1969

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Jan

2

  • Filming starts of the Beatles’ concert movie / documentary Let It Be directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

3

  • James Carter born (Detroit) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, bandleader.
  • 30,000 copies of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Two Virgins album are seized at Newark Airport, NJ. It is deemed as pornographic due to the naked cover portrait of the pair

4

  • Boris Vadimovich Berezovsky born (Moscow) Russian classical pianist.
  • Paul Chambers (33) dies in New York of tuberculosis
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience appear on the Lulu Show on BBC television. Scheduled to play Hey Joe, they abandon it and instead do an impromptu version of Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love causing the show to overrun

5

  • Marilyn Manson aka Brian Warner born (Cantonm, OH) American rock singer, songwriter, musician.

9

  • Ladislav Vycpálek (86) dies in Prague
  • Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury: a Ritual of Dream and Delusion for actors, chorus, dancers and ensemble of original instruments premiered in Los Angeles

10

  • Geroge Harrison temporarily quits the Beatles
  • William Schumann’s Symphony no.9 “Le fosse ardeatine” premiered in Philadelphia

12

  • Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Prague
  • Alexander Goehr’s Arden Must Die for wind, harp and percussion premiered on BBC Radio

13

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Purcell: Fantasia and Two Pavans for ensemble premiered in London
  • Elvis Presley begins a ten day recording session in Memphis. The results appear on the album From Elvis in Memphis. Elvis Presley (vo, g, p) Glen Spreen (arr) Ed Kollis (hca) John Hughey (pedal steel) Reggie Young, Dan Penn (g) Bobby Wood (p) Bobby Emmons (org) Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech (b) Gene Chrisman (d)
  • Anton Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra premiered in Cologne (complete version)

14

  • Dave Grohl born (Warren, OH) American rock drummer, guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of Scream from 1986 to 1990, Nirvana from 1990 to 1994 and Foo Fighters from 1994.
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Asterism for piano and orchestra premiered in Toronto

15

  • Crosby, Stills and Nash sign to Atlantic
  • Henri Pousseur’s opera Votre Faust premiered in Milan, lib. Buton

16

  • Milton Babbitt’s Relata II for orchestra premiered in New York

17

  • Norman Dello Joio’s Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn for band premiered in East Lansing, MI
  • Lukas Foss’s Waves for indeterminate instrumentation premiered in Hempstead, New York

18

  • Jim O’Rourke born (Chicago, IL) American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, record producer. Member of Gastr del Sol from 1993 to 1998, Sonic Youth from 1999 to 2005 and solo artist.
  • Roberta Martin (61) dies in Chicago of cancer

19

  • Alcide Pavageau (80) dies in New Orleans

20

  • Nicky Wire aka Nicholas Jones born (Blackwood, Wales) Welsh rock bass guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Manic Street Preachers.
  • György Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for wind quintet & Ten Pieces for wind quintet premiered in Malmö

21

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s film with music Two Images for the Computer Piece premiered New York

27

  • Cornelius aka Keigo Oyamada born (Tokyo) Japanese rock and avant-garde singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer

28

  • Luc Ferrari’s Unfinished Symphony premiered in Rennes

29

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Hallelujah for voices premiered in Stuttgart

30

  • The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of the Apple building in London before being removed by the police

31

  • Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968 for band premiered in Washington, DC

