1960

WONDERFUL WORLD * SAM COOKE * HIS MASTER'S VOICE 754 * UK

Originally released in the US on Keen 2112, on April 14th 1964 Wonderful World was Sam Cooke's penultimate record for the independent Keen label before moving to RCA Victor. Although he is overlooked now by many record buyers Sam Cooke, along with Ray Charles, was at the time of this release one of the biggest names in the emerging black music scene in America that was changing from the R&B/Rock And Roll era into what was soon to become known as Soul. 

It is worth taking a look at all the records that made the top ten on Billboard's R&B charts for 1960, and, even though charts like this are highly suspect as to what R&B music fans were actually buying none the less it can be seen just how much uncertainty there is in the music, most likely from the people who compiled the charts. As can be seen below there were at least 23 records that, as good as they are, in my opinion have little or nothing at all to do with R&B. There is a further half-dozen that, while they can be classed as black music, are very much in the MOR mode. Compare that with the following year 1961 and there are only five in the definitely not R&B category, and a further couple in the MOR vein, while the vast majority of the 1961 top ten R&B were, and still are, very much top Soul / R&B records.

All the records that made the Top Ten R&B 1960. 

* at the beginning denotes a No. 1

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ALL I COULD DO WAS CRY * ETTA JAMES * ARGO

ALLEY-OOP * HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES * LUTE

AM I THE MAN * JACKIE WILSON * BRUNSWICK

AMONG MY SOUVENIRS * CONNIE FRANCIES * MGM

BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO * JIMMY REED * VEE JAY

* BABY YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES * BROOK BENTON AND DINAH WASHINGTON * MERCURY

BIG BOY PETE * OLYMPICS * ARVEE

BURNING BRIDGES * JACK SCOTT * TOP RANK

CATHYíS CLOWN * EVERLY BROTHERS * WARNER BROS

CHAIN GANG * SAM COOKE * VICTOR

CRY, CRY, CRY * BOBBY (BLUE) BLAND * DUKE

(DO THE) MASHED POTATOES *NAT KENDRICK * DADE

* DOGGIN AROUND * JACKIE WILSON * BRUNSWICK

DONíT BE CRUEL * BILL BLACKS COMBO * HI

DONíT DECEIVE ME * RUTH BROWN * ATLANTIC

DONíT GO TO STRANGERS * ETTA JONES * PRESTIGE

EASY LOVINí * WADE FLEMONS * VEE JAY

EVERYBODYíS SOMEBODYíS FOOL * MARINA ROUSH * TOPS

* FANNIE MAE * BUSTER BROWN * FIRE

FINGER POPPINí TIME * HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS * KING

FOOL IN LOVE * IKE & TINA TURNER * SUE

FOOLS RUSH IN * BROOK BENTON * MERCURY

GEORGIA ON MY MIND * RAY CHARLES * ABC PARAMOUNT

GONZO * JAMES BOOKER * PEACOCK

GOOD TIMINí * JIMMY JONES * CUB

HANDY MAN * JIMMY JONES * CUB

* HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART * JERRY BUTLER * VEE JAY

HEARTBREAK (ITíS HURTINí ME) * JON THOMAS * ABC PARAMOUNT

HOW ABOUT THAT * DEE CLARK * ABNER

I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME * MARV JOHNSON * UNITED ARTISTS

I WANT TO BE WANTED * BRENDA LEE * DECCA

I WANT TO KNOW * SUGAR PIE DE SANTO * CHECKER

IíM SORRY * BRENDA LEE * DECCA

IíVE GOT A RIGHT TO LOVE MY BABY * B. B. KING * KENT

IF I CANíT HAVE YOU * ETTA & HARVEY * CHESS

ITíS NOW OR NEVER * ELVIS PRESLEY * VICTOR

ITSY TEENIE WEENIE POLKA DOT BIIKNI * BRIAN HIGHLAND * LEADER

JUST A LITTLE BIT * ROSCOE GORDON * VEE JAY

KIDDIO * BROOK BENTON * MERCURY

LADY LUCK * LLOYD PRICE * ABC PARAMOUNT

LAST DATE * FLOYD CRAMER * VICTOR

LEAD ME ON * BOBBY BLAND * DUKE

* LETíS GO, LETíS GO, LETíS GO * HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS * KING

