Daily Events - 1963

Jan 1  Wanda Jackson is at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California.

Jan 2   Dionne Warwick sings "Don't Make Me Over" on American Bandstand.

Jan 4   Johnny Thunder sings Lop De Lop" on American Bandstand today.

Jan 10  Sam Cooke is performing at Miami's Harlem Square Club.

Jan 13  Brenda Lee performs on The Ed Sullivan Show which is broadcast live by CBS-TV from the Convention Hall in Miami.

Jan 15   The Dreamlovers are the Musical guests on American Bandstand.

Mid-January - Dick Dale and the Del-Tones are playing at the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, California.Gene Vincent marries for a third time to an English girl named Margaret Russell.

Jan 19   Frankie Avalon weds Kay Deibel the former Miss Rheingold Beer

Jan 23   Bryan Hyland begins a twenty-three city tour in England.

Jan 26   Skeeter Davis is in Macon, Georgia

Jan 27   Neil Sedaka appears on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Jan 28   Steve Alaimo makes his national television debut on American Bandstand singing "Everyday I Have to Cry."  Elvis Presley begins his latest movie Fun in Acapulco.

Jan 29   The Paris Sisters are on CBS-TV's Red Skeleton Show.  Bobby Darin is on Steve Allen's late night show.

Late January - Danny and the Juniors begin a tour of Canada.  The Motor Town Revue hits the road again after a holiday rest. The Motown-Tamla-Gordy acts head for their first stop the Royal Theater in Baltimore.

Feb 1   Linda Scott appears on the Arthur Godfrey CBS-TV special Sounds of New York. Scott sings "I Told Every Star" and duets with Godfrey on "Mississippi Mud."

Feb 6   Barbara Lynn opens at the Royal Theater in Baltimore for a week.

Feb 10  A new television program seen locally on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m debuts on WKYZ-TV.   It feature rhythm and blues and naturally all the inaugural acts are from Motown Records.

Feb 13  In the Chapel of the Orly Airport in Paris, Paul Anka marries Marie Ann de Zogheb, daughter of Count and Countess Charles Zogheb.  Zogheb is a Lebanese businessman.

Feb 14  Skeeter Davis performs "End of the World" on American Bandstand.   The Four Seasons appear on Steve Allen's late night show.

Feb 15   Jackie Wilson and Bobby Rydell are at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh.  Also on the bill are the Orlons, Lou Christie, the Exciters, Little Anthony, the Rocky Fellers, the Jive Five, the Belmonts, the Debonaires and the '5' Royales.  Chubby Checker arrives in Hong Kong.

Feb 18   Brook Benton is at the Riverside Ballroom in Phoenix.

Feb 20   Lou Chrisite sings "The Gypsy Cried" on American Bandstand.

Feb 22   LaVern Baker begins a week at the Regal Theater in Chicago.

Feb 24   Jay and the Americans entertain at the Motion Picture Association Commissioner's Breakfast at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Feb 28   Marcie Blaine is welcomed to American Bandstand.

Late February - Jimmy Clanton, the Four Seasons, Ral Donner and Oscar Brown Jr. perform at a combination TV show/record hop held at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago

March 2   The Limbo Party featuring Chubby Checker comes to the Cow Place in San Francisco.

March 4   Johnny Tillotson is at the Casino Royale in Washington, DC.

Early March - Little Eva leaves for an European tour that will open with two weeks in Paris.

March 14   JoAnn Campbell sings "Mother Please (I'd Rather Do It Myself)" on American Bandstand.

March 15   The Cookies are headling for a week at the Apollo Theater.

March 17   The Chris Montez/Tommy Roe/Beatles tour in England continues with shows today at the Embassy Cinema, Petersborough.

March 18   Johnny Tillotson is at the Casino Royale in Washington, DC.

March 22   Ben. E. King opens at the Regal Theater in Chicago for a week.

March 24   Chubby Checker is a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show.

