On This Day

Events in Music in 1962

  • Jan 1 Beatles' Decca Records audition is unsuccessful - they are told “guitar groups are on the way out..."

Music History

Jan 5 Tony Sheridan & Beatles record "My Bonnie" & "The Saints", produced by Bert Kaempfert, in Hamburg, Germany

  • Jan 13 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

The Twist Dance Craze

Jan 13 Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot

  • Jan 17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
  • Jan 20 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances

Contract of Interest

Jan 24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

Music History

Jan 26 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

  • Jan 26 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 27 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Feb 1 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances

Music Premiere

Feb 16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres

  • Feb 24 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 24 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Mar 7 The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio

Television Debut

Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

  • Mar 15 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances

Music History

Mar 18 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR

  • Mar 18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 19 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances

  • Mar 25 "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances

Academy Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story" (Best Picture, Director, and 8 more), Sophia Loren (Two Women) & Maximilian Schell (Judgement At Nuremberg) win

#1 in the Charts

May 5 "West Side Story" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

Music Premiere

May 8 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 965 performances, and wins 6 Tony Awards

  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • May 19 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • May 19 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • May 25 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • May 26 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Garry Moore Show"
  • May 29 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero win

Music History

May 30 Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" incorporating the poems of Wilfred Owen premieres, marking the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral

#1 in the Charts

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

Music History

Jun 6 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time and record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums

Music Concert

Jun 9 Singer Tony Bennett makes his Carnegie Hall concert debut, NYC

Music Premiere

Jun 11 "Julie & Carol at Carnegie Hall", musical comedy/variety television special with Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett premieres on CBS

  • Jun 23 Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Subways Are For Sleeping" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 205 performances
  • Jul 12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 13th Symphony

Music History

Aug 16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

  • Aug 28 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (The Beatles) record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)" in Hamburg, Germany
  • Sep 4 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • Sep 11 Beatles record "Love Me Do", "PS I Love You", and a slow version of "Please, Please Me" with Andy White on drums
  • Sep 15 "Bravo, Giovanni" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

Music History

Sep 22 Bob Dylan plays Carnegie Hall, NYC

  • Sep 29 "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric & His Piano peaks at #7
  • Sep 29 "Green Onions" by Booker T & MG's peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "My Fair Lady" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 2,715 performances
  • Sep 29 "You Can't Judge A Book By Cover" by Bo Diddley peaks at #48
  • Oct 1 American singer Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)
  • Oct 1 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage The Beatles through 1977

Television Debut

Oct 1 Johnny Carson hosts his 1st "The Tonight Show" on NBC; guests include Rudy Vallée, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and Joan Crawford

  • Oct 3 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"

Theater Premiere

Oct 13 Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway featuring actress Uta Hagen

#1 in the Charts

Oct 20 Peter, Paul and Mary's debut folk album "Peter, Paul and Mary" reaches No. 1 on US album charts

  • Oct 20 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances

Film Release

Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

  • Oct 26 The Beatles record "Ask Me Why"
  • Oct 27 "Beyond the Fringe" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances
  • Nov 10 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 17 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances

Music Premiere

Nov 17 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 257 performances

  • Nov 26 The Beatles re-record "Please Please Me" at a faster tempo
  • Dec 8 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances

#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Music History

Dec 20 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show