New Musical Express | December 1961

No. 777 1 December 1961  
n.a. More and More New Record Departments Cover the Country 2
Grey, Andy Presley Sings More in ‘Blue Hawaii’ than Ever Before 3
Hand, Albert My Mountain Meeting with Elvis Presley 3
Fordyce, Keith Reviews the Seasonal Singles 4
Evans, Allan LP’s:
Everly Bros., Both Sides of an Evening
Sammy Davis, Mr. Entertainment
Heusen-Cahn, Ring-A-Ding-Ding
Brenda Lee, Brenda Lee: All The Way Out
Maple Leaf Four, Smokey Mountain Jamboree
NME Music Charts Best Selling Pop Records in Britain:
1. Frankie Vaughan, “Tower of Strength”
2. Bobby Vee, “Take Good Care of My Baby”
3. Danny Williams, “Moon River”
4. Elvis Presley, “His Latest Flame”
5. Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John”
NME Music Charts Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain:
1. “Moon River” (Chapell)
2. “Socu-Socu” (Peter Maurice)
3. “When the Girl in Your Arms” (Leeds)
4. “Walkin’ Back Happiness” (Filmusic)
5. “Tower of Strength” (Chappell)
NME Music Charts Best Selling Pop Records in U.S.
1. Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John”
2. Dion, “Runaround Sue”
3. Marvelettes, “Please Mr. Postman”
4. James Darren, “Goodbye Cruel World”
5. Brenda Lee, “Fool No. 1”
n.a. Helen Shapiro Heads New Comers
Springfields Star in Conway’s Season Show
Two Month Tour
Seven for Paris Olympia and TV
Sharon Sheeley Here
Julie on ‘Jury’
Bobby Vee Here Next Month
‘Pick of the Pops’ On Different Night
Cliff to film in Yugoslavia
Adam Faith May Tour S. Africa
Xmas ‘Club’ Fare
‘Juke Box’ Fare
n.a. NME Poll Winner’s Supplement:
World Female Singer: Connie Francis
World Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
World Male Singer: Elvis Presley
World Vocal Group: Everly Brothers
British Vocal Personality: Adam Faith
British Vocal Groups: Springfields
Instrumental Personality: Bert Weedon
British Small Groups: Shadows
Best British Disc of the year: John Leyton’s “Johnny Remember Me”
British Large Band: Ted Heath
British Male Singer: Cliff Richard
Artist For Poll Concert: Billy Fury
Trad Jazz Band: Acker Bilk
British Female Singer: Helen Shapiro
New Disc or TV Singer: John Leyton
Disc Jockey: David Jacobs
Johnson, Derek Presley’s Year Again 8
n.a. Shadows Runaway Victory 9
n.a. Billy Fury says- “It’s Smashing” 9
n.a. 48 Top 5 Awards in the New Musical Express’ Poll 1961 10-12
n.a. Cliff Confesses- “My Prayer Was Answered” 12
n.a. “You’ve Made 1961 the Most Important Year of My Life”-Says Helen Shapiro 12
n.a. “Thanks For Remembering!” Says John Leyton 13
Goodwin, Keith Springfields Amazed By Victory 13
Hellicar, Mike Bilk Celebrates His Trad Win With Cider 13
n.a. Pat Boone here for film, TV next month 15
n.a. Bernard Delfont’s big 1962 disc-show plans 15
n.a. Everly Brothers Join U.S. Marines 15
n.a. Make Certain of Your NME All-Star Calendar
Williams in ‘Parade”
TV and radio Jazz Dates For Denver
Emile Ford Delayed
Six-Week Tour and Films for Leyton
Saxon Given Own Show
Monro On Crutches
‘West Side’ Film for Royal Show
Winters, Georgia A New Monthly Gossip Column buy Georgia Winters 16
Johnson, Derek Xmas Discs: Yule List 16
n.a. Singles:
Kingston Trio, “Coventry Carol / White Snows of Winter
Peggy Lee, “The Tree" / "I like a Sleigh ride”
Fred Warring Pennsylvanians, “Christmas Magic" / "Mistletoe”
Nina and Frederik, “Little Shepherd Boy" / "Christmas Time in London Town”
Ronnie Ronalde, “Little White Berry”
n.a. Extended-Play:
1. The Black and White Minstrels, Christmas with the Black and White Minstrels
2. Nina And Frederik, Christmas at Home with Nina and Frederick
