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He was a star who exited the pop universe almost as quickly as he entered it, and the year of his dominance was the first in the popstrological era to be ruled by a man whose biggest hit, Tossin' And Turnin', was effectively his only hit. To say that Bobby Lewis's popstrological rule was weak, however, is not to say that its weakness made it unimportant. For in popstrology as in politics, periods of weak rule can be fascinating times. Nineteen sixty-one was a time of shifty and confusing power dynamics in the popstrological firmament, giving rise to a generation with a greater taste for plots and intrigues than it may wish to admit, but also with a marked gift for blazing trails and knocking down barriers in environments that give them a bit of room to operate.

BirthdatesBirthstar Birthsong
Jan 1-Jan 8Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome To-night?
Jan 9-Jan 29Bert Kaempfert Wonderland By Night
Jan 30-Feb 12The Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
Feb 13-Feb 26Lawrence Welk Calcutta
Feb 27-Mar 19Chubby Checker Pony Time
Mar 20-Apr 2Elvis Presley Surrender
Apr 3-Apr 23The Marcels Blue Moon
Apr 24-May 21Del Shannon Runaway
May 22-May 28Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law
May 29-Jun 4Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man
Jun 5-Jun 11Roy Orbison Running Scared
Jun 12-Jun 18Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man
Jun 19-Jun 25Pat Boone Moody River
Jun 26-Jul 9Gary "U.S." Bonds Quarter To Three
Jul 10-Aug 27Bobby Lewis Tossin' And Turnin'
Aug 28-Sep 3Joe Dowell Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)
Sep 4-Sep 17The Highwaymen Michael
Sep 18-Oct 8Bobby Vee Take Good Care Of My Baby
Oct 9-Oct 22Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack
Oct 23-Nov 5Dion Runaround Sue
Nov 6-Dec 10Jimmy Dean Big Bad John
Dec 11-Dec 17The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman
Dec 18-Dec 31The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight



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