Skip to comments.Almost Fifty Years Ago – But These Songs Still Sound Good To This Old Man…..
Posted on 07/03/2012 7:56:08 AM PDT by sussex
The big hits of 1963
. Difficult to believe that all these came out almost half a century ago (when I had just started out as a teacher) but each of them still gives me a buzz today, not just as a stroll down memory lane but because they are also still damn good songs.
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Here are the links to the videos:
Now nobody will have to track all over your nice clean blog.
"Thems was good songs back in the day, good music..."
Me too! I love this stuff. sad to see how far our culture has sunk.
Indeed. Kids today don’t have much in the way of “music” or movies. For us, it was one hit after another, week after week. Astounding the number of great songs from those years, especially the early 60’s. The fact that rock n roll was only a few years old by then is even more impressive. The creativity that evolved did so quickly and the variety of music, be it black/white, boy/girl, groups/solo, USA/foreign, vocals/instrumentals, soundtracks/novelty songs and so forth, was just unbelivable.
Too bad that momentum didn’t continue. How great it would be to have had so many more songs to celebrate. Instead, as I occasionally glance at what’s “popular” today it’s nothing more than a list of forgettable “songs” and “artists”
No mention of the balad “Big Bad John”?
Pretty sure that was a 1963 Top Ten.
Seems like the Exciters were running at 78 rpm...
Go Away Little Girl-Steve Lawrence
Walk Right In-Rooftop Singers
Hey Paula-Paul & Paula
Walk Like A Man-4 Seasons
Our Day Will Come-Ruby & The Romantics
He's So Fine-Chiffons
I Will Follow Him-Little Peggy March
If You Wanna Be Happy-Jimmy Soul
It's My Party-Lesley Gore
Easier Said Than Done-Essex
Surf City-Jan & Dean
So Much In Love-Tymes
Fingertips-Pt. 2-Little Stevie Wonder
My Boyfriend's Back-The Angels
Blue Velvet-Bobby Vinton
Sugar Shack-Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Deep Purple-Nino Tempo & April Stevens
I'm Leaving It Up To You-Dale & Grace
Dominique-The Singing Nun
Flame me if you must; but IMO the Beatles/Stones killed USA RnR, RnB, Doowop and most other USA music.
Your links don’t work.
All “singable”, an aspect of Pop music lost long ago.
Never did like the Beatles....Stones just were ugh. Have always loved Motown and country throw in a little western and I am a happy camper
1961 not 1963. JimmyDean got a grammy nod out of it
Motown got so scary that even Motown moved out.
Good Lord! With the exception of ‘Sukiyaki’ I can recall the lyrics to every one of those songs.
Of course I used to still sing along with Sukiyaki, but mumble most of the time.
I agree. The Beatles poisoned the well. Worse, they turned an art into an industry and one based more on packaging than on talent. Everyone from Madonna to Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber is their spawn, to the detriment of music everywhere.
They do if you click on them.
The country charts from that time had some memorable hits:
Abiline - George Hamilton IV
Act Naturally - Buck Owens
The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Flatt & Scruggs
Detroit City - Bobby Bare
End of the World - Skeeter Davis
Faded Love - Patsy Cline [one of the greatest singers ever]
From a Jack to a King - Ned Miller
I Can’t Stay Mad at You - Skeeter Davis
Leavin’ on Your Mind - Patsy Cline
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
Loving Arms - Carl and Pearl Butler
Make the World Go Away - Ray Price
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Second Hand Rose - Roy Drusky
Still - Bill Anderson
Sweet Dreams - Patsy Cline [one of the greatest singers, one of the most beautiful songs]
Talk Back Trembling Lips - Ernest Ashworth
The Tip of My Fingers - Roy Clark
Ah yes. Beautiful music before the Beatles came in and ruined it all.
I’ve fallen in love with old Sammy Kay records. I find lots of good music on vinyl at my thrift store.
Just transcribed lots of Tommy Garrett and Henry Mancini music to CDs for my sister-in-law.
Yes, 1963 was quite a year. That was the year that I got my first job at a commercial radio station (I was 21 years old). As I remember so well, “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March was the biggest hit that summer. It really wasn’t that much of a song but the arrangement was great. Perfect bubble-gum song, too.
I was going to write down the call letters and location of the station but that would reveal my hidden identity and one is not supposed to do that on FR.
Last Labor Day weekend, saw Shirley Alston Reeves (original Shirelles lead singer) in concert with “different” Shirelles; she still has it. Soldier Boy was among those that they performed.
Saw an older man yesterday with a shirt that says “I may be old, but I saw all the good bands”.
My theory is that someone killed all the songwriters. It's the only explanation for the monotonous boring wailing that passes for popular music today.
—Motown got so scary that even Motown moved out.—
I’m a huge fan of music documentaries. I even own “I Need That Record”, a documentary about the demise of the independent record store.
I also own Standing in the Shadows of Motown”. Although it has good production values, I consider it the worst of them all, content-wise. There really is not a lot there.
I did click on them. They do not open. That is, the songs do not play. However, the original link works just fine.
“I even own I Need That Record, a documentary about the demise of the independent record store.”
Two of my fav indies in NJ were Relic Rack and Clifton Music. Both great places to ask ‘I need that record’. Both gone but never forgotten.
They work fine for me.
You must have picked up a virus or something on some filthy blog.
lol - bttt
Roy Orbison: the best.
When I left Seattle for rural KY I thought I was done collecting vinyl. Then I discovered the Highlands area (baxter and Bardstown streets). It’s like all the “weird” neighborhoods in Seattle rolled into one. And yeah, they have several record stores, though the biggest, Ear Xtacy went under last November.
Either that or they’ve reached the end of the line for notes, chords, lyrics etc Today’s stuff all sounds alike, even the “slow” songs.
My sister who was a teenager (an AF dependent) met her husband on Misawa AFB mid 50's. He got transferred back to the states and she played this record over and over and over and over!
A few years later, lead singer James "Shep" Sheppard left & formed a new group, Shep & The Limelites, who finished the journey with their...
If Clifton Music was the store run by Ronnie I, I believe they closed relatively recently...
Yes it was Ronnie I’s store. I think his daughter tried running it after his recent passing; but it didn’t work out for her. Back in the 70’s when I was collecting Doo-Wops, I would go to his store with several hundred dollars and spend a good portion of my Saturday buying records off his collector wall. I once met Noland Strong of the Diablos at Ronnie I’s, he was recording some sounds for one of the NJ record labels. I think the label was based in Jersey City, not sure.
Nice memories! Ronnie I hosted a show I attended at Lead East (Labor Day weekend a few years ago at the Parsippany Hilton). Like The Jesters version of The Wind a bit more than The Diablos version. Good show Fridays 7-10 PM on 1250 WMTR-AM called Doo-Wop Drive (http://www.wmtram.com/)
Ain’t my list. I was just hoping to deny a blogpimp a few hits.
Oh boy! I remember both so well!!
Pick your year....http://www.tropicalglen.com/Jukebox/1963Top/Channel1963.html
Thanx for he link Pookie. I prefer the Jesters version as well. The Diabolos version was a bit spooky for a pre-teen, (myself), growing up in the mid 50’s. BTW ‘The Paragons meet the Jesters’ was a right-of-passage album into Doo-Wop-dom in the Bronx NY where I grew up. All the kids that ‘knew’ had to have one.
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