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The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown on Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers On Warner Bros. 1960 To 1969 (1960)

The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown on Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers On Warner Bros. 1960 To 1969 (1960)
"Cathy's Clown" is a popular song, written and recorded by The Everly Brothers, in which the singer informs Cathy that " don't want your love anymore."

"Cathy's Clown" was The Everly Brothers' first single for Warner Bros., after they had recorded for Archie Bleyer's Cadence label for three years. It sold eight million copies worldwide, spending five weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and one week on the R&B chart. It spent seven weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart in May and June 1960. It was the Everly Brothers' biggest-selling single and their third and final U.S. number 1 hit. Billboard ranked it as the number 3 song of the year for 1960.



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In 2004, the song was ranked 149th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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The Beach Boys - Shut Down on Endless Summer (1963)

 The Beach Boys - Shut Down on Endless Summer (1963)
"Shut Down" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian for the US rock band the Beach Boys. The primary melody is a Twelve-bar blues. It was released on their 1963 album Surfin' U.S.A. and was also released on their 1963 album Little Deuce Coupe. It was also released as the B-side of the "Surfin' U.S.A." single. The single peaked at number 23 in the US on the 'Billboard' Hot 100 chart (number seven on the United Press International chart published in newspapers), and number 34 in the UK



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The song details a drag race between a Super-Stock 413 cu. in.-powered 1962 Dodge Dart and a fuel-injected 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray and is derived from a longer poem by Christian. In the end no mention is made on who wins the race.

The song was recorded and released by Jan & Dean on their 1982 album, One Summer Night/Live.

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The Shirelles - Foolish Little Girl on East Side Story Volume 12 (1963)

The Shirelles - Foolish Little Girl on East Side Story Volume 12 (1963)
"Foolish Little Girl" is a song written by Helen Miller and Howard Greenfield and performed by The Shirelles. The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on the R&B chart, and #38 on the UK Singles Chart in 1963. The song appeared on their 1963 album, Foolish Little Girl.

The song was ranked #57 on Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1963.



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THE SHIRELLES. Formed in Passaic, New Jersey, in 1958, the Shirelles was one of early rock-and-roll's so-called girl groups. The group consisted of Shirley Alston as lead vocalist, Addie Harris, Doris Kenner, and Beverly Lee. They wrote their own songs, and their first hit, "I Met Him on a Sunday," was released early in 1958. Subsequent Shirelle hits included "Dedicated to the One I Love" (1959), "Tonight's the Night" (1960), "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (1961), "Mama Said" (1961), "Baby It's You" (1962), "Soldier Boy" (1962), and "Foolish Little Girl" (1963). After "Foolish Little Girl," the Shirelles went into a decline and broke up in the late 1960s.
SUGGESTED READING: Patricia Romanowski and Holly George-Warren, The Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, 1995.
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Marvin Gaye - Pride And Joy on The Best Of Marvin Gaye (1963)

Marvin Gaye - Pride And Joy on The Best Of Marvin Gaye (1963)
"Pride and Joy" is a 1963 single by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label. The single, co-written by William "Mickey" Stevenson, Gaye and Norman Whitfield, and produced by Stevenson, was considered to be a tribute to Gaye's then-girlfriend, Anna Gordy.

The song was also the third straight (and last) single to include Martha and the Vandellas in background vocals just weeks before "Heat Wave" made the girl group one of the high-tier Motown acts.



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The song was also Gaye's first top ten pop single peaking at number ten on the chart and just missed the top spot of the R&B singles chart peaking at number two. The song also helped continue Gaye's successful hit streak as the singer would score another Top 40 pop hit at the end of that year with "Can I Get a Witness".

The album version of the single featured on Gaye's second album, That Stubborn Kinda Fellow is different in parts to the single version presenting a more jazz effect than the gospel-emulated version that became a single.

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The Miracles - You've Really Got A Hold On Me on Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection (1959-1971) (1963)

The Miracles - You've Really Got A Hold On Me on Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection (1959-1971) (1963)
"You've Really Got a Hold on Me" is a song written by Smokey Robinson which became a 1962-1963 Top 10 hit single for The Miracles on Motown's Tamla label. One of the Miracles' most covered tunes, this million-selling song received a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award. It has also been selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It was covered by English rock group the Beatles on their second album, With the Beatles and many other musicians.



