Absolutely. A great year for music -- "Hey Girl" by Freddy Scott and "Monkey Time" by Major Lance and "That's How Heartaches Are Made" by Baby Washington and "I Know, I Know" by former Spaniels lead Pooky Hudson.
Not to mention all those Spector songs ("Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Be My Baby" etc.) and even "Denise" by Randy and the Rainbows. Oh yeah, and two of my favorite cha-cha songs, "Easier Said Than Done" and "A Walking Miracle" by The Essex. Three, if you count "Theme From Mondo Cane (More)" by Kai Winding and his Orchestra. "Memphis" by Lonnie Mack. "If You Wanna Be Happy" and "One Fine Day" and "Since I Fell For You." A great interlude between Elvis and The Beatles.
Yes, I do recall the "Que Sera Sera" version you are talking about -- may very well have been The Five Keys. Maybe The Five Royales? Nah. You could beat me any day of the week on obscure oldies, Riverman. But we do share some in common. Wasn't "Groovy Baby" by Billy Abbott on your list?
Yes,I have the 45 of Groovy Baby by Billy Abbott and I must agre that 1963 was a dynamite year for pop music.
Some of my favorites from that year you didn't mention-Hello Stranger by Barbara Lewis,Daughter by the Blendells,Mama Didn't Lie by Jan Bradley,Donna The Prima Donna by Dion,The Bounce by the Olympics,Hot Pastrami by the Dartells and Drag City by Jan and Dean.
The Essex were real smooth.Were'nt they USAF personnel stationed in England at the time?Maybe they could say they were on the first wave of the British Invasion.
OH,and 1963.Lets not forget Sally Go Round the Roses.
Now just WHAT was that song about?