releases

  • James Brown – Give It Up or Turnit a Loose / I’ll Lose My Mind (King)
  • Byrds – Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man / Bad Night at the Whiskey (Columbia)
  • Chi-Lites – Give It Away / What Do I Wish For (Brunswick)
  • Cream – White Room / Those Were The Days (Polydor UK)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary / Born On The Bayou (Fantasy)
  • Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Je T’Aime moi Non Plus / Jane B (Fontana France)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By / Satisfied Feelin’ (Tamla)
  • David Ruffin – My Whole World Ended / I’ve Got To Find Myself A Brand New Baby (Motown)
  • Peter Sarstedt – Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) / Morning Mountain (United Artists UK)
  • Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man / Just a Little Lovin’ (Atlantic)
  • Edwin Starr – Twentyfive Miles / Love Is My Destination (Gordy)
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes – I’m Livin’ In Shame / I’m So Glad I Got Somebody (Motown)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – People You Were Going To / Firebrand (Polydor UK)
  • Beatles / George Martin – Yellow Submarine OST (Apple)
  • Wendy aka Walter Carlos – Switched-On Bach (CBS)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country (Fantasy)
  • Fairport Convention – What We Did on Our Holidays (Island UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – Soul ’69 (Atlantic)
  • Davy Graham – Large As Life and Twice As Natural (Decca)
  • John Fahey – The Yellow Princess (Vanguard)
  • Bert Jansch – Birthday Blues (Transatlantic UK)
  • Kak (Epic) Rock band formed in Sacramento, CA in 1967. Gary Yoder, Dehner Patten (g, vo) Joseph Damrell (b, sitar, tamb) Christopher Lockheed (d, org)
  • Led Zeppelin (Atlantic UK)
  • Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis (Atlantic)
  • Bettye Swann – The Soul View Now! (Capitol)
  • 13th Floor Elevators – Bull of the Woods (International Artists)

Jane Birkin b.1946

Feb

1

  • Josh Redman born (Berkeley, CA) American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, composer. Son of Dewey Redman (1931-2006).
  • Fleetwood Mac have the UK number one single for one week with Albatross

2

  • Giovanni Martinelli (83) dies in New York

3

  • Allen Klein is appointed the Beatles’ business manager despite the opposition of Paul McCartney

5

  • Bobby Brown born (Boston, MA) American rapper, singer, songwriter. Member of New Edition and solo artist.
  • Thea Musgrave’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra premiered in London

6

  • Chou Wen-Chung’s Yün for chamber ensemble premiered in River Falls, WN

7

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Gli eroi di Bonaventura [The heroes of Bonaventura] premiered in Milan, lib. Malpiero

8

  • The Move have the UK number one single for one week with Blackberry Way (only week)

10

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

11

  • Pauline Oliveros’ Double Basses at Twenty Paces premiered in San Diego

12

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Verses for Ensembles for 15 players premiered in London
  • (to 21st) Bob Dylan records the album Nashville Skyline for Columbia in Nashville, TN. Bob Dylan (vo, g, hca, keys) Johnny Cash (vo) Pete Drake (pedal steel g) Fred Carter, Jr (g) Kenneth A. Buttrey (d) Charlie Daniels (b, g) Bob Wilson (org, p) Charlie McCoy (g, hca) Norman Blake (g, dobro)
  • Henryk Górecki’s Fanfare for brass and strings premiered in Wroclaw

13

  • Lew Stone (70) dies in London
  • Ulysses Kay’s Scherzi musicali for chamber orchestra premiered in Detroit

14

  • David Holmes born (Belfast) Irish DJ, producer.
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Versuch über Schweine [essay about pigs] for baritone and orchestra premiered in London
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Photoptosis, a prelude for orchestra premiered in Gelsenkirchen
  • Over 300 fans are injured during a concert by Love Affair and Amen Corner at an ice rink in Glasgow

15

  • Pee Wee Russell (62) dies in Alexandria, VA
  • Sly & the Family Stone have the Billboard number one single for the first week of four with Everyday People

16

  • Tammy Wynette marries George Jones

17

  • Paul Barbarin (69) dies following a heart attack while playing in the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade
  • Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan record together in Nashville, TN

18

  • Miles Davis’s album In a Silent Way is recorded in one session in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Wayne Shorter (ss) Joe Zawinul (org) Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock (p) John McLaughlin (g) Dave Holland (b) Tony Williams (d)
  • Lulu marries Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire

20

  • Ernest Ansermet (85) dies in Geneva

21

  • James Dean Bradfield born (Pontypool) Welsh rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Manic Street Preachers.

