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Elvis, Ray Charles and others - all about the best songs of 1962...

Best Songs of 1962

The 60s of the last century were a truly "golden age" in the history of music. Groups were born, which later became pillars of various genres, songs were recorded, which later became known as "classics". 1962 was no exception. Let's talk about this in more detail.

Top Ratings

There were 5 songs on the list of the greatest hits of 1962, and three of them belong to Elvis Presley (who, by the way, did not die, but flew home :))

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

One of them was “Return to Sender”, released in September, which is also the soundtrack to the film with the deep title “Girls! Girls! Girls!". The song charted in countries ranging from Ireland to the US, and was ranked number two in Buillboard magazine.

The song "Can't help falling in love", which was already on the hit lists in the past 61st year, received high ratings.

And another position on the chart was also with the Elvis song - “Good luck charm”. The song was written by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold and has retained its fame to this day, as has the song "Can't help falling in love".

1st place in the magazine "Billboard" was taken by the song "I can't stop loving you". It was originally written and performed by singer/songwriter Don Gibson, but that year it was performed by Ray Charles and the single became very popular.

Last on the list, but not least, was The Tornados' song "Talstar", performed in an unusual genre of space age pop. In the UK hits chart, the single lasted 25 weeks, 5 of the bottom - at first place.

I would also like to add that in the same year, Tony Bennett and his immortal song “I left my heart in San Francisco” received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

The Beatles

At the same time, The Beatles are actively writing their history. Their manager was replaced by Brian Epstein, who put a lot of energy into the business. The famous Thursday didn't have much luck at first, after the first dry-out on January 1st they were told that "guitar bands are out of fashion".

In February, the group performed on BBC radio, but Epstein failed to secure a lucrative contract. The group left for the third tour, and then everything finally changed. The recordings fell into the hands of George Martin of EMI. Within the company, Martin was known as an intellectual and an original. It was he who was able to appreciate the talented play of young musicians. A happy telegram was sent to Liverpool, where the group was at that moment. Thus began their first contract and the recording of the album "Please, please me".

The birth of a classic

While The Beatles were desperately seeking recognition, another group that later gained worldwide fame was just beginning to gather its members.

Interestingly, they were originally conceived as a "rebellious" version of The Beatles, and in the end they got up with them on the same level. You have probably already understood that we are talking about The Rolling Stones, the legend of rock in its most diverse variations, from blues to psychedelics.

The Rolling Stones logo
The Rolling Stones logo

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had known each other since school, but they met Brian Jones, Ian Stewart and Dick Taylor precisely in the 62nd and on July 12 they performed at a concert together, for the first time under the name of The Rolling Stones.

Small miracle

That's not all that happened in the world of music that year. Another, then, however, unnoticed event happened in the Motown studios. The 12-year-old boy recorded his first two albums, The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie and Tribute to Uncle Ray. Because of the early talent, the guy was nicknamed the Miracle. Thus began the career of the famous Stevie Wonder.

1962 turned out to be rich in beautiful songs and interesting stories. From jazz maestro Ray Charles to the flamboyant The Rolling Stones, this year has had everything a music lover needs to be happy.

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