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Global Single Chart
60 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to January 7, 1961
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week 7
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
RCA - 2 weeks at No.1
2 / 1
week 23
It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
RCA
3 / 6
week 4
Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra
Decca / Polydor
4 / 3
week 7
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
RCA
7 / 5
week 13
Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
Atlantic
9 / 8
week 9
Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson
Cadence
8 / 9
week 3
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
United Artists
6 / 10
week 6
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & The Innocents
Indigo
10 / 7
week 5
North To Alaska - Johnny Horton
Columbia
5 / 4
week 6
Seemann (Deine Heimat Ist Das Meer) - Lolita
Kapp / Polydor
 

"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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