March 25   The Dreamlovers are on American Bandstand.   March 26 Bobby Rydell appears in a comedy role on the Red Skelton CBS-TV show.

March 27   Gene Chandler is at the Elegante Club in Brooklyn

March 28   Wanda Jackson begins a sixteen day tour of the western U.S. with a show in Phoenix.

March 29   Jan and Dean perform "Linda" on American Bandstand.

March 31   Jackie Wilson appears for the fourth time on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Late March - Ike and Tina Turner are on a one-nighter swing through Texas.

April 5   Gene Pitney headlines the Show of Stars that currently are in the Hawaiian Islands.

Early April  - Bobby Vee flies to Hasmburg, West Germany, where he will record two of his hits in German.  Tommy Roe is touring Germany.  Bobby Rydell is in London on a promotional tour.

April 12   Fresh from her European tour, Brenda Lee is booked into the Deauville Hotel in Miami.  Jimmy Soul sings "If You Wanna Be Happy" on American Bandstand,

April 13   Ruth Brown headlines the Little Cotton Club in Carteret, New Jersey.   Gene Vincent joins the Beatles for six weeks at the Star Club in Hamburg, West Germany. Little Eva begins two weeks at the Olympia Theater in Paris,

April 1    Cliff Richard and the Shadows make an appearance on The Ed Sullivan show that had previously been taped in London.

April 14   Frank Ifield appears on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.

April 15   Johnny Tillotson flies to London to begin a five week stay.   Neil Sedaka is performing in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Mid-April - Bo Diddley is playing a two-nighter at the Cadillac Club in Memphis.

April 17   A videography of Duane Eddy is telecast on British television.

April 19   The Motor Town Revue begins a three month coast to coast tour.

April 20    Rick Nelson marries Kristin Harmon, daughter Tom Harmon a former University of Michigan All-American and professional football player.  She will join the cast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Life magazine called it the Wedding of the Year, but might not have realized that the bride was seventeen and pregnant.

April 24    Eighteen year old Brenda Lee marries nineteen year old Ronnie Shacklett in Nashville.  Shacklett is the son of Nashville City Councilman Earl Shacklett.  The wedding takes place at Radnor Church of Christ and the couple will honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Peggy March makes her national television debut on NBC-TV's The Perry Como Show.

April 25    Bobby Rydell celebrates his twenty-first birthday a day early at a party thrown by his manager at the Luau 400 Club in New York City.

April 26    Little Anthony and the Imperials play a high school prom in Jeanette, Pennsylvania.

April 28    Ray Charles is at New York's Carnegie Hall.

April 29    The Motor Town Review is at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh.

April 30    Jerry Lee Lewis leaves for a six week tour of the British Isles, France and Germany.

Late April - Neil Sedaka is in England to appear on the television show Sunday Night At the Palladium.  Del Shannon and Johnny Tillotson are in England to begin their tour.  Bobby Rydell is named National Chairman of the Teenagers Drive Against Leukemia. Proceeds raised by the drive will be donated to St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis.

May 1   Jerry Lee Lewis begins his tour of England at a week shows in and around London.

May 2   Brenda Lee makes her nightclub debut at the Copacabana in new York City.

May 4   Ray Charles is at the Donnelley Theater in Boston.   A strong advance sales force a second show and Charles becomes the first performer to sell out two shows in one day at the Donnelley. The gross of $30,00 is another record for the venue and the city.

May 5    Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent are both playing the Rialto Theater in York, England.  Skeeter Davis is appearing for one night in Detroit.

Early May - Jerry Lee Lewis takes time  off from his tour of England to appear in the British musical film Sing and Swing.

May 8   Darlene Love appears on American Bandstand and sings "Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry."  Del Shannon and Johnny Tillotson are performing at London's Royal Albert Hall in a concert that includes the Beatles.  Shannon tells Lennon and McCartney that he'd like to record one of their songs for the American market, and they give him "From Me To You."

