- Don Drummond murders his girlfriend, the singer and dancer Anita Mahfood, in his house in Kingston, Jamaica. He is institutionalized in Belle Vue hospital in Kingston
- Son House plays the Gaslight Café in New York, a show that is bootlegged
- Beth Gibbons born (Exeter, Devon) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Portishead and solo artist.
- Cait O’Riordan born (Lagos, Nigeria) Scots-Irish rock bass guitarist, singer. Member of the Pogues from 1982 to 1986.
- The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is sold to CBS for $13 million
- The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks with Beatles ’65
- Borys Lyatoshynsky’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Kiev
- Roger Sessions’s Divertimento for orchestra premiered in Honolulu
- Hobart Smith (67) dies in Saltville, VA of a heart embolism
- Rob Zombie aka Robert Cummings born (Haverhill, MA) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, film director, screenwriter, film producer. Member of White Zombie from 1985 to 1998.
- The first episode of NBC TV’s musical variety show Hullabaloo is broadcast with the New Christy Minstrels, Woody Allen, the Zombies and Gerry & the Pacemakers. It runs until 29 Aug 1966
- Roland Kirk records the album Rip, Rig And Panic for Limelight in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Roland Kirk (ts, manzello, stritch, siren, fl, ob) Jaki Byard (p) Richard Davis (b) Elvin Jones (d)
- Michael Tippett’s String Trio in Bb premiered in London
- Slick Rick aka Richard Walters born (London) Anglo-American rapper, record producer.
- Derek B aka Derek Boland born (London) English rapper. Died 2009
- Adam Jones born (Park Ridge, IL) American rock guitarist, visual artist. Member of Tool from 1990.
- (to 17th) Bob Dylan records the album Bringing It All Back Home for Columbia in New York. Bob Dylan (g, hca, keys, vo) John P. Hammond, Kenny Rankin, Al Gorgoni, Bruce Langhorne (g) Paul Griffin (p, keys) Frank Owens (p) John Sebastian, John Boone, Bill Lee, Joseph Macho (b) Bobby Gregg (d)
- The Wilde Flowers play their first gig in Whitstable, Kent. Kevin Ayers (vo), Brian Hopper (g, sax) Richard Sinclair (g) Hugh Hopper (b) Robert Wyatt (d)
- Joe Robichaux (64) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack
- The Rolling Stones record The Last Time and Play With Fire for Decca in Hollywood, CA
- Alan Freed (42) dies in Palm Springs, CA of uremia and cirrhosis
- The Byrds make their first recordings for Columbia in Los Angeles. Tracks cut are Mr Tambourine Man & I Knew I’d Want You. Only Roger McGuinn actually plays on the first session, the rest of the music being handled by session players (the Wrecking Crew)
- (to 22nd) Miles Davis records the album ESP over three days for Columbia in Los Angeles. Miles Davis (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d)
- The Miracles, with backing by the Funk Brothers, record Tracks of My Tears for Tamla in Detroit
- Robert Del Naja aka 3D born (Bristol) English singer, rapper, musician, songwriter, visual artist. Founder member of Massive Attack.
- Jason Mizell aka DJ Jam Master Jay born (New York, NY) American hip hop DJ, producer. Member of Run DMC from 1983 to 2002. Died 2002
- Steven Adler aka Michael Coletti born (Cleveland, OH) American rock drummer. Member of Guns ‘n’ Roses from 1985 to 1990.
- DJ Jazzy Jeff aka Jeffrey Townes born (Philadelphia, PA) American hip hop producer, turntablist. Worked with Will Smith aka the Fresh Prince (b.1968).
- Papa John Joseph (87) dies in New Orleans
- Petula Clark has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Downtown making her the first British female singer to have an American number one since Vera Lynn in 1952
- Steve Reich’s It’s Gonna Rain for tape; Music for Two or More Pianos or Piano and Tape & Livelihood for tape premiered in San Francisco
- Paul Simon appears on BBC radio on the show Five to Ten, playing 13 songs
- Arthur Schutt (62) dies in San Francisco
- Jack Hylton (72) dies in London following a heart attack
- The Moody Blues have the UK number one single for one week with Go Now
- Ofra Harnoy born (Hadera, Israel) Israeli-Canadian cellist.
- Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood / Club A-Gogo (EMI Columbia UK)
- Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come / Shake (RCA Victor)
- Drifters – At the Club / Answer the Phone (Atlantic)
- Four Tops – Ask The Lonely / Where Did You Go (Motown)
- Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual / To Wait for Love (Is to Waste Your Life Away) (Decca UK)
- Kinks – Tired Of Waiting For You / Come On Now (Pye UK)
- Otis Leavill – Let Her Love Me / When The Music Grooves (Blue Rock)
- Manfred Mann – Come Tomorrow / What Did I Do Wrong (HMV UK)
- Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is / Mr Pitiful (Volt)
- Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone / Marcus Garvey (Island UK). Ska band formed in Jamaica in 1964. Tommy McCook, Rolando Alphonso (ts) Lloyd Brevett (b) Lloyd Knibb (d) Lester Sterling (tp, as) Don Drummond (tb) Jah Jerry Haynes (g) Jackie Mittoo (keys) Johnny Moore (tp) Jackie Opel (vo)
- Sonics – Boss Hoss / The Hustler (Etiquette)
- Unit 4 + 2 – Concrete and Clay / When I Fall in Love (Decca UK). Pop group formed in Hertfordshire in 1963
- Jr Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun / Hot Cha (Soul)
- Who – I Can’t Explain / Bald Headed Woman (Brunswick UK)
- Zombies – Tell Her No / What More Can I Do (Decca UK)
- Dave Brubeck – Jazz Impressions Of New York (Columbia)
- Don Covay – Mercy! (Atlantic)
- Johnny Griffin & Matthew Gee – Soul Groove (Atlantic)
- Joe Henderson – In ‘n Out (Blue Note)
- Odetta Sings Dylan (RCA)
- The Rolling Stones No.2 (Decca UK)
- Archie Shepp – Four For Trane (Impulse!)
- Horace Silver – Song For My Father (Blue Note)
- James Brown records Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag for King in Charlotte, NC. James Brown (vo) Joe Dupars, Ron Tooley (tp) Levi Rasbury, Wilmer Milton (tb) Nat Jones (as, org) Maceo Parker (ts, bars) St. Clair Pinckney, Eldee Williams, Al “Brisco” Clark (ts) Jimmy Nolen (g) Sam Thomas or Bernard Odum (b) Melvin Parker (d)
- Ricard Lamote de Grignon (65) dies in Barcelona
- Donovan makes his first TV appearance on the ITV show Ready, Steady Go
- The Righteous Brothers have both the Billboard and UK number one single, each for the first of two weeks, with You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
- The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for the first of ten weeks over three runs with The Rolling Stones No.2
- Charles Ives’s A Set of Three Short Pieces for string quartet & Waltz-Rondo for piano premiered in Syracuse, NY
- Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox in London
- Warren Ellis born (Ballarat, Australia) Australian rock violinist, composer. Member of the Dirty Three, from 1992, the Bad Seeds from 1995 and Grinderman from 2006 to 2011.
- Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht (84) dies in Paris
- Nat Cole (48) dies in Santa Monica, CA of lung cancer
- Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten [the soldiers], lib. Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz, premiered in Cologne
- Dave Lombardo born (Havana) Cuban-American rock drummer. Member of Slayer from 1981 to 1986, from 1987 to 1992 and 2002 to 2013, Grip Inc from 1993 and Fantomas from 1998.
- Jerome Coopersmith, Marian Grudeff and Raymond Jessel’s musical Baker Street opens on Broadway (311 performances)
- Archie Shepp records the first of two sessions for the album Fire Music for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Ted Curson (tp) Joseph Orange (tb) Marion Brown (as) Archie Shepp (ts) Reggie Johnson (b) Joe Chambers (d). The second takes place on 9 Mar
- Tennessee Waltz is declared Tennessee’s official state song
- Dr Dre aka Andre Young born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper, producer, record executive, founder of Death Row records. Founder member of NWA and solo artist.
