1963 – Folk group the Weavers say goodbye to their fans with a concert at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Their hit single “Goodnight Irene” helped kick off the folk revival.
1963 – After Capitol Records agrees to release the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” as a single, New York’s WMCA becomes the first American station to play it today.
1963 – In today’s New Yorker is an interview with Beatles manager Brian Epstein. It’s the first serious press the Beatles have received in the United States.
1963 – The Rolling Stones peak at No. 12 in the U.K. charts with the Lennon-McCartney composition “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
1963 – In the British pop paper NME, Richard Green reports on rising combo the Rolling Stones. “The Rolling Stones create a sound so exciting and gripping that few other groups can come within shouting distance of it,” writes Green. “When they really get worked up during a performance, an electric current seems to surge […]
1963 – The London Times declares that Lennon and McCartney are “The Outstanding Composers of 1963,” with music critic Richard Buckle raving that they are “the greatest composers since Beethoven.” That’s doing Wagner something of a disservice.
1963 – The Animals perform on their first radio broadcast, the BBC show “Saturday Club.”
1963 – The Beatles kick off their first series of London Christmas concerts at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park. Also appearing on the bill are Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, Cilla Black, the Fourmost, and the Barron Knights with the Duke D’Mond. After the show, manager Brian Epstein flies the bill […]
1963 – In British cinemas today is The Beatles Come to Town, a newsreel documentary by Pathe news.
1963 – The Beatles perform their first Christmas show at the Gaumont Theatre in Bradford, England.
1963 – In this year’s NME poll, the Beatles win Best World Vocal Group and Best British Vocal Group. The Rolling Stones come sixth in the Best British Vocal Group category.