Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Billboard Hot 100 (1963)

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The year is 1963 and  just when you thought the 50s were behind us "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary is banned from play at many radio stations because it is believed to be a reference to marijuana. Radio was not the only censor, on television Bob Dylan is not allowed to perform a anti-segregationist song on the Ed Sullivan Show. He refuses to perform at all and boycotts the show.

Little Stevie Wonder is yet another huge success for Berry Gordy and Motown Records. Despite two lack luster albums in 1962 Wonder finally scores big with "Fingertips" which remained at No1 for three consecutive weeks. That was Motown's only No1 spot this year.

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And as if it were a hint of what was coming next year, the Beatles first album "Please Please Me" is released in the U.K. where it hits No1 and stays there for an unheard of 30 consecutive weeks. The single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was released prematurely in December of 1963 just a couple of weeks before their first visit and concert in the U.S. That "visit" in early 1964 was the very first volley in the British Invasion.
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Country music lost one of the most influential and successful female artists of this time. Patsy Cline was killed at the age of 30 in a private plane crash. Her crossover success was already helping to bring country music into the mainstream with her 1961 hit "I Fall to Pieces".
"Louie Louie" became pretty much the only hit or other mention for the Kingsmen. It was however famous because of the poor enunciation of lead singer Jack Ely the lyrics were incorrectly interpreted as being indecent. The song was banned by several radio stations as well as the entire State of Indiana until the band proved that the lyrics were harmless.

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music of 1961  
Go Away Little GirlSteve Lawrence21/12
Walk Right InRooftop Singers21/26
Hey PaulaPaul & Paula32/09
Walk Like A ManThe Four Seasons33/02
Our Day Will ComeRuby & The Romantics13/23
He's So FineChiffons43/30
I Will Follow HimLittle Peggy March34/27
If You Wanna Be HappyJimmy Soul25/18
It's My PartyLesley Gore 26/01
SukiyakiKyu Sakamoto36/15
Easier Said Than DoneThe Essex27/06
Surf CityJan & Dean27/20
So Much In LoveTymes18/03
Fingertips - Pt 2Little Stevie Wonder38/10
My Boyfriend's BackThe Angels38/31
Blue VelvetBobby Vinton39/21
Sugar ShackJimmy Gilmer & Fireballs510/12
Deep PurpleNino Tempo & April Stevens111/16
I'm Leaving It Up To YouDale 7 Grace211/23
DominiqueThe Singing Nun412/07

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