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"Here We Go Again" was The Kingston Trio's fifth album. It was the top selling album in January of 1960. At one time, the group had four of their albums in the Billboard top ten. "A Worried Man" was the only single from the album to make the Billboard top twenty.

Billboard Top 20,1/25/1960
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

#1 .. 1 / 15 Running Bear----------------------------Johnny Preston
#2 .. 3 / 12 El Paso---------------------------------Marty Robbins
#3 .. 2 / 10 Why-------------------------------------Frankie Avalon
#4 .. 7 / 6 Teen Angel------------------------------Mark Dinning
#5 .. 5 / 10 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans--Freddy Cannon
#6 .. 4 / 11 The Big Hurt----------------------------Toni Fisher
#7 .. 8 / 7 The Village of St. Bernadette-----------Andy Williams
#8 .. 6 / 8 Go Jimmy Go-----------------------------Jimmy Clanton
#9 .. 9 / 10 Pretty Blue Eyes------------------------Steve Lawrence
#10 .. 13 / 5 Where Or When--------------------Dion & the Belmonts
#11 .. 14 / 13 You've Got What It Takes-----------Marv Johnson
#12 .. 11 / 10 It's Time To Cry------------------------Paul Anka
#13 .. 10 / 10 Among My Souvenirs----------------Connie Francis
#14 .. 25 / 5 Handy Man-------------------------------Jimmy Jones
#15 .. 16 / 10 Sandy-----------------------------------Larry Hall
#16 .. 30 / 3 What In The World's Come Over You--Jack Scott
#17 .. 20 / 5 Down By The Station---------------------The Four Preps
#18 .. 15 / 11 Hound Dog Man---------------------------Fabian
#19 .. 18 / 7 Not One Minute More---------------------Della Reese
#20 .. 24 / 5 He'll Have To Go------------------------Jim Reeves

If you were a hard core rock and roll fan in January of 1960, you were probably moving the needle on your a.m. dial up and down a lot.  In an era that was known as the first age of rock and roll, the Billboard top twenty for January 25th, 1960 was a little thin.  But if you were into death scenarios, you were well served.

Three of January 25th’s top four spots played out tragic death scenes.  At the top was “Running Bear” in which the title character and Little White Dove are so desperately in love that they dive into the “raging river” and of course are forever together in that “happy hunting ground.”  In Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” a former #1, he dies in the arms of Felina.  And of course, Mark Dinning’s “Teen Angel” is clobbered on the railroad tracks.  Nestled between all these at #2 was “Why” by Frankie Avalon.  It seems like a reasonable question.  All of the top four were #1 songs.

At #5 you finally get to a rock and roller with Freddy Cannon’s “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.”  “Go, Jimmy Go,” “Pretty Blue Eyes,” and “You’ve Got What It Takes” are fair representations of the pop rock of the time.  But the best rock and roll song of the January 25th top twenty was “Handy Man” by Jimmy Jones.  In February it would rise to the #2 spot and was Billboard’s #8 song for the year.   Evidence of the songs quality is its remakes by Del Shannon (#22) in 1964 and a #4 hit for James Taylor in 1977 (a much slower version).  The worst of rock and roll was represented by Fabian’s “Hound Dog Man” – believe it or not from a movie of the same name.

“He’ll Have to Go” by Jim Reeves was at #20 on January 25th, but it would eventually climb as high as #2 in March.  The aforementioned “Way Down Yonder,”  “Where or When” by Dion and The Belmonts, and Toni Fisher’s “The Big Hurt” had peaked earlier at #3. 

 

In other news:

  • Los Angeles replaced Philadelphia as the third largest city
  • President Eisenhowe was chosen as “Man of the Decade” in a Gallup poll
  • “AromaRama” was introduced at movie theaters
  • Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball
  • In response to the “payola” scandal Dick Clark sold three music publishing companies
  • The Aswan dam construction began in Egypt
  • The NFL announced the addition of Dallas for the 1960 season
  • The bathyscaphe “Trieste” set a new record, descending to seven miles
  • Lee Harvey Oswald was welcomed to Minsk by the mayor
  • An invasion plan called “Operation Zapata” was approved in the White House
  • Belgium agreed to grant independence to the Belgian Congo
  • The American Football League named its eight team, the Oakland Raiders
  • Albert Camus died
  • Howie Long was born

     

Charleton Heston starred in the #1 box office movie in January of 1960 -- can you name the film?
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