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Rock and Roll Tops – 1961

An exciting year which begins with the debut of Del Shannon’s hit “Runaway” and it soars up to number 1 on the Pop Charts. This is the song which also introduced the “musitron” which was an early kind of synthesizer.

Motown Records scores with their first number 1 pop hit with The MarvellettesPlease Mr. Postman

Time for what became known as “Frat Rock” with Gary U.S. Bonds hit “Quarter to Three

Soul music gains popularity with artists Sam Cooke, James Brown, Solomon Burke, 

and former Drifters lead singer Ben E. King’s hit “Stand By Me” which becomes a number one R&B record.

Elvis Presley stops performing live for the next eight years.

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