1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

The following lists and examples show how popular music evolved during the 1960s. More artists began to write and sing their own songs and, of course, the style and content of popular music changed.

Having said that, notice the lack of Grammy awards for the new voices, the new perspectives, particularly of those who would go on to play at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. They are seldom seen on top lists and rarely recognized with a Grammy.

To view a list, click the green link and a new page will appear. An asterisk (*) next to a song writer indicates the performer wrote the song as well.

1960

List of 1960 #1 songs3 of 20 [15%] were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year and top selling single of the year. The Theme From A Summer Place Percy Faith

Grammy Song of the Year Theme From Exodus Ernest Gold, songwriter.

List of 1960 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart Bob Newhart

Billboard #1 album of 1960: Original Cast, The Sound of Music

1960 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1961

List of 1961 #1 songs4 of 22 (18%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Moon River Henry Mancini

Top selling single of 1961: Tossin' and Turnin'  by Bobby Lewis

List of 1961 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year Judy At Carnegie Hall Judy Garland

Billboard #1 album of 1961: Original Cast, Camelot

1961 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1962

List of 1962 #1 songs5 of 21 (24%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year I Left My Heart In San Francisco Tony Bennett

Grammy Song of the Year What Kind Of Fool Am I Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse, songwriters.

Top-selling single of  1962: Acker Bilk, Stranger on the Shore

List of 1962 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year  The First Family Vaughn Meader

Billboard #1 album of 1962: Soundtrack, West Side Story

1962 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1963

List of 1963 #1 songs1 of 21(4%) were written/co-written by the  artist.
Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Days Of Wine And Roses Henry Mancini

Top-selling single of 1963: Jimmy Gillmer and the Fireballs, Sugar Shack

List of 1963 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the  Year The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand

Billboard #1 album of 1963: Soundtrack, West Side Story

1963 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1964

List of 1964 #1 songs9 of 24 (37.5 %) were written/co-written by the artist
Grammy Record of the Year The Girl From Ipanema Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz

Grammy Song of the Year Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman, songwriter.

Top-selling single of 1964: The Beatles, I Want to Hold Your Hand

List of Billboard #1 albums 1964
Grammy  Album of the Year Getz/Gilberto João Gilberto & Stan Getz

Billboard #1 album of 1964:  Original Cast, Hello Dolly

1964 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1965

List of 1965 #1 songs9 of 27 (33.3 %) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year A Taste Of Honey Herb Alpert

Grammy Song of the Year The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From “The Sandpiper”) Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster, songwriters.

Top-selling single of 1965 (even though it never reached #1): Sam the Sham and the PharaohsWooly Bully

List of 1965 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year September Of My Years Frank Sinatra

Billboard #1 album of 1965: Soundtrack, Mary Poppins

1965 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1966

List of 1966 #1 songs10 of 26 (38%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra

Grammy Song of the Year Michelle John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Top-selling single of 1966: Barry Sadler, Balled of the Green Berets

List of 1966 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year A Man And His Music Frank Sinatra

Billboard #1 album of 1966: Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream and Other Delights.

1966 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1967

List of 1967 #1 songs8 of 19 (44%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Up, Up And Away 5th Dimension

Top-selling single of 1967: Lulu, To Sir With Love

List of 1967 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles
Billboard #1 album of 1967: The Monkees, More of the Monkees

1967 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1968

List of 1968 #1 songs8 of 16 (50%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year Mrs. Robinson Simon And Garfunkel

Grammy Song of the Year Little Green Apples Bobby Russell, songwriter.

Top-selling single of 1968: The Beatles, Hey Jude
List of 1968 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year By The Time I Get To Phoenix Glen Campbell

Billboard #1 album of 1968:  Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?

1968 other important albums

1960s #1 Singles #1 Albums

1969

List of 1969 #1 songs8 of 17 (47%) were written/co-written by the artist.
Grammy Record of the Year Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (the Flesh Failures) 5th Dimension

Grammy Song of the Year Games People Play Joe South

Top-selling single of 1969: The Archies, Sugar, Sugar

List of 1969 #1 albums
Grammy Album of the Year Blood, Sweat And Tears Blood, Sweat And Tears

Billboard #1 album of 1969: Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 

1969 other important albums

 

 

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September 26 Peace Love Activism

September 26 Peace Love Activism

Technological Milestone

September 26, 1908: the first production Ford Model T leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Mich. It was the first car ever manufactured on an assembly line, with interchangeable parts. The auto industry was to become a major U.S. employer, accounting for as many as one of every eight to 10 jobs in the country (see December 19, 1910)

Mother Earth magazine

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September 26, 1917: the U.S. Post Office directed Mother Earth, the magazine founded and edited by Emma Goldman, the famous anarchist and opponent of U.S. involvement in World War I, to show cause on this day why it should not be barred from the mails because of its opposition to the war. Goldman had already been arrested for opposing the draft, in violation of the Espionage Act, passed on June 15, 1917. The Post Office subsequently denied Mother Earth 2nd Class mailing privilege (a device that was widely used during World War I, and effectively denied use of the mails for publications), and Mother Earth suspended publication.

