The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
The Song of the Year 1961
Ben E. King - Stand by Me
Billboard Top 40 of 1961
1. At Last -
Top Albums of 1961
1. Camelot - Original Cast
2. Great Motion Picture Themes - Various Artists
3. Never on Sunday - Soundtrack
4. The Sound of Music - Original Cast
5. Exodus - Soundtrack
Record of the Year - Moon River, Henry Mancini
Album of the Year - Judy at Carnegie Hall, Judy Garland
Song of the Year - Moon River, Henry Mancini
Best New Artist - Peter Nero
Best Performance By a Pop Single Artist - Lollipops and Roses, Jack Jones
Best Vocal Performance Single Record Female - Judy at Carnegie Hall, Judy Garland
Best Rhythm and Blues Recording - Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles
Best Rock and Roll Recording - Let's Twist Again, Chubby Checker
Best Country and Western Recording - Big Bad John, Jimmy Dean
Best Original Jazz Composition - African Waltz,” Galt MacDermott, composer
Best Album Cover - Latin ala Lee
1961 Tony's (Musicals)
Musical Play - Bye, Bye Birdie
Actor - Richard Burton, Camelot
Actor Supporting - Dick Van Dyke, Bye, Bye Birdie
Actress - Elizabeth Seal, Irma la Douce
Actress Supporting - Tammy Grimes, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
- Gower Champion, Bye, Bye Birdie
Rock 'n' roll appears for the first time in a musical, Bye Bye
Birdie which played for 607
Put On A Happy Face
Richard Burton and Julie Andrews bring the legend of King Arthur to Broadway with 874 performances.
If Ever I Would
Top 10 Songs of the year 1961
Music News 1961
FM stereo broadcasting is authorized by the FCC to begin on June 1st 1961. WEFM Chicago and WGFM Schenectady began broadcasting in FM Stereo. Classical venue.
From Madison, Wisconsin, Bob Dylan hitchhikes to New York City to visit his idol Woody Guthrie who is on his death bed. In the evenings he goes to Greenwich Village and plays protest folk music. The rest is history.
Judy Garland does her legendary comeback concert at Carnegie Hall.
The Country Music Association (CMA) creates the Country Music Hall of Fame inducting the dead Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams.
Motown Records signs The Supremes and The Miracles whose Shop Around becomes Motown's first million-selling single.
Frank Sinatra forms Reprise Records soon signing The Beach Boys and Ella Fitzgerald. The Rat Pack does a benefit at Carnegie Hall for Martin Luther King.
In 1960 Willie Nelson appears selling the song Family Bible to Claude Grey for $50. Later in the year he pens Hello Wall for Faron Young and Night Life for Ray Price which becomes the most covered country song of all time. In 1961 Nelson hits the top 40 with Billy Walker singing Funny How Time Slips Away and Patsy Cline's Crazy. His career slides into alcoholism, guns and wife troubles until he got back on track to join the Grand Ole Oprey in 1965.
The Beatles musical career begins at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England
Bob Seger's musical career begins
The Temptations' musical career begins
Rock & Roll 1961
Quarter To Three - Gary U.S. Bonds
1961 was the second year that passed rock & roll over assuming it was a short lived fad. Except for Gary U.S. Bonds.
Rhythm & Blues 1961
Preservation Hall was founded as a historical venue for jazz
The most popular of the three Patsy Cline albums which included I Fall to Pieces, Crazy and Walkin' After Midnight.
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