1963 in music

Specific locations

Specific genres


Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Albums released


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Peace in the ValleyJo Stafford and Gordon MacRae
14 Dean "Tex" Martin: Country StyleDean Martin
15 MovingPeter, Paul and Mary
18 Summer HolidayCliff Richard and The ShadowsSoundtrack
Do the Bossa NovaHerbie Mann with Baden Powell and Antonio Carlos Jobim
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman HawkinsDuke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins
Let's Go! With The RoutersThe Routers
My Son, the CelebrityAllan Sherman
Our Man Down SouthEddy Arnold
Patti Page on StagePatti PageLive
This Is My StoryDinah Washington
The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely BullThe Ventures
Walk Right InThe Rooftop SingersFeaturing hit title track
WinnersSteve Lawrence


Day Album Artist Notes
11 Annie Get Your GunDoris Day and Robert GouletSoundtrack
18 All Alone Am IBrenda Lee
I Wanna Be Around...Tony Bennett
25 The Barbra Streisand AlbumBarbra Streisand
28 The Fabulous MiraclesThe Miracles
Back to the BluesDinah Washington
Big Girls Don't Cry and Twelve OthersThe Four Seasons
Blood, Sweat and TearsJohnny Cash
CaravanArt Blakey
Days of Wine and RosesPat Boone
Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington and John Coltrane
Follow the BoysConnie Francis
The Happy BeatRay Conniff
He's a RebelThe Crystals
How the West Was WonVarious ArtistsSoundtrack to 1962 film
Jimmie Rodgers in Folk ConcertJimmie Rodgers
Just Turn Me Loose!George Maharis
Mr. SoulSam Cooke
People Will Say We're In LoveSteve Lawrence


Day Album Artist Notes
22 Please Please MeThe Beatles
25 Surfin' U.S.A.The Beach Boys
Broadway – My WayNancy Wilson
College StandardsThe Lettermen
Gene Pitney Sings Just for YouGene Pitney
I Could Go On SingingJudy GarlandSoundtrack
The Kingston Trio No. 16The Kingston Trio
Ruby BabyDion
Skeeter Davis Sings "The End of the World"Skeeter Davis


Day Album Artist Notes
10 It Happened at the World's FairElvis PresleySoundtrack
AffinityOscar Peterson Trio
Afro-BossaDuke Ellington
Baby WorkoutJackie Wilson
Boots Randolph's Yakety SaxBoots Randolphfeaturing hit title track
Dion Sings to Sandy (and all his other gals)Dion
Hobo FlatsJimmy Smith
Living It Up!Bert Kaempfert
Meets the VenturesBobby Vee
SurfingThe Ventures
Jazz Samba Encore! Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá


Day Album Artist Notes
21 Cleopatra Feelin' JazzyPaul Gonsalves
27 The Freewheelin' Bob DylanBob Dylan
31 The Miracles Recorded Live on StageThe MiraclesLive
Dean (Tex) Martin Rides AgainDean Martin
The End of the WorldJulie London
Jan & Dean Take Linda SurfingJan and Dean
Little Town FlirtDel Shannon
Live at the ApolloJames BrownLive
Long Long AgoTennessee Ernie Ford
Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old GeniusLittle Stevie WonderLive
Sound of MannHerbie Mann
The Ventures Play the Country ClassicsThe Ventures
Where Did Everyone Go?Nat King Cole


Day Album Artist Notes
10 The Patsy Cline StoryPatsy ClineCompilation
28 Come and Get These MemoriesMartha and the Vandellas
Blue & SentimentalIke Quebec
Cliff's Hit AlbumCliff Richard
Everybody's FavoriteJimmy Dean
I'll Cry if I Want ToLesley Gore
It's You or No OneBobby Darin
King of the Surf GuitarDick Dale
Quincy Jones Plays Hip HitsQuincy Jones
The Star Spangled BannerPat Boone
StillBill Anderson
Uniquely ManciniHenry Mancini


Day Album Artist Notes
18 Yellow RosesBobby Darin
Cannonball's Bossa NovaCannonball Adderley
Earthy!Bobby Darin
Faithfully YoursEddy Arnold
Great American WaltzesConnie Francis
In DreamsRoy Orbison
Ingredients in a Recipe for SoulRay Charles
So Much in LoveThe Tymes
Sunny Side!The Kingston Trio
Wipe OutThe Surfaris


