The Music Of January-June 1963

This is a music survey from KEWB in January of 1963.

January 1963

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Hey Paula” by Paul & Paula, “Walk Right In” by The Rooftop Singers, “Pepino The Italian Mouse” by Lou Monte, “Our Winter Love” by Bill Pursell, “That’s The Way Love Is” by Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Little Tin Soldier” by The Toy Dolls, “Up On The Roof” by The Drifters, “Aw Mercy” by Booker T & The MG’s, “Rhythm Of The Rain” by The Cascades, “My Dad” by Paul Peterson, “Loop De Loop” by Johnny Thunder, “Half Heaven Half Heartache” by Gene Pitney, “Little Town Flirt” by Del Shannon, “Proud” by Johnny Crawford, “Strange I Know” by The Marvelettes, “He’s Sure The Boy I Love” by The Crystals, “Look At Me” by Dobie Gray, “Ain’t Gonna Kiss Ya’ ” by The Searchers, “Ruby Baby” by Dion, “Walk Like A Man” by The Four Seasons, “Blame It On The Bossa Nova” by Eydie Gorme, “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by The Miracles, “The Gypsy Cried” by Lou Christie, “Hitch Hike” by Marvin Gaye, “Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart” by The Furys and “Remember Then” by The Earls.

February 1963

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Wild Weekend” by The Rockin’ Rebels, “What Will My Mary Say?” by Johnny Mathis, “Boss” by The Rumblers, “You’re The Reason I’m Living” by Bobby Darin, “Mama Didn’t Lie” by Jan Bradley, “Alice In Wonderland” by Neil Sedaka, “Let’s Turkey Trot” by Little Eva, “Every Day I Have To Cry Some” by Steve Alaimo, “From A Jack To A King” by Ned Miller, “In Dreams” by Roy Orbison, “Butterfly Baby” by Bobby Rydell, “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons, “Guilty” by Jim Reeves, “Southwest” by Johnny Beacher, “They Remind Me Too Much Of You” and “One Broken Heart For Sale” by Elvis Presley, “Send Me Some Loving” by Sam Cooke, “Our Day Will Come” by Ruby & The Romantics, “Peanuts” by The Four Seasons, “End Of The World” by Skeeter Davis, “Let’s Limbo Some More” and “Twenty Miles” by Chubby Checker, “South Street” by The Orlons, “I Wanna Be Around” by Tony Bennett and “Puddin N Tain” by The Alley Cats (KYA).

March 1963

One of my favorite dj’s would debut on KYA this month-he was “Emperor” Gene Nelson (I was an official Royal Commando). Songs that would debut locally this month were “Sandy” by Dion, “Young And In Love” by Dick & Deedee, “Heart” by Kenny Chandler, “Don’t Set Me Free” by Ray Charles, “Laughin’ Boy” by Mary Wells, “Do The Bird” by Deedee Sharp, “Here I Stand” by The Rip Chords, “Don’t Say Nothing Bad About My Baby” by The Cookies, “Sun A Rise” by Rolf Harris, “Don’t Be Afraid Little Darlin’ ” by Steve Lawrence, “Hot Pastrami” by The Dartells, “Boss Guitar” by Duane Eddy, “On Broadway” by The Drifters, “Fly Me To The Moon” by Joe Harnell, “Mr. Bass Man” by Johnny Cymbal, “Love For Sale” by Arthur Lyman, “Young Lovers” by Paul & Paula, “Puff, The Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul & Mary,”Watermelon Man” by Mongo Santamaria, “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” by Andy Williams, “Amy” by Paul Peterson, “Lockin’ Up My Heart” by The Marvelettes, “Over The Mountain” by Bobby Vinton, “He’s Got The Power” by The Exciters, “Two Faces Have I” by Lou Christie,”Charms” by Bobby Vee, “You Should Have Been There” by The Fleetwoods, “Anyone Who Had A Heart” by Dionne Warwick, “What A Guy” by The Raindrops and “Wild Goose” by The Intruders (KYA).

