The 1961 R&B Hits Collection (4-CD)
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The 1961 R&B Hits Collection (4-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: February 8, 2019
  • Originally Released: 2019
  • Label: Acrobat

Description by OLDIES.com:

This continues the strand of R&B and country collections associated with Acrobat's highly popular "America's Greatest Hits" series, this one focusing on the top R&B records in the US Billboard charts during 1961. This great value 113-track 4-CD anthology includes, with the exception of certain records which are unavailable for inclusion due to copyright restrictions, just about every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Top 15 during that year. By this time, the R&B scene had evolved considerably as the rock 'n roll scene had matured and Tin Pan Alley had marketed its teen-oriented offshoots, and there was an exciting feel to the charts, with substantial crossover into the pop charts through artists like Ben E. King, Ray Charles, Brook Benton, The Miracles, Aretha Franklin and The Marvelettes. There was also a significant weight of other records from the increasingly powerful Motown, Tamla and other labels producing material which would have a significant influence on emerging talent across the pond in the UK, like The Beatles, who absorbed some of the songs in this anthology into their repertoire, sowing the seeds of the British invasion which was soon to transform the pop landscape once more. With the blurring of the boundaries between the genres, the more traditional blues and R&B artists whose music had helped lay the groundwork for rock found it harder to reach the top positions in the R&B chart, and the foundations of the soul boom of the late '60s and 70s was clearly in evidence in many of the hits included here.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler
  • 2.Last Date - Floyd Cramer
  • 3.Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra
  • 4.Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - Brook Benton
  • 5.A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & The Innocents
  • 6.North To Alaska - Johnny Horton
  • 7.Cry Cry Cry - Bobby Bland
  • 8.Shop Around - The Miracles
  • 9.Gonzo - James Booker
  • 10.Ruby - Ray Charles
  • 11.Trouble In Mind - Nina Simone
  • 12.Spoonful - Etta & Harvey
  • 13.I Idolize You - Ike & Tina Turner
  • 14.Stand By Me - Little Junior Parker
  • 15.I Count The Tears - The Drifters
  • 16.Happy Days - Marv Johnson
  • 17.Gee Whiz - The Innocents
  • 18.Close Together - Jimmy Reed
  • 19.Chills And Fever - Ronnie Love & His Orchestra
  • 20.Angel Baby - Rosie & The Originals
  • 21.Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
  • 22.Them That Got - Ray Charles & His Orchestra
  • 23.There's A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
  • 24.All In My Mind - Maxine Brown
  • 25.You Can Have Her - Roy Hamilton
  • 26.Won't Be Long - Aretha Franklin
  • 27.Bye Bye Baby - Mary Wells

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.The Tear Of The Year - Jackie Wilson
  • 2.What A Price - Fats Domino
  • 3.Calcutta - Lawrence Welk
  • 4.Pony Time - Chubby Checker
  • 5.At Last - Etta James
  • 6.Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
  • 7.Think Twice - Brook Benton
  • 8.I Pity The Fool - Bobby Bland
  • 9.Bewildered - James Brown
  • 10.Blue Moon - The Marcels
  • 11.For My Baby - Brook Benton
  • 12.The Watusi - The Vibrations
  • 13.Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
  • 14.One Mint Julep - Ray Charles
  • 15.Trust In Me - Etta James
  • 16.Mother-In-Law - The Ernie K-Doe
  • 17.Find Another Girl - Jerry Butler
  • 18.Apache - Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
  • 19.Please Tell Me Why - Jackie Wilson
  • 20.Ain't It Baby - The Miracles
  • 21.Some Kind Of Wonderful - The Drifters
  • 22.But I Do - Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
  • 23.A Hundred Pounds Of Clay - Gene McDaniels
  • 24.Runaway - Del Shannon
  • 25.Daddy's Home - Shep & The Limelites
  • 26.I'm A Fool To Care - Joe Barry
  • 27.Funny - Maxine Brown
  • 28.Driving Wheel - Junior Parker

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  • 2.Heart And Soul - The Cleftones
  • 3.Barbara Ann - The Regents
  • 4.Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
  • 5.Fool That I Am - Etta James
  • 6.I Don't Mind - James Brown
  • 7.I Feel So Bad - Elvis Presley
  • 8.Every Beat Of My Heart - The Pips
  • 9.You Always Hurt The One You Love - Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
  • 10.Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • 11.Raindrops - Dee Clark
  • 12.I've Got News For You - Ray Charles
  • 13.I'm Comin' On Back To You - Jackie Wilson
  • 14.The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
  • 15.Please Stay - The Drifters
  • 16.Quarter To Three - Gary U.S. Bonds
  • 17.Peace Of Mind - B. B. King
  • 18.I Like It Like That (Part I) - Chris Kenner
  • 19.That's What Girls Are Made For - The Spinners
  • 20.I'll Be There - Damita Joe
  • 21.Last Night - The Mar-Keys
  • 22.School Is Out - Gary U.S. Bonds
  • 23.Don't Cry No More - Bobby Bland
  • 24.I Don't Want To Take A Chance - Mary Wells
  • 25.No, No, No - The Chanters
  • 26.I'm A Telling You - Jerry Butler
  • 27.Music, Music, Music - The Sensations Featuring Yvonne
  • 28.My True Story - The Jive Five
  • 29.Let The Four Winds Blow - Fats Domino

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Amor - Ben E. King
  • 2.Baby, You're Right - James Brown
  • 3.I Love You Yes I Do - Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats
  • 4.It's Gonna Work Out Fine - Ike & Tina Turner
  • 5.Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed
  • 6.One Track Mind - Bobby Lewis
  • 7.Frankie And Johnny - Brook Benton
  • 8.Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
  • 9.Look In My Eyes - Chantels
  • 10.A Little Bit Of Soap - The Jarmels
  • 11.Don't Cry, Baby - Etta James
  • 12.I Really Love You - The Stereos
  • 13.Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
  • 14.Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
  • 15.Sweets For My Sweet - The Drifters
  • 16.Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
  • 17.Runaround Sue - Dion
  • 18.Operation Heartbreak - Aretha Franklin
  • 19.In The Dark - Little Junior Parker
  • 20.Tower Of Strength - Gene McDaniels
  • 21.Just Got To Know - Jimmy McCracklin
  • 22.Soothe Me - Sims Twins
  • 23.The Fly - Chubby Checker
  • 24.September In The Rain - Dinah Washington
  • 25.Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) - Solomon Burke
  • 26.Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues - The Miracles
  • 27.Turn On Your Love Light - Bobby Bland
  • 28.There's No Other (Like My Baby) - The Crystals
  • 29.Gypsy Woman - The Impressions
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