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7 Jan 1961 Are You Lonesome Tonight?
(Elvis Presley)
I Love You
(Cliff Richard)
14 Jan 1961 Wonderland by Night
(Bert Kampfert)
Poetry in Motion
(Johnny Tillotson)
21 Jan 1961 Wonderland by Night
(Bert Kampfert)
Poetry in Motion
(Johnny Tillotson)
28 Jan 1961 Wonderland by Night
(Bert Kampfert)
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
(Elvis Presley)
4 Feb 1961 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
(Shirelles)
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
(Elvis Presley)
11 Feb 1961 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
(Shirelles)
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
(Elvis Presley)
18 Feb 1961 Calcutta
(Lawrence Welk)
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
(Elvis Presley)
25 Feb 1961 Calcutta
(Lawrence Welk)
Sailor
(Petula Clark)
4 Mar 1961 Pony Time
(Chubby Checker)
Walk Right Back
(Everly Brothers)
11 Mar 1961 Pony Time
(Chubby Checker)
Walk Right Back
(Everly Brothers)
18 Mar 1961 Pony Time
(Chubby Checker)
Walk Right Back
(Everly Brothers)
25 Mar 1961 Surrender
(Elvis Presley)
Wooden Heart
(Elvis Presley)
1 Apr 1961 Surrender
(Elvis Presley)
Wooden Heart
(Elvis Presley)
8 Apr 1961 Blue Moon
(Marcels)
Wooden Heart
(Elvis Presley)
15 Apr 1961 Blue Moon
(Marcels)
Wooden Heart
(Elvis Presley)
22 Apr 1961 Blue Moon
(Marcels)
Wooden Heart
(Elvis Presley)
29 Apr 1961 Runaway
(Del Shannon)
Wooden Heart
(Elvis Presley)
6 May 1961 Runaway
(Del Shannon)
Blue Moon
(Marcels)
13 May 1961 Runaway
(Del Shannon)
Blue Moon
(Marcels)
20 May 1961 Runaway
(Del Shannon)
On the Rebound
(Floyd Cramer)
27 May 1961 Mother-in-Law
(Ernie K Doe)
You're Driving Me Crazy
(Temperance Seven)
3 June 1961 Travellin' Man
(Ricky Nelson)
Surrender
(Elvis Presley)
10 June 1961 Running Scared
(Roy Orbison)
Surrender
(Elvis Presley)
17 June 1961 Travellin' Man
(Ricky Nelson)
Surrender
(Elvis Presley)
24 June 1961 Moody River
(Pat Boone)
Surrender
(Elvis Presley)
1 July 1961 Quarter to Three
(Gary "US" Bonds)
Runaway
(Del Shannon)
8 July 1961 Quarter to Three
(Gary "US" Bonds)
Runaway
(Del Shannon)
15 July 1961 Tossin' & Turnin'
(Bobby Lewis)
Runaway
(Del Shannon)
22 July 1961 Tossin' & Turnin'
(Bobby Lewis)
Temptation
(Everly Brothers)
29 July 1961 Tossin' & Turnin'
(Bobby Lewis)
Temptation
(Everly Brothers)
5 Aug 1961 Tossin' & Turnin'
(Bobby Lewis)
Well I Ask You
(Eden Kane)
12 Aug 1961 Tossin' & Turnin'
(Bobby Lewis)
You Don't Know
(Helen Shapiro)
19 Aug 1961 Tossin' & Turnin'
(Bobby Lewis)
You Don't Know
(Helen Shapiro)
26 Aug 1961 Tossin' & Turnin'
(Bobby Lewis)
You Don't Know
(Helen Shapiro)
2 Sept 1961 Wooden Heart
(Joe Dowell)
Johnny, Remember Me
(Johnny Leyton)
9 Sept 1961 Michael (row the boat ashore)
(Highwaymen)
Johnny, Remember Me
(Johnny Leyton)
16 Sept 1961 Michael (row the boat ashore)
(Highwaymen)
Johnny, Remember Me
(Johnny Leyton)
23 Sept 1961 Take Good Care of My baby
(Bobby Vee)
Reach for the Stars/
Climb Every Mountain

(Shirley Bassey)
30 Sept 1961 Take Good Care of My baby
(Bobby Vee)
Johnny, Remember Me
(Johnny Leyton)
7 Oct 1961 Take Good Care of My baby
(Bobby Vee)
Kontiki
(Shadows)
14 Oct 1961 Hit the Road jack
(Ray Charles)
Michael (row the boat ashore
(Highwaymen)
21 Oct 1961 Hit the Road jack
(Ray Charles)
Walkin' Back to Happiness
(Helen Shapiro)
28 Oct 1961 Runaround Sue
(Dion)
Walkin' Back to Happiness
(Helen Shapiro)
4 Nov 1961 Runaround Sue
(Dion)
Walkin' Back to Happiness
(Helen Shapiro)
11 Nov 1961 Big Bad John
(Jimmy Dean)
Little Sister /
His Latest Flame

(Elvis Presley)
18 Nov 1961 Big Bad John
(Jimmy Dean)
Little Sister /
His Latest Flame

(Elvis Presley)
25 Nov 1961 Big Bad John
(Jimmy Dean)
Little Sister /
His Latest Flame

(Elvis Presley)
2 Dec 1961 Big Bad John
(Jimmy Dean)
Little Sister /
His Latest Flame

(Elvis Presley)
9 Dec 1961 Big Bad John
(Jimmy Dean)
Tower of Strength
(Frankie Vaughan)
16 Dec 1961 Please Mr Postman
(The Marvelettes)
Tower of Strength
(Frankie Vaughan)
23 Dec 1961 The Lion Sleeps Tonight
(Tokens)
Tower of Strength
(Frankie Vaughan)
30 Dec 1961 The Lion Sleeps Tonight
(Tokens)
Moon River
(Danny Williams)
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