- Nat King Cole’s funeral takes place in Los Angeles
- The Kinks have the UK number one single for one week with Tired Of Waiting For You
- The Beatles begin filming their second movie Help! in the Bahamas
- Richard Rodney Bennett’s opera The Mines of Sulphur premiered in London. Lib. Beverley Cross
- Brian Baker born (Washington, DC) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of Minor Threat from 1980 to 1983, Government Issue from 1981 to 1982, Dag Nasty from 1985 to 1988 and Bad Religion from 1994.
- Giorgio Federico Ghedini (72) dies in Nervi, Italy
- Dave Boulter born (Nottingham) English rock keyboard player, songwriter. Member of Tindersticks from 1991.
- Frank Peter Zimmermann born (Duisburg) German concert violinist.
- The Walker Brothers move to London. Scott Walker (Engel) (b, vo) John Walker (Maus) (g, vo) Gary Walker (Leeds) (d, vo)
- Beach Boys – Do You Wanna Dance? / Please Let Me Wonder (Capitol)
- Solomon Burke – Got To Get You Off My Mind / Peepin’ (Atlantic)
- Cannibal & The Headhunters – Land Of 1000 Dances / I’ll Show You How To Love Me (Rampart). Rock group formed in Los Angeles in 1964
- Dixie Cups – Iko Iko / Gee Baby Gee (Red Bird)
- Marvin Gaye – I’ll Be Doggone / You’ve Been a Long Time Coming (Tamla)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Killing Floor / Louise (Chess)
- Impressions – People Get Ready / I’ve Been Trying (ABC-Paramount)
- Martha & The Vandellas – Nowhere to Run / Motoring (Gordy)
- Rolling Stones – The Last Time / Play With Fire (Decca UK)
- Supremes – Stop In The Name Of Love / I’m In Love Again (Motown)
- Jacques Brel – Olympia 64 (Barclay France) recorded live at l’Olympia, Paris on 16 & 17 Oct 1964
- Donald Byrd – I’m Tryin’ To Get Home (Blue Note)
- Hamilton Camp – Paths of Victory (Elektra)
- John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (Impulse!)
- Sam Cooke – Shake (RCA Victor)
- Dillards – Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ (Elektra)
- Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (Tamla)
- Grant Green – Idle Moments (Blue Note)
- Michael Hurley – First Songs (Folkways)
- Impressions – People Get Ready (ABC-Paramount)
- Thelonious Monk – Monk (Columbia)
- Oliver Nelson – More Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse!)
- The Rolling Stones, Now! (London) US release. Includes seven songs from Rolling Stones No.2 and five from various singles
- Tom Rush (Elektra)
- Mark Spoelstra – Five and Twenty Questions (Elektra)
- Staple Singers – Amen! (Epic)
- Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera Clitennestra premiered in Milan. Lib. Pizzetti
- Tamla-Motown Records is set up in the UK with distribution handled by EMI
- Ján Valašťan Dolinský (73) dies in Nitra, Slovakia
- Ernst Krenek’s From Three Make Seven op.171 for orchestra premiered in Berlin
- Maximillian Lenz aka Westbam born (Münster) German DJ, electronic musician, composer.
- Asadata Dafora (74) dies in New York
- The Temptations have the Billboard number one single for one week with My Girl
- Tadd Dameron (48) dies in New York of cancer
- Félicien David’s opera Le saphir, lib. M. Carré, T. Hadot and A. de Leuven,premiered in Paris
- The AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) is founded in Chicago by Muhal Richard Abrams, Jodie Christian, Steve McCall and Phil Cohran
- Archie Shepp records the second of two sessions for the album Fire Music for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Archie Shepp (ts) David Izenzon (b) J.C. Moses (d). Also 16 Feb
- Beatrice Harrison (72) dies in Smallfield, Surrey
- André Jolivet’s ballet Ariadne premiered in Paris
- The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Eight Days a Week
- Tom Jones has the UK number one single for one week with It’s Not Unusual
- Terry Riley’s Autumn Leaves for any instruments premiered in Santa Cruz, CA
- Sheila Chandra born (London) English pop, world and folk singer, composer, writer, actress. Member of Monsoon and solo artist.
- György Ligeti’s Requiem for female soloists, two choirs and orchestra premiered in Hamburg
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera Najdzielniejszy z rycerzy [The Most Valiant of Knights], lib. Penderecki after E. Szelburg-Zarembina, premiered in Poznan
- Vivian Fine’s Concertino for Piano and Percussion Ensemble premiered in New York
- Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman are fined £5 for urinating on the wall of a London petrol station. The toilets were out of order.
- Arthur Laurents, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim’s musical Do I Hear a Waltz? opens on Broadway (220 performances)
- Harrison Birtwistle’s Ring a Dumb Carillon for soprano, clarinet and percussion premiered in London
- The Rolling Stones have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with The Last Time
- The 10th Eurovision Song Contest held in Naples and won for Luxembourg by France Gall with the Serge Gainsbourg song Poupée de cire, poupée de son.
- The Motown package tour featuring Stevie Wonder, The Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas, The Supremes and The Temptations kicks off in London
- Harry Tierney (74) dies in New York
- Marti Pellow aka Mark McLachlan born (Clydebank) Scottish pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Wet Wet Wet and solo artist.
- Ernst Krenek’s ballet Sargasso premiered in New York
- Jack Beeson’s opera Lizzie Borden premiered in New York. Lib. Kenward Elmslie after Richard Plant
- Pierre Boulez’s Eclat for percussion and sextet premiered in Los Angeles
- Hans Werner Henze’s In memoriam: Die weiße Rose for flute, english horn, bass-clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, two violins, viola, cello and bass premiered in Bologna
- The Supremes have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Stop! In the Name of Love
- Steve Turner born (Houston, TX) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Green River, Mudhoney and solo artist.
- Bernard Georges born (Boston) American rock bassist, bicycle builder, cyclist. Member of Throwing Muses from 1992 and 50ft Wave from 2003.
- Zlatko Baloković (70) dies in Venice
- Tim Dorney born (Ascot, Berkshire) English rock and pop keyboard player, songwriter. Member of Flowered Up from 1990 to 1994 and Republica from 1994 to 2001 and from 2008.
- Animals – Bring It On Home To Me / For Miss Caulker (EMI Columbia UK)
- Beau Brummels – Just a Little / They’ll Make You Cry (Autumn)
- Donovan – Catch The Wind / Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do (Pye UK)
- Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues / She Belongs To Me (Columbia)
- France Gall – Poupée de cire, poupée de son / Le cœur qui jazze (Philips France)
- Impressions – Woman’s Got Soul / Get Up And Move (ABC-Paramount)
- Kinks – Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy / Who’ll Be the Next in Line (Pye UK)
- Miracles – Ooo Baby Baby / All That’s Good (Tamla)
- Pretty Things – Honey I Need / I Can Never Say (Fontana UK)
- Remains – Why Do I Cry? / My Babe (Epic). Rock group formed in Boston in 1964. Barry Tashian (g, vo) Bill Briggs (keys vo) Vern Miller (b, vo) Rudolph “Chip” Damiani (d)
- Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Wooly Bully / Ain’t Gonna Move (MGM). Rock band formed in Memphis in 1963, led by Sam Samudio
- Shangri-Las – Out in the Streets / The Boy (Red Bird)
- Willie Tee – Teasin’ You / Walkin’ Up a One Way Street (Atlantic)
- Temptations – It’s Growing / What Love Has Joined Together (Gordy)
- Them – Here Comes The Night / All For Myself (Decca UK)
- Yardbirds – For Your Love / Got To Hurry (EMI Columbia UK)
- The Beach Boys Today (Capitol)
- Booker T & The MGs – Soul Dressing (Stax)
- Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special (Columbia)
- Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine (Columbia) recorded on 12 Feb 1964 live at the Philharmonic Hall of the Lincoln Center, New York
- Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (Columbia)
- Kinda Kinks (Pye UK)
- Roland Kirk – I Talk With The Spirits (Limelight)
- John Koerner – Spider Blues (Elektra)
- Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band – Jug Band Music (Vanguard)
- Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore (Elektra)
- The Pretty Things (Fontana UK)
- Sam Rivers – Fuchsia Swing Song (Blue Note)
- The Max Roach Trio Featuring The Legendary Hasaan (Atlantic)
- Buffy Sainte-Marie – Many a Mile (Vanguard)
- Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack (Red Bird)
- Here Are The Sonics (Etiquette)
- The Temptations Sing Smokey (Gordy)
- Eric Von Schmidt – Eric Sings Von Schmidt (Prestige)
- Zombies – Begin Here (Decca UK)
- The Sound of Music OST (RCA)
- Robert Steadman born (London) English composer, teacher, writer, conductor.
- Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.6 premiered in Sydney
- Nazia Hassan born (Karachi) Pakistani pop singer, lawyer. Died 2000
- Sonny and Cher sign to Atco Records
- Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman’s music for Robert Stevenson’s film Mary Poppins wins the best original score Oscar at the 37th Academy Awards
- Black Francis aka Frank Black aka Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV born (Boston, MA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Pixies and solo artist.
- Antonio Bibalo’s opera Sorrisi ai piedi d’una scala [The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder], lib. Bibalo, premiered in Hamburg
- Eric Clapton quits the Yardbirds and joins John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck
- Hans Werner Henze’s opera Der junge Lord premiered in Berlin, lib. I. Bachmann
- Bruce Johnston joins the Beach Boys, initially as a touring member, replacing Glen Campbell
- André Jolivet’s cantata Cœur de la Matière [Heart of the Matter] premiered in Paris
- Unit Four Plus Two have the UK number one single for one week with Concrete And Clay
- Ernest Bloch’s Suite modale for flute and strings premiered in Kentfield, CA
- The annual New Musical Express poll winners’ concert takes place in London with performances by the Beatles, the Animals, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Searchers, Donovan, Them, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and the Moody Blues among others.
- Son House makes his first recordings since his rediscovery in Boston accompanied by Al Wilson
- The 7th Grammy Awards held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz win record of the year for The Girl from Ipanema and album of the year is awarded to João Gilberto and Stan Getz for Getz/Gilberto. Other winners include the Beatles, Samuel Barber, Henry Mancini, Louis Armstrong, Barbra Streisand and Petula Clark
- Bob Dylan has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks over two runs with The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
- Igor Stravinsky’s requiem mass Introitus (T.S. Eliot in memoriam) & Variations (Aldous Huxley in memoriam) for orchestra premiered in Chicago
- RCA Victor announce the development of the eight-track endless loop tape cartridge system designed for use in cars by a consortium that includes the Lear Jet Corporation, Ampex, the Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Motorola. The system was popular during the 1970s, but was effectively superseded by the more flexible and smaller cassette tape system
- Natalie Dessay born (Lyon) French soprano singer.
- Marion ‘Suge’ Knight born (Los Angeles) American record executive, artist manager. Co-founder of Death Row Records.
- Lilya Zilberstein born (Moscow) Russian concert pianist.
- Chou Wen-Chung’s Yü Ko for violin, wind and percussion premiered in New York
- Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Of Wood and Brass for tape
- Aaron Copland’s Two Mexican Pieces (Paisaje Mexicano and Danza de Jalisco) for chamber orchestra premiered in Washington, DC
- Lee Morgan records the album The Rumproller for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Lee Morgan (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Victor Sproles (b) Billy Higgins (d)
- The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Ticket To Ride
- Hilding Rosenberg’s Riflessioni no.1 for strings premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm
- Eric Avery born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock bassist, guitarist. Member of Jane’s Addiction from 1985 to 1991 and from 2008 to 2010.
- Aaron Avshalomov (70) dies in New York
- Charles Ives’s Symphony no.4 premiered in New York (complete work)
- Dimitri Shostakovich’s Five Fragments for orchestra op.42 premiered in Leningrad
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ Second Fantasia on Taverner’s In Nomine for orchestra premiered in London
- Love play their first gigs in Los Angeles as the Grass Roots
- Beach Boys – Help Me Rhonda / Kiss Me Baby (Capitol)
- Beatles – Ticket To Ride / Yes It Is (Parlophone UK)
- Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man / I Knew I’d Want You (Columbia)
- Jackie DeShannon – What The World Needs Now Is Love / I Remember The Boy (Imperial)
- Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself / Sad Souvenirs (Motown)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Tell Me What I’ve Done / Ooh Baby (Chess)
- O’Jays – Lipstick Traces / Think It Over Baby (Imperial). Vocal group formed in Canton, OH in 1958. Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell
- Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) / I’m Depending On You (Volt)
- Sonics – Shot Down / Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (Etiquette)
- Supremes – Back In My Arms Again / Whisper You Love Me Boy (Motown)
- Walker Brothers – Love Her / The Seventh Dawn (Philips UK)
- Introducing the Beau Brummels (Autumn)American pop band formed in San Francisco in 1964. Sal Valentino (vo) Ron Elliott (g, vo) Ron Meagher (g) Declan Mulligan (b) John Peterson (d)
- Graham Bond Organisation – The Sound Of 65 (EMI Columbia UK)
- Eric Dolphy – Last Date (Limelight) Dolphy’s last recorded live show taped on 2 Jun 1964 in Hilversum, Netherlands
- Marianne Faithfull (Decca UK)
- Richard & Mimi Farina – Celebrations for a Grey Day (Vanguard)
- Bert Jansch (Transatlantic UK)
- Kathy & Carol (Elektra) Kathleen Larisch and Carol McComb
- Jerry Lee Lewis – Live at the Star Club, Hamburg (Philips)
- Martha & The Vandellas – Dance Party (Gordy)
- Fred Neil – Bleecker & MacDougal (Elektra)
- The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (Volt)
- Stanley Turrentine – Hustlin’ (Blue Note)
- Spike Jones (53) dies in Los Angeles of emphysema
- John Cage’s Rozart Mix for magnetic tape premiered in Waltham, MA
- The Grateful Dead play their first show as the Warlocks in Menlo Park, CA
- Alvin Lucier’s Music for a Solo Performer for amplified brainwaves premiered in Waltham, MA
- Alan Price quits the Animals
- James Brown records I Got You (I Feel Good) for King in Miami. James Brown (vo) Joe Dupars, Ron Tooley, Levi Rasbury, Mike Ridley (tp) Nat Jones (as, org) Maceo Parker (as) St. Clair Pinckney, Eldee Williams, Al “Brisco” Clark (ts) Nat Jones (org) Jimmy Nolen, Alphonso Kellum (g) Bernard Odum (b) Melvin Parker (d)
- Olivier Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum [And I wait for the resurrection of the dead] for orchestra premiered in Paris
- Henry Cowell’s Concerto no.2 for Koto and Orchestra in the Form of a Symphony premiered in Hanover, NH
- The promo film for Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues is filmed outside the Savoy Hotel, London
- Bob Dylan plays the Royal Albert Hall, London
- Greg Dulli born (Hamilton, OH) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Afghan Whigs and the Twilight Singers.
- John Kander, Fred Ebb, George Abbott and Robert Russell’s musical Flora the Red Menace opens on Broadway (87 performances). It marks Liza Minnelli’s Broadway debut
- The Rolling Stones record (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction for Decca in Hollywood, CA. Mick Jagger (vo) Keith Richards (g, vo) Brian Jones (g) Charlie Watts (d) Bill Wyman (b) Jack Nitzsche (p, perc)
- Tasmin Little born (London) English concert violinist.
