New Musical Express | December 1963

No. 882 6 December 1963  
Cover “Mr. Emotion” Cy Tucker Sings “My Prayer” Coupled with “High School Dance”
Two Records You’ve Been Waiting For! Pat Wayne with the Beachcombers and Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders (Columbia)
Derek Johnson That Was the Year that Was: The First 3 Months of 1963 – Beatles Arrive, but Cliff on Top 2
Advertisement The Biggest Choice Is on EMI 2
Derek Johnson Cliff Talks to Derek Johnson about Next Single, New Film, "The Unruly Few," Beatles’ Success 3
Richard Green Good Elvis Song Value in "Acapulco" 3
Advertisement It’s the Very Greatest! Your Own Personal Scrapbook of the Stars You Most Admire 3
Derek Johnson Singles Review:
Chuck Berry: “Talking about You” / “Come on Girl” (Decca)
Bobby Vinton: “There I’ve Said It Again” / “The Girl with a Bow in Her Hair” (Columbia)
Millie: “Don’t You Know” / “Until You’re Mine” (Fontana)
Mike Sarne: “Hello Lover Boy” / “Baby I’m on My Way” (Parlophone)
Clinton Ford: “Rainbow” / “On Mother Kelly’s Doortep” (Oriole)
Doug Sheldon: “Mickey’s Monkey” / “Falling in Love with Love” (Decca)
Gary Miller: “Marle Elena” / “Amor Amor” (Pye)
James Brown: “Prisoner of Love” / “Choo Choo” (London)
Steve and Eydie: “I Can’t Stop Talking about You” / “To the Movies We Go” (CBS)
Gene Vincent: “Where Have You Been All My Life” / “Temptation Baby” (Columbia)
Swinging Blue Genes: “Hippy Hippy Shake” / “Now I Must Go” (HMV)
Merseybeats: “I Think of You” (Fontana)
N.A. Potted Pops:
Ben E. King, “I Could Have Danced All Night” / “Gypsy” (London)
Bob Wallis Band, “Pavanne” / “Meet Mr. Rabbit” (Pye)
Dickie Rock, “There’s Always Me” / “Boys” (Piccadilly)
Barry Alldis Checker v. Loss for ‘Loddy Lo’ Lolly! 4
Advertisement Have a Little Ukulele in Your Hand! 4
NME Top Thirty:
1.  “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Beatles (Parlophone)
2.  “She Loves You,” Beatles (Parlophone)
3.  “Don’t Talk to Me,” Cliff Richard (Columbia)
4.  “You Were Made for Me,” Freddie and the Dreamers (Columbia)
5.  “Secret Love,” Kathy Kirby (Decca)
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain
1.  “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Williamson)
2.  “She Loves You” (Northern Songs)
3.  “Don’t Talk to Him” (Shadows Musie)
4.  “From Russia with Love” (United Artists)
5.  “I’ll Keep You Satisfied” (Northern Songs)
Advertisement New from EMI 5
Advertisement New on Sale Today (Decca) 5
N.A. Beatles: Second Palladium TV
Ronettes ‘Lucky Stars’ Date Set
Big Dee due in February
B-Day on Merseyside [Beatles meet with Fan Club, film two TV shows, and undertake two concerts all in one day]
Seven Shirley Bassey Shows
Freddie ‘Jury’ Debut Agreed
Castle Clinches U.S. Musical [Roy Castle signed for leading role in “Kelly”]
Freddie, Susan Summer Show [Freddie and the Dreamers and Susan Maughan headline season show next summer at Douglas]
Ball Band Cruise [Bands of Kenny Ball and Chris Baber booked for Mediterranean cruises]
Advertisement It’s on Sale: The Super, 1964 NME Annual 6
N.A. Shirley and Jane on Top TV Series [“Sunday Night at the London Palladium”]
Connie Francis’ Kennedy Tribute
Ben E. King on Gerry’s Tour
Newley Will Film ‘World’
Stevie Wonder on ‘Ready’
Cliff in U.S. chart [“It’s All in the Game”]
Hollies, Kathy Kirby on ‘Easy Beat’
Joe Brown Single [“You Do Things to Me” / “Everybody Calls Me Joe”]
‘Pick of Pops’ Film [Film version of radio show]
Advertisement Split Sound Exclusive to Burns 7
Advertisement New From EMI 7
Ian Dove Gene Pitney Had Big ‘Tulsa’ Doubts 8
Allen Evans LPs:
Dukes of Dixieland with Clara Ward Singers, We Gotta Shout (CBS)
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley Rides Again (Pye)
Gene Pitney, Gene Pitney Sings Again (United Artists)
The Singing Nun, The Singing Nun (Philips)
Hank Locklin, Hank Locklin: This Is Just for You (RCA)
