Events in Music in 1962

  • Jan 1 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful

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Jan 5 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Jan 13 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances
  • Jan 17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
  • Jan 20 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Jan 24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • Jan 26 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 27 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Feb 1 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Feb 11 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 17 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
  • Feb 24 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 24 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Mar 7 Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
  • Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • Mar 15 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances
  • Mar 18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 19 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Mar 22 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances
  • Mar 25 "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances

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Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • May 5 West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
  • May 8 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • May 19 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • May 19 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • May 25 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • May 26 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances

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May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 29 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero wins
  • Jun 6 Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums
  • Jun 23 "Subways Are after Sleeping" closes at St James NYC after 205 performances
  • Jul 12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 13th Symphony
  • Aug 11 Beach Boys release "Surfin' Safari"

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Aug 16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Aug 28 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)"
  • Sep 4 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • Sep 11 Beatles cut "Love Me Do" & "PS I Love You" with Andy White on drums
  • Sep 11 Drummer Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best of the Beatles
  • Sep 15 "Bravo, Giovanni" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

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Sep 22 Bob Dylan plays NYC Carnegie Hall

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 29 "Green Onions" by Booker T & MG's peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "My Fair Lady" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 2,715 performances
  • Sep 29 "You Can't Judge A Book By Cover" by Bo Diddley peaks at #48
  • Oct 1 Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)
  • Oct 1 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977
  • Oct 3 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their 1st record "Love Me Do"
  • Oct 13 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway, with Uta Hagen
  • Oct 18 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"
  • Oct 20 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances
  • Oct 26 The Beatles record "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • Oct 27 "Beyond the Fringe" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances
  • Nov 10 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 17 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 17 Simon/Coleman/Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 257 performances
  • Nov 26 Fab Four have their first recording session under name The Beatles
  • Dec 8 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances
  • Dec 17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
  • Dec 18 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 26 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow