1961 in music

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

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Specific genres

Events

Bands formed

Albums released

Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1961.

#ArtistTitleYearCountryChart Entries
1 Ben E King Stand By Me 1961 Flag of the United States.svg 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 Flag of the United States.svg 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 Flag of the United States.svg 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 Flag of the United States.svg 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 Flag of the United States.svg 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 record

Other notable songs

Classical music

Premieres

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ComposerCompositionDateLocationPerformers
Bennett, Richard Rodney Winter Music, for flute and piano1961-01-08 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Drawing Room of the Arts Council (Park Lane Group) W. Bennett, Bradshaw [5]
Britten, Benjamin Cello Sonata 1961-07-07 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Aldeburgh (Festival) Rostropovich, Britten [6]
Chávez, Carlos Soli II 1961-04-23 Flag of the United States.svg Washington, D.C., Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress (IA Festival)Philadelphia Wind Quintet [7]
Davidovsky, Mario Choreographic Suite for El payaso1961-04-29 Flag of the United States.svg Washington, D.C., Howard University (IA Festival) Mexico National SymphonyHerrera de la Fuente [8]
Musgrave, Thea Trio for flute, oboe, and piano1961-01-08 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Drawing Room of the Arts Council (Park Lane Group)Mabillon Trio [9]
Penderecki, Krzysztof Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima 1961-09-22 Flag of Poland.svg Warsaw (Autumn) Kraków PhilharmonicMarkowski 1 [10]
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 7 1961-02-10 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [11]
Poulenc, Francis Gloria 1961-01-20 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Addison / Chorus Pro Musica, Boston SymphonyMunch [12]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 4 1961-12-30 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow Moscow PhilharmonicKondrashin [13]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Originale , music theatre with Kontakte 1961-10-26 Flag of Germany.svg Cologne (Theater am Dom) Caspari, Tudor, Caskel, Kobayashi, Paik, Helms, Bauermeister, Sommer, Ramsbott, Koch, Knobelsdorff, et al. [14]

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

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Births

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Awards

Grammy Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

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References

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  2. Kynaston, David (2014). Modernity Britain: A Shake of the Dice, 1959–62. London: Bloomsbury. p. 345. ISBN   978-1-4088-4439-7.
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  6. White, Eric Walter (January 1, 1983). Benjamin Britten, His Life and Operas. University of California Press. ISBN   9780520048942 via Google Books.
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  8. Oxford University Press
  9. Anon., "Serial Technique of Young Composers", The Times, no. 54974 (Monday, 9 January 1961): 3.
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