Tunecaster has one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000, including 1963.
One Hit Wonders are songs which are the most popular by an artist.
There are different views on what qualifies a song for a One Hit Wonder.
A One Hit Wonder could be an artist that had only one song in the top 10, top 20, or even top 40.
On these pages, strictly speaking, an artist is a One Hit Wonder
if the artist had exactly one song make the pop or rock top 20.
No artist can be considered a One Hit Wonder who made the top 20 twice.
This strict definition may create some strange results where a supergoup
like Metallica makes the Pop Top 20 charts once, despite a long list of rock number one songs.
Superstar side projects with temporary or transient names may be technical One Hit Wonders.
Additionally, a One Hit Wonder listed on this 1963 page
may be a song that is significantly more popular than other songs by the same artist,
even though it did not make the top 20.
1963 One Hit Wonders Page
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Although the number one song Tell Him was the only top 20 hit for The Exciters, the group received airplay for other songs. Tell Him was followed-up with Do Wah Diddy, which received some radio airplay months before Manfred Mann made the song a classic.
Doowop group The Emotions made the top 20 one time with this haunting song.
The Emotions that performed Echo was a different group than The Emotions that performed soul and dance tunes in the 1970s including Best Of My Love.
Although Wiggle Wobble was the only top 20 hit for Les Cooper And The Soul Rockers, the group received slight radio airplay with other songs like Twistin' (One More Time). In the 1950s, Les Cooper was a singer with The Empires. Wiggle Wobble was written by Les Cooper.
Coney Island Baby
Coney Island was in Brooklyn, New York City. The Excellents were from The Bronx, New York City. The echo sound of the singing was created by recording in a hallway.This became the most popular song by the group. The Excellents received minor airplay with other songs too, like You Baby You, the other side of this single.
Loop De Loop was built upon classic children's lyrics. Johnny Thunder was the stage name of Gil Hamilton. This was the only top 20 song for Johnny Thunder. A few years later, he would have some success with Everybody Do The Sloopy.
Cast Your Fate To The Wind was a top 20 one hit wonder for Vince Guaraldi, a jazz writer and piano player. The follow-up, Mr. Lucky, received slight airplay. Vince Guaraldi was best known for performing Peanuts themes for movies and TV specials. Cast Your Fate To The Wind was written by Vince Guaraldi.
The instrumental song Wild Weekend was the only top 20 hit for The Rebels. The group received some airplay as The Hot-Toddys and as The Rockin' Rebels with songs like Rockin' Crickets and Buffalo Blues. Wild Weekend was written by Tom Shannon and Phil Todaro.
The instrumental song Our Winter Love was the only top 20 hit for piano player Bill Pursell. He followed-up with Loved, which received slight radio airplay. Our Winter Love was written by John Cowell and Bob Tubert.
The instrumental song Pipeline was the only top 20 hit for Chantay's. The group followed-up with other songs that received slight radio airplay, like Monsoon.
This song was written by Brian Carman and Bob Spickard.
In 1961, Kyu Sakamoto recorded Ue O Muite Aruko (I Look Up When I Walk). For Americans, it was released as Sukiyaki and became a 1963 number one song, the biggest Japanese language hit ever.
In 1981, A Taste Of Honey reworked the song and brought it to number one again. Finally, in 1994, 4 P.M. (for positive music) made a dance version, and the song hit number one a third time. Kyu Sakamoto followed-up this song with China Nights (Shina No Yoru), which received some international radio airplay. Sukiyaki was written by Rokusuke Ei and Hachidai Nakamura.
On Top Of Spaghetti was a spoof of the song On Top Of Old Smokey. In 1951, Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra and The Weavers And Terry Gilkyson each had popular versions of that song. Tom Glazer was a popular singer and host in the 1940s, with his radio program Tom Glazer's Ballad Box. He sang on many records for decades, and wrote popular songs recorded by others.
Swinging On A Star was first made popular by Bing Crosby in 1944. Big Dee Irwin was the lead singer of the group The Pastels that had the 1958 top 20 near miss song Been So Long. There were two unrelated groups called The Pastels. Big Dee had other songs that received minor airplay too, like I Only Get This Feeling.
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport featured a rhythm sound made by a piece of masonite. This was the only US top 20 song for international star Rolf Harris. Internationally, he had many hits including a 1993 remake of the Led Zeppelin song Stairway To Heaven.
Just One Look was the only top 20 hit for Doris Troy. This song was remade by The Hollies, Anne Murray, and Linda Ronstadt, among others. Doris Troy followed-up with What'cha Gonna Do About It, which received slight radio airplay. Just One Look was written by Gregory Carroll and Doris Payne aka Doris Troy.
Kai Winding was a pre-rock era trombone player who was featured in many recordings. As a solo artist, he recorded under varied names like, in 1946, Kai's Krazy Kats with the song Loaded. The song was from the movie Mondo Cane. This song was written by Nino Oliviero and Riz Ortolani.
Darlene Love was a major singer at Motown Records, singing for group The Blossoms, and backing up many artists at the time. As a solo singer, (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry was a popular song and a top 20 near miss, but the follow-up, Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home, was her only top 20 song. This song was written by: Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry.
The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget was the only top 20 hit for The Raindrops. The duo received airplay with other songs too like What A Guy. The Raindrops was the duo of married songwriting team Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The two wrote many top songs, mostly in the 1960s, for many artists. This was one of their compositions.
Lou Johnson was a famous soul singer who crossed over to have only one top 20 song with Reach Out For Me. In 1964Dionne Warwick had a top 20 near miss with this same song. This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Instrumental song Maria Elena was a Mexican song first made popular in 1941 by Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra, and a top 20 one hit wonder for Los Indios Tabajaras, who were members of the Brazilian Tabajara tribe. This song was written by Ernesto Lecuona.
Unchained Melody was made popular in 1955 by Les Baxter, Roy Hamilton, Al Hibbler, and others. The song was also performed by Roy Orbison and Andy Williams and others. Vito & The Salutations totally rearranged the song, and produced a top 20 hit. Vito never had another top 20 hit, but he received slight airplay with other songs like Eenie Meanie.
Dominique was the only big hit for The Singing Nun, and a huge 1963 number one song even though she refused to promote the record. Nun Jeannine Deckers wanted to remain anonymous as she played guitar in the convent. The church helped her attain a record contract, but she soon left the church. Although number one song Dominique was the only top 20 hit for The Singing Nun, she followed up with Tous Les Chemins (All The Roads) which received minor airplay. She later recorded under other names.
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight was a one hit wonder for Barry And The Tamerlanes. The group followed-up with Roberta, which received slight radio airplay. Barry was Barry DeVorzon, writer and record producer, who co-wrote and performed 1976number 8instrumental song Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless), but was left off the record label.
The Caravelles took You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry from the B-side of the Tennessee Ernie Ford classic 1955 single Sixteen Tons, and made it a one hit wonder for the group. The Caravelles then had some notice with follow-up, Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue). You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry was written by Bob Merrill and Terry Shand.