Events in Music in 1963

  • Jan 5 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances

Musical Finale

Jan 5 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards

  • Jan 6 "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances

Music Premiere

Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' opera "Katharina Ismailova" premieres in Riga

  • Jan 11 Beatles release single "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why"; peaks at #2 in UK, and #3 in US
  • 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 Recording

Jan 31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (later known as The Beatles) record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

  • 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)

Music History

Feb 23 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in "La traviata"

  • Feb 25 Beatles release their 1st US single - "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"

Music History

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

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

Music History

Mar 12 Beatles perform as a trio, at Granada Cinema, in Bedford, England, as John Lennon is ill with a cold

Music Premiere

Mar 13 Paul Hindemith and Thornton 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 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

Music History

Apr 14 Quiet Beatle George Harrison is impressed by unsigned British blues band "Rolling Stones"

Music 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

  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music Single

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

  • Apr 20 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music History

Apr 21 Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the 1st time

  • 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

Music History

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

Grammy Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"; Robert Goulet win

  • 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

Meeting of Interest

May 24 Barbra Streisand performs "Happy Days Are Here Again" at White House Press Correspondents Dinner, and meets 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"
  • Jun 15 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1

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

  • 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)

  • 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

Music History

Jul 15 Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding

  • Aug 1 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • Aug 3 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 3 Richard Rodgers' musical drama "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater, NYC, after 580 performances and 3 Tony Award wins
  • Aug 3 Warner Bros. Records releases single of Allan Sherman's novelty song "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)", set to music of Amilcare Ponchielli's, "Dance of the Hours" from his 1876 opera "La Gioconda"
  • 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

Music History

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

Music History

Sep 6 Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records

  • Sep 15 The Beatles headline The Great Prop Prom at Royal Albert Hall, London; The Rolling Stones are one of the opening acts [1]
  • Sep 28 "Little Deuce Coupe" single by The Beach Boys peaks at #15
  • Sep 28 "Nick Teen & Al K. Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95
  • Sep 28 "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" by Jaynetts, a one-hit wonder from the Bronx, NYC, peaks at #2
  • Sep 28 "Surfer Joe" by Surfaris peaks at #62
  • Sep 28 Novelty song "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells, from Villas, New Jersey, peaks at #16
  • Sep 28 NYC DJ "Murray The K" plays The Beatles "She Loves You" on the radio

Television Debut

Sep 29 "The Judy Garland Show" debuts on CBS-TV

Music History

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 Meredith Wilson's musical "Here's Love", based on the film "Miracle on 34th Street", opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs 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 The term "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at the London 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 Karlstad, Sweden
  • Oct 29 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published
  • 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

TV Show Appearance

Nov 11 Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for appearances by 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

Music History

Dec 6 President Lyndon B. Johnson confers Presidential Medal of Freedom on 31 recipients selected by JFK, including: contralto Marian Anderson; diplomat Ralph Bunche; cellist Pablo Casals; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; labor leader George Meaney; architect Mies van der Rohe; pianist Rudolf Serkin; writers E.B. White and Thorton Wilder; and painter Andrew Wyeth; as well as posthumously to JFK himself, and Pope John XXIII

  • Dec 6 The Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fan club members
  • Dec 8 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances

Music History

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

Music Premiere

Dec 10 Leonard Bernstein premieres his Third Symphony "Kaddish" with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles

Film Premiere

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

  • 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

Music History

Dec 28 Merle Haggard's 1st appearance on country music chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Music History

Dec 31 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time, Dana Morgan's Music Store in Palo Alto, California