- Joe Sanders (68) dies in Kansas City, MO
- Jacqueline du Pré makes her US debut at the Carnegie Hall, New York
- Krist Novoselic born (Compton, CA) American rock bass guitarist, activist. Member of Nirvana from 1987 to 1994, Sweet 75 from 1995 to 2000, Eyes Adrift from 2002 to 2003 and Flipper from 2006 to 2008.
- William Walton’s The Twelve for choir and organ premiered in Oxford
- Michael Trent Reznor born (Mercer, PA) American rock singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, film composer. Founder member of Nine Inch Nails.
- Dave Davies of the Kinks needs 16 stitches in a head wound after being assaulted on stage in Cardiff with a cymbal by drummer Mick Avory. He refuses to press charges but the tour is cancelled
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Shepherd’s Calendar for choir and orchestra premiered in Sydney
- Erik Bergman’s Circulus op.58 for orchestra premiered in Helsinki
- The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for one week with Ticket to Ride
- Pink Floyd play their first gig at Homerton College, Cambridge. Syd Barrett (g, vo) Nick Mason (d) Richard Wright (keys, vo) Roger Waters (b, vo)
- Malcolm Williamson’s opera The Happy Prince premiered in Farnham, Surrey. Lib. Williamson after Oscar Wilde
- Denzil Best (48) dies from injuries received in a fall on a staircase at a New York Subway station
- The Beach Boys have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Help Me, Rhonda
- Bob Dylan has the UK number one album for one week with Bringing It All Back Home
- Booker T & The MGs – Boot-Leg / Outrage (Stax)
- Vashti Bunyan – Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind / I Want to Be Alone (Decca UK)
- Hollies – I’m Alive / You Know He Did (Parlophone UK)
- Impressions – Meeting Over Yonder / I’ve Found That I’ve Lost (ABC-Paramount)
- Gloria Jones – Tainted Love / My Bad Boy Is Coming Home (Champion)
- Kinks – Set Me Free / I Need You (Pye UK)
- Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour / I’m Not Tired (Atlantic)
- Shangri-Las – Give Us Your Blessings / Heaven Only Knows (Red Bird)
- Sandie Shaw – Long Live Love / I’ve Heard About Him (Pye UK)
- Dusty Springfield – In the Middle of Nowhere / Baby Don’t You Know (Philips UK)
- Who – Anyway Anyhow Anywhere / Daddy Rolling Stone (Brunswick UK)
- Yardbirds – Heart Full Of Soul / Steeled Blues (EMI Columbia UK)
- Eric Andersen – Today Is the Highway (Vanguard)
- Animals – Animal Tracks (EMI Columbia UK)
- Albert Ayler – Spiritual Unity (ESP-Disk)
- Andrew Hill – Point Of Departure (Blue Note)
- Ian & Sylvia – Early Morning Rain (Vanguard)
- The Paul Simon Songbook (CBS UK) UK only release recorded in London
- Todd Rhodes (64) dies in Detroit
- Sandrine Piau born (Issy-les-Moulineaux, France) French soprano singer.
- The soundtrack to the film The Sound Of Music is the UK number one album for the first of 70 weeks over twelve runs between June 1965 and November 1968
- Erik Chisholm (61) dies in Cape Town following a heart attack
- Carl Kress (57) dies in Reno, NV following a heart attack
- Joey Santiago born (Manila) American rock guitarist. Founder member of the Pixies.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mikrophonie II for choir, Hammond organ and four ring modulators premiered in Cologne
- The Beatles are each awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
- The Supremes have the Billboard number one single for a week with Back in My Arms Again, the group’s fifth successive number one
- Lukas Ligeti born (Vienna) Austrian composer, percussionist, teacher. Son of György Ligeti (1923–2006).
- Paul McCartney records Yesterday alone with just an acoustic guitar for Parlophone in London. It is credited to the Beatles even though none of the others appear on the track
- Bob Dylan records the first session for the Highway 61 Revisited album for Columbia in New York. The others take place on 16 Jun, 29 and 30 Jul and 2 & 4 Aug 1965
- After working on the above Bob Dylan session, producer Tom Wilson remixes Simon and Garfunkel’s song Sound of Silence, adding a rock backing.
- Bob Dylan records the second sessionfor the Highway 61 Revisited album for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Like a Rolling Stone
- Arabian Prince aka Mik Lezan born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper, producer. Member of NWA from 1986 to 1988.
- Harrison Birtwistle’s Carmen Paschale for choir and organ premiered in Aldeburgh
- Benjamin Britten’s Gemini Variations for flute, violin and piano premiered in Aldeburgh
- The Four Tops have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks over two runs with I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
- Ira Louvin (41) dies in Williamsburg, MO when his car is involved in a head on collision with a drunk driver. His wife Anne is also killed
- Witold Lutoslawski’s Paroles tissées [Woven words] for tenor and chamber orchestra premiered in Aldeburgh
- Aribert Reimann’s opera Ein Traumspiel [A Dream Play], lib. August Strindberg, premiered in Kiel, Germany
- Richard Norris born (London) English electronic musician, keyboard player, record producer, composer. Member of the Grid from 1988 to 1996 and from 2003.
- Sonny Boy Williamson II (57) dies in Helena, AR following a heart attack
- Benjamin Britten’s song suite Songs and Proverbs of William Blake premiered in Aldeburgh
- John Lennon’s book A Spaniard in the Works published by Simon & Schuster in London
- A riot takes place at the Rolling Stones’ first Norwegian concert in Oslo
- The Byrds have the Billboard number one single for one week with Mr. Tambourine Man
- The Hollies have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks over two runs with I’m Alive
- Benjamin Britten’s Suite no.1 for cello premiered in Aldeburgh
- Dick Clark’s weekday afternoon music show Where the Action Is premieres on ABC television. It runs until Mar 1967
- Red Nichols (60) dies in Las Vegas following a heart attack
- John Coltrane records the album Ascension for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Freddie Hubbard, Dewey Johnson (tp) Marion Brown, John Tchicai (as) John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Art Davis, Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d)
- Joseph Ryelandt (95) dies in Bruges
- The Charlatans play their first show at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, NV
- Roy Orbison leaves Monument Records for MGM
- Byrds – All I Really Want To Do / I Feel A Whole Lot Better (Columbia)
- Contours – First I Look At The Purse / Searching For A Girl (Gordy)
- Lee Dorsey – Ride Your Pony / The Kitty Cat Song (Amy)
- Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm / On the Road Again (CBS UK) UK release
- Barbara Lewis – Baby, I’m Yours / I Say Love (Atlantic)
- Miracles – The Tracks Of My Tears / A Fork In The Road (Tamla)
- Nina Simone – I Put a Spell on You / Gimme Some (Philips)
- Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe / It’s Gonna Rain (Atco)
- Spinners – I’ll Always Love You / Tomorrow May Never Come (Motown) Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1954 as the Domingoes. 1965 line-up: Bobby Smith, George Dixon, Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough & Pervis Jackson
- Strangeloves – I Want Candy / It’s About My Baby (Bang). Studio created group of New York session musicians passing themselves off as Australian
- Cannonball Adderley – Domination (Capitol)
- The Beatles VI (Capitol) US release. Includes six tracks from Beatles for Sale, two from the UK version of Help!, one B side and two songs especially recorded for this American release
- Sandy Bull – Inventions (Vanguard)
- Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man (Columbia)
- Spencer Davis Group – Their First LP (Fontana UK). Rock group formed in Birmingham in 1963. Spencer Davis (g, vo, hca) Steve Winwood (vo, g, org) Muff Winwood (b) Pete York (d)
- Bill Evans Trio – Trio ’65 (Verve)
- Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do (Blue Note)
- Thelonious Monk – Solo Monk (Columbia)
- Wayne Shorter – Juju (Blue Note)
- Nina Simone – I Put a Spell on You (Philips)
- Patrick Sky (Vanguard)
- Them (Decca UK)
- Claude Thornhill (55) dies in New York following a heart attack
- (to 4th) The 1965 Newport Jazz Festival takes place with Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, Les McCann, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Mann, Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz
- Charles Kennedy Scott (88) dies in London
- Maria Callas makes her final stage appearance in an opera in a performance of Tosca in Covent Garden, London
- Ernst Krenek’s Fibonacci Mobile op.187 for string quartet and piano four hands premiered in Hanover, NH
- Willie Dennis (39) dies in New York in a car crash
- Frank Bello born (New York) American rock bass guitarist. Member of Anthrax from 1984 to 2004 and from 2005 and Helmet form 2004 to 2005.
