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


Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Albums released


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Peace in the Valley Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae
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
Moving Peter, Paul and Mary
My Son, the Celebrity Allan Sherman -
Our Man Down South Eddy Arnold
Patti Page on Stage Patti Page Live
This Is My Story Dinah Washington
The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull The Ventures
Walk Right In The Rooftop Singers Featuring hit title track
Winners Steve Lawrence


Day Album Artist Notes
11 Annie Get Your Gun Doris Day and Robert Goulet Soundtrack
18 All Alone Am I Brenda Lee
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
Caravan Art Blakey -
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


Day Album Artist Notes
22 Please Please Me The Beatles
25 Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys
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
The Kingston Trio No. 16 The Kingston Trio
Ruby Baby Dion
Skeeter Davis Sings "The End of the World" Skeeter Davis


Day Album Artist Notes
10 It Happened at the World's Fair Elvis Presley Soundtrack
Affinity Oscar Peterson Trio
Baby Workout Jackie Wilson
Boots Randolph's Yakety Sax Boots Randolph featuring hit title track
Dion Sings to Sandy (and all his other gals) Dion
Hobo Flats Jimmy Smith
Living It Up! Bert Kaempfert
Meets the Ventures Bobby Vee
Surfing The Ventures


Day Album Artist Notes
27 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
31 The Miracles Recorded Live on Stage The Miracles Live
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
Where Did Everyone Go? Nat King Cole


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
Everybody's Favorite Jimmy Dean
I'll Cry if I Want To Lesley Gore
Quincy Jones Plays Hip Hits Quincy Jones
The Star Spangled Banner Pat Boone
Still Bill Anderson
Uniquely Mancini Henry Mancini


Day Album Artist Notes
Faithfully Yours Eddie Arnold
Great American Waltzes Connie Francis
In Dreams Roy Orbison
Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul Ray Charles
So Much in Love The Tymes
Sunny Side! The Kingston Trio
Wipe Out The Surfaris


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
12 Laughing on the Outside Aretha Franklin
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
The Second Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand


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
Painted, Tainted Rose Al Martino
When in Spain Cliff Richard


Day Album Artist Notes
7 Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys
14 The Andy Williams Christmas Album Andy Williams Christmas
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
Seven Steps to Heaven Miles Davis
The Wonderful World of Julie London Julie London


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Fun in Acapulco Elvis Presley Soundtrack
11 The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey The Miracles
22 A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector 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


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

Release date unknown

Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1963.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Beatles She Loves You 1963 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 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 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 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 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

Published popular songs

Other notable songs(World)

Classical music


Musical theatre

Musical films


Rock God



Grammy Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Leeds International Piano Competition

See also

External Charts

  • Pop Culture Madness 1963 Pop Music Chart


  1. ^ Live: Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, Scotland, accessed 310 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "The U.K. Singles Chart Number Ones". JPGR: Facts, Feats and Statistics of The Beatles. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. ^ Gustav Linor in Comoedia, May 30, 1913, At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées: Le Sacre du printemps
  4. ^ Radio interview, Radio Tay AM. Accessed 26 May 2007

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