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Golden Oldies Playlist for 1962

The Four Seasons

Golden Oldies Music

The year was 1962, and it began on a Monday. John F. Kennedy was President of the U.S. He claimed that the U.S. would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, which is he did in Friendship 7. Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single NBA game. Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to West Side Story. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory prayer in public schools was unconstitutional. Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring gave rise to a modern environmentalist movement. AT&T’s Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite was launched into orbit. Algeria and Jamaica become independent. James Meredith, accompanied by Federal Marshals, became the first black African-American student to register at the University of Mississippi. The James Bond film Dr. No premiered. October 14 through October 28 saw high tension during the Cuban Missile Crisis. And the music had many songs for The Twist as well as golden oldies favorites seen in this small sampling.

  1. Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka
  2. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
  3. Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers
  4. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) by Roy Orbison
  5. Duke of Earl by Gene Chandler
  6. Having a Party by Sam Cooke
  7. Johnny Angel by Shelley Fabares
  8. The Loco-Motion by Little Eva
  9. Mashed Potato Time by Dee Dee Sharp
  10. Norman by Sue Thompson
  11. Old Rivers by Walter Brennan
  12. PT-109 by Jimmy Dean
  13. Roses are Red (My Love) by Bobby Vinton
  14. Sealed with a Kiss by Brian Hyland
  15. She Cried by Jay and the Americans
  16. Sherry by The Four Seasons
  17. Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) by Ernie Maresca
  18. Smoky Places by The Corsairs
  19. Soldier Boy by The Shirelles
  20. Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney
  21. Twist and Shout by The Isley Brothers
  22. Venus in Blue Jeans by Jimmy Clanton
  23. The Wanderer by Dion
  24. What’s Your Name by Don and Juan
  25. You Belong to Me by The Duprees
  26. You Don’t Know Me by Ray Charles
  27. You’ll Lose a Good Thing by Barbara Lynn

For another YouTube playlist: “Golden Oldies Playlist for 1961.”

For More Golden Oldies Music                

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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  1. Len Kovats says:

    Remarkable, fun years. The music was so wonderful and was our world, knowing every word to every song. Keep the memories alive.

  2. hugh sylvia says:

    The earliest song I can remember was back in the late 50’s or early 60’s ; it was recorded by a female whose name I don’t remember , the song might have been named Ambrose because she was always complaining to him about their situation ( Ambrose it’s very dark in here ) was one line and he always replied with some comment I don’t remember.
    IF any of this rings a bell would you please reply ?

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