New Musical Express | January 1961

No. 729 6 January 1961  
Derek Johnson Cliff Richard Beats out Adam Faith in NME Record Survey 2
NME Final Chart Places
1. Cliff Richard
2. Adam Faith
3. Elvis Presley
4. Everly Brothers
5. Anthony Newley
2
Keith Goodwin Spotlight on Famous Americans Mel Torme and Tony Bennet 3
Keith Fordyce Top-Class Instrumentals, Great Compositions 4
Keith Fordyce Duane Eddy vs. Russ Conway 4
Keith Fordyce New Releases: More Sundowners Hit the Music Trail
[Sundowners, Jack Pleis, Johnny Burnette, Felix Slatkin]
4
NME Top Singles
1. "Poetry in Motion," Johnny Tillotson
2. "Save the Last Dance for Me," The Drifters
3. "I Love You," Cliff Richard
4. "It's Now or Never," Elvis Presley
5. "Lonely Pup," Adam Faith
 5
NME Top-selling Sheet Music
1. "It's Now or Never" (Ricordi)
2. "Little Donkey" (Chappell's)
3. "Never on a Sunday" (United Artists)
4. "Save the Last Dance for Me" (Manor)
5. "Lonely Pup" (Mills)
 
n.a. Girl Singers Make ATV News (Shirley Bassey, Alma Cogan, Andrews Sisters)
E. R. Lewis Knighted [co-founder of Decca Records]
Conrad and Wynter Join Vincent in Granada Tour
6
n.a. Cliff Richard: Blackpool or Summer Film? 6, 7
n.a. Russ Conway’s LP Sales honored by EMI
Legrand Plus Vaughan Prepare English Version of Italian Hit
High Demand for Presley’s "Are you Lonesome Tonight"
7
n.a. Fourth Donegan ATV Series? 8
Mike Hellicar Rhet Stoller, Much More than "Three-chord Strummer" 8
Keith Goodwin The Four Freshmen Due in February 8
n.a. Sunshine to Form Own Band [Monty Sunshine] 9
Derek Johnson Harold Davidson Writes Hit for Marion Ryan 9
Derek Johnson Frank D’Rone Is Here to Stay 10
n.a. To the Forefront, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs 10
Goodwin, Keith The Four Freshmen [profile] 11
n.a. Marion Ryan [hit parade debut] 12
The Alley Cat Cats Whiskers for 1960 12
  Mollie Birney, March 2004  
     
No. 730 13 January 1961  
Keith Goodwin Sammy Samwell Dishes about All-Star Show in Florida [Ian Samwell, U.S. Tour, Burly Bill Black, Neil Sedaka] 2
Derek Johnson Jess Conrad picked for 1961 Stardom 3
n.a. Life Lines of Mr. Acker Bilk 3
Keith Fordyce Weekly Singles: The Viscounts, Heidi Bruhl, Ben E. King, Neil Sedaka, Doris Day, Janet Richmond and Bobby Vee 4
NME Best Selling Pop Records in Britian:
1. Johnny Tillotson, "Poetry in Motion"
2. Cliff Richard, "I Love You"
3. Drifters, "Save the Last Dance for Me"
4. Elvis Presley, "It’s Now or Never"
5. Ventures, "Perfidia"
5
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britian:
1. It’s Now or Never"
2. "Save the Last Dance for Me"
3. "Never on Sunday"
4. "Poetry in Motion"
5. "I Love You"
5
n.a. Adam Faith Stars in Palladium
Jimmy Savile, Radio Personality with Decca Group, Presents Gold Disc to Presley
Tommy Steele in March Spectacular
Larry Parnes' New "Rock 'n' Trad" Project
Mel Torme Keeps on Flying
6
n.a. Big Names on BBC-TV [Frankie Vaughn, Marion Ryan, Paul Anka, Perry Como] 6-7
n.a. Marty Wilde Makes Film in Africa Next Month 7
n.a. Bobby ‘Sway’ Rydell Writes about Star Alley 8
n.a. Meet the Manager: Evelyn Taylor 8
Keith Goodwin ‘Alaska’ Hit Keeps Memory of Johnny Horton Alive 9
Stever Sholes Elvis Presley's Latest Release 10
Derek Johnson Adam Faith Interview 10
  Mollie Birney, March 2004  
     
