1963 in music

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

List of years in music (table)
Years in music: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
Years: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966

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Albums released in January 1963
Day Album Artist Notes
1 Peace in the Valley Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae
14 Dean "Tex" Martin: Country Style Dean Martin
15 Moving Peter, Paul and Mary
18 Summer Holiday Cliff Richard and The Shadows Soundtrack
Do the Bossa Nova Herbie Mann with Baden Powell and Antonio Carlos Jobim
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins
Let's Go! With The Routers The Routers
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
Albums released in February 1963
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
Don't Play Me Cheap Ike & Tina Turner
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
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
Presenting Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick
Albums released in March 1963
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
Albums released in April 1963
Day Album Artist Notes
10 It Happened at the World's Fair Elvis Presley Soundtrack
Affinity Oscar Peterson Trio
Afro-Bossa Duke Ellington
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
Jazz Samba Encore! Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá
Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests Andy Williams Charted at #1 in the US Billboard.[5]
Albums released in May 1963
Day Album Artist Notes
21 Cleopatra Feelin' Jazzy Paul Gonsalves
27 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
31 The Miracles Recorded Live on Stage The Miracles Live
Dean (Tex) Martin Rides Again Dean Martin
Dynamite Ike & Tina Turner
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
Albums released in June 1963
Day Album Artist Notes
10 The Patsy Cline Story Patsy Cline Compilation
28 Come and Get These Memories Martha and the Vandellas
Blue & Sentimental Ike Quebec
Cliff's Hit Album Cliff Richard
Everybody's Favorite Jimmy Dean
I'll Cry if I Want To Lesley Gore
It's Gonna Work Out Fine Ike & Tina Turner
It's You or No One Bobby Darin
King of the Surf Guitar Dick Dale
Quincy Jones Plays Hip Hits Quincy Jones
The Star Spangled Banner Pat Boone
Still Bill Anderson
Uniquely Mancini Henry Mancini
Albums released in July 1963
Day Album Artist Notes
18 Yellow Roses Bobby Darin
Cannonball's Bossa Nova Cannonball Adderley
Earthy! Bobby Darin
Faithfully Yours Eddy 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
Albums released in August 1963
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
Trini Lopez At PJ's Trini Lopez
Albums released in September 1963
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
The Best of Jean Shepard Jean Shepard
Dinah '63 Dinah Washington
Ella and Basie! Ella Fitzgerald
Painted, Tainted Rose Al Martino
When in Spain Cliff Richard
Albums released in October 1963
Day Album Artist Notes
4 Sounds of Christmas Johnny Mathis Christmas
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
Albums released in November 1963
Day Album Artist Notes
1 Fun in Acapulco Elvis Presley Soundtrack
11 The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey The Miracles
18 Romantically Johnny Mathis
22 A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector Phil Spector Christmas
With the Beatles The Beatles
The Christmas Spirit Johnny Cash Christmas
Golden Folk Hits Bobby Darin
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
Albums released in December 1963
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

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Classical musicEdit

Classical music premieres
Composition Composer Date Location Performers
Little Symphony Goehr, Alexander 1963-07-??   York London Symphony OrchestraDel Mar[6]
Symphony No. 4 Henze, Hans Werner 1963-10-09   Berlin Berlin Philharmonic – Henze[7]
Naughty Limericks (Concerto for Orchestra No. 1) Shchedrin, Rodion 1963-09-?   Warsaw (Autumn) USSR State SymphonyRozhdestvensky[8]
Elevamini (Symphony No. 1) Williamson, Malcolm 1963-11-13   Melbourne Melbourne SymphonyHeinze




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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Live: Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, Scotland www.beatlesbible.com, 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 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. ^ "Top 200 Albums | Billboard 200 chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  6. ^ Peter Heyworth, "Young Conservatives", The Observer (14 July 1963): 27.
  7. ^ Schott Music
  8. ^ "SHCHEDRIN: Carmen Suite / Concerto for Orchestra".
  9. ^ "UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 4, 2019". United Press International. January 4, 2019. Archived from the original on January 5, 2019. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "1963 – Andrew Ridgeley Born". Rttnews.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Dave Koz | Artist". Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  12. ^ Ralph M. Newman; Norm N. Nite (1974). "Rock on: The modern years, 1964-present". T. Y. Crowell Company. p. 360. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  13. ^ Field, Anthony; Truman, Greg (July 31, 2018). "How I got my wiggle back : a memoir of healing". Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley. Retrieved July 31, 2018 – via Trove.

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