Richard Green Joe Brown Film True to Life 8
N.A. From You to Us 8
Advertisement Congratulations to Bern Elliot and the Fenmen on the Success of ‘Money’ 8
Alan Smith Hollies Relax – with Pistols 9
Ian Dove Newcomers to the charts: “Coronation Street” Script Comes True 9
N.A. Dora Bryan Gets Wire from the Beatles! 9
Allen Evans EPs:
Chuck Berry (Pye)
Hank Snow, When Tragedy Struck (RCA)
Joe Loss, Twisting Party (HMV)
Edmund Hockridge, The Boys From Syracuse (Pye)
Peggy Lee (Pye)
Steptoe and Son, The Wages of Sin (Pye)
Roger Williams (London)
Howlin’ Wolf (Pye)
Hank Locklin (RCA)
Benny Goodman (Capitol)
Advertisement A Twin Pack Record Xmas Card 9
Alan Smith NME Exclusive: The Craziest Xmas Greeting of All! [Beatles release song and comedy EP to members of fan club] 10
Advertisement New Bert Weedon Zero-one Electric Guitar 10
  Joshua Stone, October 2009  
No. 883 13 December 1963  
Cover Get together with your favourite artists- buy E.M.I. 1
Alan Smith Backstage with the Beatles (fan club convention) 3
Richard Green Adam’s secret: Never get discouraged! (advice) 4
N.A. That was the year that was (1963 in music) 5
Derek Johnson Singles Reviews
Elvis Presley: “Kiss Me Quick”/”Something Blue” (RCA)
Brook Benton/Damita Jo: “Baby, You’ve Got It Made” / ”Stop Foolin’” (Mercury)
Barbara Chanler: “Do You Really Love Me Too” / ”I Live to Love You” (London)
Dick and Deedee: “Turn Around” / ”Don’t Leave Me” (Warner Bros.)
Rory Storm/Hurricanes: “Dr. Feel Good” / ”I Can Tell” (Oriole)
Billy Fury: “Do You Really Love Me Too” / ”What am I Gonna Do” (Decca)
Buddy Holly: “What to Do” / ”Umm Oh Yeah” (Coral)
Kirby Stone Four: “Washington Square” / ”Blue Guitar” (Warner)
Pat Thomas: “Just Say Auf Wiedersehn” / ”I’m in the Mood for Love” (MGM)
Wout Steenhuis: “Bali Hai” / ”Aroha Hawaii” (Columbia)
Inez Foxx: “Mockingbird” / ”He’s the One You Love” (Sue)
Bill Clifton: “Beatle Crazy” / ”Little Girl Dressed in Blue” (Decca)
Al Saxon: “There I’ve Said It Again” / ”You Came a Long Way from St. Louis” (Piccadilly)
Barry Allids Singles Reviews
The Triffids: “Over Again” (Columbia)
Gunilla Thorn: “Merry Go Round” / ”Go on Then” (HMV)
Bobby Allen: “Half as Much as You” / ”So in Love with You” (Fontana)
The Outlaws: “Law And Order” / ”Do-Da-Day” (HMV)
Lena Horne: “Now” / ”Silent Spring” (Stateside)
Mike Sheridan: “Please Mr. Postman” / ”In Love” (Columbia)
The Kingsmen: “Louie, Louie” / ”Haunted Castle” (Pye International)
The Charmettes: “Please Don’t Kiss Me Again” / ”What Is a Tear”(London)
NME Best Selling LPs in Britain
1. With the Beatles, The Beatles (Parlophone)
2. Please Please Me, The Beatles (Parlophone)
3. How Do You Like It, Gerry & the Pacemakers (Columbia)
4. West Side Story, Soundtrack (CBS)
5. Freddie and the Dreamers (Columbia)
NME NME Top Thirty
1. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles (Parlophone)
2. “She Loves You,” The Beatles (Parlophone)
3. “Secret Love,” Kathy Kirby (Decca)
4. “You Were Made for Me,” Freddie and the Dreamers (Columbia)
5. “Glad All Over,” Dave Clark Five (Columbia)
NME Top Selling Pop Records (in U.S.)
1. “Dominique,” Singing Nun
2. “Louie, Louie,” Kingsmen
3. “Everybody,” Tommy Roe
4. “I’m Leaving It Up to You,” Dale and Grace
5. “You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry,” Caravelles
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain
1. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (Northern Songs)
2. “You Were Made for Me” (Feldman)
3. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Williamson)
4. “She Loves You” (Northern Songs)
5. “Don’t Talk to Him” (Shadows Music)
N.A. American folk stars coming
Frank Ifield tops TV viewing list
Beatles top chart- in South Africa
Blue Jeans’ series report?
Beatles-in-action film release in Xmas week
Singing Nun on Sullivan TV
Searchers: two more film projects likely
Jet Harris- New Year comeback?
