Brook Benton and Sam Cooke both emerged from gospel and R & B to become pop stars. Cooke had been on the charts since 1957 while 1959 was the first big year for Benton. Johnny Burnette was a descendent of early rockabilly who first made the charts in 1960. Bobby Rydell was part of the Philadelphia sound that had emerged from the popularity of American Bandstand in 1959. Brenda Lee came out of the country side of rock and roll and took the pop charts by storm. Altogether they make a good representation of popular music in 1960.
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