3. Pinky and Perky, Christmas with Pinky and Perky
4. Bobby Darin, The 25th of December
5. Ray Conniff, Christmas with Conniff
n.a. Long-Plays
1. Joe Loss Orchestra, Party Dance Time, No. 2
2. Black and White Minstrel Show, No. 2
3. Peggy Lee, Christmas Carousel
4. Big Ben Banjo Band, Get Happy
5. Russ Conway, Happy Days
n.a. Frankie Vaughan Gets that Gay, Noll Felling 17
Williams, Chris New to the Charts 17
Johnson, Derek Nobody Says Derek Johnson is Unfair to Adam Anymore 18
n.a. Classifieds 19
n.a. Poll Win Changes Ted Heath's Mind 20
  Garrett Lee, February 2005  
No. 778 8 December 1961  
Johnson, Derek The Strange Story Behind Petula Clark’s New Hit 2
n/a Dave Brubeck Lifelines 2
Gray, Andy Cliff’s Film Is Best Teenage Romp Ever! 3
Rich, Jim Pat Boone Has a Big Hit in ‘Johnny Will’ 3
Evans, Allen LP’s:
Del Shannon, Runaway
Peggy Lee, Christmas Carousel
Bobby Darin, Love Swings
Fordyce, Keith Forecasts Another… Singles:
Jess Conrad, “Twist My Wrist”
Allan Bruce, “ Unchained Melody”
Neil Sedaka, “Don’t Lead Me On”
Marvelettes, “So Long Baby”
Frankie Avalon, “The Lonely Bit”
Gary (U.S.) Bonds, “Trip to the Moon”
Johnny Mathis, “My Kind of Christmas”
Tony Orlando, “Happy Times”
Sandy Nelson, “Quite a Beat”
NME Best Selling Pop Records in Britain:
1. Frankie Vaughan, “Tower of Strength”
2. Danny Williams, “Moon River”
3. Bobby Vee, “Take Good Care of My Baby”
4. Elvis Presley, “His Latest Flame”
5. Dave Brubeck, “Take Five”
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain:
1. “Moon River” (Chappell)
2. “Walkin’ Back to Happiness” (Filmusic)
3. “When the Girl in Your Arms” (Leeds)
4. “Sucu-Sucu” (Peter Maurice)
5. “Take Five” (Burlington)
n.a. Frankie Vaughan Goes to Buckingham Palace
Ball ‘Moscow’ Hit Released in States
New Ellington Girl With Philips
Only 17s. 6d. Seats Left!
Lonnie Back to ‘Lucky Stars’
Tony Meehan In New Decca A-And-R Team
U.S. Stars on AR-TV
Four Aces Back After Six Years For Ryan TV Show
Newly May Write John Leyton Film
Threat to 1962 ‘Pete’s Party’
Jacobs Will Compere ‘Song For Europe’
n.a. Kings, Cleo Lain Precede Queen’s Speech
Big Pop Line-up For Summer Show Season
Brenda Lee- Vincent Venues Revealed
Hi-los Back-With Ted Heath Band
Cliff and Shadows: ‘Young Ones’ Album
Bilk to Play TV Minstrel
Big ATV New Year’s Eve Charity Spectacle Set
Elvis: New Deal
‘Pick of Pops’ at Tea-time!
‘Trad Tavern’ Bands Booked
Goodwin, Keith Temperance Seven Confound Critics! 8
Nat Hentoff U.S. Airmail: Helen Heading for U.S. Hit? 8
Johnson, Derek Switch Brings Rose Luck 9
Williams, Chris New to the Charts: Jim’s in the Swim Again- on Discs! 9
n.a. Elvis Reads NME to Learn About Fans 9
Charlton, Bruce Jim Reeves Wins by Breaking the Rules 10
Goodwin, Keith Karl Denver Enjoys Facing His Fans 10
Evans, Allen EP’s:
Cliff Richard
Christmas with Conniff
Bobby Darin
Christmas with Minstrels
Billy Fury
n.a. Classifieds 11
The Alley Cat Tail-Pieces 12
  Garrett Lee, February 2005  
No. 779 15 December 1961  
n.a. They’re All Trying to Twist Us! 2
n.a. Jonah Ruddy Goes on the Hollywood film Set with Dion and Chubby Checker 2
Johnson, Derek G-Clefs’ Delayed Action 2
Evans, Allen EP’s:
Shirley (Bassey) No. 2
Gene Vincent
Peggy Lee, Latin A La Lee
Dinah Washington/Brook Benton
Benny Hill Hit Parade
Pat Boone
Ricky (Nelson) Sings Spirituals
Russ Conway
Alex Welsh
Edmundo Ros
Goodwin, Keith I Am Not Deserting Rock, Says Billy Fury 3
Wynn, James The Nelson Touch 3
Goodwin, Keith Acker’s Ancestry 3
Fordyce, Keith On Singles:
This Disc Could Add to Darin’s Fans!
