1968

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Jan

4

  • Jimi Hendrix gaoled in Stockholm after trashing a hotel room during a fight with Noel Redding

6

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of eight weeks with Magical Mystery Tour

8

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s ballet Babels torn [The Tower of Babel] premiered on Swedish television, Stockholm

10

  • Louis Aubert (90) dies in Paris

11

  • Rezső Seress (68) chokes himself to death with a wire in a Budapest hospital where he was admitted after surviving jumping out of an apartment window
  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Trio for clarinet, violin and piano premiered in St Petersburg

13

  • Johnny Cash plays a show at Folsom State Prison, CA which is recorded for the Columbia album Live at Folsom Prison. Johnny Cash (vo, g, hca) June Carter, Lew DeWitt, Don Reid, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley (vo) Carl Perkins, Luther Perkins (g) Marshall Grant (b) W.S. Holland (d)

14

  • LL Cool J aka James Todd Smith born (New York, NY) American rapper, actor.
  • Nino Rota’s opera Aladino e la lampada magica [Aladdin and the magic lamp] premiered in Naples, lib. V. Verginelli

16

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Autumn Music for three flutes, three clarinets, percussion, celesta, piano, harp, violas, cellos and basses premiered in Paris

18

  • John Kander, Fred Ebb and N. Richard Nash’s musical The Happy Time opens on Broadway (286 performances). It is reputedly the first stage musical to lose $1 million
  • Iannis Xenakis’s ballet Metastasies and Pithoprakta premiered in New York

19

  • Ikuko Kawai born (Takamatsu, Japan) Japanese violinist, composer, teacher.
  • Ernst Krenek’s Exercises of a Late Hour op.200 for orchestra and electronics premiered in San Diego

20

  • A Woody Guthrie tribute concert takes place at Carnegie Hall, New York with Arlo Guthrie, Will Geer, Robert Ryan, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Richie Havens and Tom Paxton

22

  • Musical revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris featuring translations by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman opens off-Broadway and runs for more than four years

23

  • Teresa Clotilde del Riego (91) dies in London

26

  • En route to a gig at Southampton University, the other members of Pink Floyd decide not to pick up Syd Barrett due to his increasingly bizarre behaviour, thus unofficially ending his tenure with the group

27 

  • Mike Patton born (Eureka, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of Faith No More from 1988 to 1998.
  • Tricky aka Adrian Thaws born (Bristol) English rapper, songwriter, producer.

28

  • Sarah McLachlan born (Halifax, Nova Scotia) Canadian pop and rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.
  • DJ Muggs aka Lawrence Muggerud born (Queens, NY) American DJ, record producer, songwriter. Founder member of Cypress Hill and solo artist.
  • Rakim aka William Michael Griffin Jr. born (Long Island, NY) American rapper, record producer, writer.

29

  • Rick Froberg born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, artist. Worked with Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Rocket from the Crypt and Obit.

unk

  • Apple Corps set up by the Beatles and associates. It is not made public until 14 May
  • Bruce Palmer is sacked from Buffalo Springfield and replaced by Jim Messina
  • The Flying V guitar is patented in the US by the Gibson Guitar Corporation

releases

  • Amboy Dukes – Baby Please Don’t Go / Psalms of Aftermath (Mainstream)
  • Delfonics – La La Means I Love You / Can’t Get Over Losing You (Philly Groove). Vocal group formed in Philadelphia in 1965. William Hart, Wilbert Hart, Randy Cain
  • First Edition – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) / Shadow In The Corner Of Your Mind (Reprise) Rock and country group formed in California in 1967. Kenny Rogers (vo, b) Terry Williams, Mike Settle (g, vo) Mickey Jones (d) Thelma Camacho (vo)
  • Four Tops – Walk Away Renee / Your Love Is Wonderful (Motown)
  • Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot – Bonnie & Clyde / Bubble Gum / Comic Strip (Philips France)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – The End Of Our Road / Don’t Let Her Take Your Love From Me (Soul)
  • Manfred Mann – Mighty Quinn / By Request (Fontana UK)
  • Move – Fire Brigade / Walk Upon the Water (Regal-Zonophone UK)
  • Phil Ochs – Outside A Small Circle Of Friends / Miranda (A&M)
  • Otis Redding – The Dock Of The Bay / Sweet Lorene (Volt)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music / Let Me Hear It From You (Epic)
  • Status Quo – Pictures of Matchstick Men / Gentlemen Joe’s Sidewalk Café (Pye UK). Rock band formed in London in 1962 as the Spectres. Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt (vo, g) Alan Lancaster (b, vo) Roy Lynes (keys) John Coghlan (d)
  • Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Slip Inside This House / Splash (International Artists)
  • Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (Philips) Rock band formed in Davis, CA in 1966. 1968 line-up: Dickie Peterson (vo, b) Leigh Stephens (g) Paul Whaley (d)
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band – The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw (Elektra)
  • Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia)
  • Boogie with Canned Heat (Liberty)
  • Shirley Collins – The Power of the True Love Knot (Polydor UK)
  • Dr John – Gris-Gris (Atco)
  • Lou Donaldson – Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Blue Note)
  • Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul (Atlantic)
  • Fugs – Tenderness Junction (Reprise)
  • Roy Harper – Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith (CBS UK)
  • Holy Modal Rounders – Indian War Whoop (ESP-Disk)
  • Jackie McLean – New And Old Gospel (Blue Note)
  • Peanut Butter Conspiracy – The Great Conspiracy (Columbia)
  • Nancy Sinatra – Movin’ With Nancy (Reprise)
  • Spirit (Ode) Rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1967. Randy California (g, vo) Jay Ferguson (perc, vo) Mark Andes (b) Ed Cassidy (d) John Locke (keys)
  • Steppenwolf (ABC Dunhill)
  • Ultimate Spinach (MGM) Rock band formed in Boston in 1967. Ian Bruce-Douglas (vo, g, b, keys) Barbara Hudson (vo, g) Geoffrey Withrop (g, sitar) Richard Nese (b) Keith Lahteinen (d)

Eddie Harris 1934-96

Feb

2

  • Tullio Serafin (89) dies in Rome

3

  • Love Affair have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Everlasting Love

5

  • Luckey Roberts (80) dies in New York

8

  • Tjinder Singh born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Cornershop.

12

  • Charles Dodge’s Composition for Converted Digital Tape premiered in New York

13

  • Ildebrando Pizzetti (87) dies in Rome
  • Portia White (56) dies in Toronto of cancer

15

  • Little Walter (37) dies of coronary thrombosis following a bar fight in Chicago the previous night.

16

  • Healey Willan (87) dies in Toronto

17

  • Manfred Mann have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with The Mighty Quinn

18

  • Yoshimi P-We aka Yoshimi Yokota born (Okayama, Japan) Japanese rock and avant-garde drummer, singer, trumpeter, guitarist, keyboard player. Member of Boredoms and OOIOO.
  • David Gilmour officially joins Pink Floyd, replacing founder Syd Barrett. He had been playing with the group as a fifth member for a couple of months

22

  • Laura Ballance born (Charlotte, NC) American rock bass guitarist. Co-founder of Merge Records and founder member of Superchunk.
  • Florence Ballard of the Supremes is released from her contract with Motown with a $140,000 pay off

24

  • Billboard reports that a Japanese manufacturer is marketing 12 inch 45 RPM albums with better sound quality, thus foreshadowing the 12 inch single by nearly a decade

25

  • Evridiki Theokleous born (Limassol, Cyprus) Cypriot pop singer.