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"You've Really Got a Hold On Me" was written by Smokey Robinson while in New York in 1962 on business for Motown; he heard Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me", which was in the charts at the time, and — influenced by it — wrote the song in his hotel room.

The song was recorded in Motown's Studio A on October 16, 1962 with Robinson on lead vocals, and Miracles' second tenor Bobby Rogers on harmony co-lead. Robinson was the producer, and he had Eddie Willis and Miracle Marv Tarplin share the guitar parts.
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Skeeter Davis - The End Of The World on The Essential Skeeter Davis (1963)

Skeeter Davis - The End Of The World on The Essential Skeeter Davis
"The End of the World" is a country and pop music hit song recorded by Skeeter Davis that enjoyed international success in the 1960s.

"The End of the World" was written by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee; the latter drew on her sorrow from her father's death.



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Davis recorded her version on June 8, 1962, at the RCA Studios in Nashville, produced by Chet Atkins, and featuring Floyd Cramer. Released by RCA Records in December 1962, "The End of the World" peaked in March 1963 at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 2 on the Billboard country singles, No. 1 on Billboard's easy listening, and No. 4 on Billboard's rhythm and blues. It is the first, and, to date, only time that a song cracked the Top 10 on all four Billboard charts. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 3 song of 1963.

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The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A. on Surfs Up (1963)

The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A. on Surfs Up (1963)
"Surfin' U.S.A." is a song with lyrics by Brian Wilson set to the music of "Sweet Little Sixteen", written by Chuck Berry. It was first recorded by Wilson's band the Beach Boys and released as a single on March 4, 1963, then appearing as the title track to their album Surfin' U.S.A. Also produced by Wilson, the single peaked at number two in the chart of the Music Vendor trade paper (within a year renamed Record World) and at number three on the Billboard and Cash Box charts. It was backed with "Shut Down".



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Billboard ranked "Surfin' U.S.A." the number 2 song of 1963. It has since become emblematic of the California Sound. The song "Surfin' U.S.A." is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.

The "Surfin' U.S.A." single, backed with "Shut Down," was released under Capitol Records in the United States in March 1963. The song peaked on the Billboard pop chart at number three, the band's first top ten hit therein (see also Surfin' Safari). The B-side charted at number 23. The song was re-issued in the U.S. as a single in July 1974 backed with "The Warmth of the Sun". That single also hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at 36.

In the United Kingdom, the single was released in June 1963. The third single by the band to be issued in the UK, it became the first single to chart. It would go on to peak at 34 (28 in the New Musical Express).

In Australia, the single was released in 1963 and peaked at 9, becoming the band's first single to chart in Australia. The single was re-released in Australia in 1974 and again charted, peaking at 66. In Canada and Sweden, the single was released in 1963 and peaked on the charts at 6 in both countries. In July 1963, in the national charts used by Billboard, it peaked at #9 in Hong Kong, #8 in Austria the following month; in August 1964 at #9 for two weeks in Japan.

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Roy Orbison - Mean Woman Blues on In Dreams (1963)

Roy Orbison - Mean Woman Blues on In Dreams (1963)
"Mean Woman Blues" is a 12-bar blues song written by Claude Demetrius. It was first recorded by Elvis Presley as part of the soundtrack for his 1957 motion picture, Loving You. Presley also released the song on Side 2 of a four-song EP record. The Elvis Presley version of "Mean Woman Blues" went to #11 on the R&B charts.

In 1963, the song was recorded with "Blue Bayou" as a 45rpm single by Roy Orbison that went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts. The Roy Orbison version was based on the 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis recording.



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Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version of the song on Sun Records which was released in 1957 as part of an EP, The Great Ball of Fire. Lewis also recorded his version of the song on the 1964 live album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg with The Nashville Teens. The song was also featured as the B side to the UK release of his hit "Great Balls of Fire". Jerry Lee Lewis' version differed significantly lyrically from the Claude de Metrius version as recorded by Elvis Presley. Roy Orbison's 1963 recording used the lyrics from the 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis version.

In 1959, Cliff Richard and The Shadows recorded a studio version on their Cliff Sings album.

