On this day in music history: July 10, 1961 – “Tossin’ And Turnin’” by Bobby Lewis hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 10 weeks on July 3, 1961. Written by Ritchie Adams and Malou Rene, it is the biggest hit for the R&B singer from Detroit, MI. Early in his career, Lewis is mentored by fellow Detroit native Jackie Wilson who encourages the young singer to go to New York to further his singing career. Within two months of landing in New York, Lewis is signed to Belltone Records, who releases “Tossin’ And Turnin’”. Entering the Hot 100 at #91 on April 24, 1961, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later.“Tossin’ And Turnin’” also ranks as the number one single of the year by Billboard Magazine. "Tossin’“ has enduring popularity and over the years and appears on many oldies compilations and film soundtracks, including "Animal House” in 1978. In later years, a longer first time true stereo mix of “Tossin’ And Turnin’” remixed from the original multi-track tape is issued. It is released on the compilation “Bobby Lewis – The Complete Recordings” by Hot JWP Music in 2004. Previous releases had featured the edited hit mono single version.
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