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1963 – She Loves You

December 9th, 2018 · Posted by Skuds in Music · No Comments · Music

At I was still too young to be engaged with music other than maybe nursery rhymes, and without having the good fortune of one of my all-time favourites being released, as in 1962, it isn’t easy to pick a song for 1963.

Looking at the singles for this year there are precious few that I know very well, and some of them I won’t have been familiar with until the 1970’s. There are some Beach Boys, Cliff Richard and Gerry & the Pacemakers songs. I’m sure I would have heard Summer Holiday while I was still quite young, and Ring of Fire. And of course there is Puff the magic Dragon. That was a staple of the BBC’s ‘Family Favourites’ for many, many years. Its a safe bet that Ed Stewart would have played that every couple of weeks. The same could be said of that Allan Sherman song about summer camp, but no way am I putting that on a playlist that I intend to listen to.

In the absence of any standout song I have gone for the Beatles and She Loves You. Not my favourite Beatles song by any means, but I reckon I became aware of it quite early on. The thing about the Beatles is that I was always a bit young for them. They split up when I was 8 or 9 and in their last few years they were not really making music for the under-10s. I later came to appreciate the Let It Be and Abbey Road albums but at the time they were a bit adult for me. I can remember enjoying songs like Yellow Submarine, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Otopus’s Garden when I was very young, but they are child-friendly songs.

Still, it would be a bit of a travesty to not have the Beatles in the list somewhere, and 1963 is as good a place as any.

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