1963 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1963.

Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Peace in the Valley Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae -
The Hits of Jo Stafford Jo Stafford -
18 Summer Holiday Cliff Richard and The Shadows Soundtrack
- Do the Bossa Nova Herbie Mann with Baden Powell and Antonio Carlos Jobim -
Let's Go! With The Routers The Routers -
Monk's Dream Thelonious Monk -
Moving Peter, Paul and Mary -
On My Way and Shoutin' Again! Count Basie -
Our Man Down South Eddy Arnold -
Patti Page on Stage Patti Page Live
This Is My Story Dinah Washington -
Walk Right In The Rooftop Singers featuring hit title track
Winners Steve Lawrence -
The Ventures Play Telstar and The Lonely Bull The Ventures -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
11 All Alone Am I Brenda Lee -
Annie Get Your Gun Doris Day and Robert Goulet Soundtrack
18 I Wanna Be Around Tony Bennett -
25 The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand -
28 The Fabulous Miracles The Miracles -
- Back to the Blues Dinah Washington -
Big Girls Don't Cry and Twelve Others The Four Seasons -
Blood, Sweat and Tears Johnny Cash -
Days of Wine and Roses Pat Boone -
Follow the Boys Connie Francis -
The Happy Beat Ray Conniff -
He's a Rebel The Crystals -
How the West Was Won Various Artists Soundtrack to 1962 film
Jimmie Rodgers in Folk Concert Jimmie Rodgers -
Just Turn Me Loose! George Maharis -
Mr. Soul Sam Cooke -
People Will Say We're In Love Steve Lawrence -
Sammy Davis, Jr. at the Cocoanut Grove Sammy Davis, Jr. Live
Wanderlust Frankie Laine -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
22 Please Please Me The Beatles -
25 Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys -
- As Long as She Needs Me Sammy Davis, Jr. -
Broadway – My Way Nancy Wilson -
College Standards The Lettermen -
Gene Pitney Sings Just for You Gene Pitney -
I Could Go On Singing Judy Garland Soundtrack
Johnny's Newest Hits Johnny Mathis -
The Kingston Trio No. 16 The Kingston Trio -
Ruby Baby Dion -
Skeeter Davis Sings "The End of the World" Skeeter Davis -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
10 It Happened at the World's Fair Elvis Presley Soundtrack
- Affinity Oscar Peterson Trio -
Baby Workout Jackie Wilson -
Bobby Vee Meets the Ventures The Ventures -
Boots Randolph's Yakety Sax Boots Randolph featuring hit title track
Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests Andy Williams -
Dion Sings to Sandy (and all his other gals) Dion -
The Greatest Hits of the Golden Groups Bobby Vinton -
Hobo Flats Jimmy Smith -
I Wish Tonight Would Never End George Jones -
Living It Up! Bert Kaempfert -
Midnight Blue Kenny Burrell -
Surfing The Ventures -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
27 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Bob Dylan -
31 The Miracles Recorded Live on Stage The Miracles Live
- Where Did Everyone Go? Nat King Cole -
Dean (Tex) Martin Rides Again Dean Martin -
The End of the World Julie London -
Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfing Jan and Dean -
Little Town Flirt Del Shannon -
Live at the Apollo James Brown Live
Long Long Ago Tennessee Ernie Ford -
Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius Little Stevie Wonder Live
Sound of Mann Herbie Mann -
The Ventures Play the Country Classics The Ventures -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
10 The Patsy Cline Story Patsy Cline Compilation
28 Come and Get These Memories Martha and the Vandellas -
Cliff's Hit Album Cliff Richard -
The Concert Sinatra Frank Sinatra -
Everybody's Favorite Jimmy Dean -
Foolish Little Girl The Shirelles -
I'll Cry if I Want To Lesley Gore -
Impressions John Coltrane -
Quincy Jones Plays Hip Hits Quincy Jones -
The Star Spangled Banner Pat Boone -
Still Bill Anderson -
Uniquely Mancini Henry Mancini -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
- The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Charles Mingus -
Faithfully Yours Eddie Arnold -
Great American Waltzes Connie Francis -
Hollywood – My Way Nancy Wilson -
In Dreams Roy Orbison -
Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul Ray Charles -
Johnny Johnny Mathis -
So Much in Love The Tymes -
Sunny Side! The Kingston Trio -
Wipe Out The Surfaris -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Compilation
11 Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 Elvis Presley Compilation
- Blue on Blue Bobby Vinton re-titled Blue Velvet
Cattle Call Eddy Arnold -
Chuck Berry On Stage Chuck Berry Live
Let's Go The Ventures -
The Lettermen in Concert The Lettermen Live
"Mala Femmena" and Connie's Big Hits for Italy Connie Francis -
Night Beat Sam Cooke -
Prisoner of Love James Brown -
Say Wonderful Things Patti Page -
The Second Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand -
The Songs I Love Perry Como -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
9 Marvin Gaye Recorded Live on Stage Marvin Gaye Live
12 ..."Let Me Sing" Brenda Lee -
16 Surfer Girl The Beach Boys -
30 Heat Wave Martha and the Vandellas -
- Dinah '63 Dinah Washington -
Ella and Basie! Ella Fitzgerald -
My Point of View Herbie Hancock -
Painted, Tainted Rose Al Martino -
Sinatra's Sinatra Frank Sinatra -
When in Spain Cliff Richard -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys -
14 The Andy Williams Christmas Album Andy Williams Christmas
- Seven Steps to Heaven Miles Davis -
Blue Gene Gene Pitney -
Cloudy with Occasional Tears Skeeter Davis -
Deep Purple Nino Tempo & April Stevens -
How Do You Like It? Gerry & the Pacemakers UK
In the Wind Peter, Paul & Mary -
Live at Newport Herbie Mann Live
Sonny Meets Hawk! Sonny Rollins with Coleman Hawkins -
The Wonderful World of Julie London Julie London -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Fun in Acapulco Elvis Presley Soundtrack
8 Black Fire Andrew Hill -
11 The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey The Miracles -
12 Anyone Who Had a Heart Dionne Warwick -
19 Laughing on the Outside Aretha Franklin -
22 A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records Phil Spector Christmas
With The Beatles The Beatles -
- The Christmas Spirit Johnny Cash Christmas
Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 Joan Baez Live
Lesley Gore Sings Songs of Mixed-Up Hearts Lesley Gore -
The Story of Christmas Tennessee Ernie Ford Christmas

