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Golden Oldies Playlist for 1961

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Golden Oldies Music

The year was 1961. Mad Magazine called it the “upside-in” year because the numerals look the same when the they are rotated upside down. It began on a Sunday. To start off the year, President Dwight D. Eisnerhower (JFK was not inaugurated yet), severed diplomatic relations with Cuba. Then on January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. The Peace Corps was established.  The Twenty-third Amendment to the U.S. Constitute is ratified to allow citizens  Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.  Yuri Gagarin, the USSR cosmonaut, became the first human in space, as he obrited once around the earth. The Cold War escalated with the erection of the Berlin Wall. The Bag of Pigs Invasion of Cuba began and was defeated. The film West Side Story was released. Barbie, the fashion doll, had her boyfriend Ken introduced. On TV? There was Sing Along with Mitch, Mr. Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare,  and Car 54, Where are You?, to mention a few shows. For pop music? There was still some doo wop as well as solo artists. There wre The Dovells, The Marcels, The Capris, The Four Seasons, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Dion, Ben E King, and Connie Francis, as well as Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison. It was an interesting time, indeed.

Here are the selections on the Golden Oldies Playlist for 1961:

  1. Angel Baby by Rosie and the Originals
  2. Baby Blue by The Echoes
  3. Blue Moon by The Marcels
  4. Bristol Stomp by The Dovells
  5. Crying by Roy Orbison
  6. Daddy’s Home by Shep and the Limelites
  7. Dedicated to the One I Love by The Shirelles
  8. Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) by Carla Thomas
  9. I Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline
  10. I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star by Linda Scott
  11. The Mountain’s High by Dick and Dee Dee
  12. Pretty Little Angel Eyes by Curtis Lee
  13. Quarter to Three by Gary U.S. Bonds
  14. Runaround Sue by Dion
  15. Stand by Me by Ben E King
  16. Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee
  17. There’s a Moon Out Tonight by The Capris
  18. Travelin’ Man by Ricky Nelson
  19. Where the Boys Are by Connie Francis

For another Golden Oldies Playlist: “Golden Oldies Playlist for 1960.”

For More Golden Oldies Music                

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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  1. terry babcock says:

    like the program and songs listened on koma radio

  2. Susan Poff Wright says:

    1961 is the year I graduated, got engaged and married..couldn’t have the wonderful memories without the songs/music…must say I don’t remember the second song “Baby Blues”. Thank you, Jane Minogue, for playing our requests..week after week.

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