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1962 – Year of the Surf Music Craze

  • Computer Company Electronic Data Systems or E.D.S. was established by Texas computer salesman H. Ross Perot.
  • It was debut time for Tab and Diet Rite sodas.
  • By now most Americans own a TV set and ABC starts to broadcast in color.
  • Polaroid develops color film print that is able to develop in 60 seconds.
  • Seattle, Washington hosts The World’s Fair.

Music World

  • Motown records in Detroit, Michigan grow in popularity with number one R&B hits by the Contours and Mary Wells.
  • Southern soul scores a major hit with the instrumental “Green Onions’ performed by Booker T. & the MGs.
  • Country music and soul mixes up really well for Ray Charles in his album “Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music”.
  • Along come the Beach Boys who score a big hit with “Surfin’ Safari” and the surf music craze has begun.
  • Hit after hit is offered by the Four Seasons toward the end of the year.
  • Performers taking their final bows on the stage with their final major hits are 1950s legends Clyde McPhatter, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, LaVern Baker and Bo Diddly.
  • It is a banner year for women as female artists account for nearly half of all the number one R&B hits.

Sports

  • A great year in sports as the New York Yankees win the World Series over San Francisco.
  • Maury Wills succeeds in breaking Ty Cobb’s single-season stolen base record.
  • Green Bay once again wins the NFL Title Game over the New York Giants.
  • Winning the world heavyweight championship is Sonny Liston knocking out Floyd Patterson.
  • Scoring 100 points in one game and averaging 50 points per game is Wilt Chamberlain during the 1961-62 season. However, Bill Russell and the Celtics go on to win the sixth straight NBA crown.

Movies and TV

  • The year has its touch of great sadness as Marilyn Monroe dies of barbiturate overdose at only 36.
  • The most popular movie is “Lawrence of Arabia”.
  • The Best Actor Oscar goes to Gregory Peck for “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
  • The most popular new movies were “The Longest Day”, “How the West Was Won”, “In Search of the Castaways” and “The Music Man”.
  • The best-selling book this year becomes Sex and the Single Guy by Gurley Brown.

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    • Marilyn Monroe was the biggest tragedy that year. Such a wonderful actress. Hey, sorry I usually write on my PC but this morning giving my laptop a workout. Mouse just slipped and I upvoted and at the same time downvoted your answer,. Sorry wish when that happens we could just undo it right away.

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