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Billboard Top 20, June 15, 1963
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

#1 .. 2 / 6 Sukiyaki----------------Kyu Sakamoto
#2 .. 1 / 6 It's My Party----------------Lesley Gore
#3 .. 5 / 8 You Can't Sit Down----------------The Dovells
#4 .. 3 / 8 Da Doo Ron Ron----------------The Crystals
#5 .. 4 / 11 I Love You Because----------------Al Martino
#6 .. 14 / 5 Blue On Blue----------------Bobby Vinton
#7 .. 9 / 6 Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer----Nat King Cole
#8 .. 8 / 10 Still----------------Bill Anderson
#9 .. 13 / 7 Hello Stranger----------------Barbara Lewis
#10 .. 11 / 6 18 Yellow Roses----------------Bobby Darin
#11 .. 6 / 12 Two Faces Have I----------------Lou Christie
#12 .. 7 / 12 If You Wanna Be Happy----------------Jimmy Soul
#13 .. 10 / 13 Surfin' U.S.A.----------------The Beach Boys
#14 .. 22 / 5 Birdland----------------Chubby Checker
#15 .. 12 / 11 Losing You----------------Brenda Lee
#16 .. 15 / 9 Another Saturday Night----------------Sam Cooke
#17 .. 36 / 3 One Fine Day----------------The Chiffons
#18 .. 21 / 9 Prisoner Of Love----------------James Brown
#19 .. 16 / 10 Hot Pastrami----------------The Dartells
#20 .. 24 / 6 The Good Life----------------Tony Bennett

 

The Dovells were a Philadelphia group that first broke on the national charts in 1961 with a dance song named after a suburb of Philadelphia, "Bristol Stomp,"(#2). They continued to mine the dance craze with "Bristol Twistin' Annie" (#27) and "Hully, Gully, Baby" (#25). In June of 1963 "You Can't Sit Down" became the second Dovell top ten hit, peaking at #3. In the fall of 1963 the group recorded a song they had heard by a British group, but their label declined to release it. In 1964, The Beatles would take "She Loves You" to number one. One member of the group, Len Barry would have a #2 record in 1965 with "1-2-3."

"You Can't Sit Down" was behind Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" which had just risen to the top spot and Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" which had just vacated its number one position. There was one other former top record in the top twenty of June 15, 1963, "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul which had been number one on May 18th.

Many consider 1963 to be the doldrums of early rock and roll and the June 15th chart somewhat demonstrates that as "Sukiyaki," "I Love You Beause," "Blue on Blue," and "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer," would all best be categorized as soft pop, and "Still" and "18 Yellow Roses" were more country hits.

Perhaps the most notable song in the top twenty was The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." The record had peaked at #3 on May 25th (no higher than "You Can't Sit Down"). Many people would assume "Surfin' U.S.A." was a number one record. That wasn't the case. But it is certainly the most remembered song.

In other news:

  • The Civil Rights Act was introduced in Congress
  • President Kennedy visited Vice President Lyndon Johnson in El Paso, Texas to plan a November political trip to the state
  • The Mercury space project officially ended
  • Brian Wilson and father Murray Wilson formed Sea of Tunes publishing
  • Johnny Depp was born
  • Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote "She Loves You"
  • Pope John XXIII died
  • "Hud" was number one at the box office
Can you guess what the top movie of June, 1963 was?
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