Goldman would be deported from the U.S. to the Soviet Union on the so-called “Red Ark” on December 21, 1919, along with 249 other alleged alien radicals. (see March 23, 1918)

BLACK HISTORY

School Desegregation
September 26, 1927: Gary, Indiana School Superintendent Dr. William A Wirt faced a dilemma in the 1910 - 20′s as the city’s black population greatly increased. The East Pulaski and Virginia Street School served the black population, but were segregated and in deplorable condition. The spillover caused nominal numbers of black students to receive education in predominately white schools throughout the city, but they were limited in which facilities they could use.

In the 1926 - 27 school year six black students had attended classes at Emerson High School. To help ameliorate the student overpopulation at Virginia Street School the district transferred 18 black students to Emerson in 1927.

White students outraged at the presence of more black students in their  took to the streets. On Monday, September 26 some 600 students walked out of class. Those who remained inside were heckled incessantly until they joined the throngs of protesters. As the demonstration gained momentum signs saying, “WE WON’T GO BACK UNTIL EMERSON IS WHITE. . . . NO NIGGERS FOR EMERSON. . . . EMERSON IS A WHITE MAN’S SCHOOL” taunted the black students. (see Sept 27)  
James H Meredith
September 26, 1962: the chief US Marshal and Mississippi Lieut. Governor scuffled repeatedly as State officials prevented the registration of Meredith for the third time. (see September 27, 1962)
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing
September 26, 1977: reported in the NYT: A 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman was indicted today on four counts of first-degree murder in the bombing of a Birmingham church 14 years ago that killed four young black girls attending Sunday school. Robert Chambliss of Birmingham was being held without bond in Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham. (see November 16)  
SOUTH AFRICA/APARTHEID
September 26, 1986: President Reagan vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act. The law would have imposed sanctions against South Africa and stated five preconditions for lifting the sanctions that would essentially end the system of apartheid. (see Sept 29)

Vietnam

Lt. Col. Peter Dewey
September 26, 1945, Vietnam: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. Army officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Vietnam and trying to help arrange negotiations between the Viet Minh and France, was unintentioanally shot and killed in Saigon by the Viet Minh.

                Dewey was the head of a seven-man team sent to Vietnam to search for missing American pilots and to gather information on the situation in the country after the surrender of the Japanese. Dewey is not listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. because the United States Department of Defense has ruled that the war officially started, from a U.S. perspective, on November 1, 1955, after the U.S. took over following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu. (Blog article)(see March 2, 1946)
Scranton Commission

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September 26, 1970:  the President's Commission on Campus Unrest (the Scranton Commission) appealed to President Nixon to lead Americans back from the brink of what it described as a chasm in society so dangerous that it threatened the survival of the nation. The Commission concluded that the shootings at Kent State were unjustified. The report said: Even if the guardsmen faced danger, it was not a danger that called for lethal force. The 61 shots by 28 guardsmen certainly cannot be justified. Apparently, no order to fire was given, and there was inadequate fire control discipline on Blanket Hill. The Kent State tragedy must mark the last time that, as a matter of course, loaded rifles are issued to guardsmen confronting student demonstrators. (see Sept 29)

Politics

September 26, 1960: Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participate in the first (of four) televised presidential election debates.

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September 26 Music et al

Connie Francis
September 26 – October 9, 1960: “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own” by Connie Francis #1 Billboard Hot 100

Kingston Trio
September 26 – October 30, 1960: the Kingston Trio’s String Along is their 3rd Billboard #1 album in 1960.
Bob Dylan

1961-09-26 Dylan opens

September 26, 1961: Dylan started as opening act for the Greenbriar Boys. He stayed two weeks. (see Sept 29)
Oh Pretty Woman
September 26 – October 16, 1964: “Oh Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money.

Brian Epstein
September 26, 1966: Brian Epstein,  hospitalized in a London clinic. The official given reason was that it was a check-up, although it later transpired that he had overdosed on prescribed drugs. Epstein had been suffering from depression and anxiety for some time, a condition exacerbated by his use of drugs - both prescribed and illegal. His anxiety had heightened following The Beatles decision to stop touring, which left Epstein with less involvement in their careers. Each member was undertaking individual projects in the late summer of 1966 and he had intended to join John Lennon in Spain on the set of How I Won The War. 

