- Milo Aukerman born (Lomita, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, biochemist. Member of the Descendents from 1980 to 1982, 1985 to 1988, 1995 to 1997, 2002 to 2004 and from 2010.
- Cristian Amigo born (Santiago, Chile) Chilean composer, guitarist, ethnomusicologist, teacher.
- Dick Powell (58) dies in Los Angeles of lymphoma
- Coati Mundi aka Andy Hernandez born (New York, NY) Pop and jazz vibraphone player, percussionist, record producer. Member of Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Kid Creole & the Coconuts and solo artist.
- The Beatles begin their first UK headlining tour at Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin, Moray
- Till Lindemann born (Leipzig) German rock singer, songwriter, actor, poet. Founder member of Rammstein.
- Henry Cowell’s Percussion Concerto premiered in Pittsburgh
- Clint Mansell born (Coventry) Film soundtrack composer, rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Pop Will Eat Itself from 1986 to 1996.
- The Kenny Burrell Quintet record the album Midnight Blue for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Stanley Turrentine (ts) Kenny Burrell (g) Major Holley Jr. (b) Bill English (d) Ray Barretto (cga)
- Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera Katerina Izmaylova premiered in Moscow, lib. Shostakovich and A. Preys. It is a revision of Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
- Eric Erlandson born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of Hole from 1989 to 2002.
- Tadeusz Szeligowski (66) dies in Poznań, Poland
- The Whiskey-a-Go-Go nightclub opens in Los Angeles
- Konrad Boehmer’s Position for tape, voices and orchestra premiered in Cologne
- Sam Cooke’s show at Miami’s Harlem Square Club recorded for the album Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (not issued until 1985). Sam Cooke (vo) King Curtis, Tate Houston (sax) Clifton White, Cornell Dupree (g) George Stubbs (p) Jimmy Lewis (b) Albert “June” Gardner (d)
- Bob Dylan portrays a folk singer in The Madhouse on Castle Street, a television play for the BBC written by Evan Jones and directed by Philip Saville.
- Sonny Clark (31) dies in New York of a heroin overdose
- Tish Daija’s ballet Halili dhe Hajria [Halili and Hajria] premiered in Tirana, the first Albanian ballet
- Virgil Thomson’s Dance in Praise for chorus and orchestra premiered in Baltimore
- Albert Ayler makes his first studio recordings in Copenhagen. Albert Ayler (ts, ss) Niels Brosted (p) Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (b) Ronnie Gardiner (d). Tracks cut appear on the Debut album My Name Is Albert Ayler
- Charlie Watts plays his first show with the Rolling Stones at The Flamingo club in London
- Gilardo Gilardi (73) dies in Buenos Aires
- Ike Quebec (44) dies in New York of lung cancer
- Caron Wheeler born (London) English soul singer. Worked with Soul II Soul and solo.
- The Beatles make an appearance on ITV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars, their first on UK national television
- Charles Mingus records the album The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady for Impulse! in New York. Rolf Ericson, Richard Williams (tp) Quentin Jackson (tb) Don Butterfield (cbtb, tu) Jerome Richardson (fl, ss, bars) Dick Hafer (fl, ts) Charlie Mariano (as) Jaki Byard (p) Jay Barliner (g) Charles Mingus (b, p) Dannie Richmond (d)
- Gerry & the Pacemakers make their first recordings for EMI in London. Tracks cut include How Do You Do It? & Away From You. Gerry Marsden (vo, g) Les Maguire (p) Les Chadwick (b) Freddie Marsden (d)
- Otto Harbach (89) dies in New York
- Arthur Butterworth’s The Moors op.26 for organ and orchestra premiered in Manchester
- Jazzie B aka Beresford Romeo born (London) English R&B producer, DJ, songwriter. Founder member of Soul II Soul.
- The Rooftop Singers have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Walk Right In (1st week of 2)
- Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Octet for Winds premiered in Helsinki
- Dan Spitz born (Rockland, NY) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of Anthrax from 1983 to 1995 and from 2005 to 2007.
- Francis Poulenc (64) dies in Paris following a heart attack
- Beatles – Please Please Me / Ask Me Why (Parlophone UK)
- Billie Davis – Tell Him / I’m Thankful (Decca UK)
- Four Seasons – Walk Like a Man / Lucky Ladybug (Vee-Jay)
- Jet Harris & Tony Meehan – Diamonds / Footstomp (Decca UK)
- Sheila Jordan – Portrait of Sheila (Blue Note)
- Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (Columbia)
- Gerry Mulligan – Jeru (Columbia)
- Max Roach – Parisian Sketches (Mercury)
- Sonny Rollins – Our Man In Jazz (RCA Victor)
- Frank Sinatra & Count Basie – Sinatra-Basie (Reprise)
- Stanley Turrentine – Up At Minton’s, Vol 2 (Blue Note)
- Fausto Romitelli born (Gorizia, Italy) Italian composer. Died 2004
- Virgil Thomson’s A Joyful Fugue for orchestra premiered in Philadelphia
- Neil Young plays his first professional gig at a Country Club in Winnipeg
- Eva Cassidy born (Washington, DC) American interperative singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1996
- Jet Harris & Tony Meehan have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Diamonds
- Bryan Mantia aka Brain born (Cupertino, CA) American rock drummer, session player. Worked with Primus, Guns & Roses, Godflesh, Tom Waits and others.
- Patsy Cline makes her final recordings for Decca in Nashville. Patsy Cline (vo) Grady Martin, Ray Edenton, Randy Hughes (g) Floyd Cramer (p) Harold Bradley (b) Bill Pursell (vib) Buddy Harman (d) The Jordanaires (vo)
- Felix Slatkin (47) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
- The Four Tops sign to Motown. Formed in Detroit in 1954, the group had their first 45 issued in 1956 on Grady Records. Stints at Chess, Columbia and Riverside followed, each label issuing one single. Line-up (1954-97): Levi Stubbs, Obie Benson, Duke Fakir, Lawrence Payton
- Travis Tritt born (Marietta, GA) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Don Ellis’s Improvisational Workshop Orchestra play their first show at the Five Spot Café, New York
- The Beatles record their debut album Please Please Me for Parlophone at Abbey Road studios. John Lennon (vo, g, hca) Paul McCartney (vo, b) George Harrison (vo, g) Ringo Starr (d, vo) George Martin (p, celesta)
- Konrad Boehmer’s Zeitläufte [timestream] for English horn, clarinet, bass-clarinet, bassoon, horn, trombone and two pianospremiered in Paris
- D’wayne Wiggins born (Oakland, CA) American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Member of Tony! Toni! Toné! from 1998 to 1997 and solo artist. Brother of Raphael Saadiq (b.1966).