22

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Sun Music II for orchestra premiered in Sydney

23

  • Pauline Oliveros’ A-OK ; SY*dF=1 & The Dying Alchemist Preview premiered in San Diego
  • Isang Yun’s opera Die Witwe des Schmetterlings [The Butterfly Widow] premiered in Nuremberg, lib. H. Kunz
  • Isang Yun released from detention in South Korea after international pressure and exiled to West Germany

24

  • Johnny Cash peforms in San Quentin prison, later issuing the set as a live album. Also appearing are the Statler Brothers, Carter Family and Carl Perkins
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their final show at the Royal Albert Hall in London
  • Siegfried Matthus’s Violin Concerto premiered in Dresden
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano premiered in Kazan, Russia

26

  • Morton Feldman’s Between Categories for chimes, two pianos, two violins, and two cellos premiered in New York
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki

27

  • The Grateful Dead begin a run of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco. The shows are gathered together as the box set Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings

28

  • Uppalapu Srinivas born (Palakol, India) Indian classical and jazz mandolin player.
  • George Perle’s Serenade no.2 for eleven players premiered in Washington, DC

unk

  • Electronic Music Studios (EMS) founded in London by Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary and David Cockerell. The first product the EMS VCS3, the world’s first portable synthesiser

releases

  • Barbara Acklin – Am I the Same Girl / Be By My Side (Brunswick)
  • Glen Campbell – Galveston / Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratchin’ You (Capitol)
  • Aretha Franklin – The Weight / Tracks of My Tears (Atlantic)
  • Noel Harrison – The Windmills of Your Mind / Leitch on the Beach (Reprise UK)
  • Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing / Don’t Give It Away (T-Neck)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips – Didn’t You Know (You’d Have to Cry Sometime) / Keep an Eye (Soul)
  • Misunderstood – Children Of The Sun / I Unseen (Fontana UK)
  • Moby Grape – Trucking Man / If You Can’t Learn From My Mistakes (Columbia)
  • Nazz – Open My Eyes / Hello, It’s Me (SGC) Psychedelic rock band formed in Philadelphia in 1967. Todd Rundgren (g, vo) Carson Van Osten (b) Thom Mooney (d) Robert Antoni (vo, keys) Disbanded 1969
  • Dusty Springfield – Don’t Forget About Me / Breakfast in Bed (Atlantic)
  • Temptations – Runaway Child Running Wild / I Need Your Lovin’ (Gordy)
  • Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour / I Don’t Know Why (Tamla)
  • Neil Young – The Loner / Sugar Mountain (Reprise)
  • Beach Boys – 20/20 (Capitol)
  • Booker T & The MGs – Up Tight (Stax)
  • Byrds – Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (Columbia)
  • Cream – Goodbye (Polydor UK) Partly recorded in the studio and partly live in Los Angeles on 19 Oct 1968
  • Eddie Harris – Silver Cycles (Atlantic)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Bless Its Pointed Little Head (RCA Victor) recorded live in Oct and Nov 1968
  • Roland Kirk – Left And Right (Atlantic)
  • Charles Lloyd – Soundtrack (Atlantic)
  • Moby Grape ’69 (Columbia)
  • Os Mutantes – Mutantes (Polydor Brazil)
  • Wilson Pickett – Hey Jude (Atlantic)
  • Bob Seger System – Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (Capitol)
  • Silver Apples – Contact (Kapp)
  • Temptations – Cloud Nine (Gordy)
  • Ten Years After – Stonedhenge (Deram UK)
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars – Home Cookin’ (Soul)

Temptations – Cloud Nine (Gordy)

Mar

1

  • Henry Cowell’s Set of Two for violin and harpsichord premiered in Spartanburg, SC
  • Jim Morrison’s drunken performance at a show in Miami, FL leads to him being convicted of profanity and indecent exposure and sentenced to six months in jail, a term he never serves

2

  • Benjamin Britten’s Fancie for choir and piano premiered on BBC radio
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Time’s Encomium part II for synthesized and processed synthesized sound premiered in Newark, NJ

3

  • Led Zeppelin record their first session for the BBC Radio 1 show Top Gear in London

4

  • Stina Nordenstam born (Stockholm) Swedish singer, songwriter.

5

  • MC Solaar aka Claude M’Barali born (Dakar, Senegal) Franco-Chadian rapper, songwriter.

