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Song of the Year 1962



The Beach Boys come on the music scene as one of the first rock and roll bands. No front man named and a cohesive group who played their own instruments. Surfin USA was their first hit. Members were brothers and cousins Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson


Billboard Top 40 of 1962


0. Stranger on the Shore - Acker Bilk

1. Miserlou - Dick Dale
2. Twist and Shout - Isley Brothers
3. Do You Love Me - Contours
4. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
5. You Belong To Me - Duprees
6. The Loco-motion - Little Eva
7. Let's Dance - Chris Montez
8. Return To Sender - Elvis Presley
9. Limbo Rock - Chubby Checker
10. Big Girls Don't Cry - Four Seasons
11. Party Lights - Claudine Clark
12. Twistin' The Night Away - Sam Cooke
13. The Wah Watusi - the Orlons
14. Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
15. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen - Neil Sedaka
16. Surfin' USA - Beach Boys
17. Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
18. Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
19. Alley Cat - Bent Fabric
20. Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
21. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) - Roy Orbison
22. The Stripper - David Rose
23. Desafinado - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
24. Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
25. The Wanderer - Dion
26. Town Without Pity - Gene Pitney
27. Green Onions - Booker T. and the MG's
28. Sherry - Four Seasons
29. Having A Party - Sam Cooke
30. I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
31. Soldier Boy - Shirelles
32. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka
33. Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
34. Roses are Red (My Love) - Bobby Vinton
35. Surfin' - Beach Boys
36. Don't Hang Up - the Orlons
37. Baby Its Cold Outside - Ray Charles & Betty Carter
38. 409 - Beach Boys
39. Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
40. Baby, It's You - the Shirelles

Top Albums of 1962


1. West Side Story - Soundtrack
2. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Henry Mancini
3. Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley
4. Camelot - Original Cast
5. The Sound of Music - Original Cast



The Grammy's 1962


Record of the Year - I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett

Album of the Year -  The First Family, Vaughn Meader

Song of the Year - What Kind of Fool Am I, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, songwriters

Best New Artist of 1962 - Robert Goulet

Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male - I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett

Best Solo Vocal Performance, female- Ella Fitzgerald

Best Rock and Roll Recording - Alley Cat, Bent Fabric

Best Rhythm and Blues Recording - I Can't Stop Loving You, Ray Charles

Best Country and Western Recording - Funny Way of Laughin', Burl Ives

Best Folk Recording - If I Had a Hammer, Peter, Paul and Mary


Best Album Cover - Judy at Carnegie Hall



judy garland 1962



The Tony's (Musicals) 1962


Outstanding Musical - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Actor Musical - Robert Morse, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Actress Musical - Anna Marie Alberghetti, Carnival and Diane Carroll, No Strings

Actor Musical Supporting - Charles Nelson Reilly, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Actress Musical Supporting - Phyllis Newman, Subways are for Sleeping

Outstanding Director Musical - Abe Burrows, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying




Top Ten Songs of 1962

1964 car radio


Music News 1962


The Four Seasons 1962Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons release their first hits, Sherry and Big Girls Don't Cry. Subsequent  hits followed: Dawn, Walk Like a Man, Let's Hang On, Working My Way Back To You, and Can't Take My Eyes Off You. The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990





Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet Brian Jones at The Ealing Club  in London.



bob marley 1962



Bob Marley releases his first record, Judge Not. It is also the year Jamaica becomes an independent nation



Ringo Starr joins the Beatles after they fire Pete Best. They release their first single, Love Me Do in the UK. 


Rock & Roll 1962


Dick Dale and the Del-Tones


Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950's and was soon given the title King of the Surf Guitar. He was the first to test and use the new Stratocaster guitar from Fender. He was also the first to jump concert volume from the standard 4 setting of the time, to 10. Though infamous in Southern California drawing large crowds for years, it wasn't until 1962 that Miserlou became a national hit. Dale greatly influenced not only the Beach Boys and the Chantays (Pipline) but Jimi Hendriks as well.



Rhythm & Blues 1962



Howling Wolf 1962

Howling Wolf,
one of the mighty of the Chicago Bluesmen has a hit with this album that includes Little Red Rooster made famous by
The Rolling Stones and Back Door Man by The Doors.




Jazz 1962


Acker Bilt 1962



Acker Bilt,
Stranger on the Shore. Grammy Hall of Fame Album for 1962.





The Lonely Bull 
by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass crosses over from Jazz to Pop.




Country & Western 1962


1962 Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western MusicThinking Ray Charles is nuts for wanting to do a C&W album, his handlers produce it expecting a flop. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music is not only a hit, but in the top 100 of albums of all time and #2 album of all time on the Country Charts



Folk Music 1962



bob dylan 1962


New kid on the block Bob Dylan gets good reviews for his first Album



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