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Billboard Top 20, December 26, 1960
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

#1 .. 1 / 7 Are You Lonesome Tonight----------------Elvis Presley
#2 .. 3 / 7 Wonderland By Night---------------------Bert Kaempfert
#3 .. 2 / 12 Last Date-------------------------------Floyd Cramer
#4 .. 7 / 10 A Thousand Stars-------Kathy Young & the Innocents
#5 .. 6 / 7 Exodus----------------------------------Ferrante & Teicher
#6 .. 4 / 15 North To Alaska-------------------------Johnny Horton
#7 .. 8 / 8 Many Tears Ago--------------------------Connie Francis
#8 .. 9 / 9 You're Sixteen--------------------------Johnny Burnette
#9 .. 5 / 10 Sailor----------------------------------Lolita
#10 .. 27 / 6 Corinna, Corinna------------------------Ray Peterson
#11 .. 10 / 9 He Will Break Your Heart----------------Jerry Butler
#12 .. 12 / 11 Lonely Teenager-------------------------Dion
#13 .. 23 / 3 Angel Baby-----------------Rosie & the Originals
#14 .. 26 / 3 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree--Brenda Lee
#15 .. 17 / 9 Perfidia--------------------------------The Ventures
#16 .. 15 / 5 Rubber Ball-----------------------------Bobby Vee
#17 .. 20 / 7 Wonderland By Night---------------------Louis Prima
#18 .. 11 / 12 Poetry In Motion------------------------Johnny Tillotson
#19 .. 18 / 11 New Orleans------------------------Gary "U.S." Bonds
#20 .. 22 / 6 Will You Love Me Tomorrow---------------The Shirelles

 

On December 26, 1960, Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" reached its highest rank on the Billboard chart. The song was originally recorded in 1958 in Nashville by a thirteen year old Lee and was released that year and again in 1959, but failed to chart. Boots Randolph and Floyd Cramer played on the record. The song has become a Christmas classic and has been covered by artists from Bill Haley to The Partridge Family to Alabama to Green Day.

While "Rockin' Around" peaked at #14, Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" was at the top spot for its fifth consecutive week. Bert Kaempfert's "Wonderland By Night," which was then #2, would replace the Elvis record in a couple of weeks. Also in the top twenty that week was another song destined for #1, The Shirelle's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." The popularity of instrumentals at the time is demonstrated by the presence of five in the top twenty: "Wonderland by Night" (twice), "Last Date," "Exocus," and "Perfidia."

Also reaching their highest chart position that week was "Many Tears Ago,""Perfidia," and "You're Sixteen." Kathy Young's "A Thousand Stars" had peaked at #3 the previous week -- it would be her only top forty record. Dion's "Lonely Teenager" had also peaked the previous week at #11. Ferrante & Teicher's "Exodus" would eventually reach #2; Johnny Tillotson's "Poetry in Motion" had been #2 in November.

In other news:

  • TWA 266 & Tunied 826 collidedover Staten Island, killling 134
  • The National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) was officially formed in South Vietnam
  • The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Green Bay Packers 17-13 in the NFL championship game
  • Daryl Hannah was born
  • The American League granted Gene Autry a franchise -- The Los Angeles Angels
  • The United Nations condemned apartheid
  • The world population topped 3 billion
Elvis Presley's sixth movie was released in December, 1960. What was its title?
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