Benny Hill, “Lonely Boy”, “The Piccolo Song”
Dickie Henderson, “You’re the Sugar in My Teacup”,
Happy Family Man.”
Joy and Drive, “Joe’s Ben a-Gittin’ There”, “They Tell Us Not to Love”
Doug Sheldon, “Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night”, “You’re the Only One Fooling Yourself”
Trevor Peacock, “Can I Walk You Home”, “I Didn’t Figure on Him (to Come Back)”
Ted Heath and His Music, “Tonight,” “Capuccina”
The Black Notes, “Dixieland Chopsticks”
Mimi Roman, “Johnny Will,” “Let It be Me”
Duane Eddy, “Avenger”
Gary Miller, “There Goes that Song Again,” “The Night Is Young”
Kari Lynn, “You’ve Got to See Mamma Every Night,” “Lonesome and Sorry”
Monty Babson, “It All Began with You,:” “Mama Darling”
Bryan Johnson, “Calling for You”
Lord Sutch, “Till the Following Night”
Evans, Allen LP’s
Connie Francis, Songs to a Swinging Band
Perry Como, Sing to ME, MR. C.
The Steve Lawrence Sound
Joe ‘Mr. Piano’ Henderson
El Senor Bing
Russ Conway, Happy Days
Linda Scott, Starlight Starbright
Hail Hail the Gang’s All Here
Johnny Gregory Orchestra, Sing the Old Favorites
NME Best Selling Pop Records in Britain:
1. Frankie Vaughan, “Tower of Strength”
2. Danny Williams, “Moon River”
3. Bobby Vee, “Take Good Care of My Baby”
4. Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the Shore”
5. Kenny Ball, “Midnight in Moscow”
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain:
1. “Moon River” (Chappell)
2. “Tower of Strength” (Chappell)
3. “Walkin’ Back to Happiness” (Filmusic)
4. “Little Donkey” (Chappell)
5. “Sucu-Sucu” (Peter Maurice)
n.a. Super 1962 NME Annual
Helen Shapiro Headlines London Palladium Variety
‘Saturday Club’ Line-up big January casts
‘Parade’ Reviews Hits
Elvis extract on AR
Hayley Mills For Boxing Day ‘Jury’
Kayes Join Cliff in ‘All Kinds of Music’
Acker’s BBC Xmas Party
Craig Douglas For Special ABC Show
Cinema Box Office Honour for Singers
‘Startime’ Back in the New Year
Welsh’s TV Dates
n.a. Chubby Checker Stars on Granada Showcase
Major Firms Enter ‘Song for Europe’
Bobby Vee Tour Date Announced
Cliff-Shadows Tour Adds Major London Booking
U.S. Releases for Williams, Stevens
Fury-Leyton Package Stars: Film for Billy Nearly Set
Temp. Seven BBC-TV Series: Dates Fixed
Big ‘Stars’ cast uncertainties
Cleo’s ITV Dates
Shirley Bassey: Surprise Move
Charlton, Bruce Russ Goes Back to ‘Old Type’ Conway 8
Williams, Chris Ricky Nelson Talks About Growing-up 8
Goodwin, Keith The Springfields Found Hit on Holiday 9
n.a. Oh, My Giddy Aunt, Exclaims Mrs. Mills 9
n.a. Nat Hentoff’s American Airmail U.S. Plans for Shirley 9
Johnson, Derek Each Shadow Has His Own Fans Now! 10
