yes, there was some good music in 1962, even though that was a year in the musical dead zone: after the rock and roll/r & b explosion of the 50s but before the beatles/rock revolution of the 60s.
this week i'll play ray charles' "one mint julep" and his unfortunately schmaltzy arrangement of "i can't stop loving you," a fascinating mexican melody by brazilian classically trained guitarists los indios tabajaras (pictured, who were encouraged to dress up in native amazonian costumes), a slow blues by howlin' wolf, and songs from the debut albums of bob dylan and the beach boys. and some goofy songs as well.
in retrospect, i'd say that 1962's dearth of lasting music was compensated for by its uneven variety.
check out all the tunes here.