May 12   Ray Charles and the Raelettes come to England for his first British tour.

May 15   At the fifth annual Grammy Award ceremonies honoring 1962 releases, Ray Charles wins for Best R&B Recording for "I Can't Stop Loving You."

Mid_May - Dick Clark's Spring Shower of Stars begins twenty shows in the Midwest. On the tour are Lou Christie, Steve Alaimo, Paul and Paula, Dick and DeeDee and Johnny Cymbal.  The Four Seasons are touring England.

May 18   Roy Orbison starts his first tour of England. Misplacing his regular glasses just before leaving the States, Orbison is forced to wear his prescription sunglasses for this tour, thus adding to his mystique.  His first show is at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough.  Also on the tour are Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles.  Jackie DeShannon makes her national television debut on Jackie Gleason variety show on CBS-TV.

May 21   Little Stevie Wonder's performance in Detroit is tape recorded for release on the album Recorded Live - The 12 Year Old Genius.

Mayy 22   Ray Charles begins three days at the Olympia Theater in Paris.

May 24    Skeeter Davis sings "End of the World" on American Bandstand.

May 27    Ruth Brown is at the Cafe Tia Juana in Cleveland.

May 28   Paul and Paula are in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

May 29   Dion begins ten days at the Boulevard Club in New York City.

May 30   Lesley Gore makes her national TV debut on American Bandstand singing "It's My Party."

June 3    Lonnie Mack Day is proclaimed by the mayor of Mack's hometown Aurora Indiana.  Mack entertains that evening at the Moose Lodge Hall.  Linda Scott opens at the Club Elegante in Brooklyn, New York.

June 8    Johnny Cymbal begins a British tour.

June 9    Neil Sedaka is on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Jun 14    Dion headlines the rock and roll show at the Pittsburgh Civic Center. Also on the bill are the Shirelles. the Chiffons. Little Peggy March, Freddy Cannon, the Impressions and Dionne Warwick.  Bobby Vinton sings "Blue On Blue" on American Bandstand.

Mid-June - Jerry Lee Lewis ends his European tour. Back in Memphis he begins at the Oriental Club, a private membership club where he will regularly perform when he isn't on tour.

June 16    Chicago's WBKB-TV begins a new Sunday teen oriented program Danceville U.S.A.  Appearing on the first two shows are the Four Seasons, Jimmy Clanton, Ral Danner, Barbara Lewis, Joe Dowell, the Du-Tones and Ray Stevens.  The first two show were pre-recorded at Oak Park High School.

June 23    Elvis Presley's 1956-57 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show are a highlight of that program's 15th anniversary special on CBS-TV.

June 28    Sam Cooke is headling at the Apollo Theater.

June 29    Rick Nelson is at the Arkansas Dairy Festival and Teen Jamboree in Little Rock.

July 3    After fifteen years in the business, LaVern Baker has her first Las Vegas booking, a month at the Riveria Hotel.

July 4    Joey Dee and the Starliters perform "Dance, Dance, Dance" on the Independence Day edition of American Bandstand.

July 6    Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, the Earls and the Percells entertain fans before the Mets baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Early June - Elvis Presley is filming Viva Las Vegas for M-G-M.

July 8    Little Stevie Wonder performs "Fingertips" on American Bandstand.

July 10    Link Wray and the Raymen perform "Jack the Ripper" on American Bandstand.

July 11   Sam Cooke is at the Club Harlem in Atlantic City for a week.

July 15   The Dick Clark Caravan of Stars begins a cross country tour. Appearing are Gene Pitney, Paul and Paula, Lou Christie, Barbara Lewis, Johnny Tillotson, the Tymes, the Orlons, the Crystals, Dick and DeeDee, the Dovells, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, Ruby and the Romantics, Big Dee Irwin, and Bobby Comstock and the Counts.   In Charlotte, North Carolina, Brenda Lee makes her debut in summer stock theater as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Mid-July -  Neil Sedaka leaves for an extensive tour that will take him to South America, Europe and South Africa.

