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 September 23, 1961
compiled and provided by

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week 6
Michael - Highwaymen
United Artists - 3 weeks at No.1
3 / 7
week 3
Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
Liberty
2 / 2
week 15
Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson
London / Imperial
4 / 8
week 3
My True Story - Jive Five
Beltone
new.JPG (991 bytes) Crying - Roy Orbison
Monument
new.JPG (991 bytes) (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley
RCA
10 / -
week 2
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor - Lonnie Donegan
Dot
5 / -
week 2
Hurt - Timi Yuro
Liberty
7 / 3
week 6
Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell
Smash
8 / -
week 2
Little Sister - Elvis Presley
RCA
 

"Michael" (also called "Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore") is an African-American spiritual first noted during the American Civil War at St. Helena Island, one of the Sea Islands of South Carolina. It was sung by former slaves whose owners had abandoned the island before the Union navy arrived to enforce a blockade. The song was first published in 1867 in the book "Slave Songs of the United States". Folk musician and educator Tony Saletan rediscovered it in 1954 in a library copy of that book. The most successful recording of that spiritual was released in September 1960 by the folk group Highwaymen, and reached the no.1 position one year later in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Norway, furthermore no.3 in the Netherlands and no.4 in Germany.

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