1961

Every Beat of My Heart – Pips

Wheels – Stringalongs

Save the Last Dance for Me – Drifters

Stand by Me:

 

10. Michael – Highwaymen

9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles

8 Blue Moon – Marcels

7, The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tokens

6. Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee

5. Pony Time – Chubby Checker

4. Wonderland By Night – Bert Kaempfert

3. Runaway – Del Shannon

2. Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean

1. Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis

 

2 Responses to 1961

  1. The full-sized Mercury for 1961 has never been, it seems, almost anyone’s opinion of a classic car. Why? I have somehow always held it in high esteem, though, since childhood. Perhaps after seeing it first used as a getaway car in an episode of the Fugitive TV series (There Goes the Ball Game). Somehow after, I’ve found this forgotten Merc to have made a niche in my heart. I work at a Shell station, and a friend of mine, who previously owned a ’63 Montclair, had a pair of ’61 Merc hubcaps, and gave them to me. I intend to polish them, and then mount them on my bedroom wall. Then, who knows indeed, this may lead me to if a long duration, a worthy one, of saving up to a few thousand, so that I could at least acquire one of the two Meteors offered that year; most Monterey convertibles and Colony Parks are predictably spoken for, and go for galactic prices in fine shape. Meteors are rarer, and even more the unsung hero caliper, but probably more on the market, and affordable. Most ’61 Mercs possess six taillights, but the base Meteors instead have Pontiac style oval units. Was there a Pontiac influence when this car was styled ? Take that aggressive crescent concave grille; it’s a distinction all its’ own, and again, I see a touch of Pontiac. Perhaps when the movie “Christine” was made, this would have been a more appropriate car. Perhaps this Merc was never a solid hit with most because of its’ all-too familiar kinship with the Galaxie of the same year, which beyond that, is probably what did Mercury in; the overkill kinship to Ford the division could somehow never escape. Nevertheless, and despite warnings from friends about investing in any car this old, those hubcaps may have jumpstarted something in me, and I may be behind the wheel of a beloved 1961 Meteor, and I hope it’s a four-door hardtop. Undervalued, overlooked, but creative automotive example, the 1961 Mercury, out of Dearborn.
    I had caught a classic rerun of the original Price Is Right (Bill Cullem) on the Game Show Network (cable), and there was a fully equipped all-new Monterey convertible for 1961 as the second prize; a beautiful car, and with every option you could want, and get. Let’s see what the future will bring to me.
    VROOM!!!

    • Bill says:

      Hi David, Well you’re right, the 1961 Mercury Monterey and the two Meteors, along with 1962 full-size Mercs were the cars that got no respect. Today they command considerably less interest than 1960 and earlier cars. In fact the 1961 Mercurys set the tone for all subsequent incarnations. Today, a similarly equipped Ford will almost always fetch a higher dollar. I’ve never been able to grasp why almost overnight Mercury acquired an image as an “old man car” and as Bunky Knudson of Dodge once said: “I can sell a young man’s car to an older guy, but I can’t sell an old man car to a young man”. And near as I can tell that’s the post 1961 Mercury story. But that only makes them easier to afford for you and me! Right?!

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