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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.
Thats a real girl-group find, and so is this: Diane Rays infectious Top 40 hit Please Dont 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 Rydells 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 Thomass 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 isnt already diverse enough, we remembered some great country crossover smashes from 1963 as well. Youll find Bobby Bares highest-charting hit 500 Miles Away from Home and Johnny Tillotsons 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 Thomass fabulous Babys 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 Shermans 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 versionsa guarantee youll never get from download services like iTunes. We use only the best sources, EQ and the correct speedseverything 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 youll find here. His histories and biographies will keep you engrossed for more than the full hour youll 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!
– 26 TOP 40 HITS! 30 TRACKS IN ALL (17 IN STEREO), 75 MINUTES OF MUSIC! –
|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 IM GONNA MARRY||Darlene Love||#39||4/63||Mono|
|play||4.||Single Version DebutPLEASE DONT TALK TO THE LIFEGUARD||Diane Ray||#31||8/63||Stereo|
|play||5.||FORGET HIM||Bobby Rydell||#4||11/63||Mono|
|play||7.||I WONDER WHAT SHES 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 DebutBABYS 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 DIDNT 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||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 Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.