Events in Music in 1963

  • Jan 5 "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
  • Jan 5 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Jan 6 "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
  • Jan 11 Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • Jan 12 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • Jan 26 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Feb 2 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • Feb 11 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • Feb 16 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 22 Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
  • Feb 25 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
  • Mar 5 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"
  • Mar 9 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 13 Hindemith & Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 18 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • Mar 21 David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • Mar 22 Beatles release 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • Mar 23 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London
  • Apr 5 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
  • Apr 12 Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Apr 15 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Apr 20 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 21 Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
  • Apr 23 "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances
  • Apr 23 Jerry Bock & S Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" premieres in NYC
  • May 10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
  • May 11 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • May 16 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 18 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 18 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1
  • May 25 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • Jun 4 1st transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • Jun 7 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, "Come on"
  • Jun 8 "Mr President" closes at St James Theater NYC after 265 performances
  • Jun 9 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Rock City Ladies Golf Open

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears on "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jun 15 "Sound of Music" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 performances
  • Jun 15 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1
  • Jun 20 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 "Little" Stevie Wonder (13) releases "Fingertips"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Jun 29 "Little Me" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 257 performances
  • Jun 29 Beatles' 1st song "From Me to You" hits UK charts
  • Jul 1 The Beatles record "She Loves You" & "I'll Get You"
  • Jul 5 1st Beatle tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon "From Me to You" at #87
  • Jul 22 The Beatles release "Introducing the Beatles"
  • Aug 1 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • Aug 3 "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 580 performances
  • Aug 3 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • Aug 8 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • Aug 23 The Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds & given a 1 yr suspended license for speeding

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 6 Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Sep 29 Rolling Stones 1st tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros)
  • Sep 30 "Student Gypsy" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Oct 3 "Here's Love" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 338 performances
  • Oct 6 Barbra Streisand appears on "Judy Garland Show"
  • Oct 12 "Student Gypsy" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 13 "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium
  • Oct 17 "Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 19 Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
  • Oct 24 "110 in the Shade" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
  • Oct 25 Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Sweden
  • Oct 29 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published
  • Oct 31 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles & their fans at London Airport
  • Nov 2 "Tambourines to Glory" opens at Little Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Nov 4 John Lennon utters his infamous "rattle your jewellery" line at a Royal Variety Performance in London
  • Nov 9 "Tovarich" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • Nov 11 Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for The Beatles
  • Nov 22 The Beatles release their second album "With the Beatles" in UK
  • Nov 23 "Tambourines to Glory" closes at Little Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Nov 28 The Beatles "She Loves You" unusually, returns to #1 in UK record chart and reaches 1 million copies sold
  • Nov 29 Beatles release "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
  • Dec 6 Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • Dec 8 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
  • Dec 26 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 26 Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
  • Dec 28 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 28 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Dec 31 Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time