N.A. Kathy Kirby to join Ifield summer show
After the kidnapping…More dates here for Sinatra Jnr.
Acker Bilk dates
Secombe and Shapiro on spastics TV show
Top stars at ball
TV plans dropped
Palladium songs on Ifield single
Orbison’s U.S. hit shelved here
N.A. Kathy, Pet and Susan earn ‘Big Night Out’ (new TV series)
Millie in ATV play (Millie Martin on TV drama)
Donegan cabaret (his debut)
Tarbuck for Coventry (comedy)
Harris film out soon
Lucky Stars (concert)
Top groups on radio ‘club’ (new radio show)
‘Easy Beat’ dates
Paramor writing score
Agency signs d-j (Millie signed to E.M.I)
Iron Curtain tour for Helen Shapiro (Poland for concerts)
Ifield’s ‘Please’ on his new EP
Barry’s U.S. release
Adam and Dave see in New Year on AR-TV
Ruby for Aden (Murray visits Mid-East)
‘Cindy Ella’ Season (new musical)
Georgia stays in U.S. (Broadway)
Richard Green Bern Elliott declares it’s not Liverpool but the Hamburg sound 11
Nat Hentoff Pat Boone’s daughter to test (for role in film)
Too many acts (folk attractions)
Dad’s advice (Sinatra)
Beatles’ locale is important
Alma Cogan Alma Cogan has ball with Sinatra 12
Richard Green New to the charts: Big Dee- and Little Eva? 13
N.A. Dave Clark’s Life-Lines (facts) 13
Allen Evans LP Reviews
For You by (Adam) Faith (Parlophone)
Fun in Acapulco by Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Reprise)
The Caravelles (Decca-Ritz)
Burl Ives: Singing Easy (Brunswick)
Allen Evans EP Reviews
Del Shannon: Little Town Flirt (London)
Frank Sinatra: Soundtracks, The Concert Sinatra, and Sinatra Sings Irving Berlin (Capitol)
Andy Williams: Best (London)
Trini Lopez: Live at PJ’s in Hollywood (Reprise)
Duane Eddy: Mr. Twang (RCA Victor)
Searchers: Meet the Searchers (Pye)
Joe Brown: Live (Piccadilly)
Everly Brothers: Both Sides of and Evening for Dancing (Warner Bros.)
Ian Dove Rhythm-and-blues on telly 14
Chris Hutchins Jet and Billie discuss come-back (couple) 14
  Maddie Tucci, October 2009  
No. 884 20 December 1963  
Cover Wishing You All Happy Christmas (Signatures)
The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, The Fourmost, Cilla Black, Tommy Quickly, Brian Epstein
Dove, Ian The Singing Nun Finds an “Untiring” Song 2
Johnson, Derek Ideal Pic for the Season 2
NME Who’s Where
Lonnie Donegan (Stockton Globe)
Charlie Drake (London Palladium)
Frankie Vaughn (Birmingham Hippodrome)
Smith, Alan The new disc stars of 1963 look back on 1962 and tell Alan Smith, “Christmas Was NEVER like This Before!” (The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers) 3
Gray, Andy Beatles’s Xmas Gift to You (Beatles perform on “Thanks Your Lucky Star”) 3
NME Barry Aldis praises “Nity” singer while Derek Johnson declares - Shirley is the most! 4
Evans, Allan LP’s
Vincent Edwards and the Las Vegas Riviera (Brunswick)
Ella and Basie (Verve)
Peggy Lee: Mink Jazz (Capitol)
NME Top Thirty
1. “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, The Beatles (Parlophone)
2. “Glad All Over”, Dave Clark Five (Columbia)
3. “She Loves You”, The Beatles (Parlophone)
4. “Secret Love”, Kathy Kirby (Decca)
5. “You Were Made For Me”, Freddie and the Dreamers (Columbia)
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain
1. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (Northern Songs)
2. “Maria Elena” (Latin-American)
3. “She Loves You” (Northern Songs)
4. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Williamson)
5. “You Were Made for Me” (Feldman)
NME Beatles, Gerry and Dave Clark on radio ‘Club’
Stars Mourn Dinah
New Disc Signings
Dee Irwin and Bobby Vee on Dusty-Searchers Tour [Searchers, Dusty Springfield, Dee Irwin on tour]
Kathy Kirby’s ‘Lucky Stars’
More Big Stars on Special ‘Ready’
Beatles’s Chat on TV Again
NME NME Poll Winners’s Supplement
British Vocal Group: The Beatles
British Small Group: The Shadows
Best British Disc of the Year: “She Loves You”
World Male Singer: Cliff Richard
World Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
Johnson, Derek Derek Johnson Sums up Beatles, Cliff - World Class [Congratulations and Thanks to Beatles and Cliff Richard]