- Castor McCord (55) dies in New York
- László Lajtha (70) dies in Budapest
- Seal Samuel born (London) English pop and R&B singer, songwriter, musician.
- Sviatoslav Knushevitsky (55) dies in Moscow from alcohol-related causes
- Benny Moré (43) dies in Havana of cirrhosis
- Ian Brown born (Warrington) English rock singer, songwriter (Stone Roses, solo).
- Ferenc Fricsay (48) dies in Basel of stomach cancer
- Jacob Gade (83) dies in Assens, Denmark
- The Dave Brubeck Quartet play the Carnegie Hall, New York. Paul Desmond (as) Dave Brubeck (p) Gene Wright (b) Joe Morello (d). The concert is recorded and issued on the Columbia albums The Dave Brubeck Quartet At Carnegie Hall Part 1 & Part 2
- The Northern Songs publishing company is set up by the Beatles
- June Clark (62) dies in New York
- William Alwyn’s Movements for orchestra premiered on BBC Radio
- The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Please Please Me according to the NME chart. According to the Record Retailer chart, however, it peaks at number two behind Frank Ifield’s The Wayward Wind
- (& 26th) Roland Kirk records the album Reeds And Deeds for Mercury in New York. Virgil Jones (tp) Charles Greenlea (tb) Roland Kirk (ts, manzello, stritch, cl, fl) Harold Mabern (p) Abdullah Rafik (b) Walter Perkins (d)
- Chantays – Pipeline / Move It (Dot). Surf rock band formed in Santa Ana, CA in 1961. Bob Spickard, Brian Carman (g) Bob Welch (d) Warren Waters (b) Rob Marshall (p)
- Chiffons – He’s So Fine / Oh My Lover (Laurie). Female vocal group formed in New York in 1960. Judy Craig (lead vo) Patricia Bennett, Barbara Lee, Sylvia Peterson (vo)
- Lively Ones – Surf Rider / Surfer’s Lament (Del-Fi)
- Martha & The Vandellas – Come And Get These Memories / Jealous Lover (Gordy) Female vocal group formed in Detroit in 1957. 1963 line-up: Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard (vo)
- Roy Orbison – In Dreams / Shahdaroba (Monument)
- Prince Buster – Ten Commandments / Rust Is Welcome (Blue Beat UK)
- Kim Weston – It Should Have Been Me / Love Me All The Way (Tamla)
- Art Blakey Jazz Messengers – Caravan (Riverside)
- Challengers – Surfbeat (Vault)
- John Coltrane – Ballads (Impulse!)
- Sam Cooke – Mr Soul (RCA)
- Duke Ellington – Money Jungle (United Artists)
- Duke Ellington And John Coltrane (Impulse!)
- Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (Impulse!)
- Marvin Gaye – That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (Tamla)
- Johnny Griffin – Grab This! (Riverside)
- Judy Henske (Elektra)
- The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard (Impulse!)
- Maurice Jarre – Lawrence of Arabia OST (Colpix)
- The Marvelous Marvelettes (Tamla)
- Blue Mitchell – The Cup Bearers (Riverside)
- Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack (Blue Note)
- McCoy Tyner – Reaching Fourth (Impulse!)
- The Four Seasons have the Billboard number one single for the first week of three with Walk Like a Man
- Patsy Cline plays her final show, a benefit concert in Kansas City, MO
- Gian Carlo Menotti’s television opera Labyrinth premiered on NBC TV, lib. Menotti
- Jason Newsted born (Battle Creek, MI) American rock bass guitarist. Member of Metallica from 1986 to 2001.
- McCoy Tyner records the album Nights Of Ballads And Blues for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. McCoy Tyner (p) Steve Davis (b) Lex Humphries (d)
- Patsy Cline (30), Cowboy Copas (49) and Hawkshaw Hawkins (41) along with the pilot are all killed in a plane crash near Camden, TN
- The Beatles record From Me to You & Thank You Girl for Parlophone in London
- John Coltrane records the Impulse! album John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. John Coltrane (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d) Johnny Hartman (vo)
- William Walton’s Variations on a Theme by Hindemith premiered in London
- The Beatles set out on their second UK tour of the year supporting Chris Montez and Tommy Roe. The first date is in East Ham, London.
- Jeff Ament born (Havre, MO) American rock bassist, songwriter. Founder member of Green River, Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam.
- Rick Rubin born (Lido Beach, NY) American record producer, record executive. Co-founder of Def Jam and founder of American Recordings.
- The Beatles are switched to top of the bill for the second show of their tour in Birmingham
- Patsy Cline’s funeral takes place in Winchester, VA
- Stevie Wonder plays a show at the Regal Theater, Chicago where the Tamla single Fingertips parts 1 and 2 is recorded
- The Rolling Stones record a five track demo in London with engineer Glyn Johns
- Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Birmingham
- Ernst Krenek’s San Fernando Sequence op.185 for tape premiered in San Fernando, CA
- Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Il capitan Spavento [Captain Terror], lib. Malipiero, premiered in Naples
- Michael Ivins born (Omaha, NE) American rock bass guitarist. Member of Flaming Lips from 1983.
- Lizzie Miles (67) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack
- William Henry Squire (91) dies in London
- Vanessa Williams born (Milwood, NY) American R&B and pop singer, actress, model.
- (& 19th) The Stan Getz – Joao Gilberto Quintet record the album Getz / Gilberto for Verve in New York. Stan Getz (ts) Antonio Carlos Jobim (p) Joao Gilberto (g, vo) Tommy Williams (b) Milton Banana (d) Astrud Gilberto (vo)
- Joan Littlewood’s musical Oh! What a Lovely War opens in London (501 performances)
- Henry Cowell’s Symphony no.16 “Icelandic” premiered in Reykjavik
- Vivian Fine’s The Confession for soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello and piano premiered in New York
- Koerner, Ray and Glover record the Elektra album Blues Rags and Hollers at the Woman’s Club, Milwaukee, WI. Tony Glover (hca) John Koerner, Dave Ray (g, vo)
- Johnny Cash records Ring Of Fire for Columbia in Nashville
- Alec Templeton (53) dies in Greenwich, CT
- Eli-Eri Moura born (Campina Grande, Brazil) Brazilian composer, conductor, theorist.