However, as a result of the hospitalization, he was forced to cancel his visit to Spain. Although Epstein is known to have made later suicide attempts, it is believed that this overdose was accidental. (see Oct 3)
Abbey Road
September 26, 1969: UK release of Abbey Road album. Though recorded after material for the Let It Be lp had already been recorded, it is released before Let It Be. (see Oct 1)
Walls and Bridges
September 26, 1974: US release of Walls and Bridges, the fifth album by John Lennon (released on 4 October in the UK)  Written, recorded and released during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono (June 1973–January 1975), the album captures Lennon in the midst of his "Lost Weekend". Walls and Bridges was an American Billboard number 1 album. (see Nov 16)

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ADA

1973 Rehabilitation Act
September 26, 1973: the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, passed by Congress and signed into law on this day, was an important milestone in federal programs for disabled persons. It replaced previous laws in 1954 and 1965. Section 504 of the law was particularly important, expanding the rights of persons with disabilities, greatly expanded grants to the states for vocational rehabilitation, and also expanding federal research and training related to persons with disabilities.

When the Department of Health, Education & Welfare (HEW) failed to issue regulations implementing Section 504, disability rights activists protested with a sit-in on April 5, 1977. HEW issued the regulations three weeks later.

The campaign for the rights of the disabled culminated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA served as the model for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was signed on March 30, 2007. The U.S. Senate has still not ratified the Convention, however, because of conservative opposition.
“Ugly Law”
In 1974, Chicago repealed last "Ugly Law" . These laws had allowed police to arrest and jail people with "apparent" disabilities for no reason other than being disfigured or demonstrating some type of disability. (see January 8, 1974)

LGBTQ

September 26, 1975: President Ford sent a letter to Oliver W Sipple expressing his "heartfelt appreciation" for the former marine's help during an attack on the President in San Francisco. (see Oliver Sipple)

Nuclear/Chemical News

September 26, 1983: in the early hours of the morning, the Soviet Union's early-warning systems detected an incoming missile strike from the United States. Computer readouts suggested several missiles had been launched. The protocol for the Soviet military would have been to retaliate with a nuclear attack of its own.

But duty officer Stanislav Petrov - whose job it was to register apparent enemy missile launches - decided not to report them to his superiors, and instead dismissed them as a false alarm.

This was a breach of his instructions, a dereliction of duty. The safe thing to do would have been to pass the responsibility on, to refer up. His decision may have saved the world. The detection was false. (see April 4, 1984)

Jack Kevorkian

September 26, 1992: Lois Hawes, 52, a Warren, Michigan, woman with lung and brain cancer, died from carbon monoxide poisoning at the home of Kevorkian's assistant Neal Nicol in Waterford Township, Michigan. (see Nov 23)

Sexual Abuse of Children

September 26, 1996:  the last Magdalene asylum, in Waterford, Ireland, closed. Magdalene asylums were institutions from the 18th to the late-20th centuries ostensibly for "fallen women", a term used to imply sexual promiscuity. The first asylum in Ireland opened in Dublin in 1765. In Belfast there was a Church of Ireland run Ulster Magdalene Asylum (founded in 1839) Initially the mission of the asylums was often to rehabilitate women back into society, but by the early 20th century the homes had become increasingly punitive and prison-like. In most of these asylums, the inmates were required to undertake hard physical labor, including laundry and needle work. They also endured a daily regime that included long periods of prayer and enforced silence. In Ireland, such asylums were known as Magdalene laundries. It has been estimated that up to 30,000 women passed through such laundries in Ireland. (see Magdalene for more) (see Dec 3, 1996)

Immigration History

September 26, 2011: Pastor Manuel Hernández was pulled over by an undercover detective in a rural area near Warrior, Alabama, and became the first person arrested under Alabama’s new anti-immigration law, just hours after a federal judge upheld the law’s key passages.

Pastor Hernández, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, worked at the Prayer Center for All Nations in Anniston, Alabama. When the detective asked to see his identification, Hernàndez provided his Mexican passport and Mexican Consular ID card, as well as a card issued by the American Association of Chaplains. The detective questioned the validity of these documents and accused Hernàndez of committing a felony by carrying the chaplain card because it had the state seal on it but was an unofficial form of identification.

Though the detective claimed to have pulled Pastor Hernández over for excessive speeding, he never issued a ticket. Hernández was arrested under suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant and spent several days in jail, where he felt discriminated against as a Latino. Hernández said officials refused to give him a Spanish language Bible and, thinking he could not speak English, said in his presence, “He is an illegal and should be treated as an illegal.” After a few days of incarceration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials released Pastor Hernández with orders to return to immigration court at a later date. (see June 15, 2012)

Occupy Wall Street

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September 26, 2012: the University of California agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by UC-Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an Occupy-style protest on campus last November. The settlement also calls for a personal written apology from UC-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi to each person hit with the spray. (see July 21, 2015)

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