If someone were asked, what was the number one song of 1963, most probably would not guess “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, but such was the case 51 years ago.
The Fireballs were a working band who had had three top forty hits 1959-1961, when suddenly their lead singer quit. Jimmy Gilmer was selected as the replacement. It proved to be a good choice.
“Sugar Shack” was their first single together. It debuted on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 on September 21, 1963 at number 65. It reached number one, October 12, 1963, where it remained for five weeks, earning the title of 1963’s number one song.