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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1961.

List of years in music (table)

Contents

Specific locationsEdit

Specific genresEdit

EventsEdit

Bands formedEdit

Albums releasedEdit

Biggest hit singlesEdit

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1961.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Ben E King Stand By Me 1961   UK 1 – Feb 1987, Ireland 1 – Feb 1987, DDD 1 of 1961, RYM 2 of 1961, Switzerland 3 – Mar 1987, US BB 4 – May 1961, Germany 4 – Mar 1987, US BB 7 of 1961, Netherlands 7 – Mar 1987, POP 7 of 1961, Norway 9 – Apr 1987, Scrobulate 14 of soul, Canada 16 – May 1961, Austria 17 – Apr 1987, RIAA 25, US CashBox 43 of 1961, Acclaimed 53, 95 in 2FM list, Italy 96 of 1962, Rolling Stone 121, Germany 235 of the 1980s, Party 269 of 1999, WXPN 746
2 Del Shannon Runaway 1961   UK 1 – Apr 1961, US BB 1 – Mar 1961, Canada 1 – Mar 1961, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Oct 1960, RYM 1 of 1961, Norway 4 – Jun 1961, DDD 7 of 1961, US CashBox 9 of 1961, Australia Goset 12 – Oct 1967, Australia 15 of 1961, US BB 5 of 1961, POP 17 of 1961, South Africa 18 of 1961, Acclaimed 66, Scrobulate 96 of oldies, Rolling Stone 466
3 Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 1961   UK 2 – Dec 1961, Canada 2 – Jul 1961, Norway 2 – Feb 1962, US BB 3 of 1961, Netherlands 3 – Jan 1976, POP 3 of 1961, South Africa 6 of 1962, US BB 8 – Jul 1961, Sweden (alt) 10 – Feb 1976, Austria 11 – Apr 1976, Germany 12 – Mar 1962, RYM 16 of 1961, Italy 17 of 1962, Party 23 of 1999, US CashBox 62 of 1961, DDD 67 of 1961, Scrobulate 95 of oldies, Germany 396 of the 1960s
4 Elvis Presley Surrender 1961   UK 1 – May 1961, US BB 1 – Feb 1961, Canada 1 – Mar 1961, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1960, Norway 2 – Apr 1961, Germany 6 – May 1961, South Africa 10 of 1961, US CashBox 32 of 1961, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1961, RYM 33 of 1961
5 The Marcels Blue Moon 1961   UK 1 – Apr 1961, US BB 1 – Mar 1961, Canada 1 – Mar 1961, Norway 4 – May 1961, US CashBox 11 of 1961, South Africa 11 of 1961, Germany 13 – Jun 1961, US BB 14 of 1961, DDD 14 of 1961, POP 14 of 1961, RYM 26 of 1961, Acclaimed 1034

Top hits on recordEdit

Published popular musicEdit

Other notable songsEdit

Classical musicEdit

PremieresEdit

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Britten, Benjamin Cello Sonata 1961-07-07   Aldeburgh (Festival) Rostropovich, Britten [5]
Chávez, Carlos Soli II 1961-04-23   Washington, D.C., Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress (IA Festival) Philadelphia Wind Quintet[6]
Davidovsky, Mario Choreographic Suite for El payaso 1961-04-29   Washington, D.C., Howard University (IA Festival) Mexico National SymphonyHerrera de la Fuente[7]
Penderecki, Krzysztof Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima 1961-09-22   Warsaw (Autumn) Kraków PhilharmonicMarkowski 1 [8]
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 7 1961-02-10   Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [9]
Poulenc, Francis Gloria 1961-01-20   Boston Addison / Chorus Pro Musica, Boston SymphonyMunch [10]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 4 1961-12-30   Moscow Moscow PhilharmonicKondrashin [11]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Originale, music theatre with Kontakte 1961-10-26   Cologne (Theater am Dom) Caspari, Tudor, Caskel, Kobayashi, Paik, Helms, Bauermeister, Sommer, Ramsbott, Koch, Knobelsdorff, et al.[12]

1 The Threnody was first performed in May 1961 by the Polish Radio Symphony conducted by Jan Krenz for a radio recording.

CompositionsEdit

OperaEdit

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Musical theaterEdit

Musical filmsEdit

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

AwardsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Eurovision Song ContestEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Benjamin, Philip (May 2, 1961). "'All Way Home' Pulitzer Play; Novel Is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'". The New York Times. pp. 1, 40. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Kynaston, David (2014). Modernity Britain: A Shake of the Dice, 1959–62. London: Bloomsbury. p. 345. ISBN 978-1-4088-4439-7.
  3. ^ "Live: Palais Ballroom, Aldershot". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Haydn, Joseph (2007). Konzert in C für Violoncello und Orchester. Clément, Roger (trans.). Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag. pp. V–VI. ISMN M-006-20254-6.
  5. ^ White, Eric Walter (January 1, 1983). "Benjamin Britten, His Life and Operas". University of California Press – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Carlos Chávez, untitled liner notes to Chávez Conducted by Carlos Chávez: Soli I, Soli II, Soli IV, LP recording. Odyssey Y31534 (New York: Columbia Records, 1972).
  7. ^ Oxford University Press
  8. ^ Sarahwallinhuff.com
  9. ^ "New Music Box" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 31, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Choeur Proclassica Archived August 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Fay, Laurel E. (January 1, 2000). "Shostakovich: A Life". Oxford University Press – via Google Books.
  12. ^ Michael Kurtz, Stockhausen: A Biography, translated by Richard Toop (London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992): 116, 252. ISBN 0-571-14323-7 (cloth); ISBN 978-0-571-17146-0 (pbk).
  13. ^ Onno van Rijen's Levitin Page.
  14. ^ "Classical Composers Database: William James Mathias". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  15. ^ "Classical Composers Database:Alan Rawsthorne". Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  16. ^ Notes to Recording of Third String Quartet on cpo.