- The Chiffons have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with He’s So Fine
- The Shadows have the UK number one single for one week with Foot Tapper
- Harry Akst (68) dies in Los Angeles
- Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA / Shut Down (Capitol)
- Big Three – Some Other Guy / Let True Love Begin (Decca UK). Rock group formed in Liverpool in 1961. Brian Griffiths (g, vo) Johnny Gustafson (b) Johnny Hutch (d, vo)
- Solomon Burke – Words / Home in Your Heart (Atlantic)
- Drifters – On Broadway / Let The Music Play (Atlantic). 1963 line-up: Rudy Lewis, Gene Pearson, Charlie Thomas, Johnny Terry
- Gerry and The Pacemakers – How Do You Do It? / Away From You (EMI Columbia UK)
- Peter, Paul & Mary – Puff (The Magic Dragon) / Pretty Mary (Warner Bros)
- Prince Buster – Madness / Toothache (Blue Beat UK)
- Otis Redding – These Arms Of Mine / Hey Hey Baby (Volt)
- Shadows – Foot Tapper / The Breeze and I (EMI Columbia UK)
- Andy Williams – Can’t Get Used to Losing You / Days of Wine and Roses (Columbia)
- Jackie Wilson – Baby Workout / I’m Going Crazy (Brunswick)
- Cannonball Adderley – Jazz Workshop Revisited (Riverside)
- Mose Allison – Swingin’ Machine (Atlantic)
- Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA (Capitol)
- Beatles – Please Please Me (Parlophone UK)
- Lou Donaldson – The Natural Soul (Blue Note)
- Mary Wells – Two Lovers and Other Great Hits (Motown)
- Joe Henderson makes his first recordings with the Kenny Dorham Quintet for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Kenny Dorham (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Butch Warren (b) Tony Williams (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Una Mas
- David Gavurin born (London) English rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Sundays from 1988 to 1997.
- Benny Green born (New York) American jazz pianist, session player, teacher. Worked with Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard and many others.
- Samuel Barber’s Andromache’s Farewell op.39 for soprano and orchestra premiered in New York
- György Ligeti’s Aventures for three singers and seven instrumentalists premiered in Hamburg
- George Sidney’s musical comedy film Bye Bye Birdie opens starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret. Music by Johnny Green, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
- ABC television’s folk music show Hootenanny is first broadcast featuring the Limetiters and Bob Gibson live at the University of Michigan. The programme runs until September 1964
- Julius Harrison (78) dies in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
- Leonid Bashmakov’s Sinfonia premiered in Tampere, Finland
- Derrick May born (Detroit, MI) American DJ, producer, electronic musician.
- Andrew Weatherall born (Windsor) English DJ, composer, producer. Founder member of Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen.
- Anthony Bernard (72) dies in London
- Fats Domino signs to ABC-Paramount
- Julian Lennon born (Liverpool) English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Son of John Lennon (1940-80) and half-brother of Sean Lennon (b.1975).
- Maurice Jarre’s music for David Lean’s film Lawrence of Arabia wins the best original score Oscar at the 35th Academy Awards
- Christian Wolff’s For 5 or 10 Players premiered in Urbana, IL
- Eddie Edwards (71) dies in New Orleans
- Francis Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata premiered in New York
- Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera Kaivos [the mine], lib. Rautavaara, premiered in Helsinki
- Herbie Nichols (44) dies in New York from leukaemia
- Bob Dylan plays Town Hall in New York, his biggest solo show to date. The 24 song set is taped by Columbia but not issued
- Gerry And The Pacemakers have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with How Do You Do It?
- Henryk Górecki’s Diagramma IV op.18 for chamber ensemble premiered in Venice
- Luc Ferrari’s Composé Composite for orchestra and tape premiered in Venice
- Miles Davis records the first session of two for the album Seven Steps to Heaven for Columbia in Los Angeles. Miles Davis (tp) Victor Feldman (p) Ron Carter (b) Frank Butler (d). The second takes place on 14 May
- Graham Fitkin born (Crows-an-Wra, Cornwall) English composer, pianist, conductor
- Isabel Mundry born (Schlüchtern, Germany) German composer, teacher.
- Johnny McElhone born (Bearsden, Dunbartonshire) Scottish pop bass guitarist. Worked with Altered Images, Hipsway and Texas.
- Bob Dylan records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Girl Of The North Country; Masters Of War; Walls Of Red Wing; Talking World War III Blues & Bob Dylan’s Dream
- Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s musical She Loves Me opens on Broadway (302 performances)
- Paula Frazer born (Georgia, AR) American rock and country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Tarnation from 1992 to 1997 and solo artist.
- Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for organ and orchestra premiered in New York
- Iannis Xenakis’ Stratégie for orchestra premiered in Venice
- Charles Ives’s From the Steeples and the Mountains for trumpet, trombone and bells premiered in Waltham, MA
- Andrew Loog Oldham is appointed manager of the Rolling Stones
- Richard Farina secretly marries Mimi Baez in Paris
- Beatles – From Me To You / Thank You Girl (Parlophone UK)
- James Brown – Prisoner Of Love / Choo-Choo (King)
- Solomon Burke – If You Need Me / You Can Make It If You Try (Atlantic)
- Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire / I’d Still Be There (Columbia)
- Sam Cooke – Another Saturday Night / Love Will Find A Way (RCA Victor)
- Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) / Git’ It (Philles)
- Jackie DeShannon – Needles and Pins / Did He Call Today, Mama? (Liberty)
- Marvin Gaye – Pride & Joy / One Of These Days (Tamla)
- Lesley Gore – It’s My Party / Danny (Mercury)
- John Lee Hooker – Take a Look at Yourself / Frisco Blues (Vee-Jay)
- Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – Do You Want to Know a Secret? / I’ll Be on My Way (Parlophone UK)
- Barbara Lewis – Hello Stranger / Think A Little Sugar (Atlantic)
- Wilson Pickett – If You Need Me / Baby Call On Me (Double L)
- Jimmy Reed – Shame Shame Shame / There’ll Be A Day (Vee-Jay)
- Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfa – Jazz Samba Encore! (Verve)
- Jimmy Giuffre – Free Fall (Columbia)
- Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band (Vanguard)
- The Songs of Mark Spoelstra (Folkways)
- Jackie Wilson – Baby Workout (Brunswick)
- The Rolling Stones sign a management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham. As a part of the deal, pianist Ian Stewart is relegated to a backroom role
- The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of seven weeks with From Me To You
- James LaBrie born (Penetanguishene, Ontario) Canadian rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Member of Dream Theater from 1990.
