On This Day

Events in Music in 1963

  • 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

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Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga

  • Jan 11 Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • Jan 12 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • Jan 16 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)
  • Jan 26 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • Jan 28 "Still" single released by Bill Anderson (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1963)

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Feb 2 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • Feb 11 Beatles record 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 3 American country blues musician "Mississippi" John Hurt 're-discovered' by musicologist Tom Hoskins in Avalon, Mississippi [1]
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 13 Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith
Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • Mar 18 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • Mar 21 David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • Mar 22 The Beatles release their 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 third single, "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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 15 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 19 Johnny Cash releases single "Ring Of Fire" written by his future wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 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 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances
  • May 10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

  • May 11 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2

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May 12 Bob Dylan walks out of "The Ed Sullivan Show" over a dispute about his song choice

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Music awardsGrammy Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
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

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May 24 Barbra Streisand performs "Happy Days Are Here Again" at White House Press Correspondents Dinner, and meets US President John F. Kennedy

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 25 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 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
  • Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears, for her third time, on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

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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 releaseMusic 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
  • Jul 1 The Beatles record "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You"

  • Jul 5 1st Beatles' tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon's cover of "From Me to You" at no. 87

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Jul 15 Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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 23 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK
  • Aug 25 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds & given a 1 yr suspended license for speeding

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Sep 1 Cliff Richard and the Shadows 1st British rock group to perform in Israel

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Sep 6 Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Sep 28 "Little Deuce Coupe" single by The Beach Boys peaks at #15
  • Sep 28 "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells peaks at #1
  • Sep 28 "Nick Teen & Al K. Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95
  • Sep 28 "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" by Jaynetts peaks at #2
  • Sep 28 "Surfer Joe" by Surfaris peaks at #62

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Sep 29 Rolling Stones 1st tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros)

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly
  • 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 5 Little Richard joins Everly Brothers Tour
  • Oct 6 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Judy Garland Show"

  • Oct 7 The Rolling Stones record the Lennon-McCartney song "I Wanna Be Your Man" at Kingsway Sound Studio in London
  • 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

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Oct 31 Ed Sullivan witnesses The Beatles & their fans at London Airport

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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 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

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

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein
  • 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

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Dec 10 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" film premieres directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven with theme by Henry Mancini

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
Actor David Niven
Actor
David Niven
  • 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's 1st appearance on country music chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

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Dec 31 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia