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Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1963 [Videos]

This week, 51 years ago, James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi, film "Promises! Promises!" in which Jayne Mansfield appeared nude, was the No. 1 film in America, and these were the most popular songs, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "My Boyfriend's Back," the Angels


Written by three men, "My Boyfriend's Back" eventually spent three weeks at No. 1. Personal note: When I worked at the Carroll County Times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Angels singer Peggy Santiglia Davison, who lived in the area at the time, to discuss the band's highlight in the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys."

9. "More," Kai Winding and Orchestra


This instrumental also peaked at No. 2 on the Easy Listening chart, because, well, listen to it. Easily.

8. "So Much in Love," the Tymes

This doo-wop classic would have a new life in 1994 when a version by All-4-One was released. It was both bands' first single.

7. "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! (A Letter From Camp)," Allan Sherman

Proof that it was pretty easy to make people laugh in the early 1960s. P.S. This won a Grammy.

6. "Candy Girl," the Four Seasons

You may know songwriter Larry Santos from his TV work. In the 1970s he starred in the syndicated children's puppet show "Hot Fudge." He played a human, though.

5. "Judy's Turn to Cry," Lesley Gore


More pop singers should write sequels to their big hits (this was the follow-up to Gore's "It's My Party").

4. "Wipe Out," the Surfaris

Oh, you weren't surfing in 1963? You were not cool.

3. "(You're the) Devil in Disguise," Elvis Presley

Oh, yes, you are.

2. "Blowin' in the Wind," Peter, Paul & Mary


After Peter, Paul & Mary had a huge hit with their take on Bob Dylan's 1960s anthem, they followed it up with another Dylan track, "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." Dyan and the trio shared a manager.

1. "Fingertips - Part 2," Little Stevie Wonder

Yep, he was "Little" back then. The call-and-response "Pt. 2" was the follow-up/encore to "Fingetips," Wonder's first single. You may recognize the name of the drummer in the live and studio versions of the song: Marvin Gaye.