1950s rockabilly artist Glen Glen from Los Angeles recorded a version of this song for England's Ace label which was released on the album "Everybody's Movin' Again" (ACde CD Ch403, scan # 029667140324) using the same musicians from his 1950s Era records.
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The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl on Surfer Girl (1963)

The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl on Surfer Girl (1963)
"Surfer Girl" is a song written, produced and sung by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys. It was released as a single and it then appeared on the 1963 album of the same name, Surfer Girl. The B-side of the single was "Little Deuce Coupe". The single was the first Beach Boys record to have Brian Wilson officially credited as the producer.

The song was based on a Dion and the Belmonts version of "When You Wish upon a Star", which has the same AABA form. As a solo artist, Wilson later covered it for the tribute album In the Key of Disney (2011).



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The band first recorded the song at World Pacific Studios on February 8, 1962 which was one of the band's first ever recording sessions. However, the recordings from that session, engineered by Hite Morgan, would ultimately remain unreleased until later archival releases.

The instrumental track as well as the vocals for the officially released version were recorded on June 12, 1963 at Western Recorders, located at 6000 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, a location that has recorded more hit records than any other studio on the planet. The session was produced by Brian; the first song, along with "Little Deuce Coupe", to be credited as a Brian production. The musicians on the track are David Marks and Carl Wilson on guitar; Brian Wilson on bass guitar and Dennis Wilson on drums. The finished instrumental track can be heard on the 1968 release Stack-O-Tracks. The song is sung by the group - Mike Love, Carl and Dennis Wilson - with a prominent vocal by Brian. Also recorded during that session was "Little Deuce Coupe". Surfer Girl is played in 12/8 time.

The "Surfer Girl" single backed with "Little Deuce Coupe" was released under Capitol Records in the United States on July 22, 1963. The single entered the Billboard chart on August 3 and it would then hit the Top 40 on August 17 at the number 28 position. After the single had been on the charts for six weeks it peaked at number 7 on September 14, 1963. It placed at number 5, for three weeks, in Cash Box and number 3 in the UPI weekly survey used by newspapers. Its regional performances belie even these higher national peaks, having risen to #1 in playlists in Los Angeles (four weeks), San Francisco (six weeks), Philadelphia, Boston and Dallas—all major markets where it was among the very biggest hits that year; and runner-up or top three in Washington DC, Toronto, Montreal, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh. The single also peaked in the U.S. Billboard R & B chart at number 18 in September 1963. Internationally, it was number 1 on New Zealand's Teen Scene chart and number 8 in Australia (2UE).

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Lesley Gore - It's My Party on '60s Gold (1963)

Lesley Gore - It's My Party on '60s Gold (1963)
"It's My Party" is a pop song recorded by multiple artists since the 1960s. In 1963, American singer Lesley Gore's version hit #1 on the pop and rhythm and blues charts in the United States. It was the first hit single for producer Quincy Jones.



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The song lyrically portrays the discomfiture of a teenage girl at her birthday party when her boyfriend Johnny disappears, only to surface in the company of Judy, another girl, who is "wearing his ring," to indicate she's replaced the birthday girl as his love interest.

The song's chorus, "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to... You would cry too if it happened to you!" became a part of American pop cultural language as a phrase used to describe being utterly humiliated and miserable during an event that is supposed to be a happy occasion.

"It's My Party" is in the key of A major. The song's effectiveness is enhanced by several musical touches producer Quincy Jones incorporated, including Latin-sounding rhythms, double tracked vocals and effective horn parts. Allmusic critic Jason Ankeny wrote of the song, "'It's My Party' remains one of the most vivid evocations of adolescent heartbreak ever waxed — Quincy Jones produced the record, although you'd swear it was Aaron Spelling instead."

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The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me on Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best Of The Crystals (1963)

The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me on Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best Of The Crystals (1963)
"Then He Kissed Me" is a song written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. The song, produced by Spector, was initially released as a single in July 1963 by The Crystals. It is a narrative of a young woman's encounter, romance, and eventual marriage with a fellow youth.



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The single is one of The Crystals' most remembered songs. The lead vocal was sung by Dolores "LaLa" Brooks. In the United States the single peaked at number six and in the United Kingdom the single peaked at number two. The single was The Crystals' third single to chart in the top ten in the United States and their second to reach the top ten in the United Kingdom. The song was also a major hit in the Republic of Ireland, reaching number three in the charts there.

