Top Songs of 1963; #23

The last song to hit the top of the record chart in 1963 was very unusual. “Dominique” was written and preformed by by The Singing Nun also known as  “Sœur Sourire” (“Sister Smile”). The song is about Saint Dominic, a Spanish-born priest and founder of the Dominican Order, of which the Sister was a member. Although …

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1 Major and 1 Minor Event from Nov. 22, 1963

It was fifty years ago that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. There have been many TV programs and news reports this week dealing with the life and death of Pres. Kennedy. I remember that I was in study hall school when his assassination was announced. The school fell silent but I could her someone …

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Top Songs of 1963; #22

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “I’m Leaving It All Up to You” by Dale and Grace. The song was written by Donald Harris and Dewey Terry who issued a record of the song in 1957. Robert Dale Houston and Grace Broussard had both had been singing for several …

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Top Songs of 1963; #21

The next songs to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “Deep Purple” by Nino Tempo and April Stevens. The song was written in the early 1930s by pianist Peter DeRose and recorded as an instrumental. Then in 1938 lyrics were added by Mitchell Parish and was recorded by a few other artists. The …

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Top Songs of 1963; #20

The next song to hit the top of the records charts in 1963 was “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. The song was written in 1962 by Keith McCormack and Jimmy Torres. It was recorded at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico where Buddy Holly had done some recordings. The Fireballs started …

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Top Songs of 1963; #19

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes. The song was written  by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector who also produced the song. This was to become one of the earliest songs that used Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” which included …

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Top Songs of 1963; #18

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton. The song was written n 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. Originally recorded in 1951 by Tony Bennett. Bobby Vinton’s version hit the top of the Cash Box and Billboard Hot 100 charts for the …

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Top Songs of 1963; #17

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels. The song was originally recorded as a demo for The Shirelles, but ended up being released as recorded. The group had a few other minor hits but because of a dispute over the name ended …

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Top Songs of 1963; #16

Continuing to list the top songs of 1963, we reach a song that was called a novelty song. “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp)” was by Allan Sherman. The song is about the awful time at fictional “Camp Granada” and it is set to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours.” …

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