1962 Rock Music Timeline
Jan '62
Chubby Checker - The Twist 1962
The Twist dance craze continues as Chubby Checkers' "The Twist" goes to #1 again. Joey Dee & The Starlighters' "Peppermint Twist" also hits #1. (more)
Mar '62
Texan singer songwriter Bruce Channel hits #1 US, #2 UK with "Hey! Baby" featuring the harmonica of Delbert McClinton. (more)
Mar '62
Actress Shelley Fabares of The Donna Reed TV Show  has a US #1 hit "Johnny Angel" with backing vocals by Darlene Love and The Blossoms, (more)
Apr '62
Elvis is back on top of the US and UK charts with "Good Luck Charm". In 1962 Elvis decides to give up touring to focus on his movie career. (more)
Jul '62
Pittsburgh, PA singer Bobby Vinton has his first #1 US, #15 UK hit with "Roses Are Red". Vinton would have several more top hits including "Blue Velvet" and "Mr. Lonely" among others. (more)
Aug '62
Songwriters David Goffin and Carole King write a #1 US, #2 UK dance hit for their teenage babysitter Little Eva. The song would also be a hit in the 70's and 80's for Grand Funk and Kylie Minogue. (more)
Cincinnati, OH R&B veterans The Isley Brothers follow up on their 1959 hit "Shout" with "Twist & Shout" which reaches #2 R&B, #17 Pop. (more)
James Brown Live At The Apollo
James Brown releases the album "Live at the Apollo" it would reach #2 US and spend 14 months on the charts. (more)
The Isley Brothers - Twist and Shout 1962
Sep '62
New Jersey vocal group The Four Seasons go to US #1 with the single "Sherry". They would follow with 3 more US #1's and are matched only by the Beach Boys in records sold from '62 - '64. (more)
Booker T and the MG's
Oct '62
Booker T & The MG's, the house band at Stax Studios in Memphis, go to #3 US, #7 UK with the instrumental "Green Onions". (more)
The Crystals - Phil Spector
Oct '62
Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector has a US #1 hit with "He's A Rebel" credited to The Crystals, but sung by The Blossoms. (more)
The Exciters - Tell Him 1962
Queens, NY vocal group The Exciters go to #4 US with the single "Tell Him" from songwriter Bert Berns. (more)
Bob Dylan debut album 1962
Columbia releases the first album from Minnesota native, and Greenwich Village, NY folk revivalist Bob Dylan which fails to chart in the US, but hits #13 UK. (more)
Dec '62
Telstar - The Tornados
Dec '62
The Tornados become the first british band in the rock era to go to #1 in the US with their instrumental "Telstar" which also charts at #1 in the UK. (more)
Feb '62
UK singer Cliff Richard takes the song "The Young Ones" along with the album from the movie of the same name to #1 UK. (more) 
David Rose - The Stripper
Jul '62
Hollywood band leader David Rose finds himself with a US #1 hit with "The Stripper" after the four year old instrumental is used in the film Gypsy. (more)
Jul '62
New Yorker Brian Hyland scores a #3 US and UK hit with the single "Sealed With A Kiss". (more)
Chris Montez - Let's Dance
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Oct '62
Chris Montez of Hawthorne, CA has a #4 US, #2 UK hit with the latin flavored single "Let's Dance". (more)
Oct '62
Motown act The Contours have a US #2 hit with "Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)" written by Motown CEO Berry Gordy Jr. (more)
The Beatles 1962
Nov '62
Liverpool, UK band The Beatles release their first single "Love Me Do" which peaks on the UK charts at #17. The single was not released in the US. (more)
1962 in Rock Music History:

Elvis Presley gives up touring to focus on acting. The Tornados become the first UK band to go to #1 in the US with their instrumental hit Telstar. The Beatles are rejected by Decca Records but later signed to EMI. The Mashed Potato, The Twist and the Watusi are popular as dance crazes continue to sweep the US. The Four Seasons score their first #1 single. James Brown releases the hit album, Live At The Apollo.

