Friday, September 02, 2016

Top tunes of '63

Following my last post about my historic choices for the top 20 tunes of 1962, I thought readers might be interested in my favourite records of 1963 which, like the others, were selected in May 1964. On this occasion I selected the top ten records for January to June and for July to December, 1963. Looking at it now it's a slightly odd list, but an interesting one none the less. Comments welcome.
Here was my top ten for January to June.
1. Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick.
2. Who Do You Love - Ronnie Hawkins.
3. That's Life - Gabriel and the Angels.
4. You Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles.
5. Do Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals.
6. This Empty Place - Dionne Warwick.
7. Wild Weekend - The Rockin' Rebels.
8. Sandy - Dion.
9. Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys.
10= If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul.
10= Let's Stomp - Bobby Comstock.
Here's the top ten for July to December 1963.
1. Let It Rock - Chuck Berry.
2. Shame Shame Shame - Jimmy Reed.
3. Walkin' The Dog - Rufus Thomas.
4. One Fine Day - The Chiffons.
5. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker.
6. Go Go Go - Chuck Berry.
7. Just One Look - Doris Troy.
8. It's All Right - The Impressions.
9. Surf City - Jan and Dean.
10. Swinging On A Star - Big Dee Irwin.
Here's a photo of Doris Troy at the 100 Club in 1995.


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