26

  • Tim Commerford born (Irvine, CA) American rock bass guitarist. Member of Rage Against the Machine from 1991 to 2000 and from 2007 and Audioslave from 2001 to 2007.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Revelation and Fall for soprano and sixteen instruments & L’homme armé for speaker or singer and ensemble premiered in London

27

  • Ludvík Podéšť (46) dies in Prague

28

  • Frankie Lymon (25) dies in New York of a heroin overdose

29

  • The 10th Grammy Awards held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. The Fifth Dimension’s Up, Up and Away is deemed record of the year and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is given the album of the year accolade. Other winners include Bobbie Gentry, Igor Stravinsky. Ravi Shankar, Lalo Schifrin, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell, Cannonball Adderley, Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin

releases

  • Balloon Farm – A Question Of Temperature / Hurtin’ For Your Love (Laurie). Psychedelic rock band formed in New Jersey in 1967. Mike Appel, Don Henny, Ed Schnug, Jay Saks
  • Blue Cheer – Summertime Blues / Out of Focus (Philips)
  • Leonard Cohen – Suzanne / So Long Marianne (Columbia)
  • Fairport Convention – If I Had A Ribbon Bow / If Stomp (Track UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone / Ain’t No Way (Atlantic)
  • Chuck Jackson – (You Can’t Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You / Girls, Girls, Girls (Motown)
  • Monkees – Valleri / Tapioca Tundra (Colgems)
  • Jimmy Ruffin – I’ll Say Forever My Love / Everybody Needs Love (Soul)
  • Union Gap – Young Girl / I’m Losing You (Columbia)
  • Bee Gees – Horizontal (Polydor UK)
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – Child Is Father to the Man (Columbia)
  • James Carr – A Man Needs a Woman (Goldwax)
  • John Coltrane – Om (Impulse!) recorded 1965
  • Don Ellis Orchestra – Electric Bath (Columbia)
  • Fleetwood Mac (Blue Horizon UK)
  • The Electrifying Eddie Harris (Atlantic)
  • Impressions – We’re a Winner (ABC)
  • Kaleidoscope – A Beacon From Mars (Epic)
  • Wilson Pickett – I’m In Love (Atlantic)
  • Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay (Volt)
  • Tim Rose (Columbia)
  • Taj Mahal (Columbia)
  • Tomorrow (Parlophone UK) 
  • Stanley Turrentine – Easy Walker (Blue Note)
  • Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (Verve)

Fleetwood Mac (Blue Horizon)

Mar

1

  • Johnny Cash and June Carter get married in Franklin, KY

2

  • Cat Stevens is diagnosed with tuberculosis and has to spend the best part of a year recuperating

5

  • Monk Hazel (64) dies in New Orleans

6

  • Iša Krejčí (63) dies in Prague

7

  • José María Sánchez-Verdú born (Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain) Spanish composer.
  • Cream play the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. One track from  the show is included on the live disc of the album Wheels of Fire. The others come from Winterland, San Francisco shows on 8 and 10 Mar

8

  • Bill Graham opens the Fillmore East in an abandoned movie theatre in New York with a show by Big Brother & the Holding Company, Tim Buckley and Albert King
  • Thea Musgrave’s Concerto for Orchestra premiered in London

9

  • Andrew Barker born (Manchester) English dance and electronica keyboard player. Member of 808 State from 1989.
  • Bob Dylan has the UK number one album for the first of thirteen weeks over two runs with John Wesley Harding

10

  • Blind Joe Reynolds (c. 63) dies in Monroe, LA of pneumonia

11

  • Cornelius Cardew’s Schooltime Compositions premiered in London

12

  • Dylan Carlson born (Seattle, WA) American rock guitarist, composer. Founder member of Earth.

15

  • Kahimi Karie aka Mari Hiki born (Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan) Japanese pop and electronic music singer.
  • The Byrds play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the first rock band to do so

16

  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (72) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • György Ligeti’s Night and Morning for chorus premiered in Stockholm
  • Otis Redding has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

17

  • The Rolling Stones begin recording the album Beggars Banquet for Decca at Olympic Studios, London. Recording is completed 25 Jul. Mick Jagger (vo, hca) Keith Richards (g, vo) Brian Jones (g, sitar, tambura, mellotron, hca) Charlie Watts (d, perc, vo) Bill Wyman (b, perc)

20

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Tabuh Tabuhan for wind quintet premiered in Adelaide
  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Twelve Preludes for piano premiered in St Petersburg

22

  • Arve Henriksen born (Stranda, Norway) Norwegian jazz and avant-garde trumpeter, composer, singer. Member of Supersilent and solo artist.

23

  • Damon Albarn born (London) English pop, dance and rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen and solo artist.
  • Charles Ives’s Set of Five Take-Offs for piano premiered in New York

24

  • Carl Orff’s opera Prometheus desmotes premiered in Stuttgart, lib. Orff

25

  • Charles Ives’s Studies nos.1,2,5,6,7,15,20 & 23 for piano premiered in New York
  • The 58th and final new episode of The Monkees airs on NBC

26

  • Kenny Chesney born (Knoxville, TN) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist.

27

  • The first recording is made of Terry Riley’s In C, played by the composer and members of the Center of Creative and Performing Arts (SUNY-Buffalo)

30

  • Celine Dion born (Charlemagne, Quebec) Canadian pop singer, songwriter.
  • The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Lady Madonna

31

  • Skeets McDonald (52) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • Roger Sessions’s 6 Pieces for cello premiered in New York

unk

  • Humphrey Searle’s opera Hamlet premiered in Hamburg. Lib. Searle after Shakespeare

releases

  • Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up parts 1 and 2 (Atlantic)
  • Doors – The Unknown Soldier / We Could Be So Good Together (Elektra)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing / Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl (Tamla)
  • MC5 – Looking At You / Borderline (NER)
  • Pink Floyd – It Would Be So Nice / Julia Dream (EMI Columbia UK)
  • Diana Ross & the Supemes – Forever Came Today / Time Changes Things (Motown)
  • Percy Sledge – Take Time to Know Her / It’s All Wrong But It’s Alright (Atlantic)
  • Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers – Does Your Mother Know About Me? / Fading Away (Gordy). R&B group formed in Vancouver in 1963. Bobby Taylor (vo) Tommy Chong, Eddie Paterson (g) Wes Henderson (b) Robbie King (org) Duris Maxwell (d)
  • Traffic – No Face, No Name, No Number / Roamin’ in the Gloamin’ With 40,000 Headmen (Island UK)
  • Gato Barbieri – In Search Of The Mystery (ESP Disk)
  • James Brown – I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me (King)
  • Donald Byrd – Blackjack (Blue Note)
  • Miles Davis – Nefertiti (Columbia)
  • Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (Elektra)
  • Charles Lloyd – In Europe (Atlantic)
  • Here Is Barbara Lynn (Atlantic)
  • Joni Mitchell – Song to a Seagull (Reprise)
  • Hank Mobley – Hi Voltage (Blue Note)
  • Mothers Of Invention – We’re Only in It for the Money (Verve)
  • The Move (Regal Zonophone UK)
  • Laura Nyro – Eli & the 13th Confession (Columbia)
  • God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It (International Artists)
  • Supremes – Reflections (Motown)
  • Cecil Taylor – Conquistador (Blue Note)
  • Charles Tyler – Eastern Man Alone (ESP Disk)
  • The United States of America (Columbia)
  • Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters (Verve)
  • Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band (Warner Bros)

Blue Cheer

Apr

1

  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in St Petersburg

4

  • Jean Barraqué’s Le Temps Restitué [Time Restored] for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Royan
  • James Brown appears on national television in an attempt to calm feelings of anger in the US following the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis

6

  • Rosa Henderson (71) dies in New York
  • Syd Barrett’s departure from Pink Floyd is announced
  • The soundtrack to the film The Graduate is the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks over two runs

7

  • John Corigliano’s Piano concerto premiered in San Antonio, TX
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Nuits for 12 voices premiered in Royan, France

10

  • Elmer Bernstein’s music for George Roy Hill’s film Thoroughly Modern Millie wins the best original score Oscar at the 40th Academy Awards
  • Michael Stewart, John Pascal and Francine Pascal’s musical George M opens on Broadway with music and lyrics by George M Cohan. (427 performances)

13

  • The Philip Glass Ensemble make their concert debut in New York
  • Bobby Goldsboro has the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with Honey

14

  • Phil Spector marries Veronica Bennett aka Ronnie Spector

15

  • Ed O’Brien born (Oxford) English rock guitarist, composer. Founder member of Radiohead.

