December 1960: The end of National Service

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With The Beatles

Having all returned from Hamburg to Liverpool by 10 December 1960, The Beatles played a series of shows in the city throughout the month. The 27 December 1960 performance at Litherland Town Hall was a breakthrough – with over 1500 tickets sold – and cemented their name as Liverpool’s top live draw.
[Source and picture: beatlesbible.com]

The month’s UK Top Tens

1 December 1960:
1. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
2. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
3. Rocking Goose: Johnny and the Hurricanes
4. Goodness Gracious Me: Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
5. Man of Mystery/The Stranger: The Shadows
6. As Long as He Needs Me: Shirley Bassey
7. My Heart has a Mind of its Own: Connie Francis
8. Little Donkey: Nina and Frederick
9. Dreamin’: Johnny Burnette
10. Let’s Think about Living: Bob Luman

8 December 1960:
1. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
2. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
3. Little Donkey: Nina and Frederick
4. I Love You: Cliff Richard
5. Man of Mystery/The Stranger: The Shadows
6. Rocking Goose: Johnny and the Hurricanes
7. Goodness Gracious Me: Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
8. Strawberry Fair: Anthony Newley
9. As Long as He Needs Me: Shirley Bassey
10. My Heart has a Mind of its Own: Connie Francis

15 December 1960
1. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
2. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
3. Strawberry Fair: Anthony Newley
4. I Love You: Cliff Richard
5. Rocking Goose: Johnny and the Hurricanes
6. Goodness Gracious Me: Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
7. Man of Mystery/The Stranger: The Shadows
8. Poetry in Motion: Johnny Tillotson
9. Little Donkey: Nina and Frederick
10. Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop): Adam Faith

22 December 1960
1. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
2. I Love You: Cliff Richard
3. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
4. Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop): Adam Faith
5. Poetry in Motion: Johnny Tillotson
6. Little Donkey: Nina and Frederick
7. Strawberry Fair: Anthony Newley
8. Goodness Gracious Me: Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
9. Man of Mystery/The Stranger: The Shadows
10. Rocking Goose: Johnny and the Hurricanes

29 December 1960
1. I Love You: Cliff Richard
2. It’s Now or Never: Elvis Presley
3. Strawberry Fair: Anthony Newley
4. Little Donkey: Nina and Frederick
5. Save the Last Dance for Me: The Drifters
6. Poetry in Motion: Johnny Tillotson
7. Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop): Adam Faith
8. Rocking Goose: Johnny and the Hurricanes
9. Man of Mystery/The Stranger: The Shadows
10. My Heart has a Mind of its Own: Connie Francis

[Source: officialcharts.com]

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