The Lever Hit Parade continues here where 1962 left off. A new wave of music hit the charts this year. Watch out for the Beat Music from the UK to take over the chart. My thanks to Warwick Freeman for these charts.
January 3, 1963
Big Girls Don't Cry - The 4 Seasons
Lovesick Blues - Frank Ifield
Limbo Rock - Chubby Checker
Bachelor Boy - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
Sun Arise - Rolf Harris
Working For The Man - Roy Orbison
(Dance With The) Guitar Man - Duane Eddy and the Rebellettes
Hi Tempest, you asked about song No.7, Susan Maughan had the English hit, everywhere else it was Marcie Blane.
It got to No.3 here in Sydney spending 17 weeks on the chart, No. 3 in Adelaide spending 20 weeks, No. 1 in Brisbane with 15 weeks, No. 4 in Melbourne with 18 weeks and No. 4 in Perth with 12 weeks on the chart.
I hope that helps.
All those chart positions I got from chart books that were released by a gentleman by the name of "Gavin Ryan", who like "Dean Scapolo" is a chart enthusiast, if your interested you can still buy his books on line by Google "Gavin Ryan" or you can buy them via credit card or bank cheque / Money Order from "Time Warp Records" from there web site.
Hi Tempest, I think I misled you a little bit "Gavin Ryan" has bought out a chart book for each state, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney.
There was talk of a chart book for Hobart as well, but I think it's still a work in progress.
You can find all his books including "Dean's" book at chart book archives, or phone (61) 02-9997-6636 (61 being the code for Australia.) that phone No. is for "Time Warp Records" who specialize in the music of the 50's, 60's, 70's 80's & 90's in particular "Australian" & "New Zealand" artists.
As for "Bobby's Girl" even on the "Lever" site they have it listed as "Marcie Blane.
Thanx again John. Will look into it. I have a book Australian Encyclopedia Of Rock & Pop by Noel McGrath which shows every Australian artist that charted up to 1983. My original copy of the Lever chart which I got from the Flavour Of NZ site showed Bobby's Girl by Marcie Blane but charts I have from Warwick showed Susan Maughan so I was a bit unsure. I am trying to match up the two charts which in most cases show the same data. Based on your research I have changed the artist back. If anyone else can shed some light on this, please let me know. NB: The charts on the flavour site changed a few years back and are slightly different from the ones I originally got from there. Gee this chart can be confusing at times. If only someone had kept the originals. Last edited:
Hi Tempest, I've noticed the same thing, particularly with songs like "Bobby's Girl" & "Go Away Little Girl", the "Lever site" has them both as Marcie Blane & Steve Lawrence, yet the charts that "Warwick" sent me & I sent you lists them both as Susan Maughan & Mark Wynter, so the only thing I can suggest is to have both songs by both artists as sharing the chart position.
Also some time ago when you first started doing these charts for 1960-65, I suggested that you have a BEX, a stiff drink and a good lie down.
But wait...there's more. Looks like those missing charts could actually be a cut down version of the 2ZB chart from Wellington. I desperately want them to be Lever charts but the jury is still out on this one. Fingers crossed...
In the UK their first single was My Bonnie which was a minor hit in 1961 (#48). Then came Love Me Do in December 1962 (#17) and Please Please Me in 1963 (#2). It was their third hit From Me To You that gave them their first #1. Please Please Me was also their first hit in the US as it was here. It may be slow at the start here as well but momentum will build.
The "My Bonnie" single was released by Tony Sheridan with The Beatles backing him as The Beat Brothers, they where only contracted for one session with him whilst they where in Hamburg, it's technically not a Beatles release. They then got there record contract with Parlophone in June 1962, released "Love Me Do" in October 62'. "Please Please Me single in Jan 63' followed by the "Please Please Me" album in March 63'.
By the this time (April 63') they held the number 1 single "From Me To You" and the number 1 album "Please Please Me" in the UK, so Beatlemania was well on it's way by this stage in the UK, and went supernova by August 63' with the release of "She Loves You".
I just assumed a similar event happening with New Zealand considering the "Please Please Me" single had enter the charts at this early stage, when other countries really didn't see Beatles chart movement until late 63' - early 64'.
You're right Joe. I was just quoting the Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles. Beatlemania didn't really kick off here until their 1964 NZ tour but songs did trickle into the chart before then. It's interesting to see the other groups follow The Beatles into the charts too. Gerry and the Pacemakers were the first and are only a few charts away. I was living in Wirrel (just across the Mersey) when all this happened although just one and a half years old. I do remember Beatlemania though a bit later on. Thanx for your comments.