July 20    The Tymes are headling at the Apollo Theater this week.   Mel Carter sings "When a Boy Falls in Love" on American Bandstand.

July 22    With Dick Clark on vacation, Freddy Cannon hosts American Bandstand.

July 23    Lesley Gore sings "It's My Party" on the Keefe Braselle show on CBS-TV.  Jan and Dean perform "Surf City" on Steve Allen's late night show.

July 24    Roy Orbison is the guest host on American Bandstand and sings "Falling."

July 25    Brian Hyland is American Bandstand's guest host today.

July 26    Ronnie and the Hi-Lites entertain at the new Hy-Lite teen club in Atlantic City.  Jimmy Clanton closes out the guest hosting this week at American Bandstand.

August 1    The Dovells sing "Betty In Bermudas" on American Bandstand.

August 2    Jerry Lee Lewis opens at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas for a reported $9,500. It is reported that both RCA Victor and Liberty Records are courting Lewis in anticipation of Lewis' contract expiring with Sun Records in September. Supposedly Liberty is offering a five year contract with a $10,000 yearly guarantee.   Reportedly Lewis is holding out for $25,000.  Sam Cooke is at the Regal Theater in Chicago. Freddy Scott sings "Hey Girl" on American Bandstand.

August 4    Chubby Checker is on a major European tour.

August 7    JoAnn Campbell drops by American Bandstand.

Early August -  Bobby Rydell is doing summer stock theater performing in West Side Story for one week in Warren and Columbus, Ohio.

August 9    Steve Alaimo performs on American Bandstand.

August 12   Ray Charles is at the Cow Place in San Francisco.

August 23   Lou Rawls appears for ten day at the Twenty Grand Club in Detroit.

August 23   Jerry Lee Lewis is at the Vapor's Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

August 29   Fats Domino performs "Red Sails In the Sunset" on American Bandstand.

August 30    Murray the K's Holiday Review at the Brooklyn Fox Theater includes Ben E,. King, Litle Stevie Wonder, Jan and Dean, The Drifters, the Shirelles, Gene Pitney, The Miracles, Paul and Paula, the Angels, the Dovells, Jay and the Americans, the Tymes, the Chiffons and Randy and the Rainbows.  After six years of weekly programs, American Bandstand is moving to Saturdays only. The final program is dedicated to all the regulars that appeared over the years.  In Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis' wife has a baby daughter, Phoebe Allen.

Late August - Johnny and the Hurricanes are in Charlotte, Michigan.

September 2   Chubby Checker begins two days at the Star Club in Hamburg, West Germany.

September 4    Diane Ray Collapses during a recording session in Nashville. Rushed to St. Thomas Hospital she will spend a week recuperating from exhaustion.

September 6    After eight years Jerry Lee Lewis' relationship with Sun Records ends. Within a month he will sign with Smash Records a subsidiary of Mercury Records.

September 7    Gene Pitney and Frankie Avalon appear at the Brooklyn Fox Theater.  Little Peggy March appears at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Early September - Del Shannon and his manager Irving Michanik are in London talking to the owners of the Amy-Mala Records about a possible move to that label.

September 8    The Four seasons are on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Gene Vincent goes from England to Germany for a sixteen day tour.

September 9    Two days before his tour of England, Roy Orbison loses his voice and can't speak at the London press conferences. He is ordered to bed with a 50-50 chance that the tour will go on.

September 11    Fully recovered from his bought with laryngitis, Roy Orbison begins his tour at the Adelphi Theater in Slough.

September 13    Gene Vincent returns briefly from West Germany to appear on GO, Man, Go a London TV program. Backing him are the Hollies.

September 14    The Beach Boys perform at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California, in a show that benefits the El Camino High School's senior class.   American Bandstand presents Dion singing "Donna the Prima Donna" and Major Lance performing "Monkey Time."  This weekend in England Freddy Cannon will be appearing in Swinging Time and Thank Your Lucky Stars.  Paul Anka is at the Olympia Theater in Paris.