6

  • John Gardner’s Partita for Solo Cello, op.98 premiered in Cardiff

8

  • The Small Faces play their final live show in St Helier, Jersey. Steve Marriott leaves to form Humble Pie. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones reconvene with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart as the Faces

10

  • Richard Attenborough’s musical film Oh! What a Lovely War opens starring a Who’s Who of British actors
  • Robert Erickson’s Pacific Sirens for ensemble and tape premiered in Seattle

11

  • The Jackson Five sign to Motown

12

  • George Harrison and Patti Boyd are arrested in London and charged with possession of marijuana
  • Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman in Marylebone, London
  • The 11th Grammy Awards are held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson wins the award for best song while the best album is deemed Glen Campbell’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Other winners include Pierre Boulez, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and the Temptations

15

  • William Bolcom’s Dream Music no.2 for harpsichord and percussion premiered in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Cream have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks over three runs with Goodbye

16

  • Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraph 2 of The Great Learning for singers and drummers premiered in Leeds
  • Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone’s musical 1776 opens on Broadway (1217 performances)

20

  • Yoko Ono marries John Lennon in Gibraltar

23

  • Leslie Bassett’s Collect for chorus and tape premiered in East Orange, NJ
  • Benjamin Frankel’s Symphony No. 6 premiered on BBC Radio

24

  • Antony Pitts born (Farnborough, Kent[) English composer, conductor, radio producer.
  • Isang Yun’s Images for flute, oboe, violin, and cello premiered in Oakland, CA

25

  • Billy Cotton (69) dies following a stroke sustained while watching a boxing match in London
  • (to 31st) John Lennon and Yoko Ono host an anti-war “Bed-In” for peace in their room at the Amsterdam Hilton
  • Guitarists John McLaughlin and Jimi Hendrix record together but nothing is officially released from the session

26

  • Fatlip aka Derrick Stewart born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper (Pharcyde, solo).
  • Clara Dow (85) dies in Epsom, Surrey
  • The Allman Brothers Band formed in Jacksonville, FL. Duane Allman (g), Gregg Alman (vo, org) Dickey Betts (g, vo) Berry Oakley (b) Butch Trucks, Jai Johanny Johanson (d)

29

  • Jason Rebello born (London) English jazz pianist, composer, record producer.
  • Luciano Berio’s Pieces for violin and piano & El Mar la Mar for two sopranos and five instruments premiered in Royan, France
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears have the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks over two runs with Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • George Crumb’s Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death for baritone, guitar, bass, piano and percussion premiered in Iowa City, IA
  • Marvin Gaye has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Duo premiered in Hamburg
  • The Middle Earth Club in Ladbroke Grove, London closes
  • The 14th Eurovision Song Contest held in Madrid ends in a four-way tie for first place between Spain, United Kingdom, Netherlands and France

releases

  • Beach Boys – I Can Hear Music / All I Want to Do (Capitol)
  • Booker T & The MGs – Time Is Tight / Johnny, I Love You (Stax)
  • James Brown – I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get It Myself) parts 1 and 2 (King)
  • James Carr – To Love Somebody / These Ain’t Raindrops (Goldwax)
  • Clarence Carter – Snatching It Back / Making Love (Atlantic)
  • Desmond Dekker – Israelites / The Man (Pyramid UK)
  • 5th Dimension – Aquarius – Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) / Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ to Ya (Soul City)
  • Kinks – Plastic Man / King Kong (Pye UK)
  • Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown (Atlantic)
  • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – (We’ve Got) Honey Love / I’m in Love (And I Know It) (Gordy
  • MC5 – Kick Out The Jams / Motor City Is Burning (Elektra)
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes – The Composer / The Beginning of the End (Motown)
  • Velvet Underground – What Goes On / Jesus (MGM)
  • Who – Pinball Wizard / Dogs Part 2 (Track UK)
  • Bee Gees – Odessa (Polydor)
  • The Dynamic Clarence Carter (Atlantic)
  • Colosseum – Those Who Are About to Die We Salute You (Fontana UK)
  • Gal Costa (Philips Brazil)
  • Miles Davis – Filles De Kilimanjaro (Columbia)
  • Delfonics – The Sound of Sexy Soul (Philly Groove)
  • Lou Donaldson – Say It Loud! (Blue Note)
  • Earth Opera – The Great American Eagle Tragedy (Elektra)
  • Family – Family Entertainment (Reprise UK)
  • Free – Tons of Sobs (Island UK)
  • MC5 – Kick Out the Jams (Elektra). Rock band formed in Lincoln Park, MI in 1964. Rob Tyner (vo) Wayne Kramer, Fred “Sonic” Smith (g, vo) Michael Davis (b) Dennis Thompson (d). Recorded live in Detroit on 30 & 31 Oct 1968
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails (Capitol)
  • The Velvet Underground (MGM)
  • Scott Walker – Scott 3 (Philips UK)