- Heinrich Gebhard (84) dies in North Arlington, VA
- Ted Weems (61) dies in Tulsa, OK of emphysema
- Luciano Berio’s opera Passaggio [Crossing] premiered in Milan, lib. Berio and E. Sanguineti
- Witold Lutoslawski’s Trois Poemes d’ Henri Michaux [Three Poems by Henri Michaux] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Zagreb
- The Rolling Stones sign to Decca Records through Andrew Loog Oldham’s management company Impact
- Irving Aaronson (68) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
- Pauline Oliveros’ Outline for flute, percussion and bass premiered in New Haven, CT
- The Rolling Stones record their first single Come On / I Want to Be Loved for Decca in London. Mick Jagger (vo) Keith Richards (g) Brian Jones (hca, vo) Bill Wyman (b, vo) Charlie Watts (d)
- The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of thirty weeks with Please Please Me
- Bob Dylan refuses to play on the Ed Sullivan Show after being told he couldn’t play Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues
- Herbie Hancock makes his first studio recordings as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet. Miles Davis (tp) George Coleman (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d). The session is the second of two for the album Seven Steps To Heaven. Also 16 Apr
- The 5th Grammy Awards are held in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Tony Bennett wins Record of the Year for I Left My Heart in San Francisco and Album of the Year goes to Vaughn Meader for The First Family. Other winners include Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Peter, Paul and Mary, Stan Getz, Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles
- The National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Mongolia opens in Ulan Bator
- Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony no.5 premiered in New York
- (to 19th) The first Monterey Folk Festival is held featuring Bob Dylan, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Weavers, The Rooftop Singers, The Dillards, Joan Baez and Peter Paul and Mary among others.
- The Beatles begin their third UK tour of 1963 in Slough alongside Roy Orbison and Gerry & the Pacemakers
- Kevin Shields born (New York, NY) Irish-American rock guitarist, songwriter, producer, singer. Founder member of My Bloody Valentine.
- Eddy Howard (48) dies in Palm Desert, CA of a cerebral haemorrhage
- Dexter Gordon records the album Our Man In Paris for Blue Note in Paris. Dexter Gordon (ts) Bud Powell (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (d)
- Elmore James (45) dies in Chicago following a heart attack
- Calliope Tsoupaki born (Piraeus, Greece) Greek composer, pianist, teacher.
- Vissarion Shebalin (60) dies in Moscow following a series of strokes
- A fiftieth anniversary performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is given by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the original conductor 88 year old Pierre Monteux and attended by the 81 year old composer
- Wendy Smith born (Middlesborough) English pop keyboard player, singer, guitarist. Member of Prefab Sprout from 1981 to 2001.
- Dominick Argento’s opera Christopher Sly premiered in Minneapolis, MN, lib. John Manlove after Shakespeare
- Malcolm and Angus Young (aged 10 and 8) emigrate to Australia from Glasgow with their parents
- Astronauts – Baja / Kuk (RCA Victor)
- Chiffons – One Fine Day / Why Am I So Shy (Laurie)
- Essex – Easier Said Than Done / Are You Going My Way (Roulette)
- Gerry and The Pacemakers – I Like It / It’s Happened to Me (EMI Columbia UK)
- Doris Troy – Just One Look / Bossa Nova Blues (Atlantic)
- Bobby Vinton – Blue on Blue / Those Little Things (Epic)
- Stevie Wonder – Fingertips parts 1 and 2 (Tamla)
- Sandy Bull – Fantasias for Guitar & Banjo (Vanguard)
- Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue (Blue Note)
- Dillards – Back Porch Bluegrass (Elektra). Bluegrass band formed in Salem, MO in 1962. Rodney Dillard (g, vo) Douglas Dillard (bjo) Mitchell Jayne (b) Dean Webb (mand)
- The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Columbia)
- Grant Green – The Latin Bit (Blue Note)
- Jackie McLean – Let Freedom Ring (Blue Note)
- Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontakte (Wergo Germany)
- Stevie Wonder – Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius (Tamla)
- Mike Joyce born (Manchester) English rock drummer. Member of the Smiths from 1982 to 1987.
- Lesley Gore has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with It’s My Party
- Edson Zampronha born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian composer, teacher.
- Benjamin Britten’s A Hymn of St Columba: Regis regum rectissimi for choir and organ premiered in Donegal
- Delroy ‘Junior’ Reid born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, producer. Member of Black Uhuru from 1985 to 1988 and solo artist.
- Joe Henderson makes his first recordings as leader for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Kenny Dorham (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Butch Warren (b) Pete LaRoca (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Page One
- Roberto Alagna born (Paris) French tenor singer.
- The Rolling Stones make their UK television debut on ITV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars
- Pete Seeger plays Carnegie Hall, New York. The show is recorded and issued as We Shall Overcome (Columbia)
- Vasyl Barvinsky (75) dies in Lviv, Ukraine
- (& 12th) The Roland Kirk Quartet record the album The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets the Benny Golson Orchestra for Mercury in New York. Virgil Jones, Richard Williams (tp) Charles Greenlea, Tom McIntosh (tb) Don Butterfield (tu) Roland Kirk (ts, manzello, stritch, cl, fl) Harold Mabern (p) Richard Davis (b) Albert Heath (d) Benny Golson (arr, cond)
- Jeff Mills born (Detroit, MI) American DJ, producer, electronic musician. Co-founder of Axis Records with Robert Hood. Member of Underground Resistance from 1989 to 1992 and solo artist.
- All four acts in the top four of the UK singles chart hail from Liverpool – the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas and Billy Fury
- Jeff Beal born (Hayward, CA) American composer.
- Gerry And The Pacemakers have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with I Like It
- Zoltan Kodály’s Seven Pieces for orchestra premiered in Budapest
- Chuck Prophet born (Whittier, CA) American rock guitarist, songwriter, singer. Member of Green on Red from 1985 to 1992 and solo artist.
- George Michael aka Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou born (London) English pop singer, songwriter. Member of Wham! from1981 to 1986 and solo artist.
- Pierre Henry’s La Noire à soixante [Black at sixty] for tape premiered in Paris
- Harriet Wheeler born (Sonning, Berks) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Sundays from 1988 to 1997.
- Pierre Henry’s Variations pour une porte et un soupir [Variations for a door and a sigh] premiered in Paris
- Anne-Sophie Mutter born (Rheinfelden, Germany) German classical violinist.