September 9    The Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley arrive in England to prepare for the upcoming six week tour.

September 21    The Summer Shower of Stars completes its run.   Garnett Mimms performs "Cry Baby" on American Bandstand.  Via videotape Cliff Richard appears on tonight's CBS-TV's The Ed Sullivan Show.

September 24    Gene Pitney is currently touring Canada.  The Beach Boys guest on Red Skelton' CBS-TV's program tonight. They sing "Surfin' U.S.A." and "The Things We Did Last Summer."

September 28    The Beach Boys perform at the Surf Party at San Francisco's Cow Palace. On the bill are Jan and Dean, Dee Dee Sharp, Freddy Cannon, the Coasters, Ray Stevens, Bobby Freeman, the Ronettes. Nino Tempo and April Stevens, Trini Lopez, the Jaynetts, Dionne Warwick, the Righteous Brothers, Donna Loren and the Drifters.   The Ronettes appear and perform "Be My Baby" by videotape on American Bandstand.

Late September - Joey Dee and the Starliters are touring New Zealand.  Johnny Thunder is in England.  Chubby Checker is at the song festival in Taormina, Italy.

Oct 1   Del Shannon is back in England, The backing band consists of two members of Cliff Richard's Shadows  and the opening acts are Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilia Black.

Oct 5    The Sam Cooke/Dion tour plays the Keil Opera House in St. Louis. Tickets run $2-$3.50.  Little Richard sails to England to join the Everly Brothers tour of the British Isles.  Jerry Lee Lewis signs a five year recording contract with Smash Records that will guarantee him $10,000 yearly.  Gene Vincent ends his tour of West Germany and goes to France to perform for three weeks.

Oct 6   The Angels sing "My Boyfriends Back" on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Roy Orbison close his tour of England at King George's Hall in Blackburn.

Early October - Dion performs at the Civic arena in Pittsburgh.

Oct 8    The Biggest Show of Stars for 12963 plays the Forum in Witchita, Kansas. Tickets are $2,00, $2.50 and $3.00.  The headliners are Fabian, Brenda Lee and Duane Eddy. Also included are Jimmy Clanton, Freddy Cannon, Bill Black's Combo Chubby Checker,  Jimmy Charles, Gary Miles, the Casuals and Bobby Vinton.   Sam Cooke's tour stops at Shreveport Louisiana. When Cooke attempts to check into the Holiday Inn where he had reservations, he is told the rooms won't be ready until noon. Cooke then went to the Royal Hotel where most of the Black entertainers were staying. Within minutes, he is arrested and charged with attempting to procure lodging in a White only motel. Bond is paid from the previous night's ticket sales. The press picked up the story and Cooke found himself as being hailed as a civil rights spokesperson.

Oct 12    The Chiffons sing "He's So Fine" on American Bandstand.

Oct 13    Lesley Gore is a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Oct 15    En Route to England, Dion and Timi Yuro join Neil Sedaka for a performance at the Olympia Theater in Paris.

Mid-October - Jerry Lee Lewis is booked to play the "World's Largest Nightclub" the Chez Paris in Chicago. After years of neglect as a recording artist, this date, coupled with his new Smash Records contract, will turn his career around.

Oct 18    After serving about eighteen months of a three year sentence for violating the Mann Act, Chuck Berry is released on parole from the Federal Medical Facility in Springfield, Missouri. Berry has lost almost four years in front of the public as a result of legal proceedings, three trials and his imprisonment. While in prison he composed some of his best work ("You Never Can Tell," "Nadine," and "No Particular Place To Go") as well as starting an autobiography, which was eventually published in 1987.

Oct 19     Joey Dee and the Staliters are in Belgium  Otis Redding is at the Hunt High School Gym in Fort Valley, Georgia.  Little Peggy March sings "I Will Follow Him" on American Bandstand.

