1963 in Music

Events in Music

  • 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)

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Feb 23 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in "La traviata"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Feb 25 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
  • Mar 5 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"

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Mar 7 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded their self-titled album "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • Mar 9 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez

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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

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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

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Apr 21 Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the 1st time

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 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" and "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 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK

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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

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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 17 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • 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 line at a Royal Variety Performance "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…" 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 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single released by the Beatles in the United Kingdom
  • Dec 6 The 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 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the US
  • Dec 28 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 28 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

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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

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 150

  • Jan 4 Till Lindemann, German singer (Rammstein)
  • Jan 5 Rick Ambrose, singer (Jewel)
  • Jan 6 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • Jan 7 Clint Mansell, English musician and composer
  • Jan 13 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Jan 17 Kai Hansen, German singer and guitarist (Gamma Ray)
  • Jan 19 Caron Wheeler, English singer (Soul II Soul-Keep on Movin')
  • Jan 25 Carl Fysh, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • Jan 26 Andrew Ridgeley, England, rock guitarist (Wham-Wake Me Up)
  • Jan 26 Jazzie B, [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul-Feel Free)
  • Jan 28 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
  • Feb 2 Eva Cassidy, American singer, born in Washington D.C (d. 1996)
  • Feb 8 Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
  • Feb 9 Travis Tritt, Marietta Ga, country vocalist (Country Club)
  • Feb 14 D'Wayne Wiggins, singer (Tony! Toni! Tone!)
  • Feb 17 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)

Person of interestSeal

Feb 19 Seal [Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel], English singer-songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose), born in London

Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal
  • Feb 20 Ian Brown, English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone)
  • Feb 21 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), born in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 23 Robert Collins, English keyboard player (The Charlatans), born in Rowley Regis, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Mar 1 Robert James Affuso, rock drummer (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Newburgh, New York
  • Mar 1 Thomas Anders, German singer (Modern Talking)
  • Mar 1 Dan Michaels, American musician and record producer

Person of interestJason Newsted

Mar 4 Jason Newsted, US heavy-metal bassist (Metallica-Nothing Else Matters), born in Battle Creek, Michigan

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • Mar 4 MDV, [Michiel de Vos], Dutch pop bassist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • Mar 4 Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • Mar 6 Suzanne Crough, American child actress (The Partridge Family), born in Fullerton, California (d. 2015)
  • Mar 7 Denyce Graves, American singer
  • Mar 9 David Pogue, American technology columnist and TV science presenter, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Mar 10 Jeff Ament, American musician (Pearl Jam)
  • Mar 10 Rick Rubin, American record producer
  • Mar 14 Mike Muir [Cyco Miko], American thrash metal musician (Suicidal Tendencies), born in Venice, California
  • Mar 15 Bret Michaels, guitarist (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 16 Jimmy Degrasso, American musician, drummer
  • Mar 17 Nick Peros, Canadian composer
  • Mar 18 Vanessa L Williams, Millwood NY, Actress, singer and 1st African American Miss America (1983)
  • Mar 20 Paul Mirkovich, rock keyboardist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • Mar 21 Sharon June Howe Pederson, Glencoe Mn, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • Mar 22 Suzanne Sulley, Sheffield S Yorks, rocker (Human Leauge-Human)
  • Mar 27 Dave Koz, American jazz saxophonist, born in Encino, California
  • Mar 27 Charly Alberti, Argentinian rock musician (Soda Stereo), born in Buenos Aires
  • Mar 28 Andy Cousin, English rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet & Other Stories), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire
  • Mar 30 Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer and conductor
  • Mar 31 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
  • Apr 3 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • Apr 3 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 4 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist and composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • Apr 4 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • Apr 8 Julian Lennon, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 10 Warren DeMartini, American heavy metal musician (Ratt), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Jimmy Osmond, singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Apr 20 Brett Edward Garsed, Australian heavy metal artist (Nelson), born in Victoria, Australia
  • Apr 20 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal rocker (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 24 Billy Gould, rock bassist (Faith No More), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Joey Vera, heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath)
  • Apr 24 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2010)
  • Apr 24 Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian musician
  • Apr 27 Arther van Dijk, drummer (Ivy Green)
  • May 5 James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater)
  • May 6 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • May 7 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • May 9 Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • May 12 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • May 13 Julian Brookhouse, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Your Distance)
  • May 17 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 21 Kevin Shields, Musician (My Bloody Valentine)
  • May 24 Gene Anthony Ray, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York
  • May 24 Kathy Leander, Swiss singer
  • May 28 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • May 29 Blaze Bayley, British singer (ex-Iron Maiden)
  • May 31 Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • May 31 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)
  • Jun 1 Mike Joyce, rock drummer (Smiths-Ask, Panic, London)
  • Jun 7 Roberto Alagna, French tenor
  • Jun 7 Gordon Gano, American musician (Violent Femmes), born in Connecticut
  • Jun 8 Kino Haitsma, pianist/arrangeur (Josephine)
  • Jun 8 Keti Garbi, Greek singer
  • Jun 9 Gilad Atzmon, Israeli jazz musician and author
  • Jun 13 Paul De Lisle, American musician (Smash Mouth)
  • Jun 14 Chris DeGarmo, guitarist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • Jun 15 Scott Rockenfield, drummer (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • Jun 18 Darren "Dizzy" Reed, US musician (Guns n' Roses-Sweet Girl of Mine)
  • Jun 20 Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)
  • Jun 22 Anne-Marie Ruddock, rocker (Amazulu-Excitable)
  • Jun 23 Steve Shelley, American musician (Crucifucks and Sonic Youth)

Person of interestGeorge Michael

Jun 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • Jun 26 Harriet Wheeler, English pop singer/composer (The Sundays)
  • Jun 29 Anne-Sophie Mutter, Rheinfeldin Germany, violinist (Berlin Phil)
  • Jun 30 Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist
  • Jul 1 Roddy Bottum, rock keyboardist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 5 Russ Lorenson, American singer and actor
  • Jul 7 Perry Richardson, SC, bassist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime)
  • Jul 7 Vonda Shepard, American singer
  • Jul 13 Bobby Rock, rock drummer (Nelson-Love & Affection), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 22 Emily Saliers, American singer (Indigo Girls)
  • Jul 24 Paul Geary, heavy metal drummer (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Andrew C Timmons, guitarist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Jul 27 Karrin Allyson, American jazz singer (Wild for You), born in Great Bend, Kansas
  • Jul 31 Norman Cook, English musician and record producer (Housemartins, Fatboy Slim), born in Bromley

Person of interestCoolio

Aug 1 Coolio [Artis Leon Ivey Jr.], American rapper (Gangsta's Paradise), born in Monessen Pennsylvania

Rapper Coolio
Rapper
Coolio

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 15 Folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds photographer Barry Feinstein

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 12 Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 10 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), dies at 66
  • Jan 16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 30 Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 6 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Laszlo Lajtha, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • Feb 20 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • Mar 5 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies at 41

Person of interestPatsy Cline

Mar 5 Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • Mar 5 Cowboy Copas, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Mar 17 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Alec A Templeton, composer/pianist (Alec Templeton Time), dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • May 2 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 12 Stanislaw Wiechowicz, composer, dies at 69
  • May 24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • Jul 4 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 5 Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 29 Dorian Le Gallienne, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 8 Sandor Jemnitz, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
  • Sep 3 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 30 Arnold Foster, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 9 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer, dies at 85

Person of interestEdith Piaf

Oct 11 Édith Piaf, French singer (No, I don't regret anything), dies of liver cancer at 47

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • Oct 18 Claudio Carneyro, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 25 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 28 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51
  • Nov 15 Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • Nov 26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano, dies
  • Dec 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 13 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 14 Dinah Washington, singer, dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • Dec 18 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • Dec 20 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68