The Searchers make their UK television debut on ITV’s Lucky Stars Summer Spin Mersey Sound special
- Yngwie Malmsteen born (Stockholm) Swedish rock guitarist, composer, bandleader.
- Mike Seeger redicovers Dock Boggs and persuades him to resume his music career
- Dick Dale – King of the Surf Guitar / Hava Nagila (Capitol)
- Jan & Dean – Surf City / She’s My Summer Girl (Liberty)
- Inez & Charlie Foxx – Mockingbird (Symbol)
- Chris Kenner – Land Of 1000 Dances / That’s My Girl (Instant)
- Ben E King – I (Who Have Nothing) / The Beginning of Time (Atco)
- Rolling Stones – Come On / I Want To Be Loved (Decca UK)
- Searchers – Sweets for My Sweet / It’s All Been a Dream (Pye UK)
- Shirelles – Don’t Say Goodnight & Mean Goodbye / I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You (Scepter)
- Surfaris – Wipe Out / Surfer Joe (Dot). Surf rock band formed in Glendora, CA in 1962. Ron Wilson (d, Jim Fuller , Bob Berryhill (g) and Pat Connolly (b)
- James Brown – Live At The Apollo (King) recorded live at the Apollo Theater, Harlem on 24 Oct 1962
- Solomon Burke – If You Need Me (Atlantic)
- Dick Dale – King of the Surf Guitar (Capitol)
- Bill Evans – Interplay (Riverside)
- Jazz Crusaders – Tough Talk (Pacific Jazz)
- Roland Kirk – Reeds And Deeds (Mercury)
- Martha & The Vandellas – Come and Get These Memories (Gordy)
- Ike Quebec – Blue and Sentimental (Blue Note)
- The Beatles record She Loves You & I’ll Get You for Parlophone in London
- Malcolm Williamson’s opera Our Man In Havana premiered in London. Lib. Sidney Gilliat after Graham Greene
- Ute Lemper born (Münster, Germany) German cabaret singer, actress, painter.
- Wolf Mankowitz, Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse’s musical Pickwick opens in London (694 performances)
- Aulis Sallinen’s Variations for Orchestra premiered in Tampere, Finland
- (to 7th) The 1963 Newport Jazz Festival takes place with Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Stan Kenton, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and others
- Susan Chilcott born (Timsbury, Somerset) English soprano singer. Died 2003
- John Mark Ainsley born (Crewe, Cheshire) English tenor singer.
- The Rolling Stones play their first gig outside London, in Middlesbrough
- William Asher’s teen movie Beach Party opens, creating a new genre. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello star. Dick Dale also appears
- The first recording session takes place in London for the album With the Beatles. Recordings are finished on 23 Jul and the final mixes are completed on 30 Jul
- Jean-Claude Éloy’s Équivalences for 18 players premiered in Darmstadt
- Jan and Dean have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Surf City
- Emily Saliers born (New Haven, CT) American pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Indigo Girls.
- Neil Young enters a recording studio for the first time in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a member of the Squires
- Darius Milhaud’s cantata Suite de sonnets op.401 premiered in Dieppe
- (to 28th) The 1963 Newport Folk Festival takes place in Newport, RI. Acts appearing include Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mississippi John Hurt, Ian & Sylvia, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker and Dave Van Ronk
- Dorian Le Gallienne (48) dies in Melbourne of heart disease
- Miles Davis plays a set at the Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, Antibes, France which is recorded for the Columbia album Miles Davis in Europe. Miles Davis (tp) George Coleman (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d)
- Olga Borodina born (St Petersburg) Russian mezzo-soprano singer.
- Norman Cook aka Quentin Cook born (Reigate, Surrey) English producer, DJ, pop bass guitarist. Member of the Housemartins from 1985 to 1988 and recorded as Fatboy Slim.
- Al Jardine rejoins the Beach Boys
- Angels – My Boyfriend’s Back / Now (Smash). Female vocal group formed in Orange, NJ in 1963. Barbara Allbut, Phyllis Allbut, Peggy Santiglia (vo)
- Beach Boys – Surfer Girl / Little Deuce Coupe (Capitol)
- Solomon Burke – Can’t Nobody Love You / Stupidity (Atlantic)
- Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind / Don’t Think Twice (Columbia)
- Heinz – Just Like Eddie / Don’t You Knock at My Door (Decca UK)
- Martha & The Vandellas – Heatwave / A Love Like Yours (Gordy)
- Miracles – Mickey’s Monkey / Whatever Makes You Happy (Tamla)
- Muddy Waters – Five Long Years / Twenty-Four Hours (Chess)
- Cannonball Adderley – Cannonball’s Bossa Nova (Riverside)
- Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Buhaina’s Delight (Blue Note)
- John Coltrane – Impressions (Impulse!)
- Hank Crawford – Soul Of The Ballad (Atlantic)
- Barbara Lewis – Hello Stranger (Atlantic)
- Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse!)
- Freddie Roach – Mo’ Greens Please (Blue Note)
- Max Roach – Speak, Brother, Speak! (Fantasy)
- Nino Rota – 8 1/2 soundtrack (RCA)
- Sonny Stitt – Now! (Impulse!)
- McCoy Tyner – Nights Of Ballads And Blues (Impulse!)
- Coolio aka Artis Leon Ivey born (Los Angeles) American rapper, actor, record producer.
- Dean Wareham born (Wellington, NZ) New Zealand-American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Galaxie 500 from 1987 to 1991, Luna from 1991 to 2005 and solo artist.
- James Hetfield born (Downey, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Metallica from 1981.
- The Beatles play the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the final time after clocking up between 280 and 292 (depending on source) shows at the venue
- Salvador Bacarisse (64) dies in Paris
- Bob Dylan records the first of five sessions for the album The Times They Are a-Changin’ for Columbia in New York. The others take place on 7 Aug, 23, 24 and 31 Oct.
- Whitney Houston born (Newark, NJ) American pop and R&B singer, actress. Daughter of Cissy Houston (b.1933). Died 2012
- The first episode of Ready, Steady Go is shown on ITV in the UK with Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Chris Barber, Billy Fury and Pat Boone. It runs until Dec 1966
- The Searchers have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Sweets For My Sweet
- Stevie Wonder has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Fingertips Pt. 2
- (& 11th) The Third National Jazz Festival takes place in Richmond, Surrey. Acts appearing include Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Cyril Davies, Tubby Hayes, Humphrey Lyttleton and the Rolling Stones
- Sir Mix-a-Lot aka Anthony Ray born (Seattle, WA) American hip hop DJ, rapper, producer.
