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 in 1958 as an instrumental group. After some members left and were replaced they also added Jimmy Gilmer as lead vocalist. The group issued some recordings after “Sugar Shack” but it be 1968 that they again had a hit song with “Bottle of Wine.

Sugar Shack“was the number song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for 5 weeks (Oct. 6 – Nov. 9). It was on the top spot of the Cash Box chart for Oct. 13 – Nov. 2 (4 weeks).

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