1960 – Oscar Hammerstein II dies of stomach cancer at the age of 65.
1960 – Jackie Wilson hits #15 on pop and #1 on R&B with “A Woman, A Lover, A Friend”.
1960 – Shooting for Where the Boys Are, featuring teen idol Connie Francis (“Who’s Sorry Now”), begins in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
1960 – The Beatles begin their first Hamburg engagement at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany, playing the first of 48 nights at the Club. The owner, Bruno Koschmider, asked The Beatles to “Mach Shau”, or really put on a show, which led to the band screaming, shouting, and leaping about the stage […]
1960 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “It’s Now or Never,” Elvis Presley. The song sells more than 20 million copes worldwide, making it Presley’s biggest-selling single.
1960 – Pete Best becomes the drummer for the Silver Beetles. Former drummer Tommy Moore had to give up the stool after taking a job as a forklift driver.
1960 – According to today’s issue of Billboard, Decca recently dumped 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson’s “Tell Laura I Love Her.” Although the anguished ballad is a No. 7 hit in the U.S., the label decided the single was too tacky for English audiences.
1960 – Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” enters the top 40. Fueled by the dance craze, the song will later go to No. 1. A year later, it goes to No. 1 again, being the only record other than Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” to pull off that feat. Where Are They Now? candidate Checker goes on […]
1960 – Ike and Tina Turner make their top 40 debut with their single “A Fool in Love.”
1960 – RCA A&R executives Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore successfully persuade Mickey & Sylvia to reunite today in the hopes of following up their 1958 hit “Love Is Strange.” But the couple soon go their separate ways again.
1960 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Brian Hyland. The song is a true story inspired by songwriter Paul Vance’s two-year-old daughter.
1960 – Aretha Franklin makes her first secular recordings, including “Today I Sing the Blues.”