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Quick Review 1962 Headlines
February: John Glenn orbits earth
April: Bob Dylan in New York
June: Steptoe and Son makes British TV debut
August: death of Marilyn Monroe
August: Nelson Mandela arrested
October: first Bond film released
October: James Meredith enrolled
October: second Vatican council
October: the Cuban missile crisis
October: Love Me Do released
November: That Was The Week That Was airs for first time
December: A Clockwork Orange published
December: Lawrence of Arabia
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4th Annual Grammy Awards
Record of the Year: Henry Mancini for “Moon River”
Album of the Year: Judy Garland for Judy at Carnegie Hall
Song of the Year: Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer (songwriters) for “Moon River” performed by Henry Mancini
Best New Artist: Peter Nero
Best Country Recording: Jimmy Dean for Big Bad John
Best Folk Recording: The Belafonte Folk Singers for Belafonte Folk Singers at Home and Abroad
Best Gospel: Mahalia Jackson for Everytime I Feel the Spirit
Best Jazz Performance: André Previn for André Previn Plays Harold Arlen
Best Jazz Performance: Stan Kenton for Kenton’s West Side Story
Best Jazz Composition: Galt MacDermot (composer) for “African Waltz” performed by Cannonball Adderley
Best Solo Vocal Female: Judy Garland for Judy at Carnegie Hall
Best Solo Vocal Male: Jack Jones for “Lollipops and Roses”
Best Vocal Group: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross for High Flying
Best Performance Chorus: Johnny Mann for Great Band With Great Voices performed by the Johnny Mann Singers and the Si Zentner Orchestra
Best Rock Recording: Chubby Checker for “Let’s Twist Again”
Best R&B Performance: Ray Charles for “Hit the Road Jack”
Future Country Artist’s Births
January 13 — Trace Adkins, whose style meshes honky-tonk and dance-influenced rock.
February 4 — Clint Black, star of the 1990s and key player in the new traditionalist movement.
February 6 — Richie McDonald, former lead singer of Lonestar.
February 7 — Garth Brooks, the man who revolutionized country music in the 1990s.
February 11 — Sheryl Crow, pop singer who has also had substantial success in country.
April 2 — Billy Dean, contemporary-styled singer who had the peak of his success in the 1990s.
May 2 — Ty Herndon, contemporary-styled singer who had most of his success in the 1990s.
August 23 — Emilio Navaira, singer-songwriter of country and Tejano music (died 2016).
November 26 — Linda Davis, prominent backing vocalist who had a series of solo hits in the 1990s.
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January 1 – The Beatles and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes both audition at Decca Records in London which has the option of signing one group only. The Beatles are rejected, mainly as they come from Liverpool and the others are Dagenham-based, nearer London.
January 5 – The first album on which The Beatles play, My Bonnie, credited to “Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers” (recorded last June in Hamburg and produced by Bert Kaempfert), is released by Polydor.
January 24 – Brian Epstein signs on to manage The Beatles.
February 16 – Conductor Bruno Walter, the day before his death, ends his last letter with: “Despite all the dark experiences of today I am still confident that Palestrina will remain. The work has all the elements of immortality”.
March 18 – The 7th Eurovision Song Contest, held at Villa Louvigny in Luxembourg City, is won by France with the song “Un premier amour”, performed by Isabelle Aubret.
March 19 – Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Bob Dylan, in the United States, featuring mostly folk standards.
April 6 – New York Philharmonic concert of April 6, 1962: Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks before a concert featuring Glenn Gould with the New York Philharmonic, when he (Bernstein) announces that although he disagrees with Gould’s slow tempi in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, he finds Gould’s ideas fascinating and will conduct the piece anyway. Bernstein’s action receives a withering review from The New York Times music critic Harold C. Schonberg.
April 7 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet Brian Jones at The Ealing Club, a blues club in London.
April 10 – Former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe dies from cerebral paralysis caused by a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg, Germany.
April 12 – A recording is made of Bob Dylan’s concert at the Town Hall, in New York City by Columbia Records. (Columbia eventually release the recording of “Tomorrow is a Long Time” from this concert.)
