This week 53 years ago, travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba was made illegal by the Kennedy administration; the Beatles released its first single in the U.S. — "Please Please Me"; a coup by the Ba'ath Party's Iraqi wing overthrew the prime minister of Iraq; "Lawrence of Arabia" was No. 1 at the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Go Away Little Girl," Steve Lawrence
An early hit for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Coffin, Lawrence eventually hit No. 1 with "Go Away Little Girl," as would Donny Osmond with his cover in 1971.
9. "Rhythm of the Rain," the Cascades
Complete with rain sound effects (and the singer actually talking to the rain).
8. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," the Miracles
If you think this sounds similar to Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home to Me," it's because Smokey Robinson reportedly was influenced to write "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" after hearing the Cooke track. And we're better for having both of them.
7. "Ruby Baby," Dion
Legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller ("Jailhouse Rock," "Yackety Yack," hundreds of other things) are behind "Ruby Baby," which was originally recorded by the Drifters and later by the Beach Boys.
6. "Walk Like a Man," the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons' third No. 1 single was covered in 1985 by Baltimore's favorite native son drag queen, Divine. Because of course it was.
5. "Up on the Roof," the Drifters
Also written by Carole King and Gerry Coffin, who had a very busy 1963. Well, make that a very busy 1950s through 1970s.
4. "Loop de Loop," Johnny Thunder
There was a singer actually named Johnny Thunder? Good to know.
3. "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," Bobby Vee
Also in 1963, the Angels included a cover of this song on its album that featured "My Boyfriend's Back."
2. "Walk Right In," the Rooftop Singers
While the lyrics sound a bit 1960s hippie-ish, "Walk Right In" was actually a cover of a 1929 folk-blues song.
1. "Hey Paula," Paul and Paula
No. 1 for three weeks, "Hey Paula" actually didn't involve anyone named Paula. Or Paul. The "Paul" in the group's name is Ray Hildebrand, who wrote the song. "Paula" is Jill Jackson. This has been an edition of Lies 1963 Told Us.