18

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience begin recording the album Electric Ladyland at the Record Plant, New York. Jimi Hendrix (vo, g, keys, perc, b) Noel Redding (b, vo, g) Mitch Mitchell (d, perc, vo) plus Jack Casady, Larry Faucette, Mike Finnigan, Brian Jones, Al Kooper, Dave Mason, Buddy Miles, Freddie Smith, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and The Sweet Inspirations. The record is completed in August

19

  • Free play their first show at the Nag’s Head pub in Battersea, London

20

  • Deep Purple make their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark

21

  • Norman Demuth (69) dies in Chichester, Sussex

23

  • Ernst Krenek’s Cello Studien premiered in Riehen, Switzerland
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Stedman Doubles for clarinet and percussion premiered in Cardiff

26

  • Henryk Górecki’s Monologhi op.16 for soprano, two harps and percussion premiered in Berlin

27

  • Louis Armstrong has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with What A Wonderful World / Cabaret

28

  • Howard Donald born (Droylsden, Lancashire) English pop singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer. Founder member of Take That.

29

  • James Rado, Gerome Ragni & Galt MacDermot’s musical Hair opens on Broadway (1750 performances)

30

  • Ben Ayres born (St Johns, Newfoundland) Anglo-Canadian rock guitarist, keyboard player, songwriter. Founder member of Cornershop.

releases

  • William Bell – A Tribute To A King / Every Man Oughta Have A Woman (Stax)
  • Buffalo Springfield – Un-Mundo / Merry-Go-Round (Atco)
  • Solomon Burke – I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free) / It’s Just a Matter of Time (Atlantic)
  • Byrds – You Ain’t Going Nowhere / Artificial Energy (Columbia)
  • Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity – This Wheel’s On Fire / A Kind Of Love-In (Marmalade UK)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Black Magic Woman / The Sun Is Shining (Blue Horizon UK)
  • Four Tops – If I Were a Carpenter / Wonderful Baby (Motown)
  • Grateful Dead – Born Cross-Eyed / Dark Star (Warner)
  • Roy Harper – Life Goes By / Nobody’s Got Any Money in the Summer (CBS UK)
  • Impressions – We’re Rolling On parts 1 and 2 (ABC)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Greasy Heart / Share a Little Joke (With the World) (RCA)
  • Love – Alone Again Or / A House Is Not a Motel (Elektra)
  • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – I Promise to Wait My Love / Forget Me Not (Gordy)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson / Old Friends – Bookends (Columbia)
  • Small Faces – Lazy Sunday / Rollin’ Over (Immediate UK)
  • R Dean Taylor – Gotta See Jane / Don’t Fool Around (VIP)
  • Temptations – I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) / Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got (Gordy)
  • Scott Walker – Joanna / Always Coming Back To You (Philips UK)
  • Dionne Warwick – Do You Know the Way to San Jose / Let Me Be Lonely (Scepter)
  • Mason Williams – Classical Gas / Long Time Blues (Warner Bros)
  • Amboy Dukes – Journey to the Center of the Mind (Mainstream)
  • Albert Ayler – Love Cry (Impulse!)
  • Solomon Burke – King Solomon (Atlantic)
  • Earth Opera (Elektra) Rock band formed in Boston in 1967. Peter Rowan (vo, g, sax) David Grisman (mand, keys, sax, vocals) Bill Stevenson (keys) John Nagy (b, cel) Paul Dillon (g, d) Bill Mundi (d)
  • International Submarine Band – Safe At Home (LHI) Country-rock band formed in Cambridge, MA in 1966. Gram Parsons, Bob Buchanan (g, vo) Jon Corneal (d, vo) John Nuese (g) Chris Ethridge (b) Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel) Earl “Les” Ball (p)
  • Moby Grape – Wow / Grape Jam (Columbia)
  • Monkees – The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees (Colgems)
  • Wes Montgomery – Down Here On The Ground (A&M)
  • Tom Rush – The Circle Game (Elektra)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends (Columbia)
  • Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Nancy & Lee (Reprise)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Dance to the Music (Epic)
  • The Temptations Wish It Would Rain (Gordy)
  • Scott Walker – Scott 2 (Philips)
  • Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (CBS UK)

International Submarine Band – Safe at Home (LHI)

May

2

  • Roger Sessions’s Symphony no.8 premiered in New York

3

  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Consolation I for twelve voices and four percussionists premiered in Bremen

4

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Capriccio per Siegfried Palm for cello premiered in Bremen

5

  • Buffalo Springfield play their final show in Long Beach, CA
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kurzwellen no.25 for six players with shortwave receivers and live electronics premiered in Bremen

6

  • Lætitia Sadier born (Paris) French rock singer, keyboard player, songwriter. Founder member of Stereolab and Monade.

7

  • Aretha Franklin plays a show at the Paris Olympia that is recorded and issued as the Atlantic album Aretha In Paris

12

  • The 1968 New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert takes place at the Empire Pool in London. It marks Brian Jones’ last live appearance with the Rolling Stones

13

  • Parrish Smith born (Brentwood, NY) American rapper. Member of EPMD with Eric Sermon.

14

  • The Beatles announce the creation of Apple Records at a New York press conference

15

  • Borys Lyatoshynsky (73) dies in Kiev

18

  • Archie Bell & the Drells have the Billboard number one single for the first week of two with Tighten Up
  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Moralities premiered in Cincinnati, lib. W.H. Auden
  • Scott Walker has the UK number one album for one week with Scott 2
  • (to 19th) The first Miami Pop Festival takes place at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, FL. Acts include the Mothers of Invention, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • Billboard reports that Stax Records are to be sold to Gulf & Western after severing ties with Atlantic

19

  • Paul Hartnoll born (Dartford) English electronic musician, composer. Founder member of Orbital. Brother of Phil Hartnoll.
  • Philip Glass’ Pieces in the Shape of a Square for two flutes premiered in New York
  • The Last Poets formed in New York on Malcolm X’s birthday

23

  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Duet for piano and violin premiered in Leningrad

25

  • Simon & Garfunkel have the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks over two runs with Bookends
  • The Union Gap have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Young Girl

26

  • Little Willie John (30) dies in Walla Walla, WA following a heart attack while serving a prison sentence for manslaughter

28

  • Kylie Minogue born (Melbourne) Australian pop singer, actress.

