Global Charts
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Global Single Chart
60 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to February 18, 1961
compiled and provided by

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1 / 1
week 13
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
RCA - 8 weeks at No.1
2 / 3
week 6
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles
Scepter
4 / 4
week 5
Calcutta - Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra
Dot / London
3 / 2
week 10
Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra
Decca / Polydor
7 / 9
week 3
Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
RCA Victor
6 / 7
week 6
Rubber Ball - Bobby Vee
Liberty
8 / 8
week 3
Shop Around - Miracles
Tamla
5 / 5
week 9
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
United Artists
10 / -
week 2
Ramona - Blue Diamonds
London / Fontana
- / -
week 2
Angel Baby - Rosie & The Originals
Highland
 

"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was originally recorded several times in 1927, first by Charles Hart, with successful versions by Vaughn De Leath, Henry Burr, and the duet of Jerry Macy and John Ryan. In 1950 the Blue Barron Orchestra version reached the Top 20 in the United States. In April 1960, after Presley's two-year service in the U.S.Army, he recorded the song at the suggestion of manager Colonel Tom Parker; "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was Parker's wife, Marie Mott's, favorite song. Its release was delayed by RCA executives, who thought the song did not fit Presley's new (and publicized) style. Finally "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" jumps at no.1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Belgium, and Spain. Unforgettable is Presley's live-version of that song, called the "Laughing Version", from the midnight show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on August 26, 1969.

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