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails (Capitol)

Apr

1

  • The Beach Boys sue Capitol Records for $2 million in unpaid royalties. The label deletes most of its Beach Boys catalogue in response
  • Pierre Boulez is asked by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to become its music director.  He thinks it is an April Fool’s joke.
  • Bob Fosse’s musical film Sweet Charity opens starring Shirley MacLaine. Music by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields

2

  • André Boucourechliev’s Archipel 2 op.8 for string quartet premiered in Royan, France

4

  • Bruno Maderna’s Quadrivium for orchestra premiered in Royan, France
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Nomos gamma for orchestra premiered in Royan, France

6

  • Pete Quaife quits the Kinks and is replaced by John Dalton

9

  • King Crimson play their first show at the Speakeasy in London

11

  • Cerys Matthews born (Cardiff) Welsh rock singer, songwriter, broadcaster, writer. Member of Catatonia from 1992 to 2001.
  • Charles Ives’s The Rainbow for small orchestra premiered in Danbury, CT

12

  • The 5th Dimension have the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with Aquarius
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Twelve-Tone Variations for piano premiered in Buffalo, NY

13

  • Dominick Argento’s A Nation of Cowslips for chorus, lib. Keats, premiered in Minneapolis

14

  • John Barry’s music for Anthony Harvey’s film The Lion in Winter wins the best original score Oscar at the 41st Academy Awards

16

  • The MC5 are dropped by Elektra after placing an advert in the local underground press viscerating the Hudson’s Department store chain that refused to stock their album. The “Fuck Hudson’s” ad had an unauthorised Elektra Records logo
  • Virgil Thomson’s Fugue and Chorale on Yankee Doodle for orchestra premiered in Atlanta

17

  • The Band play their first show without Bob Dylan at the Fillmore West, San Francisco

19

  • Desmond Dekker has the UK number one single for one week with The Israelites
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Piano Sonata no.5 premiered in New York

20

  • Benny Benjamin (43) dies in Detroit following a stroke
  • Coleman Hawkins makes his final concert appearance in Chicago
  • The L.A. Free Festival in Venice, CA ends in a riot and 117 arrests

21

  • Amparo Iturbi (71) dies in Los Angeles of a brain tumour
  • Janis Joplin makes her UK live debut at the Albert Hall, London, supported by Yes

22

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Linoi for clarinet, piano, tape and dancer & Some Petals from my Twickenham Herbarium for piccolo, clarinet, viola, cello, piano and bells premiered in London
  • Pierre Boulez’s Pour le Dr Kalmus for flute, clarinet, viola, cello and piano premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ quasi-opera Eight Songs for a Mad King premiered in London, lib. Stow
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Für Dr. K. no.28 for flute, clarinet, piano, vibraphone, tubular bells, violin and cello premiered in London

23

  • Krzysztof Komeda (38) dies in Warsaw of a brain haemorrhage
  • György Ligeti’s Ramifications for string orchestra premiered in Berlin

24

  • Conny Plank makes his debut as a recording engineer on jazz pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach’s album The Living Music (Quasar Germany)

25

  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Notturno for cello and orchestra premiered in Brussels
  • Ned Rorem’s Letters from Paris for chorus and small orchestra premiered in Ann Arbor, MI

26

  • The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Get Back
  • Gunther Schuller’s Shapes and Designs for orchestra premiered in Hartford, CT
  • Nancy Van de Vate’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered in Tuscaloosa, AL
  • The original cast recording of Hair is the Billboard number one album for the first of thirteen weeks

27

  • Darcey Bussell born (London) English ballerina, choreographer, broadcaster.
  • Mica Paris aka Michelle Wallen born (London) English R&B singer, broadcaster.
  • Samuel Barber’s Despite and Still for voice and piano premiered in New York

29

  • A party in honour of Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday takes place at the White House hosted by President Nixon