Day Album Artist Notes
6 Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny CashJohnny CashCompilation
11 Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3Elvis PresleyCompilation
12 Laughing on the OutsideAretha Franklin
Blue on BlueBobby Vintonre-titled Blue Velvet
Cattle CallEddy Arnold
Chuck Berry on StageChuck BerryLive
Let's GoThe Ventures
The Lettermen in ConcertThe LettermenLive
"Mala Femmena" and Connie's Big Hits for ItalyConnie Francis
Night BeatSam Cooke
Prisoner of LoveJames Brown
The Second Barbra Streisand AlbumBarbra Streisand


Day Album Artist Notes
9 Marvin Gaye Recorded Live on StageMarvin GayeLive
12 ..."Let Me Sing"Brenda Lee
16 Surfer GirlThe Beach Boys
30 Heat WaveMartha and the Vandellas
The Best of Jean ShepardJean Shepard
Dinah '63Dinah Washington
Ella and Basie!Ella Fitzgerald
Painted, Tainted RoseAl Martino
When in SpainCliff Richard


Day Album Artist Notes
4 Sounds of ChristmasJohnny MathisChristmas
7 Little Deuce CoupeThe Beach Boys
14 The Andy Williams Christmas AlbumAndy WilliamsChristmas
Blue GeneGene Pitney
Cloudy with Occasional TearsSkeeter Davis
Deep PurpleNino Tempo & April Stevens
How Do You Like It?Gerry & the PacemakersUK
In the WindPeter, Paul & Mary
Live at NewportHerbie MannLive
Seven Steps to HeavenMiles Davis
The Wonderful World of Julie LondonJulie London


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Fun in AcapulcoElvis PresleySoundtrack
11 The Miracles Doin' Mickey's MonkeyThe Miracles
18 RomanticallyJohnny Mathis
22 A Christmas Gift for You from Phil SpectorPhil SpectorChristmas
With the BeatlesThe Beatles
The Christmas SpiritJohnny CashChristmas
Golden Folk HitsBobby Darin
Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2Joan BaezLive
Lesley Gore Sings Songs of Mixed-Up HeartsLesley Gore
The Story of ChristmasTennessee Ernie FordChristmas


Day Album Artist Notes
16 Love HimDoris Day
28 With a Song in My HeartStevie Wonder
In PersonThe Kingsmen
In the Summer of His YearsConnie Francis
Time to ThinkThe Kingston Trio
Volume 2Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

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Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1963.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1The BeatlesShe Loves You1963UK 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
2KingsmenLouie Louie1963Canada 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
3Paul & PaulaHey Paula1963US 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
4Lesley GoreIt's My Party1963US 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
5The RonettesBe My Baby1963US 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

Other notable songs (world)

Classical music


Sortable table
Goehr, AlexanderLittle Symphony1963-07-?? YorkLondon Symphony OrchestraDel Mar[5]
Henze, Hans WernerSymphony No. 41963-10-09 BerlinBerlin Philharmonic – Henze[6]
Shchedrin, RodionNaughty Limericks (Concerto for Orchestra No. 1)1963-09-? Warsaw (Autumn)USSR State SymphonyRozhdestvensky[7]
Williamson, MalcolmElevamini (Symphony No. 1)1963-11-13 MelbourneMelbourne SymphonyHeinze




Musical theatre

Musical films




Grammy Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Leeds International Piano Competition

See also

External Charts


  1. Live: Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, Scotland www.beatlesbible.com, accessed 310 March 2013.
  2. "The U.K. Singles Chart Number Ones". JPGR: Facts, Feats and Statistics of The Beatles. 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  3. Gustav Linor in Comoedia, May 30, 1913, At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées: Le Sacre du printemps
  4. Radio interview Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Radio Tay AM. Accessed 26 May 2007
  5. Peter Heyworth, "Young Conservatives", The Observer (14 July 1963): 27.
  6. Schott Music
  7. "SHCHEDRIN: Carmen Suite / Concerto for Orchestra".
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