AMERICAN HEARTBEAT 1960: Ray Charles, Everly Brothers, Dion, Ben E.King, Jim Reeves, Drifters and More (2 CDS)

AMERICAN HEARTBEAT 1960: Ray Charles, Everly Brothers, Dion, Ben E.King, Jim Reeves, Drifters and More (2 CDS)

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‘The world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do… The problems are not all solved and the battles are not all won. We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier – the frontier of the Sixties. A frontier of unknown opportunities and perils – a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.’ The words came from President John F. Kennedy, whose election as President of the United States in November 1960 promised a brave new world. It seemed the era of grey postwar austerity, in which rock’n’roll had shone like a beacon, would be transformed. The teenager, invented in the Fifties, could look forward to a brighter future. As Neil Sedaka, Dion, Chubby Checker, Bobby Ridell and the Drifters – all artists included here – starred in the Brooklyn’s Theatre’s Christmas Rock ‘n’ Roll Show, John F. Kennedy contemplated his forthcoming inauguration. An eventful decade was just beginning…



1. Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers
2. Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
3. Only The Lonely – Roy Orbison
4. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
5. True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
6. Chain Gang – Sam Cooke
7. Where Or When – Dion & The Belmonts
8. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own -Connie Francis
9. Step By Step – The Crests
10. It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley
11. I Wanna Love My Life Away – Gene Pitney
12. Because They’re Young – Duane Eddy
13. You Talk Too Much – Joe Jones
14. You’re Sixteen – Johnny Burnette
15. New Orleans – Gary US Bonds
16. Volare – Bobby Rydell
17. Night – Jackie Wilson
18. Good Timin’- Jimmy Jones
19. Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith
20. Stay – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
21. Mule Skinner Blues – The Fendermen
22. Mr Custer – Larry Verne
23. Puppy Love – Paul Anka
24. Harbor Lights – The Platters
25. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) – Carla Thomas


1. Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
2. Alley Oop – The Hollywood Argyles
3. Calendar Girl – Neil Sedaka
4. Let The Little Girl Dance – Billy Bland
5. Lonely Teenager – Dion
6. The Twist – Chubby Checker
7. When Will I Be Loved – The Everly Brothers
8. (I Don’t Know Why) But I Do – Clarence “Frogman” Henry
9. Teen Angel – Mark Dinning
10. What In The World’s Come Over You – Jack Scott
11. Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson
12. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley
13. Wonderland By Night – Bert Kaempfert
14. Once In A While – The Chimes
15. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
16. Sixteen Reasons – Connie Stevens
17. Walk Don’t Run – The Ventures
18. He’ll Have To Go – Jim Reeves
19. A Thousand Stars – Kathy Young & The Innocents
20. Exodus – Ferrante & Teicher
21. Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
22. A Million To One – Jimmy Charles
23. I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee
24. Sink the Bismark – Johnny Horton
25. Last Date – Floyd Cramer