1963 – The Ronettes enter the charts with “Be My Baby.” The Phil Spector production becomes their first and biggest hit, going to No. 2.
1963 – the girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’. The writers of the song Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer were a trio of Brooklyn songwriter/producers who went on to write the hits ‘Sorrow’ and have the 1965 US No.11 single […]
1963 – Top remixer and DJ Paul Oakenfold is born in London. Respect.
1963 – The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on the British TV show Ready Steady Go!
1963 – Peter, Paul & Mary appear at a Washington, D.C., civil-rights demonstration led by Martin Luther King Jr. The trio perform “Blowin’ in the Wind” before King addresses the crowd. Bob Dylan also sings at the march.
1963 – After he is caught speeding, Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds and his license is suspended for one year.
1963 – As “Fingertips, Part 2” tops the charts, Stevie Wonder becomes the first artist to be at No. 1 on the pop singles chart while having an album (The Twelve-Year-Old Genius) also at No. 1. “Fingertips” is also at the top of the R&B singles chart. It’s the first time any performer has pulled […]
1963 – Born on this day, Tori Amos, singer, songwriter, (1994 UK No.4 single ‘Cornflake Girl’, 1992 album ‘Little Earthquakes’).
1963 – Joey Tempest, lead screamer with Swedish pop/metal band Europe (“The Final Countdown”), is born.
1963 – The Rolling Stones perform at the third National Jazz & Blues Festival in Richmond, England.
1963 – Folk music comes to the TV game show What’s My Line? as the Kingston Trio are revealed as the mystery guests.
1963 – Singer Whitney Houston is born in New Jersey, the daughter of singer Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick. Her first seven solo singles go top five on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100. (She was featured earlier on a Teddy Pendergrass single that failed to reach the top 40.)