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Hard To Find Jukebox Classics - 1963
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Hard To Find Jukebox Classics – 1963
 Rock, Rhythm & Pop 
Hit Parade Records      

Hit Parade CD #12314 (Import)         $15.98          Add to cart

1963 was a fabulously fruitful year for pop music, as girl groups wrestled for chart space with surf, vocal pop, R&B, soul, country, rockin’ instrumentals and huge novelty hits. Our Hard to Find Jukebox Classics series now turns to this remarkable year in pop, and boy oh boy do we have some exciting collectibles from all these genres for you!

The lead story: the worldwide stereo debut of the Surfaris’ #2 smash “Wipe Out.” Wait ’til you hear those electrifying guitar riffs and long reverb trails spread out in stereo as the pounding drums plow full-steam ahead straight up the middle! That immortal moment in rock ’n’ roll is track one, and track two is another sonic delight: the Phil Spector-produced Crystals classic “Then He Kissed Me,” also debuting in stereo.

That’s a real girl-group find, and so is this: Diane Ray’s infectious Top 40 hit “Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard,” a simply marvelous record whose double-tracked single version debuts right here in stereo! Next is the Tony Hatch-penned “Forget Him”, Bobby Rydell’s last Top 10 hit, immediately followed by “More,” the instantly-recognizable Kai Winding theme from the movie Mondo Cane and one of four great instrumentals here.

Those hunting for sublime ’60s soul and R&B have much to rejoice about in this CD. Front and center is the stereo debut of Rufus Thomas’s biggest hit, “Walking the Dog,” as are the out-and-out deep soul classics “The Love of My Man” by Theola Kilgore and “Cry Baby” by Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters.

On the pop-rock side, you get the rare stereo version of the Rocky Fellers’ “Killer Joe” (never sounding better), and from the realm of pure pop comes the almost impossible to find Steve & Eydie Top 30 hit “I Want to Stay Here,” written by Goffin & King.

As if that isn’t already diverse enough, we remembered some great country crossover smashes from 1963 as well. You’ll find Bobby Bare’s highest-charting hit “500 Miles Away from Home” and Johnny Tillotson’s bright, bouncy take on “Talk Back Trembling Lips,” a classic rendition that soared well into the pop Top 10.

And speaking of country: one of the most overlooked gems here is Gene Thomas’s fabulous “Baby’s Gone,” written by legends Roy Orbison and Bobby Goldsboro. This is a certifiable lost classic, a wonderful record that shoulda been a smash, making its CD debut here.

Rounding out these 75 minutes are four classic hit novelties by the Ran-Dells (“Martian Hop”) and Lou Monte (“Pepino, the Italian Mouse”) plus Allan Sherman’s smash ditty “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!” and the single-version debut at last (in stereo) of Ray Stevens’ “Ahab, the Arab.”

All but four of these 30 tracks (the most we could possibly fit onto one CD) were Top 40 hits. And please note: these are only the true, original hit versions—a guarantee you’ll never get from download services like iTunes. We use only the best sources, EQ and the correct speeds—everything was carefully compared to the original vinyl singles. This is just like tuning into AM pop radio in ’63, but without the static! The best audio engineers on Earth worked many hours to bring these to you in the absolute highest fidelity (and, in several cases, in stereo for the first time).

When you download an MP3 album, you get nothing like the complete song-by-song annotation and liner notes by Greg Adams that you’ll find here. His histories and biographies will keep you engrossed for more than the full hour you’ll spend listening to this treasure chest of tunes! 1963: oh, what a year...revisit it in grand style with this jam-packed CD of stupendous-sounding original hits!


Listen Track Title Artist Chart Date Stereo
play 1. Worldwide DES Stereo DebutWIPE OUT Surfaris #2 6/63 DES Stereo
play 2. Stereo DebutTHEN HE KISSED ME Crystals #6 8/63 Stereo
play 3. (Today I Met) THE BOY I’M GONNA MARRY Darlene Love #39 4/63 Mono
play 4. Single Version DebutPLEASE DON’T TALK TO THE LIFEGUARD Diane Ray #31 8/63 Stereo
play 5. FORGET HIM Bobby Rydell #4 11/63 Mono
play 6. MORE Kai Winding #8 7/63 Stereo
play 7. I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Barry & The Tamerlanes #21 10/63 Mono
play 8. MR. BASS MAN Johnny Cymbal #16 2/63 Stereo
play 9. TALK BACK TREMBLING LIPS Johnny Tillotson #7 11/63 Stereo
play 10. CD DebutBABY’S GONE Gene Thomas #84 11/63 Mono
play 11. 500 MILES AWAY FROM HOME Bobby Bare #10 10/63 Stereo
play 12. Rare StereoPLEASE Frank Ifield #71 12/63 Stereo
play 13. RareI WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme #28 7/63 Mono
play 14. Rare StereoKISSIN’ ON THE PHONE Paul Anka #35 8/61 Stereo
play 15. SO MUCH IN LOVE Tymes #1 6/63 Mono
play 16. OUR WINTER LOVE Bill Pursell #9 2/63 Stereo
play 17. WHO DO YOU LOVE Sapphires #25 12/63 Mono
play 18. THE LOVE OF MY MAN Theola Kilgore #21 4/63 Mono
play 19. CRY BABY Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters #4 8/63 Stereo
play 20. CD DebutLOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL Monarchs #47 12/63 Mono
play 21. U.S. CD DebutELEPHANT WALK (Native Girl) Donald Jenkins & The Delighters #64 9/63 Mono
play 22. MAMA DIDN’T LIE Jan Bradley #14 1/63 Mono
play 23. IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul #1 3/63 Stereo
play 24. Rare StereoKILLER JOE Rocky Fellers #16 3/63 Stereo
play 25. WILD WEEKEND Rockin’ Rebels #8 12/62 Mono
play 26. DCS Stereo DebutWALKING THE DOG Rufus Thomas #10 10/63 DCS Stereo
play 27. MARTIAN HOP Ran-Dells #16 8/63 Mono
play 28. HELLO MUDDUH, HELLO FADDUH! (A Letter From Camp) Allan Sherman #2 8/63 Stereo
play 29. Single Version DebutAHAB, THE ARAB Ray Stevens #5 6/62 Stereo
play 30. PEPINO, THE ITALIAN MOUSE Lou Monte #5 12/62 Stereo

Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburn’s Record Research series of Billboard chart books.

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