Oct 20    England's Cliff Richard and the Shadows and Frank Ifield appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Oct 23    While on tour in England, Bo Diddley videotapes appearances for several local television shows including Saturday Club for the BBC and Scene for ITV.

Oct 25    Chubby Checker opens for two weeks at the Macombo in Toronto. Rick Nelson and his wife Kristen become parents of a daughter, Tracy.

Late October - Elvis Presley begins filming Kissin' Cousins for M-G-M.  Dick and DeeDee are in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Nov 1    The Beach Boys headline a show at the Hollywood Bowl in California that benefits the YMCA.  Johnny Burnette's tour of England begins in Birmingham.

Nov 2    While touring England, Dion appears on the English version of American Bandstand Ready, Steady, Go.  Performing "Donna the Prima Donna he reportedly becomes infuriated with teenagers dancing all around him and he walks off the stage.  Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas arrive in the U.S. for a ten day tour. They are the first of the British groups to come to the States. Nov 4 Bobby Rydell arrives in London. The following night he appears on the British TV show, Saturday Night At the Palladium.

Nov 5    In London. Little Richard stars in a television spectacular that is videotaped for a later showing on the Granada network.  Neil Sedaka, Dion and Timi Yuro are at the Olympia Theater in Paris.  Bobby Vee headlines Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars.. Others are Brian Hyland, the Dovells, Paul and Paula,, Dale and Grace, the Tymes, the Ronettes, Jimy Clanton, Linda Scott, the Essex, Little Eva, the Dixiebelles, and Donald Jenkins and the Delighters. The opening Show is held at the Armory in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Nov 9    Bobby Darin entertains as part of the two hour Jerry Lewis ABC-TV special from the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Gene Pitney sings "Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa" on American Bandstand.

Nov 13    The Atlantic Caravan of Stars headlined by Ben E. King and the Drifters is at the Apollo Theater this week. Other artists are Doris Troy, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, the Falcons and the King Curtis combo.

Nov 16 Bobby Vinton is syndicating a half hour television show he stars in.   Skeeter Davis is at the Armory in Ashland, Kentucky.

Nov 24    Joey Dee is touring Europe.

Nov 27    King Curtis is at the Latin Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Nov 30    Chubby Checker performs "Loddy Lo" on American Bandstand.

Late November - Scheduled to begin a tour of England, Dee Dee Sharp hurries home when notified her grandmother in Philadelphia is sick.

Dec 3    Johnny Tillotson is at the Mardi Gras Club in Baltimore.

Dec 4    Gene McDaniels appears on Steve Allen's late night show.

Dec 7    Sam Cooke guests on Jerry Lewis ABC-TV comedy show.

Dec 11    Little Stevie Wonder is at the Olympia Theater in Paris through Christmas.

Dec 21    Vito and the Salutations visit American Bandstand and perform "Unchained Melody."  The Beach Boys are playing at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. They are being tape recorded by Capitol Records for their first concert album.

Dec 22   Frank Ifield is on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Dec 25    Murray the K's Christmas revue at the Brooklyn Fox Theater features Tommy Roe.

Dec 27    Little Stevie Winder is in England promoting his records. He will appear on several ITV programs including Ready, Steady, Go.  Carl Perkins is touring Florida.

Dec 28   Bobby Vee marries 20 year old  Karen Bergen at the Holy Rosary Church in Orchard Lake, Michigan. They will honeymoon in Acapulco.

Dec 29    Bobby Darin appears on CBS-TV's Judy Garland Show.

Late December - The Beach Boys are preparing for their first overseas tour which will be in Australia.  The Ronettes are scheduled for a January tour of England with the Rolling Stones.  The Four Seasons upset with the business practices of Vee-Jay soon jump to Phillips, a subsidiary of Mercury.  Just as it looks as the Girl Groups are done, the Supremes emerge as one of the few alternatives to the next wave of music.