- (& 10th) Otis Redding records the album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul for Stax in Memphis, TN. Otis Redding (vo) Steve Cropper (g) Wayne Jackson, Gene Miller (tp) Andrew Love (ts) Fred Newman (bars) Isaac hayes (keys) Donald Dunn (b) Al Jackson, Jr. (d)
- The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Beatles VI
- The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Spencer Williams (75) dies in Flushing, NY
- Benjamin Frankel’s String Quartet no.5 premiered in Cheltenham
- Loretta Lynn becomes a grandmother at the age of 33
- Henry Jolles (62) dies in São Paulo
- Ted Snyder (83) dies in Los Angeles
- Vesselina Kasarova born (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) Bulgarian mezzo-soprano singer.
- Alan Rawsthorne’s String Quartet No. 3 premiered in Harlow
- Evelyn Glennie born (Aberdeen) Scottish percussionist.
- (to 25th) The 1965 Newport Folk Festival takes place with Joan Baez, Rev. Gary Davis, Son House, Josh White, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan, Jean Ritchie, the Paul Butterfield Band, Mimi & Richard Farina and others.
- Slash aka Saul Hudson born (London) Anglo-American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer. Member of Guns ‘n’ Roses from 1985 to 1996 and Velvet Revolver from 1996.
- John Cage’s Variations V: 37 remarks re an audiovisual performance premiered in New York
- The Byrds have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Mr Tambourine Man
- Bob Dylan plays at the Newport Folk Festival and is booed for playing an electric set
- David Diamond’s Nonet for strings premiered in New York
- Nick Banks born (Rotherham) English rock drummer, potter. Member of Pulp from 1986 to 2002.
- Dalfeayo Marsalis born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trombonist, record producer. Son of Ellis Marsalis (b.1934), brother of Branford (b.1960), Wynton (b.1961) and Jason (b.1977) Marsalis.
- Daniela Mercury aka Daniela Mercuri de Almeida born (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) Brazilian pop singer, songwriter, record producer.
- Richard Lester’s film Help! opens, starring and soundtracked by the Beatles
- Duke Ellington’s suite The Golden Broom and the Green Apple premiered in New York
- Joan Hammond sings for the final time in public at the funeral of Lady Gowrie in Windsor, Berkshire
- Julian Knowles born (Sydney) Australian composer, electronic musician, sound artist
- The Doors are formed after a meeting between Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison in Venice Beach, Los Angeles
- The first Velvet Underground demo tape is recorded in Ludlow Street, New York
- Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place / I Can’t Believe It (EMI Columbia UK)
- Beach Boys – California Girls / Let Him Run Wild (Capitol)
- Beatles – Help / I’m Down (Parlophone UK)
- James Brown – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag parts 1 and 2 (King)
- Castaways – Liar, Liar / Sam (Soma). Garage band from Minnesota. Robert Folschow (g, vo) Dick Roby (g) James Donna (keys) Roy Hensley (b) Dennis Craswell (d)
- Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone / Gates Of Eden (Columbia)
- Four Tops – It’s The Same Old Song / Your Love Is Amazing (Motown)
- Kinks – See My Friends / Never Met A Girl Like You Before (Pye UK)
- Leaves – Too Many People / Love Minus Zero (Mira). Garage band formed in Los Angeles in 1963. John Beck (vo) Bill Rinehart, Tom Ray (g) Jim Pons (b) Robert Lee Reiner (d)
- Martha & the Vandellas – You’ve Been In Love Too Long / Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) (Gordy)
- Marvelettes – Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead / Your Cheating Ways (Tamla)
- McCoys – Hang On Sloopy / I Can’t Explain It (Bang)
- Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody / Hung on You (Philles)
- Rumors – Hold Me Now / Without Her (Gemcor). Garage band formed in California
- Temptations – Since I Lost My Baby / You’ve Got To Earn It (Gordy)
- Beach Boys – Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) (Capitol)
- Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Free For All (Blue Note)
- Kenny Dorham – Trompeta Toccata (Blue Note)
- Joe Henderson – Inner Urge (Blue Note)
- BB King – Live At The Regal (ABC) recorded live at the Regal Theater, Chicago on 21 Nov 1964
- Jackie McLean – It’s Time! (Blue Note)
- Hank Mobley – The Turnaround! (Blue Note)
- Jr Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun (Soul)
- Tony Williams – Lifetime (Blue Note)
- Alasdair Macaulay born (Nottingham) English rock drummer. Member of Tindersticks from 1991 to 2006.
- Hugh Wood’s Scenes from Comus for solo singers, chorus and orchestra premiered in London
- Richard Tognetti born (Canberra) Australian composer, conductor, violinist.
- Yuki Kajiura born (Tokyo) Japanese film and video game composer, producer, keyboard player.
- Jan Berry breaks a leg and is one of seventeen people injured when a train hits a camera car during the filming of a Jan & Dean movie. As a result the film, Easy Come Easy Go, is never made
- Ravi Coltrane born (Long Island, NY) American jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader, record producer. Son of John (1926-67) and Alice (1937-2007) Coltrane
- The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Help!
- Henry Cowell’s Trio in Nine Short Movements for violin, cello and piano premiered in Woodstock, NY
- Toumani Diabate born (Bamako, Mali) Malian kora player. Brother of Madou Diabaté (b.1982).
- Freddie Slack (55) found dead ‘of inconclusive causes’ in his Los Angeles apartment
- Jefferson Airplane play their first concert at the Matrix club, San Francisco
- The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of nine weeks with Help!
- Sonny & Cher have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with I Got You Babe
- The Beatles play Shea Stadium in front of more than 55,000 fans, then a record attendance. The concert grosses $304K
- KRS-One aka Lawrence Parker born (New York, NY) American rapper, producer, activist.
- Harrison Birtwistle’s Tragoedia for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp and string quartet premiered in Wardour Castle, Wilts
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ Ecce manus tradentis for solo singers, choir and chamber orchestra premiered in Wardour Castle, Wilts
- John Densmore joins the Doors
- The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one album for the first week of three with Out of Our Heads
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Capriccio for oboe and eleven strings premiered in Lucerne, Switzerland
- Shania Twain aka Eilleen Edwards born (Windsor, Ontario) Canadian pop and country singer, songwriter, television presenter
- Bob Dylan plays his first show with the Band (then the Hawks) in Forest Hills, NY
- Sonny And Cher have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with I Got You Babe
- Frances Ruffelle born (London) English musical theatre actress, singer.
- The Beatles play the Hollywood Bowl
- Country Joe and the Fish formed in Berkeley, CA by former members of the Instant Action Jug Band. The two core members being Country Joe McDonald and Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton
- Solomon Burke – Someone Is Watching / Dance, Dance, Dance (Atlantic)
- Don Drummond – Man In The Street / You Are My One Love (Island UK)
- Hollies – Look Through Any Window / So Lonely (Parlophone UK)
- Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic? / On The Road Again (Kama Sutra). Folk-rock group formed in New York in 1964. John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky (vo, g) Steve Boone (b) Joe Butler (d, vo)
- Barry McGuire – Eve Of Destruction / What Exactly’s The Matter With Me (Dunhill)
- Prince Buster – Al Capone / One Step Beyond (Blue Beat UK)
- Otis Redding – Respect / Ole Man Trouble (Volt)
- Rolling Stones – Satisfaction / The Spider And The Fly (Decca UK)
- Small Faces – Whatcha Gonna Do About It / What’s The Matter Baby (Decca UK). Rock group formed in London in 1965. Steve Marriott (g, vo) Ronnie Lane (b) Kenney Jones (d) Jimmy Winston (keys). Ian McLagan replaced Winston after this single.
- Sonics – Cinderella / Louie Louie (Etiquette)
- Walker Brothers – Make It Easy On Yourself / But I Do (Philips UK)
- Beatles – Help (Parlophone UK)
- Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers – Soul Finger (Limelight)
- Miles Davis – E.S.P. (Columbia)
- Karl-Birger Blomdahl’s opera Herr von Hancken premiered in Stockholm. Lib. Erik Lindegren
- The Doors record their first demos in Los Angeles as a trio (Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore). The songs recorded are Moonlight Drive; Hello I Love You; Summer’s Almost Gone; My Eyes Have Seen You; End of The Night & Go Insane (A Little Game)
- Kurtis Mantronik aka Kurtis el Khaleel born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican-American DJ, producer, electronic musician. Founder member of Mantronix.
- The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Help!
- Sylvano Bussotti’s opera La Passion selon Sade [The Passion according to Sade], lib. Bussotti, premiered in Palermo
- Terry Bickers born (London) English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the House of Love from 1986 to 1989 and from 2005 and Levitation from 1989 to 1994.
- Angela Gheorghiu born (Bucharest) Romanian soprano singer.
- (to 10th) Auditions take place to cast the Monkees television show and group
- Julián Carrillo (89) dies in Mexico City
- Einar Englund’s ballet Sinuhe premiered in Helsinki
- Ernst Krenek’s song cycle Wechselrahmen [Caddies] op.189 for voice and piano premiered in Düsseldorf
- The Byrds record Turn, Turn, Turn for Columbia in Los Angeles
- Moby aka Richard Hall born (New York) American electronic and rock singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter.
- The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks with Help!
- The Rolling Stones have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Zak Starkey born (London) English rock drummer, session player. Worked with the Who, Oasis and others. Son of Ringo Starr (b.1940).
- Steve Brown (75) dies in Detroit
- Virgil Thomson’s Ode to the Wonder of Nature for brass and percussion premiered in Washington, DC
- Guy Picciotto born (Washington, DC) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Rites of Spring and Fugazi.
- Goldie aka Clifford Price born (Walsall) English drum ‘n’ bass DJ, producer, composer.
- Mike Fellows born (Washington, DC) American rock bass guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, session player. Founder member of Rites of Spring and worked with Silver Jews, Will Oldham, Royal Trux and others.
- Henry Cowell’s Ultima actio for choir premiered in New York
- Janet Weiss born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock drummer. Member of Sleater-Kinney from 1994 to 2006, Quasi from 1993 and Wild Flag from 2010.
- Barry McGuire has the Billboard number one single for one week with Eve of Destruction
- The Walker Brothers have the UK number one single for one week with Make It Easy On Yourself
- Isang Yun’s opera Der Traum des Liu-Tung [the dream of Liu-Tung] premiered in Berlin, lib. H. Rudelsberger
- Zygmunt Krauze’s String Quartet No. 1 premiered in Warsaw
- Harry Reser (69) dies following a heart attack in New York just before playing in the orchestra for the musical Fiddler on the Roof
- Peter Sculthorpe’s Sun Music I for orchestra premiered in London
- Barbarians – Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl / Take It Or Leave It (Laurie). Garage band formed in Cape Cod, MA in 1964
- Len Barry – 1-2-3 / Bullseye (Decca)
- Fontella Bass – Rescue Me / Soul Of The Man (Checker)
- Beatles – Yesterday / Act Naturally (Capitol) US release
- Bob Dylan – Positively Fourth Street / From A Buick 6 (Columbia)
- Marvin Gaye – Ain’t That Peculiar / She’s Got To Be Real (Tamla)
- Hedgehoppers Anonymous – It’s Good News Week / Afraid Of Love (Decca UK). Pop group formed in Peterborough in 1963. Four were serving RAF members. Mick Tinsley (vo) John Stewart, Alan Laud (g) Ray Honeybull (b) Leslie Dash (d)
- Barbara Lewis – Make Me Your Baby / Love To Be Loved (Atlantic)
- Paul Revere & the Raiders – Steppin’ Out / Blue Fox (Columbia). Rock band formed in Boise, IO in 1958. 1965 line-up: Paul Revere (vo, org) Mark Lindsay (vo, ts) Kid Levin (g) Phil Volk (b) Mike Smith (d)
- Toys – A Lover’s Concerto / The Night (Dynovoice). Vocal group formed in New York in 1961. Barbara Harris, Barbara Parritt, June Montiero
- Kim Weston – Take Me In Your Arms / Don’t Compare Me With Her (Gordy)
- Yardbirds – Evil Hearted You / Still I’m Sad (EMI Columbia UK)
- My Name Is Albert Ayler (Debut)
- James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (King)
- Judy Collins – Fifth Album (Elektra)
- This Is Jackie DeShannon (Imperial)
- Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia)
- Dexter Gordon – One Flight Up (Blue Note)
- Bobby Hutcherson – Dialogue (Blue Note)
- Impressions – One by One (ABC)
- Elvin Jones – And Then Again (Atlantic)
- O’Jays – Comin’ Through (Imperial)
- Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (Volt)
- Rolling Stones – Out of Our Heads (Decca UK)
- Sonny Rollins – On Impulse! (Impulse!)
- Archie Shepp – Fire Music (Impulse!)
- Staple Singers – Freedom Highway (Epic)
- McCoy Tyner – Plays Ellington (Impulse!)
- Bob Dylan plays a show with Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm (later known as the Band) at the Carnegie Hall, New York
- Horace Silver records the first session of two for the album The Cape Verdean Blues for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Woody Shaw (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) Horace Silver (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Roger Humphries (d)
- Ernst Krenek’s song cycle Quintana über die fünf Vokale [Quintana over the five vowels] for solo voice, chamber ensemble and tape premiered in Copenhagen
- C. J. Ramone aka Christopher Joseph Ward born (Queens, NY) American rock drummer. Member of the Ramones from 1989 to 1996.
- Witold Lutoslawski’s Three Postludes for orchestra premiered in Krakow, Poland
- The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Yesterday
- Alexander Hacke born (Berlin) German rock guitarist, bassist, composer, electronic musician. Member of Einstürzende Neubauten from 1980 and solo artist.
- The Beatles begin recording the album Rubber Soul for Parlophone at Abbey Road studios, London. The album is completed on 11 Nov
- Pink Floyd play their first London gig at the Countdown Club
- The Who record My Generation for Brunswick in London
- Constantine Koukias born (Hobart, Tasmania) Australian composer, flautist.
- The Great Society play their first gig at the Coffee Gallery, San Francisco
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Momente no.13 for soprano, four choirs and thirteen instrumentalists premiered in Donaueschingen
- The first Bay Area ‘happening’ is held at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco promoted by the Family Dog and featuring the Jefferson Airplane, the Charlatans and the Great Society
- Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner’s musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever opens on Broadway (280 performances)
- Frank Hutchens (73) dies in Mona Vale, NSW from injuries sustained in a motor car accident
- Henry Cowell’s Symphony no.19 premiered in Nashville, TN
- Bill Black (39) dies in Memphis, TN of a brain tumour
- Horace Silver records the second session of two for the album The Cape Verdean Blues for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Woody Shaw (tp) Joe Henderson (ts) J.J. Johnson (tb) Horace Silver (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Roger Humphries (d)
- Benjamin Britten’s Voices for Today for choir and organ premiered simultaneously in London, New York and Paris
- Hans Knappertsbusch (77) dies in Munich
- Aaron Kwok born (Hong Kong) Chinese pop singer, actor.