April 1963

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Foolish Little Girl” by The Shirelles, “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” by Darlene Love, “Baby Work Out” by Jackie Wilson, “Since I Don’t Have You” by The Four Seasons, “He’s A Bad Boy” by Carole King, “Surfin’ U.S.A.” by The Beach Boys, “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March, “A Love She Can Count On” by The Miracles, “The Bounce” by The Olympics, “Days Of Wine And Roses” by Andy Williams, “Bony Moronie” by The Appalachians, “Mother Please” by Jo Ann Campbell, “The Reverend Mr. Black” by The Kingston Trio, “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul, “El Watusi” by Ray Barreto, “Another Saturday Night” by Sam Cooke, “Linda” by Jan & Dean, “Please Please Me” by The Beatles (this was the calm before the storm- a Beatle record that would stay on the outer fringes of the Top 40 for a few weeks and then fall off the charts, only to reappear early next year with Beatlemania), “Tomcat” by The Rooftop Singers, “Pipeline” by The Chantays, “Mecca” by Gene Pitney, “Losing You” by Brenda Lee, “Killer Joe” by The Rocky Fellers, “You Can’t Sit Down” by The Dovells, “The Love Of A Man” by Theola Kilgore , “Little Latin Lupe Lu” by The Righteous Brothers, “He’s Best In Town” by The Rocky Fellers (KYA), “The Folksinger” by Tommy Roe (KYA) and “Memory Lane” by The Hippies (KYA)

May 1963

Songs that would debut locally this month were “How Can I Forget” by Jimmy Holiday, “If You Need Me” by Wilson Pickett, “Still” by Bill Anderson, “Take These Chains From My Heart”by Ray Charles, “Prisoner Of Love” by James Brown, “Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals, “I’m A Stranger In Your Town” by The Shacklefords, “Come And Get These Memories” by Martha & The Van Dellas, “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore, “I Love You Because” by Al Martino, “Hello Stranger” by Barbara Lewis, “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto,

“Swingin’ On A Star” by Big Dee Irwin (with Little Eva), “You’ll Need Another Favor” by Little Johnny Taylor, “Pride And Joy” by Marvin Gaye, “Let’s Go Steady Again” by Neil Sedaka, “Gravy Waltz” by Steve Allen, “Don’t Make My Baby Blue” by Frankie Laine, “Just One Look” by Doris Troy, “Out Ridin’ ” by Steve Rowland, “My Summer Love” by Ruby & The Romantics, “The Good Life” by Tony Bennett, “18 Yellow Roses” by Bobby Darin and “Do It Rat Now” by The Bill Black Combo (KYA).

June 1963

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Memphis” by Lonnie Mack, “So Much In Love” by The Tymes, “Blue On Blue” by Bobby Vinton, “Surf City” by Jan & Dean, “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer” by Nat ‘King’ Cole, “Detroit City” by Bobby Bare, “Lovers” by The Blendtones, “Easier Said Than Done” by The Essex, “Every Step Of The Way” by Johnny Mathis, “String Along” by Ricky Nelson, “Old Smokey Locomotion” by Little Eva, “Your Old Stand By” by Mary Wells, “I Wish I Were A Princess” by Little Peggy March, “Dancin’ Holiday” by The Olympics, “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport” by Rolf Harris, “One Fine Day” by The Chiffons, “Goodnight My Love” by The Fleetwoods, “Fingertips” by Little Stevie Wonder, “Not Me” by The Orlons, “Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “Scarlet O’Hara” by Jet Harris & Tony Meehan and also by Lawrence Welk, “Green Green” by The New Christy Minstrels, “Love Is A Once In A Lifetime Thing” by Dick & Deedee, “Daughter” by The Blenders, “Don’t Say Goodnight And Mean Goodbye” by the Shirelles, “Wipeout” by The Surfaris, “Blowing In The Wind” by Peter,Paul & Mary, “More” by Kai Winding and “Harry The Hairy Ape” by Ray Stevens. 🙂 🙂 🙂

References: The music surveys of KEWB and KYA in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in California, U.S.A.

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