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Episode 13 of 50

Introduced by Jeremy Vine. 1963 was the year of US president JFK's assassination, the great train robbery, the Mersey boom and That Was the Week That Was.

Radio 2's audio journey through five decades reaches 1963. Jeremy Vine introduces a collage of the music, news, people and programmes - as they were heard at the time - without any commentary, analysis, or hindsight.

The year opens with the big freeze and ends with the world mourning a young President shot dead in Dallas Texas. In between, Lord Beeching wields his axe on Britain's railways and it's the year of the Great Train Robbery. In music, there's a Mersey boom and chart domination for the new beat groups from Liverpool. And there's a revolution underway in television too, led by the young David Frost and That Was the Week That Was.

57 minutes

Last on

Tue 31 Mar 2015 23:00

Music Played

  • The Beatles

    Please Please Me

  • The Beach Boys

    Surfin' USA

  • The Rolling Stones

    Come On

  • Stevie Wonder


  • The Shadows - Atlantis

  • The Chiffons

    He's So Fine

  • Bob Dylan

    Only A Pawn In Their Game

  • Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome

  • Pacemakers

    You'll Never Walk Alone

  • Pacemakers

    I Like It

  • Jan & Dean

    Surf City

  • Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas

    Do You Want To Know A Secret?

  • Sir Cliff Richard & The Shadows

    Summer Holiday

  • Lesley Gore

    It's My Party

  • The Surfaris

    Wipe Out

  • The Crystals

    Da Doo Ron Ron

  • The Four Seasons

    Big Girls Don't Cry

  • The Beatles

    From Me To You

  • The Beatles

    She Loves You

  • Bob Dylan

    Blowin' In The Wind

  • The Ronettes

    Be My Baby

  • The Beatles

    I Want To Hold Your Hand


Role Contributor
Producer Trevor Dann