30

  • The Beatles record the first session for their eponymous album (aka The White Album) in London. Recording is completed on 14 Oct
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Stedman Caters for ensemble premiered in London
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Anadyomene for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

unk

  • Sandy Denny joins Fairport Convention replacing Judy Dyble

releases

  • Barbara Acklin – Love Makes A Woman / Come And See Me Baby (Brunswick)
  • Animals – Sky Pilot parts 1 and 2 (MGM)
  • Box Tops – Choo Choo Train / Fields Of Clover (Mala)
  • Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues (live) / The Folk Singer (Columbia)
  • Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man / Teen Angel (Pye UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – Think / You Send Me (Atlantic)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – It Should Have Been Me / You Don’t Love Me No More (Soul)
  • Shorty Long – Here Comes The Judge / Sing What You Wanna (Soul)
  • Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash / Child Of The Moon (Decca UK)
  • Sam & Dave – You Don’t Know What You Mean To Me / This Is Your World (Atlantic)
  • Diana Ross & the Supemes – Some Things You Never Get Used To / You’ve Been So Wonderful to Me (Motown)
  • Paul Beaver & Bernard L. Krause – The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music (Nonesuch)
  • Archie Bell And The Drells – Tighten Up (Atlantic) Vocal group formed in Houston in 1966. Archie Bell, James Wise, Willie Parnell, Billy Butler
  • Kenny Burrell – Blues-The Common Ground (Verve)
  • Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (Columbia) recorded live on 13 Jan 1968
  • Dells – There Is (Cadet)
  • Duke Ellington – …and His Mother Called Him Bill (RCA)
  • Gilberto Gil (Philips Brazil)
  • Andrew Hill – Andrew!!! (Blue Note) recorded 1965
  • Freddie Hubbard – High Blues Pressure (Atlantic)
  • The Mamas & the Papas – The Papas & the Mamas (Dunhill)
  • Steve Miller Band – Children of the Future (Capitol)
  • Thelonious Monk – Underground (Columbia)
  • Pentangle (Transatlantic UK) Folk-rock band formed in London in 1967. Terry Cox (d, vo) Bert Jansch, John Renbourn (g, vo) Jacqui McShee (vo) Danny Thompson (b)
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service (Capitol)
  • Percy Sledge – Take Time To Know Her (Atlantic)
  • Small Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake (Immediate UK)
  • Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Karyobin (Island UK)
  • Townes Van Zandt – First Album: For the Sake of the Song (Poppy)
  • Frank Zappa – Lumpy Gravy (Bizarre)

Pentangle

Jun

1

  • Jason Donovan born (Melbourne) Australian pop singer, actor.
  • Simon & Garfunkel have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Mrs. Robinson

4

  • The Rolling Stones begin recording Sympathy for the Devil in London. Mick Jagger (v) Keith Richards (g, b, vo) Nicky Hopkins (p) Charlie Watts (d, vo) Bill Wyman (perc, vo) Rocky Dijon (perc) Marianne Faithfull, Brian Jones, Jimmy Miller, Anita Pallenberg (vo). The track is completed on Jun 10 by which time sen. Robert F Kennedy has been assassinated in Los Angeles

5

  • Lee Dorrian born (Coventry) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Napalm Death and Cathedral.

6

  • George Wettling (60) dies in New York following a heart attack

7

  • Hank Duncan (73) dies in Long Island, NY
  • Pauline Oliveros’ Valentine premiered in New York

8

  • Bumble Bee Slim (63) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s opera Punch & Judy premiered in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Lib. Stephen Pruslin

10

  • Benjamin Britten’s opera The Prodigal Son premiered in Orford, Suffolk. Lib. W. Plomer

12

  • Luke Slater born (Reading) English electronic musician, producer, DJ
  • Henry Cow make their live debut supporting Pink Floyd at Homerton College, Cambridge
  • (to 16th) The Montreaux Jazz Festival takes place in Montreaux, Switzerland. Acts appearing include Benny Bailey, Bill Evans, Jan Garbarek,  Nina Simone, Mike Westbrook and Young-Holt Unlimited

13

  • David Gray born (Sale, Cheshire) English pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s cantata Hymn to a University premiered in Lund, lib. H. Gullberg and E. Tegnér

14

  • Karl-Birger Blomdahl (51) dies in Kungsängen, Sweden following a heart attack
  • Ernest Stoneman (75) dies in Nashville, TN

15

  • Wes Montgomery (43) dies in Indianapolis, IN following a heart attack
  • David Del Tredici’s The Last Gospel for soprano, rock group, chorus and orchestra premiered in San Francisco

17

  • Harvey Oliver Brooks (69) dies in Los Angeles
  • Benjamin Britten’s Suite no.2 for cello premiered in Snape

19

  • Benjamin Britten’s A Wealden Trio: the Song of the Women for choir premiered in Aldeburgh

20

  • Henry Cowell’s Twilight in Texas for orchestra premiered in New York

21

  • Tim Simenon born (London) English dance music producer, DJ, songwriter, record producer. Worked as Bomb the Bass.

22

  • Herb Alpert has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with with This Guy’s in Love with You
  • Otis Redding has the UK number one album for one week with Dock Of The Bay
  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Jumpin’ Jack Flash

24

  • Willard Robison (73) dies in Peekskill, NY

25

  • David Pajo born (Louisville, KY) American rock and avant-garde guitarist, singer, songwriter. Founder member of Slint, Aerial M, and solo artist.

26

  • Ziggy Elman (54) dies in Los Angeles of cirrhosis

29

  • Peter Rehberg born (London) Anglo-German electronic musician, composer. Founder of Mego record label.
  • Pentangle play the Royal Festival Hall, London, a show that is recorded for the live half of the album Sweet Child. Terry Cox (d, perc, vo) Bert Jansch, John Renbourn (g, vo) Jacqui McShee (vo) Danny Thompson (b)
  • The Small Faces have the UK number one album for the first of five weeks with Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
  • The first Hyde Park free concert takes place in London with Pink Floyd, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Jethro Tull and Roy Harper appearing

unk

  • Can make their first recordings in Cologne. Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, David C Johnson and Malcolm Mooney. Their very first session is released on the cassette Prehistoric Future in 1984

