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 January 16, 1960
compiled and provided by

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1 / 4
week 4
El Paso - Marty Robbins
Columbia / Fontana - 2 weeks at No.1
6 / 8
week 4
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans - Freddy Cannon
Swan
2 / 1
week 5
Why - Frankie Avalon
Chancellor
5 / 5
week 8
Oh! Carol - Neil Sedaka
RCA Victor
4 / 2
week 17
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Atco / London
7 / 6
week 4
Among My Souvenirs - Connie Francis
MGM
3 / 3
week 9
Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell
Philips / Columbia
9 / -
week 2
Running Bear - Johnny Preston
Mercury
8 / 7
week 4
The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher
Signet
- / 9
week 2
It's Time To Cry - Paul Anka
ABC-Paramount / Columbia
 

"El Paso" is a country and western ballad and was released on October 26, 1959. It's widely considered a genre classic for its gripping narrative which ends in the death of its protagonist, its shift from past to present tense, haunting harmonies by vocalist Bobby Sykes and Jim Glaser and the eloquent and varied Spanish guitar accompaniment by Grady Martin that lends the recording a distinctive Tex-Mex feel. The name of the character Felina was based upon a schoolmate of Robbins in the fifth grade; Fidelina Martinez. "El Paso" topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and went to no.19 in United Kingdom, respectively no.38 in Germany. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961.

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