30

  • Stefan Wolpe’s From Here on Farther for clarinet, bass clarinet, violin and piano premiered in New York

releases

  • Cream – Badge / What a Bringdown (Polydor UK)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Man Of The World / Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight (Immediate UK)
  • Aretha Franklin – I Can’t See Myself Leaving You / Gentle on My Mind (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – Too Busy Thinking About My Baby / Wherever I Lay My Hat (Tamla)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – Crosstown Traffic / Gypsy Eyes (Track UK)
  • Marsha Hunt – Walk on Gilded Splinters / Hot Rod Poppa (Track UK)
  • Jethro Tull – Living in the Past / Driving Song (Island UK)
  • Monkees – Listen To The Band / Someday Man (Colgems)
  • Elvis Presley – In the Ghetto / Any Day Now (RCA Victor)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer / Baby Driver (Columbia)
  • Percy Sledge – Any Day Now / The Angels Listened In (Atlantic)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Stand / I Want To Take You Higher (Epic)
  • Dusty Springfield – I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore / The Windmills of Your Mind (Atlantic)
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars – What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) / Brainwasher (Soul)
  • Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / The Emperor Of Wyoming (Reprise)
  • Amon Düül II – Phallus Dei (Liberty Germany) Rock band formed in Munich in 1969. Dave Anderson (b) Danny Secundus Fichelscher (d) Chris Karrer (g, sax, vo) Renate Knaup-Kroetenschwanz (perc, d, vo) Peter Leopold, Dieter Serfas (perc, d) Lothar Meid (keys) Falk U. Rogner (b, keys) Christian Strat Thiele (vln, vo) John Weinzierl (b, g, ss, vo)
  • James Brown – Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud (King)
  • Leonard Cohen – Songs From a Room (Columbia)
  • Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline (Columbia)
  • Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M) Country rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1969. Gram Parsons (vo, g, p, org) Chris Hillman (vo, g, mand) “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow (pedal steel) Chris Ethridge (b, p)
  • The Howlin’ Wolf Album (Cadet Concept)
  • Isley Brothers – It’s Our Thing (T-Neck)
  • Keith Jarrett – Somewhere Before (Vortex)
  • Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Blues (Columbia)
  • Moody Blues – On the Threshold of a Dream (Deram UK)
  • Mothers of Invention – Uncle Meat (Bizarre)
  • Soft Machine – Volume 2 (Polydor UK)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Hymnen (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Townes Van Zandt – Our Mother the Mountain (Poppy)
  • White Noise – An Electric Storm (Island UK) Electronic band formed in London in 1969. David Vorhaus (arr) Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson (electronics) Paul Lytton (perc)

Amon Düül II

May

2

  • Peter Mennin’s Cantata de Virture for voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Cincinnati
  • Pink Floyd play a show at the Manchester Chamber Of Commerce which is recorded and used on the half live / half studio album Ummagumma

3

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for violin and piano premiered in Moscow
  • Igor Stravinsky has a blood clot in his knee removed in an operation in New York

4

  • Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraph 2 of The Great Learning for singers and drummers premiered in London

5

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Synchronstudie for actor, voice, film and tape premiered in Basel

6

  • Don Drummond (37) dies in prison in Kingston, Jamaica, officially suicide

8

  • Marta Sánchez born (Madrid) Spanish pop singer.
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s musical drama Down the Greenwood Side premiered in Brighton, lib. Nyman
  • William Bolcom’s opera Greatshot premiered in New Haven, CT, lib. Weinstein
  • Dennis Hopper’s film Easy Rider premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring Peter Fonda, Hopper and Jack Nicholson. Music by Roger McGuinn
  • Isang Yun’s Ein Schmetterlingstraum [A Butterfly Dream] for chorus and percussion premiered in Hamburg

9

  • Ben Johnston’s CASTA for soprano and electronics premiered in Urbana, IL
  • The Who premiere their rock opera concept album Tommy at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit

10

  • The Moody Blues have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with On The Threshold Of A Dream

12

  • Alexander Goehr’s Nonomiya for piano premiered in Macclesfield

13

  • Buckethead aka Brian Patrick Carroll born (Huntington Beach, CA) American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, session player. Has played with bands as diverse as Praxis and Guns ‘n’ Roses as well as issuing nearly 40 solo albums
  • Bruno Maderna’s Suite aus der Oper Hyperion for two flutes, oboe, chorus and orchestra premiered in Berlin