releases

  • Amboy Dukes – Journey To The Center Of The Mind / Mississippi Murderer (Mainstream)
  • Band – The Weight / I Shall Be Released (Capitol)
  • Clarence Carter – Slip Away / Funky Fever (Atlantic)
  • Cream – Anyone For Tennis / Pressed Rat & Wart Hog (Polydor UK)
  • Dells – Stay In My Corner / Love Is So Simple (Cadet) Vocal group formed in Harvey, IL in 1952. Marvin Junior, Verne Allison, Mickey McGill, Chuck Barksdale, Johnny Carter
  • Doors – Hello I Love You / Love Street (Elektra)
  • Cass Elliot – Dream a Little Dream of Me / Midnight Voyage (Dunhill)
  • Four Tops – Yesterday’s Dreams / For Once In My Life (Motown)
  • Kinks – Days / She’s Got Everything (Pye UK)
  • Hugh Masekela – Grazing in the Grass / Bajabula Bonke (Uni)
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service – Pride Of Man / Dino’s Song (Capitol)
  • Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild / Everybody’s Next One (Dunhill/ABC). Rock band formed in Toronto in 1964. John Kay (g, hca, vo) Michael Monarch (g, vo) Rushton Moreve (b, vo) Goldy McJohn (keys, vo) Jerry Edmonton (d, vo)
  • Thirteenth Floor Elevators – May the Circle Remain Unbroken / I’m Gonna Love You Too (International Artists)
  • Who – Dogs / Call Me Lightning (Track)
  • Beach Boys – Friends (Capitol)
  • Basic Blues Magoos (Mercury)
  • The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (Track UK)
  • Country Joe and the Fish – Together (Vanguard)
  • Delfonics – La La Means I Love You (Philly Groove)
  • Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity – Open (Marmalade UK)
  • Fairport Convention (Polydor UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now (Atlantic)
  • Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Atco) Rock band formed in San Diego in 1966. Doug Ingle (org, vo) Erik Brann (g, vo) Lee Dorman (b, vo) Ron Bushy (d)
  • Skip James – Devil Got My Woman (Vanguard)
  • Elvin Jones & Richard Davis – Heavy Sounds (Impulse!)
  • Roland Kirk – The Inflated Tear (Atlantic)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips – Feelin’ Bluesy (Soul)
  • Barbara Lewis – Workin’ On A Groovy Thing (Atlantic)
  • John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Bare Wires (Decca UK)
  • Lee Morgan – The Gigolo (Blue Note)
  • Randy Newman (Reprise)
  • Os Mutantes (Polydor Brazil) Psychedelic rock band formed in Sao Paulo in 1966. Arnaldo Baptista (b, keys, vo) Rita Lee (vo, perc, fl, h, theremin) Sérgio Dias (g, vo, b)
  • Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets (EMI Columbia UK)
  • John Renbourn – Sir John Alot of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng & ye Grene Knyghte (Transatlantic UK)
  • Archie Shepp – The Magic Of Ju-Ju (Impulse!)
  • Horace Silver – Serenade To A Soul Sister (Blue Note)
  • Silver Apples (Kapp) Electronic duo formed in New York in 1967. Simeon Coxe III (syn) Danny Taylor (d)

Os Mutantes

Jul

3

  • David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash play together for the first time at a party at Joni Mitchell’s house in Los Angeles

4

  • (to 7th) The 1968 Newport Jazz Festival takes place with Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, Archie Shepp, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Hugh Masekela, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Horace Silver and Roland Kirk among those appearing

6

  • The Equals have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Baby Come Back
  • Ernst Krenek’s Perspektiven op.199 for orchestra premiered in Ravinia, IL

7

  • Leo Sowerby (73) dies in Port Clinton, OH
  • Roland Kirk records the Atlantic album Volunteered Slavery live at the Newport Jazz Festival. Roland Kirk (ts, manzello, stritch, cl, whistle, vo) Ron Burton (p) Vernon Martin (b) Jimmy Hopps (d) Joe Habad Texidor (perc)
  • The Yardbirds play their final show in Luton, Bedfordshire. Keith Relf (vo, hca) Jimmy Page (g) Chris Dreja (b) Jim McCarty (d, vo)

8

  • Pink Floyd begin their first US tour in Chicago

9

  • Dennis Edwards plays his first show with the Temptations in Valley Forge, PA

10

  • Pauline Oliveros’ Night Jar premiered in New York

12

  • Ada Sari (82) dies in Ciechocinek, Poland

13

  • Black Sabbath play their first show (as Earth) in Birmingham

14

  • Jean Pougnet (60) dies in London of cancer
  • John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers split up

17

  • George Dunning’s animated film Yellow Submarine opens featuring music by the Beatles

18

  • Robert Wise’s musical biopic of Gertrude Lawrence Star! opens starring Julie Andrews. Music by Lennie Hayton

19

  • Robb Flynn born (Oakland, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Machine Head.

20

  • Hugh Masekela has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Grazing in the Grass

21

  • Ruth St. Denis (89) dies in Hollywood, CA following a heart attack

23

  • Morton Feldman’s Structures for string quartet premiered in Mexico City

26

  • The Jackson Five sign to Motown
  • (to 28th) The 1968 Newport Folk Festival takes place with appearances by Tim Buckley, Taj Mahal, Roy Acuff, BB King, Buddy Guy, Joan Baez, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Ian, Libba Cotton and others

28

  • David Del Tredici’s Pop-pourri for soprano, optional counter-tenor, rock group, chorus and orchestra premiered in La Jolla, CA

29

  • Gram Parsons quits the Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences

30

  • Sean Moore born (Pontypool) Welsh rock drummer. Founder member of the Manic Street Preachers.
  • Jón Leifs (69) dies in Reykjavik of lung cancer
  • Darius Milhaud’s Symphonie pour l’univers Claudelien op.427 for orchestra premiered in Aix-en-Provence

31

  • (to Aug 2) The Beatles record Hey Jude in London.

releases

  • Beach Boys – Do It Again / Wake the World (Capitol)
  • Booker T & The MGs – Soul Limbo / Heads Or Tails (Stax)
  • Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Fire / Rest Cure (Track UK)
  • Canned Heat – On The Road Again / Boogie Music (Liberty)
  • James Carr – Life Turned Her That Way / A Message to Young Lovers (Goldwax)
  • Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today / People Get Ready (Columbia) rerecording
  • Fleetwood Mac – Need Your Love So Bad / Stop Messin’ Around (Blue Horizon UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – The House That Jack Built / I Say a Little Prayer (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need To Get By / Two Can Have A Party (Tamla)
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – I Can’t Dance To The Music You’re Playing / I Tried (Gordy)
  • Moby Grape – Can’t Be So Bad / Bitter Wind (Columbia)
  • Fred Neil – Everybody’s Talkin’ / That’s the Bag I’m In (Capitol)
  • Sam & Dave – Can’t You Find Another Way (Of Doing It) / Still Is the Night (Atlantic)
  • Percy Sledge – Sudden Stop / Between Two Arms (Atlantic)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Life / M’Lady (Epic)
  • Status Quo – Ice in the Sun / When My Mind Is Not Live (Pye UK)
  • Temptations – Please Return Your Love to Me / How Can I Forget (Gordy)
  • Jr Walker & the All Stars – Hip City parts 1 and 2 (Soul)
  • Jackie Wilson – I Get The Sweetest Feeling / Nothing But Heartaches (Brunswick)
  • Band – Music From Big Pink (Capitol) Rock group formed in Toronto in 1964 by former members of Ronnie Hawkins backing group the Hawks. Robbie Robertson (g) Rick Danko (b, vln, vo) Levon Helm (d, mand, vo) Richard Manuel (keys, d, vo) Garth Hudson (keys, sax)
  • Buffalo Springfield – Last Time Around (Atco)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy) Rock band formed in El Cerrito, CA in 1964. Formerly known as the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs. John Fogerty (vo, g, hca, keys, sax) Tom Fogerty (gr, vo, p) Stu Cook (b, vo, keys) Doug Clifford (d, vo)
  • Shades of Deep Purple (Tetragrammaton)
  • Doors – Waiting for the Sun (Elektra)
  • Family – Music in a Doll’s House (Reprise) Rock band formed in Leicester in 1967. Roger Chapman (vo, hca, ts, perc) John Whitney (g, sitar, keys) Jim King (sax, hca, tin whistle, p, vo) Ric Grech (b, vln, cel, vo) Rob Townsend (d, perc)
  • Grateful Dead – Anthem of the Sun (Warner Bros) Comprised of work done in four different studios and extracts of live shows recorded at six different venues
  • Eddie Harris – Plug Me In (Atlantic)
  • Heptones – On Top (Studio One Jamaica) Reggae vocal group formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1965. Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan, Barry Llewellyn.
  • Krzysztof Komeda – Rosemary’s Baby OST (Dot)
  • Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord (Deram UK)
  • Phil Ochs – Tape From California (A&M)
  • Wilson Pickett – The Midnight Mover (Atlantic)
  • Buffy Sainte Marie – I’m Gonna Be a Country Girl Again (Vanguard)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex – My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (Regal Zonophone UK)