- Peter La Farge (34) dies in New York of an overdose of sleeping pills
- Henryk Górecki’s Refrain op.21 for orchestra premiered in Geneva
- Earl Bostic (52) dies in Rochester, NY following a heart attack
- Peter Timmins born (Montreal) Canadian rock drummer. Member of the Cowboy Junkies since 1985. Brother of Margo (b.1961) and Michael (b.1959) Timmins.
- Jack Bruce replaces John McVie as bass guitarist for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
- Jack Casady joins Jefferson Airplane as bass guitarist, replacing Bob Harvey
- Animals – It’s My Life / I’m Going to Change the World (EMI Columbia UK)
- Byrds – Turn Turn Turn / She Don’t Care About Time (Columbia)
- Four Seasons – Let’s Hang On! / On Broadway Tonight (Philips)
- Howlin’ Wolf – I Walked From Dallas / Don’t Laugh at Me (Chess)
- Manfred Mann – If You Gotta Go, Go Now / Stay Around (HMV UK)
- Rolling Stones – Get Off Of My Cloud / The Singer Not The Song (Decca UK)
- Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine / I’ll Tell Myself (GNP). Rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Sky Saxon (vo, b) Daryl Hooper (keys) Jan Savage (g) Rick Aldridge (d)
- Seekers – The Carnival Is Over / We Shall Not Be Moved (EMI Columbia UK)
- Shangri-Las – I Can Never Go Home Anymore / Bull Dog (Red Bird)
- Shangri-Las – Right Now and Not Later / The Train From Kansas City (Red Bird)
- Statler Brothers – Flowers On The Wall / Billy Christian (Columbia). Country vocal group formed in Staunton, VA in 1955. Don Reid, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune
- Supremes – I Hear A Symphony / Who Could Ever Doubt My Love (Motown)
- Temptations – My Baby / Don’t Look Back (Gordy)
- Wailers – Out of Our Tree / I Got Me (Etiquette)
- Albert Ayler – Bells (ESP-Disk) One sided album recorded live at Town Hall, NY on 1 May 1965
- Joan Baez – Farewell Angelina (Vanguard)
- Kenny Burrell – Guitar Forms (Verve)
- Donovan – Fairytale (Pye UK)
- John Fahey Vol 3: The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites (Takoma)
- Grant Green – Talkin’ About! (Blue Note)
- Françoise Hardy – L’amitié (Vogue France)
- Roland Kirk – Rip, Rig And Panic (Limelight)
- Wes Montgomery – Bumpin’ (Verve)
- Tom Paxton – Ain’t That News (Elektra)
- Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour (Atlantic)
- Nina Simone – Pastel Blues (Philips)
- Frank Sinatra – September of My Years (Reprise) Orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins
- Dusty Springfield – Ev’rything’s Coming Up Dusty (Philips)
- Stanley Turrentine – Joyride (Blue Note)
- Herbert Windt (71) dies in Oberhaching, Germany
- Ned Rorem’s opera Miss Julie premiered In New York. Lib. Kenward Elmslie after August Strindberg
- Paris Grey aka Shanna Jackson born (Glencoe, IL) American R&B and dance singer. Founder member of Inner City.
- Edgard Varèse (81) dies in New York after intestinal surgery
- Thérèse Wartel (51) dies in Paris
- Clarence Williams (67) dies in New York
- Bill Graham promotes his first concert in San Francisco, a benefit for a mime troupe. The Fugs, Jefferson Airplane and the Warlocks [Grateful Dead] play
- The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one single for the first week of two & the UK number one single for the first week of three with Get Off of My Cloud
- Pauline Oliveros’ George Washington Slept Here Too for amplified violin, film and tape & Light Piece for David Tudor for amplified piano and tape premiered in San Francisco
- Charles Wuorinen’s Chamber Concerto for Oboe and Ten Players
- Bryn Terfel born (Pant Glas, Gwynedd) Welsh bass-baritone singer.
- Wilson Pickett plays his first UK show at the Scotch of St James, London
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mixtur no.16 for orchestra, four sine-wave generators and four ring modulators premiered in Hamburg
- John Tavener’s Three Sections from T.S. Eliot’s “The Four Quartets” for tenor and piano premiered in London
- Vic Chesnutt born (Jacksonville, FL) American rock and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2010
- Andrzej Panufnik’s Landscape for strings premiered in Twickenham, London
- Stuart A. Staples born (Nottingham) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Tindersticks from 1991 and solo artist.
- The Rolling Stones make their US TV debut on NBC’s Hullabaloo performing Get Off of My Cloud
- Lou Black (64) dies in Rock Island, IL following a heart attack sustained in hospital where he was recovering from injuries received in a car accident
- David Diamond’s String Quartet no.8 premiered in Kansas City, KS
- Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom born (Rugby) English rock singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer. Founder member of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum.
- Jason Pierce born (Rugby) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized.
- Mike Diamond born (New York, NY) American rapper, songwriter, drummer. Founder member of the Beastie Boys.
- Sen Dog aka Senen Reyes born (Pinar del Río, Cuba) Cuban-American rapper. Founder member of Cypress Hill.
- The Supremes have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with I Hear a Symphony
- Björk Guðmundsdóttir born (Reykjavik) Icelandic singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress. Member of Tappi Tíkarrass from 1981 to 1983, KUKL from 1983 to 1986, the Sugarcubes from 1986 to 1992 and solo artist.
- Bob Dylan marries Sara Lowndes and moves to Woodstock, NY
- Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion and Dale Wasserman’s musical Man of La Mancha opens off Broadway. It moves to Broadway in March 1968 and runs for a total of 2,329 perforamnces
- Elvin Jones makes his final studio recordings with John Coltrane, leaving because he didn’t enjoy the new two drummer format of the group
- Frank Proffitt (52) dies in Vilas, NC
- Moritz Eggert born (Heidelberg, Germany) German composer, pianist
- Myra Hess (75) dies in London
- Ken Kesey holds the first “Acid Test” near Santa Cruz, CA
- The Seekers have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with The Carnival Is Over
- The Jefferson Airplane sign to RCA Victor
- Angus MacLise quits the Velvet Underground
- Beach Boys – The Little Girl I Once Knew / There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (Capitol)
- Brogues – I Ain’t No Miracle Worker / Don’t Shoot Me Down (Challenge). Garage band formed in Merced, CA in 1964. Gary Duncan, Eddie Rodrigues (g, vo) Rick Campbell (org) Bill Whittington (b) Gary Elmore (d). Duncan and Elmore later joined Quicksilver Messenger Service
- James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good) / I Can’t Help It (King)
- Don Covay – See Saw / I Never Get Enough Of Your Love (Atlantic)
- Spencer Davis Group – Keep On Running / High Time Baby (Fontana UK)
- Impressions – You’ve Been Cheating / Man Oh Man (ABC-Paramount)
- Kinks – Til The End Of The Day / Where Have All the Good Times Gone? (Pye UK)
- Knickerbockers – Lies / The Coming Generation (Challenge). Pop group formed in Bergenfield, NJ in 1962. Buddy Randell (vo) Beau Charles (g, vo) John Charles (b, vo) Jimmy Walker (d)
- Leaves – Hey Joe / Be With You (Mira)
- Lovin’ Spoonful – You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice / My Gal (Kama Sutra)
- Lyrics – So What / They Can’t Hurt Me (Era). Garage band from San Diego
- Magicians – An Invitation to Cry / Rain Don’t Fall on Me No More (Columbia)
- Marvelettes – Don’t Mess With Bill / Anything You Wanna Do (Tamla)
- Monks – Complication / Oh, How to Do Now (Polydor Germany)
- Otis Redding – Just One More Day / I Can’t Turn You Loose (Volt)
- Paul Revere & the Raiders – Just Like Me / bfdrf Blues (Columbia)
- Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels – Jenny Takes a Ride! / Baby Jane (Mo-Mo Jane) (New Voice)
- Simon & Garfunkel – The Sounds Of Silence / We’ve Got A Groovy Thing Goin’ (Columbia)
- Frank Sinatra – It Was a Very Good Year / Moment to Moment (Reprise)
- Them – Mystic Eyes / If You and I Could Be as Two (Decca UK)
- Walker Brothers – My Ship Is Coming In / You’re All Around Me (Philips UK)
- Who – My Generation / Shout And Shimmy (Brunswick UK)
- Stevie Wonder – Uptight / Purple Rain Drops (Tamla)
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (Elektra) Blues-rock band formed in Chicago in 1963. Paul Butterfield (vo, hca) Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop (g) Mark Naftalin (org) Jerome Arnold (b) Sam Lay (d)
- Four Tops’ Second Album (Motown)
- The Village Fugs Sing Ballads and Songs of Contemporary Protest, Points of View and General Dissatisfaction (Broadside)
- The Legendary Son House Father of Folk Blues (Columbia)
- Elvin Jones – Dear John C. (Impulse!)
- Kinks – The Kink Kontroversy (Pye UK)
- Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic (Kama Sutra)
- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Going To A Go-Go (Tamla)
- Shangri-Las ’65 (Red Bird)
- The Temptin’ Temptations (Gordy)
- Junior Wells – Hoodoo Man Blues (Delmark)
- Benjamin Britten’s song suite The Poet’s Echo premiered in Moscow
- The Beatles begin their final UK tour in Glasgow
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ Seven In Nomine for chamber ensemble premiered in London
- Keith Richards is electrocuted on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Sacramento, CA. It takes seven minutes to revive him
- The Byrds have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Turn! Turn! Turn!
- The Grateful Dead perform their first show under their new name in San Jose, CA
- The Beatles play their final hometown gig at the Liverpool Empire
- David Diamond’s opera The Golden Slippers premiered in New York. Lib. Samuel J. Citron
- Leonid Bashmakov’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in Helsinki
- Valentin Silvestrov’s Spectrums symphony for chamber orchestra premiered in Leningrad
- Joseph ‘J’ Macis born (Amherst, Mass) American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Founder member of Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr and solo artist.
- Henry Cowell (68) dies in Shady, NY
- Promoter Bill Graham puts on his first rock show at the Fillmore, San Francisco, headlined by the Jefferson Airplane
- Dave Barbour (53) dies in Los Angeles
- Rafael Hernández Marín (73) dies in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- The Velvet Underground play their first gig at Summit High School Auditorium, Summit, NJ supporting the Myddle Class
- David Heneker, John Taylor, Hugh Williams, Margaret Vyner and Ray Cooney’s musical comedy Charlie Girl opens in London (2,202 performances)
- Gussie Mueller (75) dies in Los Angeles
- Igor Stravinsky’s Canon (on a Russian Popular Tune) for orchestra premiered in Toronto
- María Teresa Vera (70) dies in Havana
- The Beatles have the UK number one single with for the first of five weeks with Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
- Charlie Burse (64) dies in Memphis, TN
- Morton Feldman’s Four Instruments for violin, cello, chimes and piano premiered in New York
- Doug Gillard born (Sandusky, OH) American rock guitarist. Member of Cobra Verde from 1992 to 1998 and Guided by Voices from 1998 to 2004.
- The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of eight weeks with Rubber Soul
- Kosaku Yamada (79) dies in Tokyo
- John McVie returns as bass guitarist for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
- Max’s Kansas City opens in New York
- The Quicksilver Messenger Service play their first gig at a Christmas party in San Francisco. Gary Duncan, Jim Murray (g, vo) John Cipollina (g) David Freiberg (b, vo) Greg Elmore (d)
- The 13th Floor Elevators formed in Austin, TX. Roky Erickson, Stacy Sutherland (g, vo) Tommy Hall (electric jug, vo) Benny Thurman (b, vo) John Ike Walton (d)
- Joan Baez – Farewell Angelina / Queen of Hearts (Fontana UK) UK release
- Beach Boys – Barbrara Ann / Girl Don’t Tell Me (Capitol)
- Beatles – Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out (Parlophone UK)
- Charlatans – The Shadow Knows / 32-20 (Kapp). Rock band formed in San Francisco in 1964. George Hunter (autoharp, vo) Richard Olsen (b, vo) Mike Wilhelm (g, vo) Mike Ferguson (keys, vo) Dan Hicks (d, vo)
- Lee Dorsey – Get Out Of My Life Woman / So Long (Amy)
- Bob Dylan – Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? / Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia)
- Five Americans – I See the Light / The Outcast (HBR). Rock band formed in Durant, OK in 1964. Mike Rabon (vo) John Durrill (keys) Norm Ezell (g, hca) Jim Grant (b) Jimmy Wright (d)
- Jackson C Frank – Blues Run The Game / Can’t Get Away From My Love (EMI Columbia UK)
- Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ / Somebody Groovy (Dunhill)
- Miracles – Going to a Go-Go / Choosey Beggar (Tamla)
- Mouse – A Public Execution / Al For You (Fraternity) Garage band formed in Tyler, TX in 1965. 1965 line-up: Ronnie (Mouse) Weiss (g, vo) Dave Stanley (b) Bugs Henderson (g) Don (Levi) Garrett (d) Randy Fouts (p) Robin Hood Brians (org)
- Nightcrawlers – Little Black Egg / You’re Running Wild (Lee). Garage band from Daytona Beach, FL
- Pretty Things – Midnight to Six Man / Can’t Stand the Pain (Fontana UK)
- Righteous Brothers – Ebb Tide / (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (Philles)
- Sam & Dave – You Don’t Know Like I Know / Blame Me (Stax)
- Strangeloves – Night Time / Rhythm of Love (Bang)
- Uniques – You Ain’t Tuff / Strange (Paula). Rock band formed in Shreveport, LA in 1965
- Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) / Sweeter as the Days Go By (Soul) scheduled for release on 23 Dec 1965 but never issued
- Beatles – Rubber Soul (Parlophone UK)
- The Beau Brummels Volume 2 (Autumn)
- Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia)
- Richard & Mimi Farina – Reflections in a Crystal Wind (Vanguard)
- Jackson C. Frank (EMI Columbia UK)
- Eddie Harris – The In Sound (Atlantic)
- Bert Jansch – It Don’t Bother Me (Transatlantic UK)
- Pretty Things – Get The Picture (Fontana UK)
- Rolling Stones – December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (London) US release. Includes three songs from the UK version of Out of Our Heads filled out with nine other tracks taken from singles and EPs
- Take It Easy With the Walker Brothers (Philips UK)
- Who – My Generation (Brunswick UK)
- Thomas Köner born (Bochum) German electronic musician, composer, multi-media artist
- Compact audio cassettes go on sale for the first time
- George Martin leaves EMI and sets up an independent production company called AIR with Ron Richards, John Burgess and Peter Sullivan
- Robbie Basho – The Seal of the Blue Lotus (Takoma)
- Martin Carthy (Fontana UK)
- John Fahey – The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (Riverboat) Originally issued in an edition of 50
- John Renbourn (Transatlantic UK)
- Pharoah Sanders Quintet (ESP-Disk)
- Karlheinz Stockhausen – Momente (Wergo Germany) reissued on Nonesuch in Apr 1967
- The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume One (ESP-Disk)
- Stan Tracey – Under Milk Wood: Jazz Suite Inspired by Dylan Thomas (EMI Columbia UK)
- Watersons – Frost & Fire (Topic UK). Folk group from Hull. 1965 line-up: Norma, Mike & Lal Waterson, John Harrison