The Billboard Top Twenty for February 25, 1961 included three current and former number ones and one on its way to the top. Chubby Checker’s “Pony Time” had just replaced “Calcutta” in the top spot. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” had preceded it. “Surrender” would reach #1 in March. Chubby Checker was just beginning to make his career with his dance records – “The Twist” had been a #1 record in 1960 and “The Huckebuck” reached number fourteen that year. By the end of 1963, Checker would place fifteen records in the top twenty. Checker had copied “The Twist” from Hank Ballard; “Pony Time” was copied from Don Convey who recorded it in 1960 with The Goodtimers.
The Shirelles had the distinction of having two records in the top twenty at the same time. As “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” was headed down, “Dedicated to the One I Love” was rising and would eventually peak at #3. “Exodus” was another successful record headed down after peaking at #2 in January. Ferrante & Teicher’s movie theme had the most weeks in the top forty in 1961 – eighteen. Another motion picture theme, Connie Francis’s “Where the Boys Are” was climbing the chart and would peak at #4 in March.
Two other records (besides “Exodus”) would complete their chart journey in the second position. “Shop Around” was the first success for Barry Gordy’s Tamla label – it had peaked at #2 the previous week. Just entering the top twenty on February 25th, “Apache” would finish at #2 in April.