June 1961: First four Richard Gordon ‘Doctor’ books published by Penguin

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We’re jumping forward a little here because although these four books were published in paperback in June 1961, I didn’t get hold of a copy of the first, Doctor in the House, until late August or early September. We were on holiday in Polzeath, where there was a small bookshop near to the corner of the beach. I distinctly remember going inside and spotting a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover on the shelf. I was of course too nervous to pick this up, let alone buy it, but I did buy a copy of the Richard Gordon novel. 

More to follow.

With The Beatles

The Beatles spent the entire month of June playing a residency at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, and played 30 gigs in total, one gig every day. They also recorded a series of singles, some with Tony Sheridan on vocals and others on their own. The sessions took place on 22 June, 23 June and 24 June.

The month’s UK Top Tens

1 June 1961
1. Surrender: Elvis Presley
2. Runaway: Del Shannon
3. Frightened City: The Shadows
4. More Than I Can/Staying In: Bobby Vee
5. Blue Moon: The Marcels
6. On The Rebound: Floyd Cramer
7. Don’t Treat Me Like a Child: Helen Shapiro
8. You’ll Never Know: Shirley Bassey
9. You’re Driving Me Crazy: Temperance Seven
10. What’d I Say: Jerry Lee Lewis

8 June 1961
1. Surrender: Elvis Presley
2. Runaway: Del Shannon
3. Frightened City: The Shadows
4. More Than I Can/Staying In: Bobby Vee
5. But I Do: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
6. Don’t Treat Me Like a Child: Helen Shapiro
7. On The Rebound: Floyd Cramer
8. You’ll Never Know: Shirley Bassey
9. Blue Moon: The Marcels
10. What’d I Say: Jerry Lee Lewis

15 June 1961
1. Surrender: Elvis Presley
2. Runaway: Del Shannon
3. Frightened City: The Shadows
4. More Than I Can/Staying In: Bobby Vee
5. But I Do: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
6. You’ll Never Know: Shirley Bassey
7. Don’t Treat Me Like a Child: Helen Shapiro
8. Have A Drink On Me: Lonnie Donegan
9. Halfway To Paradise: Billy Fury
10. I’ve Told Every Little Star: Linda Scott

22 June 1961
1. Surrender: Elvis Presley
2. Runaway: Del Shannon
3. But I Do: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
4. Hello Mary Lou/Travelin’ Man: Ricky Nelson
5. Halfway To Paradise: Billy Fury
6. Frightened City: The Shadows
7. I’ve Told Every Little Star: Linda Scott
8. You’ll Never Know: Shirley Bassey
9. Little Devil: Neil Sedaka
10: Pasadena: Temperance Seven

29 June 1961
1. Runaway: Del Shannon
2. Surrender: Elvis Presley
3. Hello Mary Lou/Travelin’ Man: Ricky Nelson
4: Pasadena: Temperance Seven
5. Temptation: The Everly Brothers
6. Frightened City: The Shadows
7. Halfway To Paradise: Billy Fury
8. But I Do: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
9. Running Scared: Roy Orbison
10. I’ve Told Every Little Star: Linda Scott

Source: officialcharts.com

Films released this month

Taste of Fear

Flame in the Streets

Source: filmdates.co.uk

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