Friday, 3 September 2010

1963 - I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)

I Want To Hold Your Hand

A song written by Lennon-McCartney and sung by The Beatles. It reach #1 on UK chart for 4 weeks in December 1963. It is The Beatles first #1 US billboard hot 100 chart, starting the "British invasion" in american charts. The song peaked on US chart for 7 weeks from Feb to March '64.

A million copies of the single had already been ordered on its release. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" became the Beatles' best-selling single worldwide

1963 - DOMINIQUE (The Singing Nun)


"Dominique" is a popular song in French by Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile)of Belgium, also known as The Singing Nun.

The song reached and stayed at #1 on both the U.S. pop chart and "easy listening chart" (since renamed the Adult Contemporary chart) for four weeks in December of 1963. (It was the second foreign language song to hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 1963, the other being "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto.)

Saturday, 26 June 2010

1963 - You'll Never Walk Alone (Gerry & The Pacemakers)

You'll Never Walk Alone

"You'll Never Walk Alone" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. The songs have been recorded by many recording artistes.

Gerry & The Pacemakers made it a #1 hit in UK singles charts for 4 weeks in October-November '63.

The song is also sung at football clubs around the world, where it is performed by a massed chorus of supporters on matchday; this tradition began at Liverpool Football Club in the early 1960s and later spread to several other clubs.

1963 - Do You Love Me? (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)

Do You Love Me?

"Do You Love Me?"
, a song written by Motown' CEO, Berry Gordy, is originally a hit single recorded by The Contours in 1962.

Like many American R&B songs of the 1960s, "Do You Love Me?" was covered by a number of British Invasion groups. Three British groups who recorded their own versions of the song were Brian Poole and the Tremeloes (who hit #1 with it in the UK Singles Chart for 3 weeks in Oct '63), the Dave Clark Five and The Hollies.

1963 - Sugar Shack (Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs)

Sugar Shack

"Sugar Shack", co-written by Keith McCormack and his aunt Fay Voss, is recorded by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireball in '63. It was a hugh hit for the American rock 'n' roll band as it topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks (October - November '63).

Thursday, 24 June 2010

1963 - Blue Velvet (Bobby Vinton)

Blue Velvet

"Blue Velvet" is a popular song, written by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris, that has been recorded by several artists. It was first a hit for Tony Bennett in 1951, when it peaked at #16 on the Billboard Best Selling Pop Singles Chart.

Bobby Vinton's version of the song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September '63, and held the top spot for 3 weeks. It also spent 8 weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart.

Vinton's version of "Blue Velvet" failed to make the British charts when it was first released, but a re-released version in 1990 went to #2 in the United Kingdom.


She wore blue velvet
Bluer than velvet was the night
Softer than satin was the light
From the stars

She wore blue velvet
Bluer than velvet were her eyes
Warmer than May her tender sighs
Love was ours

Ours a love I held tightly
Feeling the rapture grow
Like a flame burning brightly
But when she left, gone was the glow of

Blue velvet
But in my heart there'll always be
Precious and warm, a memory
Through the years

And I still can see blue velvet
Through my tears

1963 - She Loves You (The Beatles)

She Loves You

"She Loves You"
is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney,originally recorded by The Beatles for release as a single in 1963. The single set and surpassed several records in the United Kingdom charts, and set a record in the United States by being one of the five Beatles songs which held the top five positions in the American charts simultaneously. It is The Beatles' best-selling single in the United Kingdom. Topping the UK Single charts for 4 weeks in September and again 2 weeks in November, 1963. It was the best selling single in Britain that year.

The song is also a #1 hit in US Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks in March '64.

John Lennon – vocal, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney – vocal, bass
George Harrison – harmony vocal, lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums