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1963 - The Beatles and The Beach Boys

What a year for rock 'n' roll!  California surfers, The Beach Boys, hit the charts with "In My Room", and the British Invasion (We'll NEVER Forget This), occurred as The Beatles swept the youth off their feet with "She Loves You", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand".  The Rolling Stones got their first hit in 1963 with "Come On", a much more aggressive version of rock.  In 1963, the country was devasted by the tragic loss of Patsy Cline, who died in a plane crash in Tennessee. 

Important Fact:  Many would say that 1963 was the last year of the "Golden Decade"  or "Early North American Rock and Roll".  Without question, the music changed in mid to late 1963 when The Beatles started rockin' America.

The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time.  11 songs made the cut in 1963! 

209            In My Room - The Beach Boys

64              She Loves You - The Beatles

16              I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles

87              Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

460            One Fine Day - The Chiffons

114            Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals

493            Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals

14              Blowin' In the Wind - Bob Dylan

55              Louie Louie - The Kingsmen

312            In Dreams - Roy Orbison

22              Be My Baby - The Ronettes

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