Listening to the featured artists of 1962 would give you a true feel for the music of the year. From the growing influence of what would become known as "soul music" represented by Ray Charles to the growing number of "girl groups" represented by The Crystals; from the last vestige of doo wop (and perhaps its best) represented by The Four Seasons, to the beginnings of the "singer / song writer" as represented by Neil Sedaka and Gene Pitney; 1962 produced a variety of sounds, many of which live on today as rock and roll classics.