LONELY WINDS * DRIFTERS * ATLANTIC

MACK THE KNIFE * ELLA FITZGERALD * VERVE

MADISON TIME * RAY BRYANT * COLUMBIA

A MILLION TO ONE * JIMMY CHARLES * PROMO

MR. CUSTER * LARRY VERNE * ERA

MONEY * BARRETT STRONG * ANNA

MOUNTAIN OF LOVE * HAROLD DORMAN * RITA

MY DEAREST DARLING * ETTA JAMES * ARGO

MY GIRL JOSEPHINE * FATS DOMINO * IMPERIAL

NEW ORLEANS * GARY (U. S.) BONDS * LEGRAND

NIGHT * JACKIE WILSON * BRUNSWICK

OOH POO PAH DOO (PART II) * JESSIE HILL * MINIT

PARTING TIME * B. B. KING * KENT

QUESTION * LLOYD PRICE * ABC PARAMOUNT

* A ROCKINí GOOD WAY * DINAH WASHINGTON & BROOK BENTON * MERCURY

RUNNING BEAR * JOHNNY PRESTON * MERCURY

* SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME * DRIFTERS * ATLANTIC

* SHOP AROUND * MIRACLES * TAMLA

SIXTEEN * REASONS CONNIE STEVENS * WARNER BROS

SLEEP * LITTLE WILLIE JOHN * KING

STAY * MAURICE WILLIAMS * HERALD

STICKS & STONES * RAY CHARLES * ABC PARAMOUNT

STUCK ON YOU * ELVIS PRESLEY * VICTOR

SWEET SIXTEEN * B. B. KING * KENT

TA-TA * CLYDE McPHATTER * MERCURY

TEEN ANGEL * JULIE TENDER * PINK

THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE * PERCY FAITH * COLUMBIA

* THEREíS SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND * BOBBY MARCHAN * FIRE

THINK * JAMES BROWN * KING

* THIS BITTER EARTH * DINAH WASHINGTON * MERCURY

THIS MAGIC MOMENT * DRIFTERS * ATLANTIC

THREE NIGHTS A WEEK * FATS DOMINO * IMPERIAL

TODAY I SING THE BLUES * ARETHA FRANKLIN * COLUMBIA

THE TWIST * HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS * KING

THE TWIST * CHUBBY CHECKER * PARKWAY

VOLARE * BOBBY RYDELL * CAMEO

WALKING TO NEW ORLEANS * FATS DOMINO * IMPERIAL

WHAT IN THE WORLDS COME OVER YOU * JACK SCOTT * TOP RANK

* WHITE SILVER SANDS * BILL BLACKS COMBO * HI

WHY * FRANKIE AVALON * CHANCELLOR

WILD ONE * BOBBY RYDELL * CAMEO

* A WOMAN, A LOVER, A FRIEND * JACKIE WILSON * BRUNSWICK

WONDERFUL WORLD * SAM COOKE * KEEN

WONDERLAND BY NIGHT * BERT KAMPFRET * DECCA

WONíT CHA COME HOME * LLOYD PRICE * ABC PARAMOUNT

YOU TALK TO MUCH * JOE JONES * ROULETTE

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See also:

I Wish You Love Another Saturday Night Bring It On Home To Me A Change Is Gonna Come
Little Red Rooster Itís All Right Love Will Find A Way Chain Gang
Sad Mood I'll Come Running Back To You Sugar Dumpling Only Sixteen
Win Your Love For Me Little Things You Do You Send Me I'm Just A Country Boy

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