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
16 Love Him Doris Day -
28 With a Song in My Heart Stevie Wonder -
- Belafonte at The Greek Theatre Harry Belafonte Live
In Person The Kingsmen -
In the Summer of His Years Connie Francis -
Romantically Johnny Mathis -
Time to Think The Kingston Trio -
Volume 2 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1963.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Beatles She Loves You 1963 United Kingdom UK 1 – Aug 1963, US BB 1 – Feb 1964, Canada 1 – Dec 1963, Norway 1 – Oct 1963, Australia 1 of 1963, US CashBox 2 of 1964, South Africa 2 of 1963, TOTP 2, DDD 2 of 1963, RYM 4 of 1963, Germany 7 – Mar 1964, Scrobulate 18 of oldies, US BB 20 of 1964, POP 20 of 1964, Italy 29 of 1964, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1963, Rolling Stone 64, Acclaimed 119, Germany 332 of the 1960s, WXPN 335, OzNet 913
2 Kingsmen Louie Louie 1963 United States Canada 1 – Nov 1963, DDD 1 of 1963, POP 1 of 1963, US BB 2 – Nov 1963, US BB 3 of 1963, Peel list 3 of 1964, RYM 5 of 1963, US CashBox 6 of 1964, Acclaimed 10, 19 in 2FM list, UK 26 – Jan 1964, Rolling Stone 55, RIAA 57, Party 139 of 1999
3 Paul & Paula Hey Paula 1963 United States US BB 1 – Jan 1963, Canada 1 – Dec 1962, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1962, Norway 2 – Mar 1963, Italy 4 of 1963, UK 8 – Feb 1963, Australia 9 of 1963, US CashBox 14 of 1963, Germany 16 – May 1963, South Africa 16 of 1963, US BB 33 of 1963, POP 33 of 1963, RYM 123 of 1962
4 Lesley Gore It's My Party 1963 United States US BB 1 – May 1963, US BB 1 of 1963, Canada 1 – May 1963, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Dec 1962, POP 3 of 1963, UK 9 – Jun 1963, RYM 22 of 1963, US CashBox 30 of 1963, DDD 30 of 1963, RIAA 229, Acclaimed 1286
5 The Ronettes Be My Baby 1963 United States US BB 2 – Sep 1963, Canada 2 – Sep 1963, RYM 2 of 1963, UK 4 – Oct 1963, DDD 5 of 1963, Norway 9 – Dec 1963, Acclaimed 15, Rolling Stone 22, Scrobulate 22 of oldies, US BB 30 of 1963, POP 30 of 1963, US CashBox 44 of 1963, 99 in 2FM list, RIAA 253, WXPN 412

Other Notable Singles[edit]

Published popular songs[edit]

Other notable songs(World)[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Leeds International Piano Competition[edit]

See also[edit]

External Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gustav Linor in Comoedia, May 30, 1913, At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées: Le Sacre du printemps
  2. ^ Radio interview, Radio Tay AM. Accessed 26 May 2007