The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord (Deram)

Aug

1

  • Ernst Krenek’s Instant Remembered for soprano and ensemble premiered in Hanover, NH

2

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s ballet Sun Music premiered in Sydney

3

  • Deep Purple play their first UK show in Warrington, Cheshire
  • The Doors have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Hello, I Love You

4

  • Yes play their first show at the East Mersey Youth Camp in Essex. They play their first regular show at the Marquee Club in London the following night

5

  • Luther Perkins (40) dies after receiving severe burns and smoke inhalation in a house fire at his home in Nashville

6

  • Vivian Fine’s Song of Persephone for Solo Viola premiered in Lenox, MA

8

  • Fritz Stiedry (84) dies in Zürich

9

  • (to 11th) The eighth National Jazz and Blues Festival takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury, Surrey with the Jeff Beck Group, Joe Cocker, Deep Purple, Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band, Jethro Tull, John Mayall, the Nice, Taste, Traffic and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appearing

10

  • Cream have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Wheels of Fire

12

  • John Tavener’s In alium for soprano, strings, piano, organ, electric organ, bells, gongs & tape premiered in London

13

  • Malcolm Williamson’s opera The Growing Castle premiered in Dynevor Castle, Carmarthen. Lib. Williamson after August Strindberg

17

  • The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown have the UK number one single for one week with Fire
  • The Rascals have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with People Got to Be Free
  • Simon And Garfunkel have the UK number one album for the first of seven weeks over two runs with Bookends

18

  • Arthur Marshall (86) dies in Kansas City, MO

22

  • Ernst Krenek’s Proprium Missae per a le festa de la nativitat de la mare de Deu (8 de setembre) [Proper Mass for the festival of the birthday of Saint Mary (8 September)] for chorus, instruments and organ premiered in Montserrat, Catalonia
  • Ringo Starr quits the Beatles but returns after twelve days

23

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Nomos for orchestra premiered in London

25

  • Stuart Murdoch born (Clarkston, Scotland) Scottish pop singer, songwriter, musician, writer. Founder member of Belle and Sebastian.

27

  • Eric Bobo aka Eric Correa born (Queens, NY) American hip hop drummer, percussionist. Member of Cypress Hill from 1993. Also worked with Sol Invicto and the Beastie Boys.

31

  • The Beach Boys have the UK number one single for one week with Do It Again
  • The first Isle of Wight Festival takes place with the Move, the Pretty Things, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and others

releases

  • William Bell & Judy Clay – Private Number / Love-eye-tis (Stax)
  • Big Brother & The Holding Company – Piece Of My Heart / Turtle Blues (Columbia)
  • James Brown – Say It Loud – I’m Black & I’m Proud parts 1 and 2 (King)
  • Deep Purple – Hush / One More Rainy Day (Parlophone UK)
  • Marvin Gaye – Chained / At Last (I Found a Love) (Tamla)
  • Impressions – Fool for You / I’m Loving Nothing (Curtom)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Wish It Would Rain / It’s Summer (Soul)
  • Marvelettes – Destination Anywhere / What’s Easy For Two Is Hard For One (Tamla)
  • Jeff Beck Group – Truth (Epic) 
  • Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (Columbia)
  • Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills – Super Session (Columbia)
  • Blue Cheer – OutsideInside (Philips)
  • Peter Brötzmann – Machine Gun (Brö Germany) 500 copies pressed
  • Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia)
  • Cream – Wheels of Fire (Polydor UK) Double album – one disc of live and one of studio recordings
  • Fleetwood Mac – Mr Wonderful (Blue Horizon UK)
  • Etta James – Tell Mama (Cadet)
  • Harry Nilsson – Aerial Ballet (RCA)
  • Ultimate Spinach – Behold & See (MGM)
  • Bobby Womack – Fly Me to the Moon (Minit)

John Tavener b.1944

Sep

1

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s collective composition work Musik für ein Haus [music for a house] for twekve composers and twelve musicians premiered in Darmstadt

3

  • Juan José Castro (73) dies in Buenos Aires

5

  • Brad Wilk born (Portland, OR) American rock drummer. Member of Rage Against the Machine from 1991 to 2000 and from 2007 and Audioslave from 2001 to 2007.

6

  • Karl Rankl (69) dies in St. Gilgen, Austria

7

  • The Doors have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks over two runs with Waiting for the Sun
  • The Doors play the first of two nights at the Roundhouse, London. The shows are filmed for the Granada TV special The Doors Are Open
  • Led Zeppelin play their first gig in Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Denmark, billed as “the Yard Birds”

10

  • Big Daddy Kane aka Antonio Hardy born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, record producer.

11

  • Tobias Koch born (Kempen, Germany) German classical pianist.

14

  • The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Hey Jude
  • While he’s on tour in the UK, Roy Orbison’s Nashville home burns down, killing his two eldest sons Roy DeWayne and Tony
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s Concerto no.4 for strings premiered in Stockholm
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet no.12 premiered in Moscow

15

  • Ken Russell’s biopic of Frederick Delius Song of Summer starring Christopher Gable and Max Adrian is premiered on BBC television
  • Friedrich Zehm’s Deutsche Messe mit Einheitsliedern [German Mass with songs of unity] for choir and orchestra in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • PocketDiscs, 4 inch vinyl flexidiscs playing at 33rpm, are launched in the US as a new portable format, but are withdrawn the following year

19

  • Red Foley (58) dies following a heart attack sustained after a performance in Fort Wayne, IN
  • William Wyler’s musical film Funny Girl opens starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif. Music by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill

20

  • Jean Barraqué’s Concerto for six instrumental groups and two solo instruments premiered in London
  • Pierre Boulez’s Domaines for clarinet premiered in Ulm

21

  • Trugoy the Dove aka David Jolicoeur born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, producer, songwriter. Founder member of De La Soul.

23

  • Horacio “Chango” Spasiuk born (Apóstoles, Argentina) Argentinian folk accordionist.

25

  • Will Smith born (Philadelphia) American actor, film producer, rapper. Worked with DJ Jazzy Jeff as the Fresh Prince from 1985 to 1994.
  • Van Morrison records the first of three sessions for the album Astral Weeks for Warner Brothers at Century Sound Studios in New York. Van Morrison (vo, g) Jay Berliner (g) Richard Davis (b) Larry Fallon (hpsc) Connie Kay (d) John Payne (ss, fl) Warren Smith, Jr. (perc, vib). The others take place on 1 & 15 Oct

26

  • Carol Reed’s musical film Oliver! opens starring Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Oliver Reed and Jack Wild. Music by Lionel Bart, Johnny Green, Eric Rogers and Onna White
  • Dusty Springfield begins recording the album Dusty in Memphis for Atlantic. Dusty Springfield, The Sweet Inspirations (vo) Reggie Young (g, sitar) Tommy Cogbill (g, b) Bobby Emmons (keys, perc) Bobby Wood (p) Gene Chrisman (d) Mike Leach (perc) Ed Kollis (hca). Produced and arranged by Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler

28

  • Sean Levert born (Cleveland, OH) American R&B singer, songwriter, actor. Member of LeVert and solo artist. Son of Eddie (b.1942) and brother of Gerald (1966-2006) Levert. Died 2008
  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for the first of nine weeks with Hey Jude
  • Mary Hopkin has the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Those Were The Days

