1962 was a very good year for love ballads and wedding songs. There were singles from Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, and many other voices that defined a glorious decade of music. You’ll find selections on this list of 1962 wedding songs that can be used to make your special day one you’ll never forget.
1962 Wedding Songs
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Bobby Vinton is remembered for having one of the smoothest voices to ever appear on vinyl, and this may be the hit that Vinton’s fans favor most. It is a simple yet emotional declaration of a man’s love, and the song can be played for the wedding processional or used in many other ways.
A song like this one by Mary Wells deserves to be given a proper spot by newlyweds during their wedding reception. It is meant to remind a happy couple of the power of true love and commitment, and for that reason, it is also used in the more formal parts of a wedding celebration.
Shirley Bassey’s original version of this love ballad might not be as popular as a later version by Elvis Presley, but the song can still be found on the playlists of many wedding DJs. Most couples like to reserve it for the reception because the lyrics and Bassey’s vocals build to a powerful emotional climax.
Your wedding will not be complete without some songs that are strictly reserved for dancing, and you can use this one to get everyone involved in the fun. Chubby Checker was on a roll at the beginning of the decade with “The Twist” and other dance tunes, and this song kept his hit streak alive.
Many of the songs from films starring Elvis Presley are simple love tunes, but this one goes beyond sentiment to express hope for the future. The newlyweds who appreciate Presley’s music will want to use this song before the lighting of the unity candle or cutting of the cake.
Best wishes for the happy couple and hope for a joyous life together are the themes that bring this Nat King Cole ballad together. Few songs work better as the first dance between husband and wife, but the song can also be played as the couple is introduced to their guests.
A little classic music from the 60s is just what some couples want, and songs don’t get more catchy than this one by The Beatles. All of your wedding guests will be singing along with the iconic hook, and it will provoke lots of smiles when you use it for your recessional.
The diminutive Brenda Lee sure had a big voice, and it rings with emotion on this 60s wedding song. Although it wasn’t written specifically for newlyweds the song can still lend a sentimental vibe to your nuptials.
Ray Charles produced an entire album of country classics in 1962, and this was just one of the singles that climbed the charts. It is a song that has been covered by many musical greats, and it lives on today as a song that precedes many wedding reception toasts.
A string of hits like this one made Dion a top artist of the 1960s, and his catchy rock tunes remain relevant today. Like most of Dion’s songs, this one celebrates the glories of love that each couple will experience on their wedding day.
Every marriage ceremony is sealed with a kiss, so this song by Brian Hyland is very appropriate for wedding use. As its title suggests, the song is probably best used for the recessional after that first kiss as man and wife.
Peter, Paul, and Mary helped to define and revive folk music in the 1960s, and this song about progressive values became one of their first mainstream hits. Couples that have a strong awareness of social issues often play this song at their weddings because it reinforces the importance of making a difference.
All newlyweds arrive at the altar with visions of forever, and Bobby Vee expresses that vision with this 1962 wedding song. There are many ways the song can be included in a marriage ceremony, but most couples will find a way to use this ballad in the formal processional.
The Crickets were best known as the band for music sensation Buddy Holly, but they went out on their own following his tragic death and scored a few hits such as this one. Use it on a wedding day to remind your partner that they are perfect just the way they are.
Don’t be surprised to hear this song by John D. Loudermilk played at many wedding receptions, and it is also used when guests are being seated. The song is one that has powerful lyrics that will resonate with those who are privileged to attend your wedding.
Frankie Avalon was one of the most popular artists of the 1960s thanks to love ballads like this one, and his music is prized by couples who have an affinity for vintage sounds. It has been used for many first dances between newlyweds, and you can also use it as the soundtrack for lighting your unity candle.
You might want to add this song from Helen Shapiro to your list of wedding reception music because it addresses themes of devotion and fidelity. Every couple should know that their love is a fortress against the difficulties of life, and playing this song as the newlyweds are introduced sets a positive tone for the reception.
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Celebrating weddings of 1962. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1962…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1962. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1962
- Frankie Avalon married Kathryn Diebel
- Marlon Brando married Tarita Teriipia
- John Lennon wed Cynthia Lennon
- Johan Derksen wed Isabelle Pikaar
- Pernell Roberts married Judith Anna Roberts
News Highlights of 1962
- Lieutenant Colonel John H Glenn Jr is the first American to orbit the earth.
- The Lenin Peace Prize is awarded to artist Pablo Picasso.
- The Telstar communications satellite transmits the first worldwide TV show.
- The Mariner 2 spacecraft sent photos of Venus to earth.
1962 Sports Champions:
- New York Yankees win the World Series over the San Francisco Giants.
- AFL Championship – Dallas Texans won 20-17 over the Houston Oilers in double overtime.
- NFL Championship – Green Bay Packers won 16-7 over the New York Giants.
- Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup over the Chicago Black Hawks.
Music Highlights of 1962
- Grammy’s Song of 1962: What Kind Of Fool Am I – Leslie Bricusse
- The Four Seasons – Big Girls Don’t Cry
- Gene Chandler – Duke Of Earl
- Elvis Presley – Good Luck Charm
- Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
- Ray Charles – I Can’t Stop Loving You
- Joey Dee & The Starliters – Peppermint Twist
- Bobby Vinton – Roses Are Red
- Tommy Roe – Sheila
- The Four Season – Sherry
- The Shirelles – Soldier Boy
- Connie Francis – Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You
- Shelley Fabares – Johnny Angel
- Dick & DeeDee – Stranger On The Shore
- Gene Pitney – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
- David Rose – The Stripper
- Neil Sedaka – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
- Little Eva – The Loco-Motion
- The Crystals – He’s A Rebel
- Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Monster Mash
- Steve Lawrence – Go Away Little Girl
- The Tornadoes – Telstar
Entertainment Highlights of 1962
- Best Picture: West Side Story: Robert Wise
- Best Actor: Maximilian Schell – Judgment at Nuremberg
- Best Actress: Sophia Loren – La ciociara
Top Television Shows:
- The Andy Griffith Show, Ben Casey, Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, Candid Camera, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gunsmoke, The Lucy Show, Make Room For Daddy, The Red Skelton Show
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