Bobby Vee,
RunTo Him

Beach Boys,

The Marvelettes,
Beechwood 4-5789

Elvis Presley,
Marie's the Name)
His Latest Flame

Elvis Presley,
She's Not You

Chubby Checker,
Let's Twist Again

Ray Charles,
You Don't Know Me

Connie Francis,
Where The Boys Are

Neil Sedaka,
Happy Birthday,
Sweet Sixteen

Neil Sedaka,
Next Door To
                 An Angel  

Marcie Blaine,
Bobby's Girl

Frank Sinatra,
Pocketful of Miracles

WABC Tribute
Historic Footnotes from our Senior year  ~
1961 ~
May 25, President Kennedy asks the nation to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

July 7, James R. Hoffa is elected president of Teamsters.

July 21, Capt. Virgil "Gus" Grissom becomes the second American to rocket into a suborbital pattern around the Earth, flying on the Mercury 4 Liberty Bell 7. The Mercury capsule sinks in the Atlantic, 302 miles from Cape Canaveral and Grissom is rescued by helicopter. The space capsule was recovered in 1999.

August 13, East Germany closes the Brandenberg Gate sealing off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later, work began on the Berlin Wall.

TV Debuts - Sep 17,  "Car 54, Where Are You?"on NBC. Al Lewis as Officer Schnauzer opposite Fred Gwynne’s Officer  Muldoon.  
Sep 28, "Dr. Kildare," starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, and "Hazel," starring Shirley Booth, on NBC.
Oct 2,  "Ben Casey,'' starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, on ABC.
Oct 3, "The Dick Van Dyke Show," also starring Mary Tyler Moore, on CBS.

                                                                                                        Dick Van Dyke -                          Car 54                          Ben Casey

Sep 18, Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary-General of the UN, is killed in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He was flying to negotiate a cease-fire in the Congo

Sep 26, Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record. 1961  Oct. 1, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hits his 61st home run off of Tracy Stallard during a 162-game season. It compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season. The ball is caught by Sal Durante (19) who offers it to Maris. Maris declines and Durante sells it for $5000 to a restaurateur named Sam Gordon, who then donates the ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sep 26, Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde’s Folk City.

Oct 15, Pres. Kennedy calls up military reserves in the wake of the Berlin crisis. Football star Jack Kemp is exempted due to a shoulder injury. He goes on to lead the San Diego Chargers to a division title, passing for 2,686 yards and 15 touchdowns

Nov 28, Ernie Davis becomes the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy

Dec 9, SS Col. Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes in Israel

Dec 31, Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name. The Beach Boys band was formed with brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. Their hit "Surfin" came out the same year.

Jan 13, Ernie Kovacs (b.1919), comedian and TV star, dies at age 42 in a car crash in west
Los Angeles. ''Nothing in moderation'' was his credo and appeared on his epitaph.

Jan 23, Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) becomes the first African-American elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jan 27, The SF Bay Area hosts the Chubby Checker Twist Party at the Cow Palace. 17,000 fans made it the 1st big rock
concert in Bay Area history

Jan 30, Two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act are killed when their seven-person pyramid collapses during a
              performance in Detroit.

Feb 14, First lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts a televised tour of the White House.

Feb 20, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr., becomes the first American to orbit the earth.

Mar 2, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain (d.1999 at 63) scores 100 points and breaks an NBA record as the Philadelphia Warriors
              beat the New York Knicks 169-147 in Hershey Pa.

Mar 9, US "Advisors" in South-Vietnam join the fight.

Mar 29, Jack Paar hosts NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time; is succeeded by Johnny Carson (Oct 1) who stayed to 1992

Apr 16, Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."

Apr 24, M.I.T. achieves the first satellite relay of a television signal, between Camp Parks, Ca., and Westford, Mass.

May 5, The West Side Story soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 54 weeks. Lots of choices

May 11, US sent troops to Thailand.

May 19, Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday" to JFK at Madison Square Garden
                                                         while wearing a dress described as "skin and beads."

May 24, Astronaut Scott Carpenter becomes the second American to orbit the Earth as he flies aboard Aurora 7.

Jun 1, "The Dinah Shore Show" (TV Variety) airs for the last time on NBC after 10 years.

    June 1st, 1962 - CH.S. Class of 1962 Graduates is neither affiliated with nor endorsed
by the Clearfield Area School District

  1962 ,  TIMELINE . . .
Clearfield, PA
             Quarter To Three - Gary U.S. Bonds

                     Tossin' & Turnin'
- Bobby Lewis               >

             Wooden Heart -
Joe Dowell

- The Highwaymen                             >

             Take Good Care Of My Baby
- Bobby Vee

                     Hit The Road Jack
- Ray Charles                >

              Runaround Sue
- Dion

                     Big Bad John
- Jimmy Dean                            >

              Please Mr. Postman
- The Marvelettes

                    The Lion Sleeps Tonight
- The Tokens  >

             The Twist
- Chubby Checker

                    Peppermint Twist
- Joey Dee/Starliters        >

             Duke Of Earl
- Gene Chandler

                     Hey! Baby
- Bruce Channel                                 >

              Don't Break The Heart That Loves You
- Connie Francis

                     Johnny Angel
- Shelly Fabares                         >

              Good Luck Charm
- Elvis Presley

                      Soldier Boy
- The Shirelles                                  >

              Stranger On The Shore
- Mr. Acker Bilk

                      I Can't Stop Loving You
- Ray Charles      >

              The Stripper
- David Rose

                      Roses Are Red (My Love)
- Bobby Vinton >

              Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
- Neil Sedaka

                      The Loco-Motion
- Little Eva                           >
At The Oscars -  Movies of 1961  ~  1962 Presentation

Best Picture - West Side Story ,                 beating out Fanny, The Guns Of Navarone ,The Hustler
                                                                                                              & Judgment at Nuremburg.

Best Actor - Maximilian Schell ( Judgment )                  over Paul Newman ( The Hustler )

Supporting Actor & Actress (
George Chakiris & Rita Moreno - West Side Story) -
Best Actress - Sophia Loren
( Two Women ) over Audrey Hepburn ( Breakfast at Tiffany's )

Best Original Song - "Moon River " - Breakfast At Tiffany's
( Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer )
Complete Results

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#1 Records of our Senior Year - in sequence, Summer '61 - Summer '62
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Take a Look ~
Some others from the era which didn't quite make it to the top,
in no particular order ~