- Duke Ellington’s My People premiered in Chicago
- Rebecca Evans born (Pontrhydyfen, Glamorgan) Welsh soprano singer.
- Addison Farmer (34) dies in New York following a brain haemorrhage
- Tori Amos born (Newton, NC) American rock singer, songwriter, pianist.
- The New York Contemporary Five make their first recordings in New York. Don Cherry (cor) John Tchicai (as) Archie Shepp (ts) Don Moore (b) J.C. Moses (d). Tracks cut are included on the Fontana album Consequences
- The Rolling Stones make their television debut on Ready, Steady, Go playing Come On
- Stevie Wonder has the Billboard number one album for one week with Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius
- Candida Doyle born (Belfast) Irish rock keyboard player. Member of Pulp from 1984 to 2002.
- Shock G aka Gregory Jacobs born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, producer, musician. Member of Digital Underground from 1987 to 2008.
- Liu Huan born (Tianjin, China) Chinese pop singer, songwriter, teacher.
- Michael Tippett’s Concerto for orchestra premiered in Edinburgh
- The March on Washington takes place led by Martin Luther King Jr and attended by around 250,000 civil rights protesters. Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, Joan Baez and Marian Anderson are among the singers
- Elizabeth Fraser born (Grangemouth) Scottish rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Cocteau Twins from 1981 to 1998.
- Paul Oakenfold born (London) English DJ, producer, founder of Perfecto Records
- Axel Stordahl (50) dies in Encino, CA of cancer
- At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin [International radio exhibition Berlin] Philips unveil the music cassette
- The Angels have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with My Boyfriend’s Back
- Beatles – She Loves You / I’ll Get You (Parlophone UK)
- Ray Charles – Busted / Making Believe (ABC Paramount)
- Crystals – Then He Kissed Me / Brother Julius (Philles)
- Jack Nitzsche – The Lonely Surfer / Song For A Summer Night (Reprise)
- Roy Orbison – Blue Bayou / Mean Woman Blues (Monument)
- Ronettes – Be My Baby / Tedesco & Pitman (Philles). Female vocal group formed in New York in 1959. Ronnie Bennett, Estelle Bennett, Nedra Talley (vo)
- Little Johnny Taylor – Part Time Love / Somewhere Down The Line (Galaxy)
- Bobby Vinton – Blue Velvet / Is There a Place (Where I Can Go) (Epic)
- Mary Wells – You Lost the Sweetest Boy / What’s Easy For Two Is So Hard For One (Motown)
- John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman (Impulse!)
- Miles Davis – Seven Steps To Heaven (Columbia)
- The Impressions (ABC-Paramount)
- Wes Montgomery – Boss Guitar (Riverside)
- Roy Orbison – In Dreams (Monument)
- “Big” John Patton – Along Came John (Blue Note)
- Horace Silver – Silver’s Serenade (Blue Note)
- Surfaris – Wipe Out (Dot)
- Link Wray – Jack the Ripper (Swan)
- Malcolm Eden born (Ilford) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of McCarthy from 1984 to 1990.
- Grant-Lee Phillips born (Stockton, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Grant Lee Buffalo from 1991 to 1999 and solo artist.
- Benjamin Britten’s Cantata misericordium for choir and orchestra premiered in Geneva
- Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label is bought by Warner Brothers
- Morton Feldman’s De Kooning for horn, percussion, piano, violin and cello premiered in New York
- Damon Krukowski born (New York, NY) American rock drummer, songwriter, singer. Member of Galaxie 500 from 1987 to 1991 and Damon & Naomi from 1991.
- Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No.18 Circe premiered in London
- Eazy-E aka Eric Wright born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper. Founder member of NWA. Died 1995
- Bill Stevenson born (Torrance, CA) American rock drummer, songwriter. Member of the Descendents from 1979 to 1988, from 1995 to 1997, from 2002 to 2004 and from 2010 and Black Flag from 1983 to 1985.
- Modest Altschuler (90) dies in Los Angeles
- György Ligeti’s Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes premiered in Hilversum, Netherlands
- The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks over two runs with She Loves You
- Hassan Hakmoun born (Marrakech, Morocco) Moroccan singer, composer, sintir player.
- Thomas Larcher born (Innsbruck) Austrian composer, pianist.
- David Sims born (Austin, TX) American rock guitarist, bassist, songwriter, accountant. Member of Scratch Acid from 1982 to 1987, Rapeman from 1987 ot 1989 and the Jesus Lizard from 1987 to 1999 and from 2008.
- Jarvis Cocker born (Sheffield) English rock and pop singer, songwriter, broadcaster. Founder member of Pulp and solo artist.
