An increasing number of cover disks, revivals of old hits, and adaptations of P.D. material are making The Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart these days. This week’s chart includes 16 revival tunes, three P.D. adaptations, and 15 cover songs (including original versions).
Some of the trade believe the current trend indicates a scarcity of good new recording material. Others attribute it to a desire on the part of young disk stars to graduate from the rock & roll category and identify themselves with ‘class’ material, a la Bobby Darin with “Mack the Knife.”
June Bundy, “Familiar Songs No. 1 Hot 100 Positions" (The Billboard, August 22, 1960, p. 1)