Top 60 Singles of 1962
Worldwide:

  1   Pat Boone - Speedy Gonzales
  2   Ray Charles - I Can't Stop Loving You
  3   The Tornados - Telstar
  4   Elvis Presley - Return to  Sender
  5   Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm
  6   Chris Montez - Let's Dance
  7   Conny Froeboss
       Zwei kleine Italiener
  8   Little Eva - The Loco-Motion
  9   Bobby Vinton - Roses Are Red
10   Elvis Presley
       Can't Help Falling in Love
11   Elvis Presley - She's Not You
12   Mr Acker Bilk - Stranger On the Shore
13   Tommy Roe - Sheila
14   Contours - Do You Love Me?
15   Neil Sedaka
       Breaking Up is Hard to Do
16   Francoise Hardy
       Tous les garcons & les filles
17   The Four Seasons
       Big Girls Don't Cry
18   Booker T & the MGs - Green Onions
19   Joey Dee & The Starliters                 Peppermint Twist
20   Nat King Cole - Ramblin' Rose
21   Gerhard Wendland
       Tanze mit mir in den Morgen
22   Cliff Richard - The Young Ones
23   The Four Seasons - Sherry
24   Dion - The Wanderer
25   Chubby Checker - Limbo Rock
26   Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The
      Crypt-Kickers - The Monster Mash
27   Elvis Presley - Rock a Hula Baby
28   Gene Chandler - Duke of Earl
29   Freddy Quinn
       Junge komm bald wieder
30   Mina - Heisser Sand
31   Kenny Ball & his Jazzmen                Midnight in Moscow
32   Frank Ifield - Lovesick Blues
33   Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd                 Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)
34   Nana Mouskouri - Ich schau den                   weissen Wolken nach
35   Peter Kraus - Sweety
36   The Crystals - He's a Rebel
37   Bruce Channel - Hey Baby
38   Frank Ifield - I Remember You
39   Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel
40   Bobby Darin - Multiplication
41   Brenda Lee - All Alone am I
42   Richard Anthony
       J'entends Siffler le Train
43   The Shirelles - Soldier Boy
44   Joey Dee & The Starliters - Ya Ya
45   Neil Sedaka
       Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
46   Roy Orbison - Dream Baby
47   The Isley Brothers - Twist & Shout
48   Brian Hyland - Ginny Come Lately
49   Paul Anka - Love Me Warm & Tender
50   Brian Hyland - Sealed With a Kiss
51   The Shadows - Wonderful Land
52   Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity
53   Johnny Hallyday - Retiens la nuit
54   Perry Como - Caterina
55   Dee Dee Sharp
       Mashed Potato Time
56   Paul Anka - Eso Beso (That Kiss!)
57   Sue Thompson - Norman
58   The Everly Brothers
       Crying in the Rain
59   Tony Renis
       Quando, Quando, Quando
60   David Rose - The Stripper


All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.
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Jan '62
West Philadelphia, PA soul singer Solomon Burke teams with producer and songwriter Bert Berns for his second Top Ten R&B hit with "Cry To Me" #5 R&B, #44 Pop. (more) 
Jan '62
Chicago, IL native, Gene Chandler hits the US #1 spot with "Duke of Earl" and sells a million copies in one month. (more) 
Apr '62
Chicago, IL singer songwriter Sam Cooke returns to #1 R&B with "Back On The Chain Gang" #9 Pop, #6 UK. (more) 
Kentucky country singer Skeeter Davis crosses over to the pop and R&B charts with the song "The End Of The World" #2 Pop, #4 R&B, #2 Country, #18 UK. (more)
Apr '62
May '62
The dance song "Mashed Potato Time" by Philadelphia, PA singer Dee Dee Sharp hits #1 R&B, #2 Pop. She would hit the Top Five again in December with "Ride". (More)
Jun '62
Jul '62
R&B artist Ray Charles covers Don Gibson's country hit "I Can't Stop Loving You" and takes it to #1 Pop, R&B, Country and in the UK. (more)
Philadelphia, PA R&B quartet The Orlons hit #2 Pop, #5 R&B with the dance hit "The Wah-Watusi". (more)
Oct '62
Sommerville, MA singer songwriter Bobby Pickett tops the pop chart with his spoof of dance craze hits "Monster Mash". (more)
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