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The Music and Events of 1963

Our favorite songs of 1963 included these:

Title Artist
 
Abeline George Hamilton IV
Ainít Nothing Shaking (But the Leaves) Beatles
Ainít that a Shame Four Seasons
Another Saturday Night Cooke, Sam
Any Old Time of Day Warwick, Dionne
As Time Goes By Durante, Jimmy
Ballad of Jed Clampett Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
Ballad of Oleí Betsy Beach Boys
Be My Baby Ronettes
Be True to Your School Beach Boys
Blame it on the Bosa Nova Gorme, Edie
Blowiní in the Wind Peter Paul & Mary
Blue on Blue Vinton, Bobby
Blue Velvet Vinton, Bobby
Busted Charles, Ray
Can I Get a Witness Gaye, Marvin
Candy Girl Four Seasons
Canít Get Used to Losing You Williams, Andy
Car Crazy Cutie Beach Boys
Catch a Wave Beach Boys
Cherry Cherry Coupe Beach Boys
Custom Machine Beach Boys
Da Doo Ron Ron Casiday, Shawn
Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked..) Crystals
Danke Schoen Newton, Wayne
Deep Purple Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Denise Randy & the Rainbows
Detroit City Bare, Bobby
Devil in Disguise, (Youíre the) Presley, Elvis
Do You Remember Beach Boys
Dominique Singing Nun
Donna the Prima Donna Dion & the Belmonts
Donít Make Me Over Warwick, Dionne
Donít Say Nothing Bad About My Baby Cookies
Donít Think Twice Itís Alright Peter Paul & Mary
Easier Said Than Done Essex
Eighteen Yellow Roses Darin, Bobby
End of the World Davis, Skeeter
Everybody Roe, Tommy
Fingertips Pt.2 Wonder, Stevie
Foolish Little Girl Shirelles
Fools Rush in Nelson, Ricky
Forget Him Rydell, Bobby
From a Jack to a King Miller, Ned
Funny How Time Slips Away Tillotson, Johnny
Girls On the Beach Beach Boys
Green, Green New Christy Minstrels
Greenback Dollar Kingston Trio
Half Heaven, Half Heartache Pitney, Gene
Heat Wave Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh Sherman, Allan
Hello Stranger Lewis, Barbara
Hey Girl Vee, Bobby
Hey Paula Paul & Paula
Heís So Fine Chiffons
Heís Sure the Boy I Love Crystals
Honolulu Lulu Jan & Dean
I Just Donít Understand Beatles
I Saw Linda Yesterday Lee, Dickey
I Will Follow Him March, Little Peggy
I Wonder What Sheís Doing Tonight Barry & the Tamerlanes
If I Had a Hammer Lopez, Trini
If You Wanna Be Happy Soul, Jimmy
In Dreams Orbison, Roy
In My Room Beach Boys
Itís All Right Impressions
Itís My Party Gore, Lesley
Itís Up to You Nelson, Rick
Iíll Be On My Way Beatles
Iím Leaving It Up to You Dale & Grace
Judyís Turn to Cry Gore, Lesley
Just Let Me Cry Gore, Lesley
Kind of Girl (Boy) You Canít Forget Raindrops
Lady Is a Tramp Sinatra, Frank
Linda Jan & Dean
Little Deuce Coupe Beach Boys
Little Town Flirt Shannon, Del
Lonesome Tears in My Eyes Burnette, Dorsey
Long Tall Texan Kellum, Murry
Louie Louie Kingsmen
Marlena Four Seasons
Martian Hop Ran-Dells
Mean Woman Blues Orbison, Roy
Mecca Pitney, Gene
Memphis Mack, Lonnie
Mickeyís Monkey Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Mockingbird Foxx, Inez
Monkey Time Lance, Major
Mr. Bass Man Cymbal, Johnny
My Boyfriendís Back Angels
My Dad Peterson, Paul
My Mighty GTO Jan & Dean
Night Has a Thousand Eyes, the Vee, Bobby
No Go Showboat Beach Boys
On Broadway Drifters
On Top of Spaghetti Tom Glaser
One Fine Day Chiffons
Only in America Jay & the Americans
Our Car Club Beach Boys
Our Day Will Come Ruby & the Romantics
Papa Joeís (Down at) Dixiebelles
Pipeline Chantays
Popsicles & Icicles Murmaids
Pride and Joy Gaye, Marvin
Puff (The Magic Dragon) Peter Paul & Mary
Quicksand Martha & the Vandellas
Remember Diana Anka, Paul
Reverend Mr. Black Kingston Trio
Rhythm of the Rain Cascades
Ring of Fire Cash, Johnny
Ruby Baby Dion
Sally Go Round the Roses Jaynetts
Send Me Some Loviní Cooke, Sam
Shake a Tailfeather Five Du-Tones
Shake Your Tailfeather Charles, Ray
Shama Lama Ding Dong Otis Day & the Knights
Sheís a Fool Gore, Lesley
Shout Otis Day & the Knights
Shut Down Beach Boys
Since I Fell For You Welch, Lenny
Six Days On the Road Dudley, Dave
So Much in Love Tymes
Someday Vee, Bobby
South Street Orlons
Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
Sukiyaki Sakamoto, Kyu
Sun Arise Harris, Rolf
Surf City Jan & Dean
Surfer Girl Beach Boys
Surfiní U.S.A. Beach Boys
Take These Chains from My Heart Charles, Ray
Tell Him Exciters
That Sunday, that Summer Cole, Nat King
The Kind of Boy You Canít Forget Raindrops
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes Vee, Bobby
Then He Kissed Me Crystals
Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Cole, Nat King
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport Harris, Rolf
Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa Pitney, Gene
Two Faces Have I Christie, Lou
Up On the Roof Drifters
Walk Like a Man Four Seasons
Walk Right in Rooftop Singers
Walking the Dog Thomas, Rufus
What Will My Mary Say Mathis, Johnny
Wipe Out Surfaris
Wonderful Summer Ward, Robin
You are My Sunshine Charles, Ray
You Canít Sit Down Dovells
You Really Got a Hold On Me Miracles
Youíre the Reason Iím Living Darin, Bobby
Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans


Meanwhile, in 1963...

January: Dr. Martin Luther King delivers his "I have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. In August, more than 200,000 Americans will march in Washington in support of civil rights.

U.S. Postal rates go up to five cents for the first ounce.

AT&T introduces touch-tone telephones.

There are 2.5 million federal employees in 1963, twice the number there were in 1940. Not surprisingly, there are now 50 million people paying income taxes; there were only 4 million in 1940. See the connection?

"The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan marks the beginning of the feminist movement.

Dr. Michael DeBakey uses an artificial heart to take over the functions of the heart during surgery.

During a visit to West Berlin in June, President Kennedy warms his audience with the words, "Ich bin ein Berliner."

June: Pope John XXIII dies; he is succeeded by Pope Paul VI.

The Supreme Court rules that reading verses from the Bible in public schools is unconstitutional.

The Yankees are in the World Series once again; but this year they lose to the Dodgers in four straight.

The USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, sinks off the coast of Cape Cod, killing all 129 onboard.

President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas; two days later, his accused killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, is shot and killed by Jack Ruby.

New York renames its Idlewild airport in memory of the assassinated president.

The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "Tom Jones."


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