1963 in music

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

Specific locations

Specific genres


Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Albums released

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 BonfΓ‘
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 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

Release date unknown

Notable singles

Published popular songs

Other notable songs (world)

Classical music

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




Musical theatre

Musical films




Grammy Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Leeds International Piano Competition

See also


  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 ThéÒtre 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".

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