n.a. Life-lines of Dion 10
n.a. Classifieds 11
The Alley Cat Tail-Pieces 12
Pardoe, Rex Joan Regan Goes Back to Where She Started 12
  Garrett Lee, March 2005  
No. 782 22 December 1961  
Johnson, Derek Question Time with Frankie Vaughan 3
Charlton, Bruce Connie and Lionel Get a Disc-public’s ‘Kiss’ for Xmas! 3
Fordyce, Keith Singles Reviews:
Garry Mills, “Drunken Sailor”
Tony Williams, “My Prayer”
Danny Peppermint, “Peppermint Twist”
Jack Hammer, “Kissin’ Twist”
Bluebells, “Snow White and the Three Stooges”
Evans, Allen LP Reviews:
Bill Haley, Rock around the Clock
Karl Denver, Wimowe
Marty Robbins, Just a Little Sentimental
Ray Charles, Dedicated to You
Ben E. King, Spanish Harlem
n.a. Jimmy Darren Adds to Film Fame with Discs 4
NME Best Selling Pop Records in Britain:
1. Frankie Vaughan, “Tower of Strength,” (Phillips)
2. Danny Williams, “Moon River,” (HMV)
3. Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the Shore,” (Columbia)
4. Sandy Nelson, “Let There Be Drums,” (London)
5. Kenny Ball, “Midnight in Moscow,” Kenny Ball (Pye)
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain
1. “Moon River” (Chappell)
2. “Tower of Strength” (Chappell)
3. “Toy Balloons” (Jewel)
4. “When the Girl in Your Arms” (Leeds)
5. “My Friend the Sea” (Bron)
NME Best Selling Pop Records in US
1. The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
2. The Marvelettes, “Please Mr. Postman”
3. Bobby Vee, “Run to Him”
4. Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
5. Leroy Van Dyke, “Walk On By”
DECCA Top hits (ad) 5
EMI New pops (ad) 5
Hentoff, Nat Donegan In Big Spring Show- and US Caberet? 6
Johnson, Derek Charlie Drake a giant in glitter piano 6
n.a. News
Britons Ride High! [Cliff Richards]
They Praise NME All Star Annual!
Barber to Play ‘Millionaire’ Tour
Star Names ~ Star News [Andy Stewart, Sandra Dee, Lionel Bart]
London Release for Two ‘Twist’ Films
Checker’s ITV Show Date Set
New Show About Teenage Girl
David Jacobs Radio Disc Show Extended
Joan Regan for Talk of Town
Disc Session Seen on TV
Johnny Howard in Own Radio Series
Radio Manx to Serve Britain
Acker Bilk Fancy Waistcoat Stolen
Producer Dies [Moss Hart]
Ricky with Billy [Ricky Stevens]
Billy Fury to star in BBC-TV pop survey
Fog Held Up Kane
Fordyce D-J Series
Kelly in Bing Role
Cliff, Lonnie, and Alma For Special ATV Show
n.a. King Offered U.S. TV Series
Karl Denver Venues Named
Anglia Music Quiz
Big Star Line-up for ‘Easy Beat’
No ‘Blitz’ for Doug
Matt Monro Flies to US Next Week
Hi-Los Trip Off
Welsh ‘On Stars’
‘Frogman’ Henry to Make British Bow
Mudlarks Out of Xmas Show
Newley Role for Castle?