- Benjamin Britten’s Night Piece for piano premiered in Leeds
- Pete Brown (56) dies in New York
- Douglas Lilburn’s Landfall in Unknown Seas premiered in Dunedin, New Zealand
- Bobby Vinton has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Blue Velvet (1st week of 3)
- David Diamond’s Elegies for Faulkner and cummings for piano premiered in Philadelphia
- Charlie Hicks (63) dies in prison in Cairo, GA of a brain haemorrhage
- Grazyna Bacewicz’s Cello Concerto no.2 premiered in Warsaw
- The Rolling Stones start their first UK tour at the New Victoria Theatre, London
- J. Russell Robinson (71) dies in Palmdale, CA of cancer
- The Pretty Things are formed at Sidcup Art College, Kent. Phil May (vo, hca), Dick Taylor, Brian Pendleton (g) John Stax (b) Viv Prince (d)
- Marvin Gaye – Can I Get A Witness / I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby (Tamla)
- John Lee Hooker – I’m Leaving / Birmingham Blues (Vee-Jay)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Three Hundred Pounds of Joy / Built for Comfort (Chess)
- Impressions – It’s All Right / You’ll Want Me Back (ABC-Paramount)
- Garnet Mimms – Cry Baby / Don’t Change Your Heart (United Artists)
- Rufus Thomas – Walking the Dog / You Said (Stax)
- Beach Boys – Surfer Girl (Capitol)
- James Brown – Prisoner Of Love (King)
- Sam Cooke – Night Beat (RCA)
- Herbie Hancock – My Point Of View (Blue Note)
- Ian & Sylvia – Four Strong Winds (Vanguard)
- Ahmad Jamal Trio – Poinciana (Argo) recorded in 1958
- Thelonious Monk – Criss Cross (Columbia)
- Oliver Nelson – Full Nelson (Verve)
- Jack Nitzsche – The Lonely Surfer (Reprise)
- Odetta Sings Folk Songs (RCA Victor)
- Doris Troy Sings Just One Look (Atlantic)
- Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger (Prestige)
- Benjamin Britten’s Venite exultemus Domino for choir and organ premiered in London
- Michael Flanders and Donald Swann’s revue At the Drop of Another Hat opens in London
- Meredith Willson’s musical Here’s Love opens on Broadway (334 performances)
- Ján Cikker’s opera Mr Scrooge premiered in Kassel. Lib. Cikker after Charles Dickens
- Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Berlin
- Dimitri Shostakovich’s Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folksongs op.115 premiered in Moscow
- Edith Piaf (47) dies in Alpes-Maritimes, France of liver cancer
- Earle Brown’s December 1952; Pentathis for chamber ensemble; Available Forms I for chamber ensemble & From Here for chamber ensemble premiered in New York
- Morton Feldman’s Vertical Thoughts 1 for 2 pianos; Vertical Thoughts 2 for violin and piano; Vertical Thoughts 3 for chamber orchestra; Vertical Thoughts 4 for piano; Vertical Thoughts 5 for for soprano, violin, tuba and percussion & Straits of Magellan for flute, horn, trumpet, harp, electric guitar, piano and bass premiered in New York
- Brian Poole And The Tremeloes have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Do You Love Me? (1st week of 3)
- Kemistry aka Valerie Olukemi Olusanya born (Birmingham) English drum & bass DJ, producer. Died 1999
- The Beatles top the bill on the variety show Sunday Night at the London Palladium
- The term Beatlemania is used for the first time in an article in the Daily Mirror
- Yolanda Mero (76) dies in New York
- Chuck Berry released from prison after serving nearly four years under the Mann Act
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Punkte no.½ for orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
- Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Last Savage premiered in Paris, lib. Menotti
- Walter Davis (51) dies in St Louis, MO following a stroke
- Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Don Giovanni premiered in Naples. Lib. Malipiero
- N. Richard Nash, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s musical 110 in the Shade opens on Broadway (330 performances)
- Roger Désormière (65) dies in Paris nine years after suffering a career-ending stroke in Rome
- Natalie Merchant born (Jamestown, NY) American rock and folk singer, songwriter, pianist. Member of 10,000 Maniacs from 1981 to 1993 and solo artist.
- Eros Ramazzotti born (Rome) Italian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Valentin Schiedermair born (Frankfurt) German classical pianist.
- Mart Saar (80) dies in Tallinn
- Michael Holliday (38) commits suicide in Croydon by means of a deliberate drug overdose
- Olivier Messaien’s Sept haïkaï for piano, thirteen winds, six percussion and eight violins premiered in Paris
- Johnny Marr born (Manchester) English rock guitarist, songwriter, session player. Member of the Smiths from 1981 to 1987.
- The Beach Boys play their first show without David Marks who quit after a clash with manager Murry Wilson
- Horace Silver records the first of two sessions for the album Song For My Father for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Blue Mitchell (tp) Junior Cook (ts) Horace Silver (p) Gene Taylor (b) Roy Brooks (d)
- Clement Dodd sets up the Jamaican Recording and Publishing Studio aka Studio One on Brentford Road, Kingston
- The Springfields disband when Dusty Springfield leaves for a solo career.
- Solomon Burke – You’re Good for Me / Beautiful Brown Eyes (Atlantic)
- Sam Cooke – Little Red Rooster / You Gotta Move (RCA Victor)
- Betty Everett – You’re No Good / Chained to Your Love (Vee-Jay)
- Gerry and The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone / It’s Alright (EMI Columbia UK)
- Miracles – I Gotta Dance To Keep From Cryin’ / Such Is Love, Such Is Life (Tamla)
- Matt Monro – From Russia With Love / Here and Now (Parlophone UK)
- Gene Pitney – 24 Hours From Tulsa / Lonely Night Dreams (Musicor)
- Irma Thomas – Ruler Of My Heart / Hittin’ On Nothin’ (Minit)
- John Barry – From Russia With Love OST (United Artists UK)
- Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe (Capitol)
- Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Ugetsu (Riverside)
- Grant Green – Feelin’ The Spirit (Blue Note)
- Françoise Hardy – Le premier bonheur du jour (Vogue France)
- Martha & The Vandellas – Heat Wave (Gordy)
- Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train (Verve)
- Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins – Sonny Meets Hawk! (RCA Victor)
- Staple Singers – This Land (Riverside)
- Rick Allen born (Dronfield, Derbyshire) English rock drummer. Member of Def Leppard from 1978.
