Category Archives: 1963

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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The Singing Nun – Dominique

First Hit #1: December 7, 1963 From the first notes, you’ll think “How on earth did this stay at the top of the charts for an entire month?” It’s not very common that a religious song hits the top of … Continue reading

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Dale and Grace – I’m Leaving It Up To You

First Hit #1: November 23, 1963 If there’s one problem with listening to songs predominantly marketed towards teenagers, it’s that you begin to notice how silly teenagers are. Take I’m Leaving It Up To You, which is really about the … Continue reading

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Nino Tempo and April Stevens – Deep Purple

First Hit #1: November 16, 1963 This song seems like a throwback. I’m not entirely sure why, it’s not really jumping on old trends or doing something odd like reviving big band. It even does one of those spoken word … Continue reading

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Jimmy Gilmer – Sugar Shack

First Hit #1: October 12, 1963 Sugar Shack is one of those song which you’re convinced has to be about something more nefarious than it is. On the surface, it’s about a man who goes to a really good, out … Continue reading

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Bobby Vinton – Blue Velvet

First Hit #1: September 21, 1963 And now, from the accidentally creepy file, here’s Blue Velvet, a song David Lynch ruined. Seriously, watch Blue Velvet and the song changes completely, and it’s just not Bobby Vinton’s fault. So, one has … Continue reading

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The Angels – My Boyfriend’s Back

First Hit #1: August 31, 1963 My Boyfriend’s Back is hilarious. The song tells a complete story, one of the Angels’ boyfriends has gone away, and in the interim she has been harassed by some guy, who starts spreading rumors … Continue reading

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