The first number one of the decade in America was the self penned song “El Paso” written and recorded by Marty Robbins.
Johnny Preston ( born John Preston Courville ) had the next number one hit in January in the U.S. with “Running Bear” written by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper). Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in an air crash in Iowa in February 1959. The song reached the top spot in the U.K. in March.
In May “Cathy’s Clown” written by Don & Phil Everly, The Everly Brothers had their biggest ever selling single which went to number one in both the U.S. and U.K. Charts.
Chubby Checker reached number one in September with the Hank Ballard composition “The Twist” which began the massive dance craze.
Brenda Lee (Little Miss Dynamite) had two number ones in 1960 with “I’m Sorry” which was originally going to be the “B” side and in October with “I Want to be Wanted”.
Elvis had his first hit record having left the army after completing his two year conscription with “Stuck on You” written by Aaron Shroeder & J. Leslie McFarland. Elvis also reached number one in the U.S. and the U.K. charts with “It’s Now or Never” which sold an estimated 20 million copies. In November he went to the top with “Are You Lonesome Tonight” written by Handman & Turk, this was the final chart topper of 1960 in the United States.
In February in the U.K. actor/singer songwriter Anthony Newley with his version of “Why” reached the number one spot, this was recorded earlier by Frankie Avalon and was the final number one in the U.S. of the 1950’s decade. Anthony Newley also hit the top in April with “Do You Mind” the song written by Lionel Bart.
In June Eddie Cochran who died in a car crash in April that year, had a posthumous number one with his self penned song “Three Steps to Heaven”.
In July Cliff Richard and the Shadows topped with the song composed by Bruce Welch & Peter Chester “Please Don’t Tease”, they also had the last number one of the year with “I Love You”. The Shadows had their first number one in August with “Apache”.
In September Ricky Valance hit the top spot in the U.K. with the record banned by the BBC “Tell Laura I Love Her” it was written by Jeff Barry & Ben Raleigh.