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
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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"
  • Mar 9 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Apr 21 Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
  • 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" & "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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 United States
  • Dec 28 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 28 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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