Yeah a similar thing happened in the UK, Gerry And The Pacemakers (who at one point during 63' where performing better on the charts than The Beatles [first three singles went to No.#1]), followed by The Searchers then Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas... The Merseybeat boom of 1963!!!!
Love it!!!! England would have been an amazing scene back then
Hi Tempest, I don't mean to be picky, but it's "O'Hara" not "Ohara" secondly you have "Tony Meehan and Jet Harris" it's the other way around "Jet Harris and Tony Meehan", I noticed the same mistake with their first hit "Diamonds" you also had it back to front.
Thanx Joe. Yes the Mersybeat is starting to pick up. 1964 it will explode but for now we have a little trickle. Compare 1963 to 1962 and the Brits are definitely starting to take over but The Beach Boys and 4 Seasons are also picking up steam.
Hi Tempest, I just thought you might like to know that "Wink Martindale's" "Deck Of Cards" originally charted here in Sydney on the 31/10/1959 and spent 7 weeks on the charts, so I don't know if it also charted in New Zealand around the same time or not. Warwick (Was Was) might know.
That's interesting John. The charts before 1960 are missing but there is a list of songs/artists that charted back to 1957. It shows peak and number of weeks charted. The Wink Martindale song Deck Of Cards originally charted in 1959 peaking at #5 and charting 3 weeks. I suppose that makes it a re-entry here eh? Thanx for spotting that one.
Hi Tempest, I don't about the rest of the New Zealand radio charts, maybe Warwick (Was Was) might know, but here in Australia "She Loves You" was and still is one of most successful songs ever to make the charts.
Here in Sydney it spent 42 weeks on the chart reaching No.3, in Perth it spent 30 weeks reaching No.3, in Adelaide it spent 15 weeks reaching No 1, then re entered the charts spending 25 weeks reaching No.3, in Brisbane it spent 14 weeks reaching No.8 then re entered as a double sided hit with "I'll Get You" spending 21 weeks reaching No.1 and in Melbourne it spent a massive 48 weeks on chart reaching No. 1.
Hi John. As you know the only charts in New Zealand in 1963 were these Lever Hit Parade charts based on what a group of DJ's thought were the hits based on overseas trends. She Loves you charted as follows:
Hi John. That radio station was from Wellington, I think. The Wellington region anyway. All radio stations in New Zealand now broadcast in Auckland. They pretend to be local but they are far from it. Even Radio Dunedin now broadcasts there. The way radio used to exist in New Zealand was locally defined by the number. 1 is for the top half of the North Island, 2 the lower half, 3 the top half of the South Island and 4 the lower. I used to broadcast on 4XO which was a Dunedin station. Z means it was part of the controlled network of stations. X means independent. Thanx again
Thanx John. Just compared our temperatures. 13 in Sydney at 10:32 and 11 here at 12:32. Would be nice to catch up. Are you in Sydney? I'm staying in Paramatta and coming over for the Hillsong conference.
Hi Tempest, it depends if you're interested in 2nd hand records/compact discs there is "Revolve" records at Erskineville Rd. Erskineville but they charge like wounded bulls, or there is "Lawson's" records in Pitt St. in the city near I think Liverpool St. and they sell mostly compact discs with the odd record and mostly Australian artists and a few New Zealand artists as well, but if you're after new releases then there are heaps of J.B. Hi Fi shops around there is about 6 in the city alone all fairly close to each other and almost every "Westfield" has a J.B. Hi Fi you might even find the odd one at Parramatta.
Hi Tempest, I just checked the address for "Lawson's Records" it's 380 Pitt St, across the road from "World Square" and there is a "J.B. Hi Fi" at "Westfield" Parramatta also at "Top Ryde" shopping center which is 9.52 k/m from Parramatta.
Hi Tempest, I don't know all that much about "Hill song", only what I've seen on the news regarding the conference you're attending, from what I can understand it's open to all religions.
I'm not sure if you have any music shops in New Zealand specializing in Christian music, but there is a music shop not all that far from where you are staying called "Koorong" at West Ryde the address is 28 West Pde. West Ryde which runs of Victoria Rd. the hours are Monday to Friday 8-00 A.M. to 9-00 P.M. & Saturday 8-00 A.M. to 5-00 P.M. they also have some "Hill song" CD's.