No. 732 20 January 1961  
Johnson, Derek Guy Michel & Frankie Laine 2
Goodwin, Keith An Eyeful of Ifield 2
Johnson, Derek It's a Lovely Day Today [Meet Doris Day] 3
Charlton, Bruce A Portrait of Matt Monro 3
Fordyce, Keith Review of the Singles
Jimmy Young, “Angels on My Shoulder”
Marty Wilde, “Rubber Ball”
Benda Lee, ”Lets Jump the Broomstick”
Terry Young, “Partners”
Josh Macrab, “Messing about on the River”
Jess Conrad, ”Mystery Girl”
Bert Weedon, “Ginchy”
Brian Hyland/Hank and David, “I Gotta Go”
Conway Twitty, “C’est Si Bon”
4
Evans, Allen LPs
Cyril Ornadel, Opening Night
David Terry, Joni Swings Sweet
Vera Lynn, Yours
 
NME Top 30 Charts
1. "Poetry in Motion," Johnny Tillotson;
2. "Are You Lonesome Tonight," Elvis Presly;
3. "I Love You," Cliff Richards;
4. "Save the Last Dance for Me," Drifters;
5. "Portrait of My Love," Matt Monroe
5
EMI EMI Hits (Advertising): "A Perfect Love," Frankie Avalon; "Ruby," Ray Charles; "You're Sixteen You're Beautiful," Bill Forbes; "Many Tears Ago," Connie Francis; "Blue on Blue," Michael Hill 5
Decca Decca Top Hits (Advertising): "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Mike Berry; "The Puppet Song," Huggie Green; "Happy Days," Marv Johnson; "Angel Baby," Rosie and the Originals; "Blue Tango," Bill Black's Combo; "Lovey Dovey," Buddy Knox 5
NME LPs of the Week:
Movin' on Broadway [Kay Starr]
Chris Barber in Copenhagen
All My Own Work [Jerry Lordan]
5
NME Top Sheet Music
1. “Poetry in Motion” (Morris)
2. “Portrait of My Love” (Kassner)
3. “It’s Now or Never” (Ricordi)
4. “I Love You” (Shadows)
5. “Save the Last Dance for Me” (Manor)
 
n.a. Shirley Bassey Palladium Variety Project
Regional TV Shows Sign Big Disc Names
Norrie Paramor Signs London Schoolgirl
Johnny and Rickey Battle for "Jimmy's Girl"
Steve Lawrence Covers Portrait of My Love
Emile Ford's Concert Bill
The Avons Guest with Billy Cotton
Donegan Signs New Pye Disc Contract
Reg Owen on the 'Payroll'!
Doris Day Records Denis King Tune
Radio Dates for Cliff Richard, Matt Monro and Gene Vincent
Petula Clark's World Wide Dates
Happy Birthday Jess Conrad
Cliff with Ted Heath
Vaughn's Plans for Blackpool
Vincent's New Dates
Wynter Joins Rock-Trad Show
Boby Rydell: Concerts, TV Planned Here
Dickie Valentie's 'Showtime Date'
6
n.a. Ray Charles Heads 1961 Jazz Invitation
Brenda Lee Dates Here Postponed
Jeff Mudd Back with the Mudlarks
John Barry in BBC-TV Play
Danny Kaye Here for British Film Deal [To Star in 'Oliver!'?]
Judy Garland's TV, Film Plans
Matt Monro Televies 'A Song for Europe'
Mr. Acker Bilk- 'Startime' TV
Big Screen Role for [Bobby] Darin?
All-Star Package Headed by [Bert] Weedon
Miki & Griff for Blackpool
Decca Replace 'Lonesome' Discs
South African Stage Plan for Richard, Wilde, Murray
Anthony Newley in 'Billy Liar' Film
More David Jacobs in BBC-TV Shows
Bye, Bye, Birdie' Opens in June?
Capitol Issue 'Road Show' LP
Sidney James on Decca
7
Goodwin, Keith Mel Torm'e Question Time 8
n.a. NME 1961 Super Annual Sale! 8
n.a. From You to Us 8
Hentoff, Nat American Airmail: Wrist Watch for Elvis- Diamond-Studded! 8
Johnson, Derek See the Stars Shine In "Pepe 9
Goodwin, Keith Screamin' Gene Vinvent Exploding Next Week! 9
n.a. Miki & Griff—Britain's Hillbilles 9
Goodwin, Keith Everly Brothers Make Screen Debut 10
Hellica, Mike Meet the Manager [Tito Burns] 10
n.a. 77 Strips Torn Off Edd Byrnes 10
n.a. Classified Adds 11
n.a. Nelson Riddle Captured by Johnny Mathis 12
n.a. Who's Where 12
Goodwin, Keith Jazz 12
Broughton, Don Shadows Triumph At Cliff Richards Concert 12
  Lee Assoulin, February 2005  
     
