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Chart Starts

Henry Ayrton gets his binoculars out to spot a nest full of "twitching" hits by the likes of Marvin Rainwater and Lou Johnson. Plus memories of June 1961's hit parade.

Chart Starts: debut British hits by the likes of Gene Pitney, Bill Haley, and The Miracles – and they’re not always the records you'd expect.

Forgetting: Jackie DeShannon, The Kalin Twins, and Bobby Rydell will be some of the people battling with amnesia.

Bluebirds: as spotted by expert "twitchers" such as Marvin Rainwater and Lou Johnson.

Freddy Cannon, The Shirelles, Dee Clark and others will be found among a selection of New Record Releases of June 1961.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Gene Pitney

    (I Wanna) Love My Life Away

  • Little Richard

    Rip It Up

  • Bill Haley and His Comets

    Shake, Rattle And Roll

  • The Miracles

    Going To A Go-Go

  • Johnny Kidd and The Pirates

    Please Don't Touch

  • Pat Boone

    Ain't That A Shame

  • Fats Domino

    I'm In Love Again

  • The Four Pennies

    Do You Want Me To?

  • Chuck Jackson

    I Keep Forgettin'

  • Elvis Presley

    I Forgot To Remember To Forget

  • The Raindrops

    The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget

  • Jackie DeShannon

    You Won't Forget Me

  • Barbara Lewis

    Don't Forget About Me

  • Kalin Twins

    Forget Me Not

  • Eden Kane

    Forget Me Not

  • The Davis Sisters

    I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know

  • Bobby Rydell

    Forget Him

  • The Flee-Reckers

    Sunday Date

  • Arthur Alexander

    A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues

  • Ike Quebec

    That Old Black Magic

  • Ersel Hickey

    Bluebirds Over The Mountains

  • Marvin Rainwater

    Gonna Find Me A Bluebird

  • Johnnie Taylor

    Little Bluebird

  • Lou Johnson

    Kentucky Bluebird

  • Bobby Day

    The Bluebird, The Buzzard, And The Oriole

  • Nino & The Ebb Tides

    Those Oldies But Goodies

  • The Pips

    Every Beat Of My Heart

  • Dee Clark


  • The Shirelles

    Mama Said

  • Craig Douglas


  • Freddy Cannon

    Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It

  • Eddie Harris

    Listen Here