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The year begins with Telstar by The Tornadoes, produced by Joe Meek, enjoying its second week at No1 in the Billboard US pop singles chart, while Return To Sender by Elvis Presley remains at No1 in the UK for a third week.
Bobby Darin records When My Baby Smiles At Me in Capitol Recording Studios, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On his first visit to the UK, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Surbiton Folk Club, Surbiton.
In US music trade magazine Billboard, Leonard Chess of Chess Records states that, "As it stands today, there's virtually no difference between rock'n'roll, pop and rhythm and blues. The music has completely overlapped."
Dizzy Gillespie records tracks for the album, Dizzy For President, in the USA.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to find success as The Swinging Blue Jeans]play a lunchtime session in The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to find success as The Swinging Blue Jeans]play in The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Kingston Trio record Road To Freedom, written by Trio member John Stewart, for Capitol Records in the USA.
Dance On by guitar instrumental group The Shadows, reaches No1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Frank Ifield qualifies for a gold disc for one million worldwide sales of his hit single Lovesick Blues.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows are in the Canary Islands, Spain, Europe, working on the film Wonderful Life.
Helen Shapiro releases the album 12 Hits And A Miss Helen Shapiro, on Capitol Records in Canada.
Singer and guitarist Joe Brown and his Bruvvers play at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, UK.
The Tornados play in the MU Ball at The Locarno Ballroom, Old Town Square, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
While The Beatles are rehearsing for the BBC-organised Swinging Sound 63, a trad jazz/beat music package at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Paul McCartney meets actress Jane Asher, soon to become his girlfriend. She will inspire songs including All My Loving, And I Love Her, I'm Looking Through You, You Won't See Me, We Can Work It Out, Here, There and Everywhere, and For No One. For the record, the Royal Albert Hall show also features Del Shannon, The Springfields, Rolf Harris, Shane Fenton, Kenny Lynch, The Vernons Girls and Lance Percival, and is compered by jazz veteran George Melly. The Rolling Stones also go along to hang out with The Beatles.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at Caf
Bob Dylan sings live and is interviewed on the Studs Terkel Wax Museum radio show on WFMT in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Beatles' latest single, From Me To You, is released in Sweden on Odeon Records.
The Barron Knights play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by The Crescendos featuring Joe E. Martin.
The Kingsmen record their version of the Richard Berry song Louie Louie.
Two further editions of Pop Go The Beatles are recorded by the group at the BBC's Paris Studio, London, UK, before the night's shows at The Granada, Tooting, on a nationwide tour with Roy Orbison. On the same day, Ray Charles plays the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
1. The Animals play at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, during a two-month residency.
The Rolling Stones play at the Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, UK.
In Jackson, Mississippi, USA, anti-segregation campaigner Medgar Evers is shot in the back and killed by a white racist gunman. Evers' death will be the spark for the Bob Dylan song Only A Pawn In Their Game.
The Rolling Stones play two shows - first at Studio 51, Soho, London, and then later at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, London, UK.
UK pop star Adam Faith is awarded the title of Best-Dressed Show Business Personality of the Year by The British Federation of Clothing Manufacturers.
After a four-year break, The Newport Folk Festival returns at Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The three-day event features Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Lee Hooker, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter Paul And Mary.
Bob Dylan pre-records two recently composed songs, Blowin' In the Wind and Only A Pawn In Their Game, for the tv programme Songs Of Freedom, on WNEW-tv in New York City, USA.
The Dowlands play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, supported by Barrie James, The Soundtracks, The Strangers and The Four Specs.
The Jetblacks play at The Cavern, Liverpool, UK. Their bass player, John Paul Jones, will go on to be a founder member of Led Zeppelin.
Novelty song Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah by Chicago-born comedy script writer and singer Allan Sherman, peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
The Sentinels play at The Cascade Club, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges and organist Wild Bill Davis record the album Mess of Blues for Verve Records in New York City, USA.
Fats Domino releases a new single, Red Sails In The Sunset, on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
Dizzy Gillespie records Con Alma and Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be in Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
BBC television in the UK transmits a thirty minute long documentary entitled The Mersey Sound, including footage of The Beatles in concert.
Liverpool-born singer Frankie Vaughan appears on UK tv show Day By Day.
Steve Allen, Mel Torme and Jayne Meadows are the guests when The Judy Garland Show is taped for the CBS-tv network in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Chris Barber Jazz Band plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by Curtis Jones.
The Regency Dance Band play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, supported by Danny And The Detonators.
Frank Kelly & The Hunters play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by Red Starr and the Stereos.
The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, USA, inspired almost as many songs as it did conspiracy theories. Among the most memorable are He Was A Friend Of Mine by The Byrds [and others], Abraham, Martin And John by Marvin Gaye [and others], Dallas 1pm by Saxon and November 22nd 1963 by Destroy All Monsters. And let's not forget JAMES DOTSON - A Tragedy In Dallas, THE JUSTICE BROTHERS - The Tragedy Of John F. Kennedy, THE SOUTHERN GOSPEL BAND - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, HASIL ADKINS - Memories Of Kennedy, JIM KLINK - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, BUDDY PASTUCK - John F. Kennedy, BILL KUSHNER - J.F.K.bAnd That Terrible Day, HONORABLE BOB PETERS - A Sunny Day In Dallas, HAYDEN PRIVETT - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, JOHNNY DEE - A Tribute To President Kennedy, RALPH RYAN - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, LOWELL YODER - Don't Blame The State Of Texas, HASILADKINS - Memories Of Kennedy, JOHNNY TUCKER - Mr. Kennedy, BOBBY JENZEN - Two Brothers, HOMER HENDERSON - Lee Harvey Was A Friend Of Mine.
Jack Jones enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA with his version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song Wives And Lovers. It will peak at No14 during a ten-week run on the chart.
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King Curtis plays the seventh night of a two-week season at The Latin Casino, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Bob Dylan is given The Tom Paine Award by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee for his work to advance civil rights, at the Bill Of Rights Dinner in the Americana Hotel, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan is given The Tom Paine Award by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee for his work to advance civil rights, at the Bill Of Rights Dinner in the Americana Hotel.
Duke Ellington begins a season at the Golden Key Club, 641 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, which will last for nineteen days.
Inspired by the questions asked in Bob Dylan's song Blowin' In the Wind, Sam Cooke records A Change Is Gonna Come for RCA Victor Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sonny Boy Williamson II plays at The Marquee Club, Oxford Street, London, supported by Cyril Davies All Stars.