On This Day

June 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 1 "El Watusi" by Ray Barreto hits #17
  • Jun 4 1st broadcast 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

TV Show Appearance

Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears, for her third time, on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Musical Finale

Jun 15 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "The Sound of Music", closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 1443 performances

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers
  • Jun 15 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1
  • Jun 20 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income

Music Single

Jun 22 "Little" Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single "Fingertips" (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Mike Joyce, rock drummer (Smiths-Ask, Panic, London)
  • Jun 1 Shawn Pelton is an American session and touring drummer and percussionist (SNL band; Sheryl Crow; Shawn Colvin: Darryl Hall, Rod Stewart; Roseann Cash), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 7 Roberto Alagna, Italian-French operatic tenor, born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • Jun 7 Gordon Gano, American musician (Violent Femmes), born in Connecticut
  • Jun 9 Gilad Atzmon, Israeli-British jazz saxophonist, accordion player, bandleader, and author (The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jun 11 Elvis Stanić, Croatian contemporary jazz fusion guitarist, born in Rijeka, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
  • Jun 13 Paul De Lisle, Canadian rock bassist (Smash Mouth - "All Star"; "I'm A Believer"), born in Exeter, Ontario
  • Jun 14 Chris DeGarmo, American guitarist (Queensryche - "Breaking The Silence"), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • Jun 15 Scott Rockenfield, American drummer (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 18 Darren "Dizzy" Reed, American rock keyboardist (Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Girl of Mine"), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Jun 19 Simon Wright, British rock drummer (AC/DC, 1983-89; Dio, 1989-91), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • Jun 20 Amir Derakh [Davidson], American rock guitarist, and synthesizer player (Orgy; Julien-K), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Jun 22 Anne-Marie Ruddock, rocker (Amazulu-Excitable)
  • Jun 23 Steve Shelley, American drummer (Sonic Youth), born in Midland, Michigan

George Michael

Jun 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham! - "Careless Whisper"; "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"; solo - " I Want Your Sex"; "Faith"), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • Jun 26 Harriet Wheeler, English pop singer and composer (The Sundays)
  • Jun 29 Anne-Sophie Mutter, German violinist (Berlin Phil), born in Rheinfelden, West Germany
  • Jun 30 Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)