Year 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • Jun 2 Ray Charles' cover of Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You", from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard
  • Jul 12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"
  • Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released
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Music Awards in 1962

  • Mar 18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • May 29 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero win

Musicians Married in 1962

  • Jun 22 American actress-singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith
  • Aug 23 British "Beatles" musician John Lennon (21) weds Cynthia Powell (22); divorce in 1968
  • Oct 9 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

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Musicians Who Died in 1962

  • Jan 9 Leroy Shield [Shields], American pianist, composer (Laurel & Hardy; Our Gang; Union Pacific Suite), and orchestra leader, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 12 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 18 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), dies at 86

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