On This Day

November 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 2 "Tambourines to Glory" opens at Little Theater NYC for 24 performances

Music Concert

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 9 "Tovarich" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 264 performances

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Nov 11 Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for The Beatles

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Rick Allen, English one-armed rock drummer (Def Leppard - "Hysteria"; "Pour Some Sugar On Me"), born in Dronfield, Derbyshire, England
  • Nov 1 "Big" Kenny [Alphin], American country singer (Big & Rich - Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace), born in Culpeper, Virginia
  • Nov 2 Bobby Dall, American rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 4 Marc Déry, Canadian singer and guitarist (Zébulon), born in Mascouche, Quebec
  • Nov 4 Rosario Flores, Spanish singer (Muchas Flores) and actress, born in Madrid
  • Nov 6 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), born in Pomona, California (d. 1998)
  • Nov 6 Paul Brindley, British rock bassist (The Sundays), born in Bristol, England
  • Nov 7 Elizabeth "Liz" Mikel, American actress and jazz singer (Friday Night Lights), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 8 Russell Malone, American jazz guitarist (Harry Connick, Jr.; Dianna Krall), born in Albany, Georgia
  • Nov 15 Jay Bennett, American multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer-songwriter (Wilco, 1994-2001), born in Rolling Meadows, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Nov 16 Mani [Gary Mournfield], English rock bassist (Stone Roses; Primal Scream), born in Crumpsall, Manchester, England
  • Nov 25 Kevin Chamberlin, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Seussical; Jessie; Wicked), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 25 Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer (Temptation), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Nov 26 Adam Gaynor, American musician (Matchbox Twenty), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Music

Robert Goulet

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

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51
  • Nov 15 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), dies of pneumonia at 74 [1]
  • Nov 19 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • Nov 26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), dies at 81