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Number Ones 1963

In America Steve Lawrence took the top spot over from the Tornados with the Goffin & King composition “Go Away Little Girl”.

In March the Four Seasons continued with their success taking “Walk Like A Man” to the top written by group member Bob Gaudio and producer Bob Crewe.

Ronnie Mack’s composition “He’s So Fine” took the  Brooklyn Girl group The Chiffons to number one.

In July Jan & Dean reached number one with “Surf City” written by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

The thirteen year old Little Stevie Wonder had his first hit with “Fingertips Part 2”.

Finishing the year in the U.S. the Belgian born Jeanine Deckers The Singing Nun went to the top with her self penned record “Dominique” she later committed suicide.

Opening the year in Britain Cliff Richard & the Shadows peaked with “The Next Time” and in March the title song from the film “Summer Holiday” written by two of his backing group the Shadows Bruce Welch and Brian Bennet reached the top.

The Shadows had two solo instrumental number ones with “Dance On” in January written by the Avons a U.K. group and in March with “Foot Tapper” written by group members Hank Marvin & Bruce Welch.

Two former Shadows members, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan reached number one in the UK single charts in January with 'Diamonds'.

In April Gerry & the Pacemakers with their first record release “How Do You Do It” and in June with their second release  “I Like It” both written by Mitch Murray went to the top of the hit parade.

With their third release the Rogers & Hammerstein composition taken from the musical Carousel, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” they reached number one in October making them the first act to have their first three released singles go to number one.

The Beatles first record to top all of the U.K. charts was “From Me To You” and had the song writing credits as (McCartney – Lennon) as did the earlier singles released on EMI Parlophone and the songs they had written and recorded on the first Beatles album “Please Please Me”.

“She Loves You” went to number one in September and “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was the last number one of the year. These two singles were listed as being written by (Lennon – McCartney) as were the songs they composed on the album they released in November “With The Beatles”.

Elvis had a number one in August with “Devil in Disguise” and he was the only American act to reach the top in the U.K. charts in 1963.

Brian Poole and the Tremeloes went to the top in October with “Do You Love Me”, the song was a hit for the Contours and written by Gordy Berry the Motown Founder.

What were the N01’s in 1963 ?


      American Titles         


5th Jan



12th Jan

  Go Away Little Girl

  Steve Lawrence

26th Jan

  Walk Right In

  The Rooftop Singers  

9th Feb

  Hey Paula

  Paul & Paula

2nd Mar

  Walk Like A Man

  The Four Seasons

23rd Mar

  Our Day Will Come

  Ruby & the Romantics

30th Mar

  He’s So Fine

  The Chiffons

27th Apr

  I Will Follow Him    

  Little Peggy March

18th May

  If You Wanna Be Happy

  Jimmy Soul

1st Jun

  It’s My Party

  Lesley Gore

15th Jun


  Kyu Sakamoto

6th Jul

  Easier Said Than Done

  The Essex

20th Jul

  Surf City

  Jan And Dean

3rd Aug

  So Much In Love

  The Tymes

10th Aug

  Fingertips Pt. 2

  Little Stevie Wonder

31st Aug

  My Boyfriends Back

  The Angels

21st Sep

  Blue Velvet

  Bobby Vinton

12th Oct

  Sugar Shack

  Jimmy Gilmer & Fireballs

16th Nov

  Deep Purple

Nino Tempo & April stevens  

23rd Nov

  I’m Leaving It Up To You

  Dale & Grace

7th Dec


  The Singing Nun


      British Titles


3rd Jan

 The Next Time

  Cliff Richard & Shadows  

24th Jan

  Dance On!


31st Jan


  Jet Harris & Tony Meehan

21st Feb

  Wayward Wind

  Frank Ifield

14th Mar

  Summer Holiday

  Cliff Richard & Shadows

28th Mar

  Foot Tapper


4th Apr

  Summer Holiday

  Cliff Richard & Shadows  

11th Apr

  How Do You Do It

  Gerry & Pacemakers

2nd May

  From Me To You


20th Jun

  I Like It

  Gerry & Pacemakers

18th Jul


  Frank Ifield

1st Aug

  Devil In Disguise   

  Elvis Presley

8th Aug

  Sweets For My Sweets


22nd Aug

  Bad To Me

  Billy J Kramer & Dakotas

12th Sep

  She Loves You


10th Oct

  Do You Love Me

  Brian Poole & Tremeloes

31st Oct

  You’ll Never Walk Alone

  Gerry & Pacemakers

28th Nov

  She Loves You


12th Dec

  I Want To Hold Your Hand



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