In 2004, this song was #493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 18 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".
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Ned Miller - From A Jack To A King on Complete Sixties (1963)

Ned Miller - From A Jack To A King on Complete Sixties (1963)
"From a Jack to a King" is a country music song. Originally a crossover hit for artist Ned Miller, who also wrote "Dark Moon," "A Falling Star," and many other country songs. It has been covered extensively by country music artists.

The original version was recorded by Ned Miller. First released in 1957, Ned's version was unsuccessful, until he persuaded his label to re-release it five years later. Upon re-release, the song became a crossover hit, charting in the Top 10 on the Billboard U.S. country (#2), pop (#6), and adult contemporary (#3) charts. In addition, Miller's version reached #1 on the Irish Singles Chart, while peaking at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Furthermore, it was the sixth most-played single of 1963 in the United Kingdom. Ned's chart success was limited after the song, however, and by the 1970s he stopped recording entirely.



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The song was also recorded in 1962 by Jim Reeves on the occasion of his tour to South Africa in August and charted there that year.

In December 1988, country music artist Ricky Van Shelton released his own version of "From a Jack to a King." Shelton's version became his fifth consecutive Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.
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Brenda Lee - Losing You on Greatest Country Songs (1963)

Brenda Lee - Losing You on Greatest Country Songs (1963)
"Losing You" is a song written by Jean Renard and Carl Sigman and performed by Brenda Lee. The song reached #2 on the adult contemporary chart, #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 in the UK, and #13 on the R&B chart in 1963. The song is featured on her 1963 album, ..."Let Me Sing".

The song was produced by Owen Bradley. The single's B-side, "He's So Heavenly", reached #93 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was ranked #62 on Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1963.



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Skeeter Davis - I Can't Stay Mad At You on The Essential Skeeter Davis (1963)

Skeeter Davis - I Can't Stay Mad At You on The Essential Skeeter Davis (1963)
"I Can't Stay Mad at You" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was originally recorded by American country artist, Skeeter Davis, becoming her second top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. "I Can't Stay Mad at You" followed on the popular success of Davis' earlier 1963 crossover hit "The End of the World". The song was one of the first Goffin-King compositions to be recorded by a country music performer.



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"I Can't Stay Mad at You" was written by songwriting duo, Gerry Goffin and Carole King. They had previously enjoyed pop successes as songwriters including, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Take Good Care of My Baby". King would eventually embark on a successful recording career in the early 1970s. The song was recorded in April 1963 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States at the RCA Victor Studio, alongside producer Chet Atkins. Six other songs were recorded during the session, including a cover of "I Will Follow Him". This was the first song Davis had recorded by the Goffin-King pair and was one of the first of their songs to be recorded by a country artist.

According to Allmusic critic, Richie Unterberger, "I Can't Stay Mad at You" was recorded in the popular "girl group" musical style. It included heavy choruses backed by a "wall-of-sound" that the Goffin-King pair was used to writing songs for. Unterberger also explains that the song displays similarities to Neil Sedaka's pop hit, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", stating, "I Can't Stay Mad at You" begins with a whole verse worth of ultra-catchy doo wop syllables ("Shooby Dooby Doo Bob") that, frankly, is highly reminiscent of the similar patterns used in Neil Sedaka's #1 1962 hit "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (written by Sedaka and Howard Greenfield). In fact, the whole song is fairly reminiscent of that previous Sedaka hit, though "I Can't Stay Mad at You" is, to its credit, a little brighter and more exuberant." The song features a string section featuring violins being played in a high register.


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Peter, Paul & Mary - Puff, The Magic Dragon on The Very Best Of Peter, Paul & Mary (1963)

Peter, Paul & Mary - Puff, The Magic Dragon on The Very Best Of Peter, Paul & Mary (1963)
"Puff, the Magic Dragon" (or "Puff") is a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow and made popular by Yarrow's group Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1963 recording.

The lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon" were based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton, a 19-year-old Cornell University student. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash poem titled "Custard the Dragon", about a "realio, trulio little pet dragon."



