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).