- Daddy Stovepipe (96) dies in Chicago of pneumonia
- The Beatles begin a 33 date headlining UK tour in Cheltenham
- Gerry And The Pacemakers have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with You’ll Never Walk Alone. It is the group’s third of the group’s first three singles to top the chart
- Dimitri Shostakovich’s Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Themes premiered in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
- Joe Gordon (35) dies in Santa Monica, CA in a house fire
- The Beatles play a set at the Royal Variety Performance in London in front of British royalty
- John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers play their first show at the Marquee, London. John Mayall (vo, keys, hca) Bernie Watson (g) John McVie (b) Peter Ward (d)
- Dusty Springfield begins her first solo UK tour
- Andrew Hill makes his first recordings as leader for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Joe Henderson (ts) Andrew Hill (p) Richard Davis (b) Roy Haynes (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Black Fire
- Konrad Boehmer’s Variation for chamber orchestra premiered in Brussels
- Paul Hindemith’s Mass for chorus premiered in Vienna
- Jay Bennett born (Urbana, IL) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Wilco from 1994 to 2001. Died 2009
- Fritz Reiner (74) dies in New York following a heart attack
- David Diamond’s This Sacred Ground for baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Buffalo
- Bent Lorentzen’s opera Stalten Mette, lib. Wilhelm Hansen, premiered in Aarhus, Denmark
- Artur Lemba (78) dies in Tallinn, Estonia
- Vladimir Rosing (73) dies in Santa Monica, CA of septicaemia
- Amelita Galli-Curci (81) dies in La Jolla, CA of emphysema
- Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra premiered in Moscow
- Ernesto Lecuona (67) dies in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands following an asthma attack
- Joan Baez – We Shall Overcome / What Have They Done To The Rain (Vanguard)
- Beach Boys – In My Room / Be True To Your School (Capitol)
- Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand / This Boy (Parlophone UK)
- Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over / I Know You (EMI Columbia UK)
- Dick Dale – The Wedge / Night Rider (Capitol)
- Jackie DeShannon – When You Walk in the Room / Till You Say You’ll Be Mine (Liberty)
- Kingsmen – Louie Louie / Haunted Castle (Wand). Rock group formed in Portland, OR in 1959. 1963 line-up: Jack Ely (g vo) Lynn Easton (d) Mike Mitchell (g) Don Gallucci (p) Bob Nordby (b)
- Martha & The Vandellas – Quicksand / Darling I Hum Our Song (Gordy)
- Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart / Something Is Worrying Me (Volt)
- Rolling Stones – I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned (Decca UK)
- Dusty Springfield – I Only Want To Be With You / Once Upon A Time (Philips UK)
- Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird / King Of The Surf (Garrett). Surf rock group formed in Minneapolis in 1962. Tony Andreason, Dal Winslow (g, vo) Steve Wahrer (d, vo) Bob Reed (b)
- Dionne Warwick – Anyone Who Had A Heart / The Love Of A Boy (Scepter)
- Joan Baez in Concert part 2 (Vanguard) recorded in various location during Apr and May 1963
- With The Beatles (Parlophone UK)
- Dick Dale – Checkered Flag (Capitol)
- Lee Hazlewood – Trouble Is a Lonesome Town (Mercury)
- Judy Henske – High Flyin’ Bird (Elektra)
- The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets the Benny Golson Orchestra (Mercury)
- Wes Montgomery – Fusion! (Riverside)
- Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome (Columbia) recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on 8 Jun 1963
- Darius Milhaud’s Murder of a Great Chief of State, In memory of John F. Kennedy for orchestra premiered in Oakland
- Joe Lally born (Silver Spring, MD) American rock bass guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of Fugazi from 1987 to 2003.
- Aaron Copland’s ballet Dance Panels premiered in Munich
- André Boucourechliev’s Grodek op.5 for soprano, flute and three percussion premiered in Paris
- Karl Amadeus Hartmann (58) dies in Munich of pancreatic cancer
- Susie Hawthorn (67) dies
- David Diamond’s String Quartet no.6 premiered in Buffalo
- Claudia Brücken born (Berching, Germany) German pop and electronica singer, songwriter. Member of Propaganda from 1982 to 1986, ACT from 1987 to 1988 and solo artist.
- The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of twentyone weeks with With The Beatles
- Kat Bjelland born (Woodburn, OR) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Babes in Toyland.
- Harry Kurnitz and Noël Coward’s musical The Girl Who Came to Supper opens on Broadway (112 performances)
- Frank Sinatra’s son Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe, CA. He is released unharmed on the payment of $240,000 ransom and the perpetrators are later caught and sentenced
- Thurlow Lieurance (85) dies in Boulder, CO
- Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ premiered in Tel Aviv
- Ronald Stevenson’s Passacaglia on DSCH for piano premiered in Cape Town
- Anthony Collins (70) dies in Los Angeles
- Luis Russell (61) dies in New York of cancer
- Arvo Pärt’s Perpetuum mobile op.10 for orchestra premiered in Tallinn
- Dinah Washington (39) dies in Detroit from an overdose of sleeping pills
- The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with I Want To Hold Your Hand
- The Beatles get their first US radio play by James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC
- Paul Constantinescu (54) dies in Bucharest
- Charles Ives’ Tone Roads no.3 for orchestra & Scherzo: Over the Pavements for orchestra premiered in New York
- Darius Milhaud’s choral symphony Pacem in terris premiered in Paris
- Lee Morgan records the album The Sidewinder for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Lee Morgan (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) Barry Harris (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Billy Higgins (d)
- Mary Ramsey born (Washington, DC) American folk and rock violinist, singer, songwriter. Worked with John Lombardo as John and Mary from 1989 and member of 10,000 Maniacs from 1993 to 2001 and from 2007.
- Lars Ulrich born (Gentofte, Denmark) Danish-American rock drummer, songwriter. Member of Metallica from 1981.
- John Williamson born (Ilford) English rock bass guitarist. Member of McCarthy from 1985 to 1990.
- Paul Hindemith (68) dies in Frankfurt of pancreatitis
- The Weavers play their final show in Chicago
- Scott Ian Rosenfeld born (New York, NY) American rock guitarist, bass guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of Anthrax from 1981.
- The Kinks play their first show in London
- Bob & Earl – Harlem Shuffle / I’ll Keep Running Back (Marc)
- Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me / Run Bobby Run (Mercury)
- Major Lance – Um Um Um Um Um Um / Sweet Music (Okeh)
- Roy Orbison – Pretty Paper / Beautiful Dreamer (Monument)
- Rip Chords – Hey Little Cobra / The Queen (Columbia). Surf rock group created by Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher
- Ronettes – Baby I Love You / Miss Joan & Mr Sam (Philles)
- Pete Seeger – Little Boxes / Mail Myself To You (Columbia)
- Swinging Blue Jeans – Hippy Hippy Shake / Now I Must Go (HMV UK)
- Donald Byrd – At The Half Note Cafe, Vol 2 (Blue Note)
- Bob Gibson – Where I’m Bound (Elektra)
- Dexter Gordon – Our Man In Paris (Blue Note)
- Carolyn Hester – The Life I’m Living (Columbia)
- Freddie Hubbard – Hub-Tones (Blue Note)
- Koerner, Ray & Glover – Blues Rags and Hollers (Elektra) recorded at the Woman’s Club, Milwaukee, WI. Originally released as an edition of 300 by Audiophile Records in Jun 1963
- Kingsmen – In Person (Wand) recorded live 1963
- The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets The Benny Golson Orchestra (Mercury)
- Miracles – Doin’ Mickey’s Monkey (Tamla)
- Stanley Turrentine – Never Let Me Go (Blue Note)
- Various – A Christmas Gift For You (Philles) Features Darlene Love, The Ronettes, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans and The Crystals
- Nellee Hooper born (Bristol) English record producer, DJ, composer
- Leonard Cohen’s first novel The Favourite Game published
- Jorge Ben – Samba Esquema Novo (Philips Brazil)
- Eric Dolphy – Conversations (Fred Miles)
- John Fahey – Death Chants, Breakdowns And Military Waltzes (Takoma)
- Davy Graham – The Guitar Player (Golden Guinea UK)
- The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt (Prestige)