29

  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s opera Ulisse premiered in Berlin, lib. Dallapiccola
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Piano Concerto no.2 premiered in Bielefeld
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s Symphony no.7 premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm

unk

  • John Cale leaves the Velvet Underground

releases

  • Byrds – I Am a Pilgrim / Pretty Boy Floyd (Columbia)
  • Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love / SWLABR (Polydor UK)
  • Fantastic Four – I Love You Madly / instrumental (Soul) Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1965. Wallace Childs, James Epps, Joseph Pruitt, Ralph Pruitt
  • Four Tops – I’m In A Different World / Remember When (Motown)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey / You Ain’t Livin’ Till You’re Lovin’ (Tamla)
  • Love – Your Mind And We Belong Together / Laughing Stock (Elektra)
  • Dusty Springfield – I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten / No Stranger Am I (Philips UK)
  • Who – Magic Bus / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Track)
  • Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man / I Stayed Long Enough (Epic)
  • David Ackles (Elektra)
  • Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions of New Jazz (Delmark)
  • James Brown – Live at the Apollo, Volume II (King) recorded live at the Apollo Theater, New York on 24 & 25 Jun 1967
  • Four Tops – Yesterday’s Dreams (Motown)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need (Tamla)
  • Godz – The Third Testament (ESP Disk)
  • HP Lovecraft II (Philips)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Crown of Creation (RCA Victor)
  • Magic Sam – West Side Soul (Delmark)
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Special Occasion (Tamla)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Life (Epic) 

Elvin Jones 1927-2004

Oct

2

  • Motown launches a $4 million breach of contract lawsuit against songwriters and producers Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier

4

  • Brian Dougans born (Glasgow) Scottish electronic musician, visual artist. Founder member of Future Sound of London.
  • Cream begin their farewell tour in Oakland, CA
  • L’Homme de la Mancha opens in Brussels, a French translation of Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion’s musical The Man of La Mancha by Jacques Brel who also stars in the production

7

  • Thom Yorke born (Wellingborough) English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of Radiohead, Atoms for Peace and solo artist.
  • Samuel Barber’s Mutations from Bach for brass ensemble premiered in New York

9

  • Francis Ford Coppola’s musical film Finian’s Rainbow opens starring Fred Astaire, Petula Clark and Tommy Steele. Music by Burton Lane
  • Al Haig’s third wife Bonnie is found dead at his home. He is later acquitted of murder, despite a history of serial domestic abuse.

10

  • Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia for orchestra premiered in New York

11

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Linoi for clarinet and piano premiered in London

12

  • Tauno Hannikainen (72) dies in Helsinki
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company have the Billboard number one album for the first of eight weeks over two runs with Cheap Thrills

13

  • Edric Connor (55) dies in London following a stroke

15

  • Franz Reizenstein (57) dies in London

17

  • David “Ziggy” Marley born (Trenchtown, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, guitarist. Son of Bob Marley (1945-81).

18

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Four Interludes for a Tragedy for basset clarinet and tape premiered in London

21

  • Iannis Xenakis’s ST/48 for 48 instruments premiered in Paris

22

  • Shaggy aka Orville Richard Burrell born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican-American dancehall singer, rapper

30

  • (& 31st) the MC5 play two shows at the Detroit Grande. Some of the material goes on to form the Kick Out the Jams LP. Rob Tyner (vo) Wayne Kramer, Fred Smith (g, vo) Michael Davis (b) Dennis Thompson (d)

31

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Pierre Henry’s L’Apocalypse de Jean [the apocalypse of John] for voice and electronics premiered in Paris

unk

  • Karel Ančerl emigrates to Canada after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
  • Founding member Chris Hillman quits the Byrds to co-found the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons. Roger McGuinn is now the sole remaining original Byrd

releases

  • Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – I’m The Urban Spaceman / Canyons Of Your Mind (Liberty UK)
  • Tim Buckley – Pleasant Street / Carnival Song (Elektra)
  • Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman / Fate Of Man (Capitol)
  • Judy Collins – Both Sides Now / Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Elektra)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower / Long Hot Summer Night (Track UK)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Crown Of Creation / Lather (RCA Victor)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Stir It Up / This Train (Trojan UK)
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes – Love Child / Will This Be The Day (Motown)
  • Johnnie Taylor – Who’s Making Love / I’m Trying (Stax)
  • Temptations – Cloud Nine / Why Did She Have To Leave Me (Gordy)
  • Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life / Angie Girl (Tamla)
  • Captain Beefheart – Strictly Personal (Blue Thumb)
  • Booker T & The MGs – Soul Limbo (Stax)
  • Solomon Burke – I Wish I Knew (Atlantic)
  • Caravan (Verve UK)
  • Chambers Brothers – A New Time, A New Day (Columbia)
  • Miles Davis – Miles In The Sky (Columbia)
  • The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark (A&M)
  • Lou Donaldson – Midnight Creeper (Blue Note)
  • Fugs – It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest (Reprise)
  • Marvin Gaye – In the Groove (Tamla)
  • Herbie Hancock – Speak Like A Child (Blue Note)
  • Françoise Hardy – Comment te dire adieu? (Vogue France)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (Track UK)
  • Andrew Hill – Grass Roots (Blue Note)
  • Jethro Tull – This Was… (Island UK) Rock group formed in London in 1967. Ian Anderson (vo, fl, hca, p) Mick Abrahams (vo, g) Clive Bunker (d) Glenn Cornick (b)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips – Silk ‘n’ Soul (Soul)
  • John Martyn – The Tumbler (Island UK)
  • Steve Miller Band – Sailor (Capitol) 
  • Nazz (SGC) Rock grouip formed in Philadelphia in 1967. Robert Antoni (vo, keys) Todd Rundgren (g) Carson Van Osten (b) Thom Mooney (d)
  • Rotary Connection – Aladdin (Cadet)
  • Traffic (Island UK)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex – Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages (Regal Zonophone UK)
  • Muddy Waters – Electric Mud (Cadet Concept)

Gladys Knight b.1944

Nov

6

  • Bob Rafelson’s film Head opens starring the Monkees

8

  • John and Cynthia Lennon are divorced
  • Kokomo Arnold (67) dies in Chicago following a heart attack

9

  • Nazzareno Carusi born (Celano, Abruzzo, Italy) Italian concert pianist.
  • Jan Johansson (37) dies in a car crash in Jönköping, Sweden
  • Joe Cocker has the UK number one single for one week with With A Little Help From My Friends
  • (& 10th) Neil Young records two shows in Ann Arbor, MI which are released as the Reprise album Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House in Dec 2008

11

  • Jeanne Demessieux (47) dies in Paris from an embolism

12

  • Sharon Shannon born (Ruan, Ireland) Irish folk accordionist, fiddler. Worked with the Waterboys and others and as a solo artist.

14

  • Hilton Jefferson (65) dies in New York

15

  • Ol’ Dirty Bastard aka Russell Jones born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper. Member of the Wu-Tang Clan and solo artist. Died 2004

16

  • Charles Münch (77) dies in Richmond, VA following a heart attack
  • Henry Cowell’s Carol for Orchestra premiered in Tulsa, OK
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Electric Ladyland
  • John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joseph Stein’s musical Zorba opens on Broadway (305 performances)
  • Hugo Montenegro has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  • Arvo Pärt’s Credo for piano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Tallinn

17

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Katyn Epitaph for orchestra premiered in New York

18

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Livre pour orchestre premiered in Hagen

19

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia Concertante for piano, clarinet and bassoon premiered in Rio de Janeiro

20

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Sotilasmessu [A Soldier's Mass] op.40 for wind ensemble premiered in Helsinki

21

  • Alex James born (Boscombe) English rock bass guitarist. Member of  Blur from 1989 to 2003.

