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Billboard Top 20, August 8, 1960
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

#1 .. 2 / 6 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie -- Brian Hyland
#2 .. 1 / 11 I'm Sorry-------------------------------Brenda Lee
#3 .. 3 / 4 It's Now Or Never-----------------------Elvis Presley
#4 .. 4 / 10 Only The Lonely-------------------------Roy Orbison
#5 .. 5 / 11 Alley-Oop--------------------------The Hollywood Argyles
#6 .. 6 / 10 Image Of A Girl-------------------------The Safaris
#7 .. 18 / 4 Walk -- Don't Run-----------------------The Ventures
#8 .. 7 / 9 Tell Laura I Love Her-------------------Ray Peterson
#9 .. 8 / 12 Please Help Me, I'm Fallin'-------------Hank Locklin
#10 .. 13 / 8 Walking To New Orleans------------------Fats Domino
#11 .. 49 / 2 The Twist-------------------------------Chubby Checker
#12 .. 11 / 14 Everybody's Somebody's Fool------Connie Francis
#13 .. 9 / 12 Mule Skinner Blues----------------------The Fendermen
#14 .. 15 / 8 Feel So Fine----------------------------Johnny Preston
#15 .. 14 / 13 Finger Poppin' Time-Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
#16 .. 16 / 7 Look For A Star-------------------------Garry Miles
#17 .. 17 / 12 Because They're Young--Duane Eddy & the Rebels
#18 .. 20 / 9 Mission Bell----------------------------Donnie Brooks
#19 .. 22 / 7 Question--------------------------------Lloyd Price
#20 .. 20 / 9 Trouble In Paradise---------------------The Crests

 

While rock and roll was the prevalent genre on the Billboard Hot 100 in August, 1960, the top spot was occupied by one of the many "novelty" songs that met with success during the Elvis Era. Dave Kapp (of Kapp records) didn't particularly like rock and roll but he was willing to record "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Dot Bikini" by an artist new to the label, Brian Hyland. Paul Vance had originally written the song about his two year old daughter -- he had to point that out to Kapp when Kapp thought the song might be a little risque. To keep from "lowering the image" of Kapp, a new label was created (Leader) to produce the record. Released in July, it hit the top spot on August 8th.

This was the beginning of the teen idol stage of rock and roll.  Along with Paul Anka, Fabian, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, and Freddy Cannon all had top ten entries.  Avalon had two songs in the top twenty with the double-sided hit, "A Boy Without a Girl" and "Bobby Sox to Stockings."  Connie Francis also two sided top twenty with "Lipstick on Your Collar" and "Frankie" (her ode to Frankie Avalon.) 

The July 13th chart showcased four records that would make Billboard's 1959 end of the year top ten:  "The Battle of New Orleans" (#1), "Personality" (#3), "Lonely Boy" (#5), and "Dream Lover" (#6).

In other news:

  • Frank Sinatra announced that he and his "rat pack" cronies would make another movie ("Gunga Din")
  • Oscar Hammerstein died of cancer
  • The last Belgian combat troops left the Congo
  • Vice President Nixon admitted that President Eisenhower was accurate when he said Nixon had not taken part in the administration's decision making.
  • The Census Bureau reported that a record 88% of all homes have television sets (11% more than one)
  • NASA launched the first communications satellite, Echo I
  • Antonio Banderas was born
Can you guess what Frank Sinatra movie debuted in August of 1960 .... in Las Vegas?
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