Shirley Bassey Re-Booked for New York Plaza Hotel
Who’s Where
1962 BBC Radio Plans- Clinton Ford Series
n.a. What Is the Mystery Behind Del Shannon? 8
Wynn, James Another Triumph for Judy! [Garland] 8
n.a. Duke Says Word ‘Jazz” Obsolete 8
Goodwin, Keith Sedaka Succeeds with Own Songs 9
Goodwin, Keith Jazz  [Miles Davis, Al Gray, John Coltrane] 9
Hentoff, Nat American Airmail [Elvis Creates Problem for Highway Patrol, Shirley wins new fans] 9
n.a. From You to Us [Letters] 9
Goodwin, Keith Santa Scared the Daylights from Shirley Bassey! 10
Gray, Andy Tommy Sands Talks 10
n.a. Life-lines of Ricky Stevens 10
n.a. Darin’s Hope 10
n.a. Classified Ads 11
Radio Luxembourg Full Program 11
The Alley Cat Tail-pieces [Great Happiness for Helen Shapiro!] 12
Williams, Chris ‘Toyland’ Boosts Sands 12
  Michael Levine, February 2005  
No. 781 29 December 1961  
Gray, Andy      Song-pic Story of ‘Blue Hawaii’ [Elvis Presley] 3
Hellicar, Mike Pat Boone’s Advice to Teenagers 3
Evans, Allen EP Reviews
Peter and Sophia, Bangers and Mash
Violins Victorious, Guns of Navarone
Polly Bergen, Do-Re-Mi
Victor Silvester, Lambeth Walk
Stanley Holloway, Brahn Boots
Fordyce, Keith Singles Reviewed
It Was a Great Year of Variety…and Billy Fury’s "Jealousy" Was the Phenomenon
Matt Monro, “Portrait of My Love”
Cleo Laine, “Answer to Me”
Billy Fury, “Jealousy”
Danny Williams, “Moon River”
Helen Shapiro, “Sucu Sucu”
Evans, Allen LP Reviews
New World Theatre Orchestra, Honeymoon in Manhattan
Percy Faith, Tara’s Theme
Pete Seeger, Pete Seeger Story Songs
Louis Armstrong, His Greatest Years
Luis Alberto, Del Parana, Trio Paraguayne, Canciones De Las Americas
n.a. U.S. Chart Points Winners Didn’t Make It Here 4
n.a. French Hit Discs Recorded Here! 4
n.a. Britons Helped Kennedy 4
EMI New Pops (ad) 5
DECCA Top Hits (ad) 5
NME Best Selling Pop Records in Britain:
1. Danny Williams, “Moon River”
2. Frankie Vaughan, “Tower of Strength”
3. Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the Shore”
4. Pat Boone, “Johnny Will”
5. Kenny Ball, “Midnight in Moscow”
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain:
1. “Exodus”
2. “Wooden Heart”
3. “Climb Every Mountain”
4. “Scottish Soldier”
5. “How Wonderful to Know”
NME Best Selling Pop Records in U.S.
1. The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
2. Bobby Vee, “Run to Him”
3. Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
4. James Darren, “Goodbye Cruel World”
5. Leroy Van Dyke, “Walk on By”
Wedge, Don Lonnie’s ‘Dustman’ Is Big Scene 6
Walsh, Peggy Steele Shines as Humpty 6
Jack, David Hilton is Hit as Hero 6
Gardner, Mark Hockridge Hissed to Success! 6
Sykes, Peter A Different Valentine [Dickie Valentine] 6
Andrew, John Shadows Make Big Impact 6
Sampson, Gordon David Whitfield’s Solos Acclaimed 6
n.a. Greatest-ever U.S. Star Invasion Here in 1962
With Russ Conway
Decca Changes
Temp. 7 Venues
Geoff Brook Ill: Bookings Upset
Back to ‘Pops’
New to ‘Oliver!’
n.a. Vee, Orlando, Henry Touring in February
Steele Stars in Palladium TV
6, 7
n.a. Shadows to Make History in Paris
Music in Boone’s British Film
Pop Stars Guest in Billy Fury’s First Film
Helen Shapiro, Nina and Frederik, Minstrels Get Summer Shows
Brennan and Wilde Discs—U.S. Release
Eddie Joins Ken
Bing’s Disc Tops 20-Million!
Karl at ‘Club’
N.Z. Booking for Sheila Buxton
John Joins Jacks
Checker, Dion in New Rock Film
To Scandinavia? [Emile Ford]
Monro Retro Surprise
Williams, Danny Thanks to Everyone for Making ‘Moon River’ No. 1 (ad) 7
Columbia Pictures “Twist Around the Clock” with Chubby Checker (ad) 8
Johnson, Derek Danny Williams Stars in Question-Time 9
Hentoff, Nat American Airmail [Sophie Tucker, Doris Day, Frankie Avalon] 9
Goodwin, Keith Trad Mad 1961! [Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball] 9
Hellicar, Mike   The Girl of 1961- Helen Shapiro 10
Goodwin, Keith It’s Not His Fault If You Get Too Much of Bobby Vee 10
n.a. Life-lines of Chubby Checker   10
n.a. Classified Ads 11
n.a. Radio Luxembourg Full Programmes 11
n.a. AFN Highlights 11
Alley Cat, The Tail-Pieces [Peter Gordeno, Cliff Richard, Jimmy Dean] 12
n.a. From You to Us 12
n.a. In January ‘Hit Parade,’ Cliff Richard Takes You on World Tour 12
  Michael Levine, February 2005  
  Initial December contents by Phil Jennings, March 1999  

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