22

  • Johnny Temple (62) dies in Jackson, MS of cancer

25

  • Erick Sermon born (Bay Shore, NY) American rapper, producer. Worked with Parrish Smith as EPMD.
  • Marcel Labey (93) dies in Nancy
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Treffpunkt [meeting point] for ensemble from Aus dem sieben Tagen premiered in London

26

  • Cream’s farewell concert takes place at the Royal Albert Hall, London

27

  • Hans Redlich (65) dies in Manchester

30

  • The Supremes have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Love Child

releases

  • Canned Heat – Going Up the Country / One Kind Favor (Liberty)
  • Clarence Carter – Too Weak to Fight / Let Me Comfort You (Atlantic)
  • Delfonics – Ready Or Not Here I Come / Somebody Loves You (Philly Groove)
  • Fairport Convention – Meet On The Ledge / Throw Away Street Puzzle (Island UK)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Albatross / Jigsaw Puzzle Blues (Blue Horizon UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – See Saw / My Song (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine / You’re What’s Happening (Tamla)
  • Impressions – This Is My Country / My Woman’s Love (Curtom)
  • Isley Brothers – Behind A Painted Smile / All Because I Love You (Tamla)
  • Love Sculpture – Sabre Dance / Think Of Love (Parlophone UK) Blues-rock band formed in Cardiff in 1966. Dave Edmunds, John Williams (g, vo) Bob Jones (d)
  • Move – Blackberry Way / Something (Regal-Zonophone UK)
  • Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No – I Got Life / Real, Real (RCA Victor)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People / Sing A Simple Song (Epic)
  • Mose Allison – I’ve Been Doin’ Some Thinkin’ (Atlantic)
  • The Beatles aka The White Album (Apple UK)
  • Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse (Liberty)
  • Canned Heat – Living the Blues (Liberty)
  • This Is Clarence Carter (Atlantic)
  • John & Alice Coltrane – Cosmic Music (Impulse!)
  • Groundhogs – Scratching the Surface (Liberty UK)
  • Tim Hardin 3: Live in Concert (Verve)
  • George Harrison – Wonderwall Music (Apple)
  • Impressions – This is My Country (Curtom)
  • Incredible String Band – Wee Tam and the Big Huge (Elektra UK)
  • Keith Jarrett – Restoration Ruin (Vortex)
  • The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (Pye UK)
  • John Mayall – Blues from Laurel Canyon (Decca UK)
  • Hank Mobley – Reach Out! (Blue Note)
  • Wes Montgomery – Road Song (A&M)
  • Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (Warner Bros)
  • Nice – Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Immediate UK)
  • Pearls Before Swine – Balaklava (ESP-Disk)
  • Terry Riley – In C (CBS) recorded by Terry Riley and the Center of Creative and Performing Arts (SUNY-Buffalo) on 27 & 28 Mar 1968
  • Archie Shepp – The Way Ahead (Impulse!)
  • Dusty Springfield – Dusty… Definitely (Philips UK)
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes – Love Child (Motown)
  • Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band – Together (Warners)
  • Neil Young (Reprise) Remixed and reissued in January 1969

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (Warner Brothers)

Dec

1

  • Nicolae Bretan (81) dies in Cluj, Romania
  • Pierre Boulez’s Livre pour cordes for strings premiered in London
  • Henry Cowell’s Overture for Large Orchestra premiered in Santa Rosa, CA
  • Janis Joplin plays her last show with Big Brother and the Holding Company at a Family Dog benefit in San Francisco
  • Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach & Hal David’s musical Promises, Promises opens on Broadway (1281 performances)

2

  • Max Brod (84) dies in Tel Aviv
  • Chad Chandler quits as manager of Jimi Hendrix

3

  • Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special airs on NBC television.

7

  • The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of eight weeks over two runs with The Beatles
  • William Walton’s Capriccio burlesco for orchestra premiered in New York

8

  • Pierre Boulez’s Livre pour cordes Ib for strings premiered in Brighton
  • Graham Nash quits the Hollies to work with David Crosby and Stephen Stills

9

  • Percy Greenbank (90) dies in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
  • Aram Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody for piano and orchestra premiered in Gorky
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung no.24 [Tuning] for six vocalists and six microphones premiered in Paris

14

  • Marvin Gaye has the Billboard number one single for the first of seven weeks with I Heard It Through the Grapevine

16

  • Ken Hughes’ musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes. Music by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Irwin Kostal

20

  • Pierre Boulez’s Domaines for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Brussels
  • Peter Tork announces his decision to quit the Monkees

21

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s children’s opera Help, Help, the Globolinks! premiered in Hamburg, lib. Menotti

26

  • Led Zeppelin play their first US show in Denver, CO, the first of a 29 date tour
  • D. A. Pennebaker’s concert film Monterey Pop opens filmed at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival

28

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks over two runs with The Beatles
  • (to 30th) The second Miami Pop Festival takes place at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, FL. Acts included the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Iron Butterfly, Grateful Dead, Marvin Gaye and Chuck Berry

31

  • George Lewis (68) dies in New Orleans
  • Morton Feldman’s False Relationships and the Extended Ending for trombone, three pianos, chimes, violin and cello premiered in Palermo

releases

  • Archie Bell & The Drells – There’s Gonna Be A Showdown / Go For What You Know (Atlantic)
  • William Bell – I Forgot To Be Your Lover / Bring The Curtain Down (Stax)
  • Pink Floyd – Point Me At The Sky / Careful With That Axe Eugene (EMI Columbia UK)
  • Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Livin’ On / Scarlet and Gold (International Artists)
  • Traffic – Medicated Goo / Shanghai Noodle Factory (Island UK)
  • Vanilla Fudge – Season of the Witch parts 1 and 2 (Atco)
  • Aphrodite’s Child – End of the World (Mercury Greece)
  • Joan Baez – Any Day Now (Vanguard) 
  • Jacques Brel – J’Arrive (Barclay)
  • Donald Byrd – Slow Drag (Blue Note)
  • Judy Collins – Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Elektra)
  • Deep Purple – The Book of Taliesyn (Tetragrammaton)
  • Dillards – Wheatstraw Suite (Elektra) 
  • The Electric Flag (Columbia)
  • The Moray Eels Eat the Holy Modal Rounders (Elektra)
  • Jackie McLean – ‘Bout Soul (Blue Note)
  • Monkees – Head OST (Colgems)
  • Lee Morgan – Caramba! (Blue Note)
  • Mothers of Invention – Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (Straight)
  • Outsiders – CQ (Polydor Netherlands)
  • David Peel & the Lower East Side – Have a Marijuana (Elektra)
  • Pentangle – Sweet Child (Transatlantic UK) One disc live at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 29 Jun 1968, the other in the studio
  • Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow (EMI Columbia UK)
  • Max Roach – Members, Don’t Git Weary (Atlantic)
  • Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (Decca UK)
  • The Soft Machine (Probe UK) Jazz-rock group formed in Canterbury in 1966. Robert Wyatt (d, vo) Mike Ratledge (org, p) Kevin Ayers (b, vo, p)
  • Spirit – The Family That Plays Together (Ode)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Gruppen / Carré (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Taj Mahal – The Natch’l Blues (Columbia)
  • James Taylor (Apple UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life (Tamla)

Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow (EMI Columbia)

date unknown

  • Dave Fridmann born (Buffalo NY) American record producer, bassist (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips).

releases

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Prozession (Candide France)

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