No. 733 27 January 1961  
Carlton, Bruce The Relationship of Adam Faith and Connie Francis 2
n.a. Life-lines of Johnny Tillotson 2
Johnson, Derek Elvis Presley in ‘Flaming Star’ 3
Fordyce, Keith Review of the Singles
David Macbeth: Hughie Green, “The Puppet Song”
Johnny Gregory, “Where the Hot Wind Blows”
Roy Young, “Plenty of Love”
Julian Scott, “My Steady Date”
Sylvia Sands, “Autumn Tears”
Nat ‘King’ Cole, “The World in My Arms”
Bill Black: Flee-Rekkers, “Blue Tango”
4
Evans, Allen LP’s
Jerry Lordan, All My Own Work
Billie Holliday, The Unforgettable Lady Day
Jack Marshall, Soundsville
George Lewis, Doctor Jazz
4
n.a. NME Top 30 Charts
1. "Are You Lonesome Tonight," Elvis Presly;
2. "Poetry in Motion," Johnny Tillotson;
3. "Portrait of My Love," Matt Monroe;
4. “Pepe,” Duane Eddie;
5. “I Love You,” Cliff Richards
5
n.a. LPs of the Week
The Edge of Shelly Berman
Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson
Music, Martinis, and Memories [Jackie Gleason]
5
n.a. Top Sheet Music
“Portrait of My Love” (Lennox)
“Are You Lonesome Tonight” (F.D. & H)
“Poetry in Motion” (Morris)
“It's Now or Never” (Ricordi)
“I Love You” (Shadows)
5
n.a. Cliff Richards selected for U.S. Palladium TV Show
Presley Presented with British "Gold Disc"
Galaxy of Stars in February "Hit Parade"
Checkmates’ Pye LP
Names in the News
Marty Wilde’s Group on HMV
Connie Francis Returning for March Appearances
Big U.S. Music Firm Opens Here
Kent Walton Back on 208
Jeannie Carson in "Finian’s Rainbow"
Alma Cogan Introduces the King Brothers
Horton Honored
Adam Faith’s Danish Debut
6
n.a. Frank Sanatra Launches New Record Label
The Shadows Overshadowed!
A Message From Elvis
Anne Sheldon’s Requests BBC TV SeriesPeggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Patti Page,Gorme & Lawrence in Cabaret Here
Marty Wilde for West End Show
Louis Armstrong’s Group: Another Visit Here?
New Craig Douglas ‘Club’ Booking
Ella Fitzgerald Guests in Jo Stafford TV Show Here
Ford Concerts
Conway, Faith in Wembley S.O.S. Charity Shows
Sammy Davis’ Return Visit Postponed
7
Goodwin, Keith Hat Tricks of Hits for Three Kings 8
Johnson, Derek Vee for Victory! 8
n.a. Brubeck Stars but British Boys Shine 8
Johnson, Derek Face to Face with Cyril Ornadel 9
Even, Allen EPs 9
n.a. Sammy Davis to Star in Darin Film? 9
Hentoff, Nat American Airmail 9
n.a. From Us to You 9
Goodwin, Keith Two ‘Grable-Bodied Sailors’ Hit the High C’s!
[Petula Clark & Anne Sheldon]
10
n.a. Meet the Manager: Dick Katz 10
n.a. Classified Adds 11
n.a. Superb Frankie Vaughan Shines on Palladium TV! 12
  Lee Assoulin, February 2005  
  Initial January 1961 contents by Michael Valinski March 1999  

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