However, before all that, in the 3 years 1960-62, American music largely ruled the British charts, either through the many hits garnered by U.S. artists, or through the penchant of U.K. artists for covering U.S. hits of the day.
These are 3 of those covers which i consider to be classic examples:
In 1960 Ricky Valance became the first UK 'one hit wonder' of the 60s (see yesterday's 'fast fact' No.18) when he chose to cover Ray Peterson's U.S. hit and turned it into a UK chart-topper.
According to many respected commentators of the day, Jimmy Justice was a white guy who sounded black ( remind you of anybody?) He cut his UK version of The Drifters U.S. hit and scored a high of No.9 with it.
Craig Douglas was a typical clean-cut UK balladeer of the era who had already covered Sam Cooke's 'Only Sixteen in 1959 and topped the charts with it, before covering Steve Lawrence's U.S. success and peaking at No.4
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