Originally Posted by archiguy
Perhaps that's not an "inaccuracy". I rarely listen to commercial radio these days but when I do, I hear songs not only from today but also from several years back. I expect radio stations in 1960 also played a wide selection of music, not just songs from that particular year.
More importantly though, is the fact that musical selections on TV shows are intended to convey mood and emotion for the viewer. The producers' selection of songs is probably more focused on that aspect than on the same slavish devotion to period-accuracy that is contained within the visuals.
But it is impressive that your knowledge of those songs extends to the year they were released. There are very few songs to which I could do likewise.
As a young man growing up in the 1950s/1960s, I can assure you that music (and dancing) was an important part of that generation's identity. Unlike today (before FM), Radio Stations played either:
1. Currently released "popular songs" (for their young audience) in 1960 by artists such as, Brenda Lee, Elvis, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, etc. The number 1 song of 1960 was "A Summer Place", an instrumental by Percy Faith (ref: Joel Whitburn's Billboard Listings),
2. Swing or Big Band (for the over 40 age set, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, etc.)
3. Country & Western, (Grand Ole Opry, Louisiana Hayride, etc.)
Because at that time there was still an abundance of interesting current pop "singles" being released each month, it's highly improbable that any Radio Station (or Juke Box) would offer/play "hit" songs that were four years old, no matter how popular they once were. Remember, this was before it became fashionable for Radio Stations to play "Oldies but Goodies" & "Golden Favorites, etc.
As a professional musician who performed many of these songs, I can testify that it was important for any Band working during this period, to "keep up" with the latest single releases. As soon as a recording by a popular artist was released, you had to learn it immediately, so you could perform it at your next engagement. This is what your audience wanted to hear, not 4-year-old hits of the recent past (1956, by the way, was a wonderful year for music).
I'm sorry if I appear to be taking this personally, but there was so much great music during the early 1960s that could be used for this presentation. Why not give it it's due?