Elvis, Brenda Keep America on Top, too
NME Call Them BEAT-ALLS! [Beatles take over charts]
Top U.S Winners Cable Thanks
Cliff Is Thrilled with World Result
Billy J. Gets Revenge on Gerry
NME EMI Advertisement [Congratulations to all EMI winners] 10-11
NME Wonderful! Wonderful! Carols Kathy Kirby
This Makes It All Worthwhile says Billy J. Kramer
Cable from Roy Orbison [Thanks to all English fans]
Joe Loss - No Flash in the Pan is he
NME Gerry Joyus at Good News
Billy Fury Excited
Shadows Send Greetings
NME Congratulations to All our Winner! [Decca full page spread] 14
NME Orbison - Freddie Tour Next April
Adam Faith Lands Sunday TV Double
Gerry Pens Tunes for Next Single
Johnson, Derek That Was the Year that Was [First eight singles on the American top thirty were British]
From July to September British discs are on Top
Hentoff, Nat Nat Hentoff’s American Airmail: Beatles Startling Quotes! 17
Evans, Allan EP’s
Shadows (Columbia)
Johnny Tillotson (London)
Frank Ifield (Columbia)
Limeliters (RCA, Victor)
Johnny Kidd (HMV)
  Joshua Vargas, October 2009  
No. 885 27 December 1963  
Cover Billy Fury 1
Richard Green It’s rhythm-and-blues that’s booming now say the Rolling Stones 2
N.A. Barry Alldis names his 1963 top twenty 2
Chris Hutchins “I’ll be back to Britain in 1964,” says Brenda Lee on the phone from Nashville 3
Derek Johnson What Dora Bryan wished for Christmas! 3
Advertisement Greetings from The Beatles – Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!  A healthy happy and prosperous New Year to all NME readers! 3
Vernons Girls Ronettes repeat – a fraction slower 4
Derek Johnson Singles reviewed
Jimmy Gilmer: “Daisy Petal Pickin’” / “When My Tears Have Dried” (London)
Dave Berry: “My Baby Left Me” / “Hoochie Coochie Man” (Decca)
Bachelors: “Diane” / “The Stars Will Remember” (Decca)
Bert Weedon: “It Happened in Monterey” / “Lonely Night” (HMV)
Tony Meehan: “Song of Mexico” / “Kings Go Fifth” (Decca)
Dean Stevens: “Only ‘Cause I’m Lonely” / “Love Me Like I Love You” (Phillips)
Tony Daines My, how Brenda Less has matured! 4
NME NME Top Thirty:
1. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Beatles (Parlophone)
2. “Glad All Over,” Dave Clark Five (Columbia)
3. “Dominique,” Singing Nun (Philips)
4. “She Loves You,” Beatles (Parlophone)
5. “Secret Love,” Kathy Kirby (Decca)
NME Best Selling Pop Records in U.S.
1. “Dominique,” Singing Nun
2. “There I’ve Said It Again,” Bobby Vinton
3. “Louie Louie,” Kingsmen
4. “Since I Fell for You,” Lenny Welch
5. “You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry,” Caravelles
NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain
1. “She Loves You” (479)
2. “Island of Dreams” (452)
3. “From Me to You” (443)
4. “Say Wonderful Things” (439)
5. “Bachelor Boy” (433)
N.A. Gerry, Kramer and Searchers on ‘Easy Beat’
Mercury waxes British talent
Wynter on Palladium TV – Mathis spot doubtful
Beatles go home for Christmas
EMI signs Perry
Monroe returns for ‘Juke Jury’
New guitarist for Spotnicks
Cliff may come home earlier
Dates set for Gerry’s tour with Ben E. King
Brown—Crystals tour dates set
N.A. Beatles head NME chart points table
Billy Fury and Rolf Harris for Yarmouth
Tremeloes to tour Japan
American stars on ‘Saturday Club’
Beatles on Paar Show
Ballrooms for Freddie, Meehan, Sarne and Jay
Pacemaker weds
Howes signs Sandford
Sinatra Jnr. TV date
Stones ‘Top Pops’
N.A. Beatlemania sweeps across Britain
Lifelines of Mark Wynter
Concluding Derek Johnson’s that was the year that was
Alan Smith Freddie is so proud of Josie 9
Alan Smith The Tremeloes by Brian Poole 9
Ian Dove Sweets for sweet too wild for composed Shuman 9
Derek Johnson Billy Fury’s new hobby is good breeding 10
NME NME exclusive - Two Elvises! 10
Advertisement The Tornados wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 10
Alley Cat Tail Pieces  
N.A. In ‘Hit Parade’ - The Beatles look back  
  Jennifer Zacharia, October 2009  

Original pages prepared by Noah Thomas, March 1999
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