April 24 – Bob Dylan begins recording The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in New York.
May 29 – The 4th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Henry Mancini wins the most awards with five, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his song “Moon River”. Judy Garland’s Judy at Carnegie Hall wins Album of the Year, while Peter Nero wins Best New Artist.
June 6 – The Beatles play their first session at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London.
June 19 – The film version of the musical The Music Man is released to theaters by Warner Bros.
August 2 – Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan in the New York Supreme Court.
August 16 – The Beatles fire drummer Pete Best and replace him with Ringo Starr.
August 17 – Instrumental Telstar, written and produced by Joe Meek for English band The Tornados, is released in the UK. The song will eventually be the first song by a British group ever to reach the top spot on the Billboard Top 100 in the United States, proving to be a precursor to the British Invasion.
August 18 – The Beatles play their first live engagement with the line-up of John, Paul, George and Ringo, at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight on the Wirral Peninsula.
August 20 – Albert Grossman becomes Bob Dylan’s manager.
August 23 – John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell in an unpublicised register office ceremony at Mount Pleasant, Liverpool.
September 21 – New Musical Express, the British music magazine, publishes a story about two 13-year-old schoolgirls, Sue and Mary, releasing a disc on Decca and adds “A Liverpool group, The Beatles, have recorded ‘Love Me Do’ for Parlophone Records, set for October 5 release.”
September 22 – Bob Dylan appears for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of a hootenanny including the first public performance of “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”.
September 23 – Opening concert at the New York Philharmonic’s new home, Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, conducted by Leonard Bernstein and broadcast live on television across the United States by NBC. The opening work, Aaron Copland’s specially commissioned Connotations, sends “shock waves through the world of music”. Other commissions featured include Darius Milhaud’s Overture Philharmonique and Samuel Barber’s Andromache’s Farewell for soprano and orchestra. The following day, John Browning premières Barber’s Piano Concerto at the venue and on October 4 William Schuman’s Symphony No. 8 is premièred here.
October 5 – The Beatles’ first single in their own right, “Love Me Do”/”P.S. I Love You”, is released in the UK on EMI’s Parlophone label.
October 14 – Italian tenor Sergio Franchi makes his American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
October 17 – The Beatles make their first televised appearance, on Granada television’s local news programme People and Places.
October 20 – Peter, Paul and Mary’s self-titled debut album reaches No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
October 21 – Sergio Franchi makes his American concert debut at Carnegie Hall (sans microphone), promoted by Sol Hurok.
Ken Russell’s film Elgar is shown in BBC Television’s Monitor series in the United Kingdom.
Joan Baez has all of her first three albums on the Billboard charts, on their way to Gold status.
Two Pete Seeger classic songs reach the Billboard pop charts:
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone” recorded by The Kingston Trio reaches No. 21.
“If I Had a Hammer”, recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, reaches No. 10.
The first American Folk Blues Festival, initiated by German promoters, tours Europe; artists include Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and T-Bone Walker. Its only UK date, 21 October at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, is influential on the British R&B scene, with the audience including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones with Jimmy Page, Paul Jones, John Mayall and other musicians, and with a second show filmed and shown on Independent Television.
Georges Auric becomes director of the Opéra National de Paris.
André Hodeir’s book, Since Debussy, makes controversial claims about the importance of Jean Barraqué as a composer.
José Manuel Calderón becomes the first Dominican musician to record bachata, at the Radiotelevisión Dominicana studios.
The Spokane Philharmonic orchestra becomes the Spokane Symphony.
Dalida is named Calabrian Citizen of Honour and receives the Radio Monte Carlo Oscar with Johnny Hallyday.
Paul & Paula make their first appearance together while attending Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas.
The Mashed Potato is a popular dance craze, with several songs based around the style.
Lou Harrison visits Taiwan; on his return he forms, with William Colvig, Richard Dee and Lily Chin, the first American ensemble to play traditional Chinese music.
Sergio Franchi is signed to an RCA Red Seal recording contract in London by Norman Luboff.
This installment features the hits from 1956 thru 1963.