better Move On Arthur Alexander
You Better Move On
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
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April Soul Twist King Curtis & The Noble Knights
Soul Twist
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: sinigle
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Soldier Boy The Shirelles
Soldier Boy
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Uptown The Crystals
Uptown
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
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May Night Train James Brown
Night Train
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 3:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
One of the greatest R&B instrumentals, this song owes its basic riff to a Duke Ellington composition, "Happy-Go-Lucky Local," one of four parts of his Deep South Suite, first recorded in 1946. Jimmy Forrest was a member of Ellington`s band when it performed the song. Forrest`s 1952 adaptation to a slow, earthy arrangement was a huge R&B hit and has stood the test of time. So has James Brown`s 1962 re-conceptualization of Night Train into an upbeat dance number with vocal recitation of a train ride of cities, which hit the pop as well as the R&B charts again.
 
Sample 1: Happy Go Lucky Local - Duke Ellington
 
Sample 2: Night Train - James Brown
 
Sample 3: Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
 
Link 1:
Wikepedia "Night Train"
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Lovers Who Wander Dion
Lovers Who Wander
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
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The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
The One Who Really Loves You
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
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Palisades Park Freddy Cannon
Palisades Park
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v9 (1955-63)
Time: 1:52
Sequenced by: single
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June Having A Party Sam Cooke
Having A Party
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
Bring It On Home To Me and Having A Party were the A and B sides of RCA Victor 8036. One of the greatest two-sided singles in pop history! Although they both broke on the R&B charts at the same time, "Party" started its climb up the pop charts a full month before "Home." Essentially, "Party" hit first and "Home" became a hit as "Party" was waning. Apparently, the down home gospel vibe of "Home" delayed its acceptance at mainstream radio.
 
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The Wah Watusi The Orlons
The Wah Watusi
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
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Sealed With A Kiss Brian Hyland
Sealed With A Kiss
CD Source: Vintage Music Volumes 9 & 10 (1962-69)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
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Twist and Shout The Isley Brothers
Twist and Shout
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
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July Breaking Up is Hard to Do Neil Sedaka
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
CD Source: Nipper`s Greatest Hits--The 60`s (2)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
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The Loco-Motion Little Eva
The Loco-Motion
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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You`ll Lose A Good Thing Barbara Lynn
You`ll Lose A Good Thing
CD Source:
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Bring It On Home to Me Sam Cooke
Bring It On Home to Me
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
Bring It On Home To Me and Having A Party were the A and B sides of RCA Victor 8036. One of the greatest two-sided singles in pop history! Although they both broke on the R&B charts at the same time, "Party" started its climb up the pop charts a full month before "Home." Essentially, "Party" hit first and "Home" became a hit as "Party" was waning. Apparently, the down home gospel vibe of "Home" delayed its acceptance at mainstream radio.
 
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August You Don`t Know Me Ray Charles
You Don`t Know Me
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 3:14
Sequenced by: single
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Party Lights Claudine Clark
Party Lights
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
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Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow The Rivingtons
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
CD Source: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time (1951-70)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Beechwood 4-5789 The Marvelettes
Beechwood 4-5789
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
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Green Onions Booker T. & The M.G.`s
Green Onions
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Sherry The Four Seasons
Sherry
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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September You Beat Me to the Punch Mary Wells
You Beat Me to the Punch
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
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Start of School Year Do You Love Me The Contours
Do You Love Me
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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October He`s A Rebel The Crystals
He`s A Rebel
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Return to Sender Elvis Presley
Return to Sender
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:07
Sequenced by: single
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Big Girls Don`t Cry The Four Seasons
Big Girls Don`t Cry
CD Source: Anthology (1962-78)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
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November Stubborn Kind of Fellow Marvin Gaye
Stubborn Kind of Fellow
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
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December Tell Him The Exciters
Tell Him
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
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