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In 1961 Elvis Presley’s album “Blue Hawaii” was on the Billboard Album Charts for seventy nine weeks and was at number one for twenty weeks.
In the U.S.A. Elvis had two number one singles “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “Surrender”. In the U.K. charts throughout 1961 Elvis had four number one’s :-
Wooden Heart - Are You Lonesome Tonight – Surrender - His Latest Flame.
Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” album was the first Country Music’s one million dollar seller.
Formed in 1961
Peter, Paul and Mary began performing.
The Undertakers formed in Merseyside.
Booker T & the M.G.s (Memphis Group).
The Big Three formed in Liverpool they were formerly the Casanovas.
The Spotnicks an instrumental group formed in Sweden.
Formed in 1961 with earlier names Kenny & the Cadets, Carl and the Passions, the Pendletones and finally the Beach Boys.
The Chambers Brothers began performing.
The Remo Quartet changed to The Remo Four.
The Valadiers were the first white group.signed to Motown.
Jett Powers changed his stage name to P.J. Proby.
Poets formed in Scotland.
The Crestas, The Jaguars and later The Applejacks.
Dave Dee and the Bostons later changed their name to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
The Casinyets changed their name to the Marvelettes and signed with Motown.
The Four Lovers changed their name to the Four Seasons.
Dean Ford and The Gaylords later changed their name to The Marmalade.
Freddie & the Dreamers.
Ben E King
Listen To Cliff
A Date With
The Everly Brothers
With the Miracles