The Year was 1960... the Month: March ---
Ah, spring.... 1960! Life was so simple... so sweet... so gentle! And so was rock n' roll music. The number one song was the instrumental by Percy Faith, "Theme from A Summer Place." It was number one for nine weeks and won the Grammy for the best song of 1960. (How do you suppose it would fare today?)
"He'll Have to Go," by Jim Reeves, a very tame "Wild One," by Bobby Rydell, "Handy Man," by Jimmy Jones, and "Baby You Got What it Takes," by Brook Benton and Dinah Washington, rounded out the top five in March 1960.
From nowhere to the top 10 was "Puppy Love," a new song by Paul Anka, who was still a teenager himself in March of 1960. Also new in the top 20 was "Sweet Nothin's," by Brenda Lee, and a song called "Beatnik Fly," by Johnny and the Hurricanes. Nope; I have no recollection of it whatsoever.
"Running Bear," by Johnny Preston, and "Let it be Me," by the Everly Brothers, were still in the top 20, too.
I was not yet a teenager in March of 1960. But my older sister had introduced me to the sweet and gentle sounds of rock n' roll music. It was more than puppy love. Since then, not all rock music has been sweet and gentle, but the sounds of March 1960 have stayed with me ever since. May they remain with me forever. That is perhaps the best part about being a boomer. We are so fortunate!
What were you doing... in March of 1960?
We have the lyrics to some of these songs, and 750 others, in the Lyrics section of our Music Room.
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|January, '60||February, '66||March, '73||April, '61||May, '64|
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|February, '57||March, '72|
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