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** Music by the Month **

The Year was 1963... the Month: August ---

"But now it's Judy's turn to cry, Judy turn to cry, Judy's turn to cri-i-i... 'Cause Johnny's come back..... to me." That's what we were singing in August 1963. Leslie Gore's bit hit flew on to the charts at number 3. A song with a similar sound and theme, "My Boyfriend's Back," by the Angels, was number 10.

We were also dancing to the number one song, Little Stevie Wonder's first huge hit, "Fingertips, Part II" in August 1963.("Say yeaaaa!")

Summer songs were a big part of August 1963. "Wipeout" (Safaris), "Surf City" (Jan & Dean), and "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" (Allen Sherman) were all in the top 20.

But we had varied tastes in the early days of rock n'roll. Peter, Paul & Mary's version of Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" was number 2. Kai Winding's "More" was number 9, "If I Had a Hammer" by Trini Lopez was number 14 , and "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" by Rolf Harris was number 16. We were even singing German that summer; yep, Wayne Newton's "Danke Shoen" was number 19.

So there was a little soft music, some classic folk music, some silly music, and a lot of good, old summertime rock and roll in August of 1963.

I was just getting into rock n' roll in the summer of August 1963. And what a wonderful collection we all had to listen to!

"So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde
And that's it hangin' on the shed!!"

That's why I loved summers in the 60s; that why I still love rock n' roll.... nearly 40 years later!

What were you doing... in August of 1963?


We have the lyrics to some of these songs, and 750 others, in the Lyrics section of our Music Room.

Next month, we'll look back at September 1973. Be sure to check out BBHQ in September.

More? Pick and month and year to view our "Music by the Month" archives...

August, '68 September, '63 October, '70 November, '72 December, '65
January, '60 February, '66 March, '73 April, '61 May, '64
June, '70 July, '59 August, '69 September, '66 October, '74
November, '67 December, '62 January, '71 February, '68 March, '60
April, '75 May, '65 June, '68 July, '58 August, '63
September, '73 October, '67 November, '71 December, '66 January, '70
February, '57 March, '72      


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