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After the song's initial success, speculation arose — as early as a 1964 article in Newsweek — that the song contained veiled references to smoking marijuana. The word "paper" in the name of Puff's human friend (Jackie Paper) was said to be a reference to rolling papers, and the word "dragon" was interpreted as "draggin'," i.e. inhaling smoke; similarly, the name "Puff" was alleged to be a reference to taking a "puff" on a joint. The supposition was claimed to be common knowledge in a letter by a member of the public to The New York Times in 1984.
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Dion - Donna The Prima Donna on Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) (1963)

Dion - Donna The Prima Donna on Bronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) (1963)
"Donna the Prima Donna" is a song written by Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca and performed by Dion. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the R&B chart in 1963. The song appeared on his 1963 album, Donna the Prima Donna.

The song was produced by Robert Mersey and arranged by DiMucci. The backing group on the song is The Del-Satins.

The song was ranked #86 on Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1963.

The song references Zsa Zsa Gabor and how the titular girl in the song tries to look like her.



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The Roof Top Singers - Walk Right In on Best of Vanguard Years (1963)

The Roof Top Singers - Walk Right In on Best of Vanguard Years (1963)
"Walk Right In" is the title of a country blues song written by musician Gus Cannon and originally recorded by Cannon's Jug Stompers in 1929, released on Victor Records, catalogue 38611. It was reissued on album in 1959 as a track on The Country Blues. A revised version of the song by The Rooftop Singers, with the writing credits allocated to group members Erik Darling and Bill Svanoe, became an international hit in 1963.



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In 1962, the American folk trio The Rooftop Singers recorded a version of the song and released it as a single. The single spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963. It spent five weeks atop the Easy Listening chart, which would later become known as the Adult Contemporary chart. In addition, "Walk Right In" reached both the R&B chart (peaking at #4) as well as the country music chart, peaking at #23. The song reached #1 in Australia on the Kent Music Report in 1963, and it made the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, peaking at #10. The song was included on the album Walk Right In, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Folk Recording.
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Bobby Vinton - Blue On Blue on The Best Of Bobby Vinton (1963)

Bobby Vinton - Blue On Blue on The Best Of Bobby Vinton (1963)
"Blue on Blue" is a popular song composed by Burt Bacharach with lyrics by Hal David, first recorded by Bobby Vinton in 1963. Vinton's single spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 3 on July 6, 1963, while reaching No. 2 on Billboard's Middle-Road Singles chart. Vinton's single was a major hit in many other nations as well.



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The success of "Blue on Blue" prompted Vinton to record an entire album of blue-themed songs, also titled Blue on Blue, which produced an even bigger hit in the No. 1 "Blue Velvet".

"Blue on Blue" has been recorded by Paul Anka (1963), Percy Faith (1964), Maureen McGovern (1991), and many others. Samples of a cover version of the song by Gals and Pals from 1966 were included Röyksopp's song 'So Easy'. "Blue on Blue" was also covered by Say Lou Lou in 2015 and used in commercials for the Swedish clothing company Gina Tricot.
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The Cascades - Rhythm Of The Rain on Rhythm Of The Rain (1963)

The Cascades - Rhythm Of The Rain on Rhythm Of The Rain (1963)
"Rhythm of the Rain" is a song performed by The Cascades, released in November 1962. It was written by Cascades band member John Claude Gummoe. It rose to number three on the US pop chart on March 9, 1963, and spent two weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1963.



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The song was also a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom and a number-one single in Ireland. In Canada, the song was on the CHUM Chart for a total of 12 weeks and reached number 1 in March 1963. In 1999 BMI listed the song as the ninth most performed song on radio/TV in the 20th century.

The Cascades' recording was used in the soundtrack of the 1979 film Quadrophenia and included in its soundtrack album.
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Dee Dee Sharp - Do The Bird on The Best Of Dee Dee Sharp (1963)

Dee Dee Sharp - Do The Bird on The Best Of Dee Dee Sharp (1963)
While Bobby Rydell was matched with Chubby Checker in a pairing of white and black teen idols, the new twist king also interacted with a female dance song queen, North Philadelphian Dione LaRue, who was transformed from a church vocalist in a home where dancing was forbidden into Dee Dee Sharp, who at age seventeen released one of the most popular dance records of the sixties, "Mashed Potato Time." Dee Dee and Chubby quickly became the king and queen of teen dance songs and were paired off in both a huge hit, "Slow Twistin"' in early 1962, and a movie reprise in Don't Knock the Twist. Soon "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)," "Ride," and "Do the Bird" had Dee Dee Sharp matching Chubby Checker, song for song and dance for dance.



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