How The Beatles and The Beach Boys Took Over the World of 60s Music

All about the albums that became hits in 1963, or the story of the rise of The Beatles and The Beach Boys to the top of world fame...

Best Albums of 1963

The 1960s were the time when world music stars grew like mushrooms after the rain: bands were formed, albums were released, iconic songs were written, etc. Frank Sinatra has been captivating the audience with his velvety voice for many years, and the legendary The Beatles were just beginning their musical career. Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Coltrane - the world charts were full of legendary names.

It was a very interesting time, and the best albums of that era are still popular among music lovers.

History in a Day: Beatles Record Please Please Me
Album cover for Please, Please Me.

The Beatles take the stage

One of the first significant events of the year took place on January 19 at the Late Evening at the Palladium program. A little-known group of musicians from Liverpool performed on a TV show. Thus began a very eventful year for the Liverpool Four.

On February 11, the group got together to record their first album, Please, Please Me, which became their breakthrough. All the material for the album was recorded in 10 hours and on April 12, "Please, please me" topped the UK National Songs Chart and stayed at number one for 6 months. But the Beatles didn't stop there.

In the same year, the band's second studio album, With The Beatles, saw the light of day. This time the four did not hurry. Work on the album lasted for several months, and by the time the album was released on November 22, it had received 250,000 pre-orders, so the album went "silver" even before it was released. It stayed at number one on the national list for 21 weeks. The most popular song on the album was "All My Loving" by Paul McCartney.

...and the guys from the beach

The Beach Boys were on a roll that year too. The group released three albums, all three of which were at the top of the charts in the United States.

The first album was "Surfin' USA", released in March and ranked second on the US hit list. The title track of the same name reached number three on the hit list and was the band's first major success. True, the success of the song had to be shared with the famous musician Chuck Berry, the author of the melody.

The third studio album was called "Surfer girl" and took 7th place in the charts. The title track was written by Brian Wilson, then 19 years old. The composition "Our car club" expanded the theme of the group's songs. Now, racing cars have been added to surfing.

"Little deuce coupe" is the fourth album and the fourth place in the chart. The new album was completely dedicated to the automotive theme. The title of both the album and the lead track, "Little Deuce Coupe", is a reference to the Model B Ford hot-rod car. The same car flaunts on the cover of the album.

Best sales

Sales leaders in the 63rd year often intersected with those who led the hit parade. So, the second album of The Beatles "With the Beatles" became the best-selling album in the UK.

The best-selling single of the year also belongs to the Liverpool Four - "She loves you". The song was intended as an "answer" to Bobby Rydel's "Forget him". The song had its own peculiarity: the story was told in the third person, while romantic songs were usually sung in the first person. As a result, the song was very warmly received by the audience, and the rhythmic refrain "Yeah, yeah, yeah" became a memorable "trick" not only for the song, but also for the group.

Especially for West Germany, the single was translated and performed in German, although the band itself did not like this experience.

In the US, according to Billboard magazine, The Beach Boys' song "Surfin' USA" was the best-selling single. The lyrics to the song were written by Brian Wilson and set to the Chuck Berry song "Sweet little sixteen".

Of the albums, the soundtrack to the film "West Side Story" by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins received the biggest sales. The film was based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which was an adaptation of Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The film's soundtrack included 19 tracks. The year before, in 1962, the film won the Grammy Award for Best Original Score, and its popularity continued the following year.

In the 63rd year, the Grammy Award went to Barbara Streisand for the album that bears her name.

The best song was "Days of wine and roses" by Henry Mancini, which was nominated for this award 72 times in total.

Summing up, 1963 turned out to be very interesting and eventful for music lovers. Many well-known bands were actively working to delight their fans with new bright hits and albums, and some were just starting their journey to success and world fame.

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