(The Root) — The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in the months surrounding the historic March on Washington in August 1963. These pop jingles, R&B tunes and girl anthems boomed out of transistor radios and filled dance halls. They provided an impromptu soundtrack to a period fraught with much transition, protest and activism.
‘I Will Follow Him’
Little Peggy March (David Redfern/Getty Images)
“What do teenagers know about love?” people ask. A then 15-year-old Little Peggy March crooned about being devoted to her man.
‘If You Wanna Be Happy’
Jimmy Soul (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Jimmy Soul cheerfully described how to be happy for the rest of your life.