The Top Ten Songs This Week In 1963

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frankie valli The Top Ten Songs This Week In 1963

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It’s early February, 1963.  Last year, a hot new group debuted and they’re just about to rack up their 3rd #1 hit in a row.  Out of New Jersey, The 4 Seasons, led by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Frankie Valli[/lastfm], are burning up the charts with “Walk Like A Man,” which would debut on the top 10 at #6 NEXT WEEK.  The Jersey Boys have already scored with their debut song, “Sherry,” just this past summer-early fall and with the follow-up, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which just dropped out of the top 10.  Both of those tunes reached the top and stayed at #1 for 5 weeks each!  “Walk Like A Man” will capture the top spot on March 2nd and remain there for 3 consecutive weeks.

“Walk Like A Man” is number 15 this week after debuting at #40 last week!  Here are the current Top Ten Hits THIS week in 1963 (last week’s position in brackets)….

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1.   WALK RIGHT IN/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Rooftop Singers[/lastfm] (1) — it’s #1 for the second and final week.  The group recorded this old old tune and made it a smash.  It was originally a hit in 1929!  A fella by the name of Gus Cannon composed it and then, nearly a quarter of a century later, saw it reach #1 by the Rooftop Singers.  Gus was 79 years old when this tune hit the top!  There was another version of it at the same time by The Moments, a folk singing group put together by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lee Hazelwood[/lastfm].  Their version only stayed on the top 100 for 5 weeks and peaked at a weak #82.

2.   HEY PAULA/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul and Paula [/lastfm](2) — stuck at #2, this would hit #1 next week and remain at the top for 3 straight weeks.  Paul and Paula were actually Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson from Texas!  They originally performed under their real names, Jill & Ray, but for this, their first hit, to make sense, they changed their stage name to “Paul and Paula.”  They’d have a couple more tunes make the charts after this one, but neither could surpass the success of “Hey Paula.”

3.   THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bobby Vee[/lastfm] (5) — this would be Bobby’s 5th and last top ten song until 1967’s “Come Back When You Grow Up.”  His follow-up tune, “Charms,” peaked at #13 in the spring, but, like many American artists, Bobby would find chart success hard to come by during the British Music Invasion that started in January of 1964.  Bobby’s only #1 song, by the way, was “Take Good Care Of My Baby” in late summer of ’61, a tune penned by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Carole King [/lastfm]and Gerry Goffin.

4.   GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steve Lawrence[/lastfm] (3) — this was the first hit to use “overdubbing” in the final mix.  Steve actually sang along with himself, harmonizing with the first track he layed down earlier.  This was #1 for 2 weeks in January and was his biggest hit and first release for Columbia Records, where he just landed.  He stayed with Columbia throughout the remainder of the 60’s.

5.   LOOP DE LOOP/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Johnny Thunder[/lastfm] (13) — the Loop De Loop was a dance.  This was based on a children’s song called “Looby Loo.”  It was Johnny’s only hit.  Johnny (Gil Hamilton) was from Florida.

6.   IT’S UP TO YOU/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rick Nelson[/lastfm] (9) — this would be Rick’s last top ten song on Imperial Records, where he called home since late 1957.  He’d next sign with Decca (the same label that TURNED [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Beatles[/lastfm] DOWN!) and score another top ten hit with “For You” a year from now.  That would be Rick’s LAST top ten tune in the sixties.  He wouldn’t reach the top ten again until 1972’s “Garden Party.”

7.   UP ON THE ROOF/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Drifters [/lastfm](11) — yet another hit written in the Brill Building in New York City by the 60’s powerhouse songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin.  This was the Drifters’ first top ten song since their #1 hit, “Save The Last Dance For Me” in 1960, when [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ben E. King [/lastfm]was lead singer.  Rudy Lewis, Ben E. King’s successor, sang lead on this.  Tragically, Rudy died in May of 1964.  He suffered a heart attack at the shockingly young age of 27.  Johnny Moore then assumed lead vocal duties for the group.

8.   TELL HIM/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Exciters [/lastfm](4) — [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dusty Springfield [/lastfm]said that this is the song that inspired her to move from “folk” music to “rock and soul.”  It was the Exciters’ only top 40 hit.  They were from Jamaica, New York.  They also recorded the song “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” and placed it in the top 100 in early 1964.  It peaked at #78.  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Manfred Mann [/lastfm]would make the same tune a #1 song in late 1964.  It was their first hit in the U.S.

9.   TWO LOVERS/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mary Wells[/lastfm] (7) — this was a song not about two different lovers, but about ONE guy who had TWO different personalities when it came to his relationship with Mary.   He was a Jekyll and Hyde.  We’ve always thought she should have dumped him long ago….but, seriously, the tune was written by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Smokey Robinson [/lastfm]and Smokey claimed it reflected his feelings about his wife, Claudette!

10.  MY DAD/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul Petersen[/lastfm] (6) — for anyone who had a close relationship with their father, this song was guaranteed to bring a tear to their eye.  It was the ultimate “role model” tune about dads everywhere.  “He isn’t much in the eyes of the world.  He’ll never make history.  No he isn’t much in the eyes of the world, but he is the world to me.  My dad, now here is a man.  To me he is everything strong, no he can’t do wrong, my dad.  My dad, now he understands.  When I bring him troubles to share, oh, he’s always there, my dad.  When I was small, I felt ten feet tall, when I walked by his side, and everyone would say ‘that’s his son’ and my heart would burst with pride.  My dad, oh I love him so, and I only hope that someday my own son will say, ‘My dad; now here is a man….'”  By the way, have you told YOUR dad lately how much he means to YOU?

And there they are…the TOP TEN SONGS This Week in 1963….

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