Musical stars who took their final bows this year included: Conductor and composer Anthony Collins, singer Gwynn Parry Jones and organist Anthony Bernard.
Sunderland Empire by storm in 1963 too, just weeks before singing their way to the top of Air Max Mens 2015 the charts with You'll Never Walk Alone.
One of the saddest musical stories of the year featured Adam Faith, who lost his guitarist Johnny Rogers in a car crash on May 27 in the week he was appearing at Sunderland's Empire Theatre.
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Echo reporter Carol Anderson appeared rather dismissive of the talents of The Beatles when she first heard them perform, comparing them rather unfavourably to the Empire's house band.
"We have had plenty of response to our predicament, and I'm sure we will soon find what we want," bass guitarist Peter Thorpe, who played with Faith's Roulettes band, told the Echo.
The band had a deadline of just five days to find a new guitarist, as a trip to Malaya was planned for June and vital inoculations were needed before the journey could be made.
Stars of the future born in 1963 included: Seal, Julian Lennon, George Michael, Stuart Garrad, Jarvis Cocker and Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard.
Other music stories making headlines this year included The Beatles securing their first Number One hit, Please Please Me, on February 16 and the death of Patsy Cline in a plane crash on March 5.
The Kinks formed on March 17, Andrew Loog Oldham became the manager of The Rolling Stones on April 29, and The Beatles performed at The Cavern Club for the final time on August 3.
"This could mean a Cinderella like transformation for some youngster one night only a hopeful guitarist with a local group, the next as one of the famed Roulettes."
Billy, Joe and Karl joined forces for a sell out concert at the Odeon Cinema in November a second trip to Sunderland for all three provoking screams of delights from young fans.
And, when the group returned to the Empire in November 1963, another Echo critic was sent to take a look but felt "unable to review" the band due to the screams which obliterated their tunes.
An appearance by the group at the Rink Ballroom on May 14, 1963, sparked enough hysteria to merit an Echo news story on crowd problems in Holmeside but not enough interest for a review.
Among the hopeful replacements to audition were 20 year old apprentice draughtsman Ed Haws of Jarrow, and 19 year old Sunderland College of Art student Kenneth Potts, from Spennymoor.
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"Whoever the Roulettes choose will begin his life with the group in a whirl of engagements, with hardly time to realise what has happened," reported the Echo on May 28.
It was 19 year old Hartlepool musician Mod Rogan, better known to his school pals as John George Rogan, who finally won the coveted place. He was to remain with the Roulettes until 1967.
And a group of four mop haired lads from Liverpool made a brief appearance supporting chart topper teenager Helen Shapiro early this year returning months later as the star attractions.
Gerry and the Pacemakers, Helen Shapiro, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Karl Denver all performed in the town this year, as did The Beatles three times.
Faith, who had previously "brought the house down at the London Palladium," held auditions for a new player at the theatre with hopefuls travelling miles for a chance at stardom.
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