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The Essential Songs Of An Essential Decade: 1961

The Essential Songs of 1961 reflect the end of an era. By 1962, a producer named Phil Spector started working with The Crystals and a band in England solidified their line-up by putting Ringo Starr behind the drum kit. In the meantime, Ben E. King had two chart toppers after leaving the Drifters, Patsy Cline added another classic to her repertoire, and Etta James continued her string of Top 5 R&B hits.

At Last, Etta James

Baby It’s You, The Shirelles

Blue Moon, The Marcels

Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley

Come On – Chuck Berry 

Crying, Roy Orbison

Cupid, Sam Cooke

Dedicated to the One I Love, The Shirelles

Diggy Liggy Lo, Rusty and Doug

Hello Walls, Faron Young

Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles

I Fall to Pieces, Patsy Cline

It Will Stand, The Showmen

Little Sister, Elvis Presley

The Lion Sleeps Tonight, The Tokens

Mama Said, The Shirelles

My Favorite Things, John Coltrane

Please Mr. Postman, The Marvalettes

Quarter to Three, Gary U.S. Bonds

Runaround Sue, Dion

Runaway, Del Shannon

Running Scared, Roy Orbison

Spanish Harlem, Ben E. King 

Stand by Me, Ben E. King

Take Five, Dave Brubeck

Tender Years, George Jones

Travelin’ Man, Ricky Nelson

Trust in Me, Etta James

Turn on Your Love Light, Bobby Bland

Walk on By, Leroy Van Dyke

Walk Right Back, The Everly Brothers

The Wanderer, Dion

Ya Ya, Lee Dorsey

You Don’t Miss Your Water, William Bell

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