14

  • Martin Lamble (19) dies when Fairport Convention’s van crashes on the M1 motorway on the way back from a gig in Birmingham. Richard Thompson’s girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn is also killed, while Thompson and Ashley Hutchins suffer serious injuries

15

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Spiral no.27 for soloist and short-wave radio premiered in Zagreb

16

  • Pierre Boulez’s Pour le Dr Kalmus for quintet premiered in London
  • John Cage & Lejaren Hiller’s HPSCHD for seven harpsichords and tape premiered in Urbana, IL

17

  • Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert as music director of the New York Philharmonic
  • Pauline Oliveros’ Aeolian Partitions for flute, clarinet, cello and piano premiered in Brunswick, ME
  • It is announced that album sales exceeded single sales in the UK for the first time during 1968

18

  • Howard Hanson’s Streams in the Desert for chorus and orchestra premiered in Lubbock, TX

19

  • Coleman Hawkins (67) dies in New York of pneumonia
  • Benjamin Britten’s Children’s Crusade for choir and accompaniment premiered in London
  • Luigi Nono’s Musica-manifesto no.1 for voice and tape permiered in Chatillon-sous-Bagneux, France

20

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Syrmos for strings premiered in Paris

22

  • Carl Craig born (Detroit, MI) American DJ, producer, composer, electronic musician.
  • Lou Harrison’s Orpheus for tenor, chorus and percussion premiered in San Jose, CA

23

  • Jimmy McHugh (74) dies in Los Angeles of heart failure
  • Leslie Bassett’s Colloquy for orchestra premiered in Fresno, CA

24

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with Get Back
  • Bob Dylan has the UK number one album for the first of four weeks with Nashville Skyline

25

  • A benefit concert takes place at the Roundhouse, London in aid of the families of those killed in the Fairport Convention motorway crash on 14 May. Family, Soft Machine and the Pretty Things all appear
  • Ned Rorem’s From an Unknown Past for chorus premiered in Upper Montclair, NJ

27

  • Steve Reich’s Four Log Drums premiered in New York

30

  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Sonata a la española for guitar premiered in Rome
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Setz die Segel zur Sonne [Set sail to the sun] for ensemble from Aus dem sieben Tagen premiered in Paris
  • (to 31st) The First Annual Rock & Roll Revival festival takes place in Detroit. Bands appearing include The MC5, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Dr. John, The Stooges, Grand Funk Railroad and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

releases

  • Beatles – The Ballad Of John & Yoko / Old Brown Shoe (Apple UK)
  • James Brown – The Popcorn / The Chicken (King)
  • Leonard Cohen – Bird On The Wire / Seems So Long Ago Nancy (Columbia)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising / Lodi (Fantasy)
  • Bob Dylan – I Threw It All Away / Drifter’s Escape (Columbia)
  • First Edition – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town / Girl, Get Ahold of Yourself (Reprise)
  • Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh Happy Day / Jesus Lover of My Soul (Buddah)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips – The Nitty Gritty / Got Myself a Good Man (Soul)
  • Candi Staton – I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young Man’s Fool) / For You (Fame)
  • Temptations – Don’t Let The Joneses Get You Down / Since I’ve Lost You (Gordy)
  • Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air / Wilhelmina (Track UK). One hit wonder group put together by Pete Townshend. John ‘Speedy’ Keen (vo, d) Andy Newman (p) Jimmy McCulloch (g)
  • Vanilla Fudge – Some Velvet Morning / People (Atco)
  • Winstons – Color Him Father / Amen, Brother (Metromedia). The B-side is the source of the ‘Amen’ break, a keystone of drum & bass
  • Albert Ayler – New Grass (Impulse!)
  • The Chicago Transit Authority (Columbia) Rock band formed in Chicago in 1967. Peter Cetera (b, vo) Terry Kath (g, vo) Robert Lamm (keys, vo) Lee Loughnane (tp) James Pankow (tb) Walter Parazaider (sax, winds) Danny Seraphine (d)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash (Atlantic)
  • Four Tops – Now! (Motown)
  • Marvin Gaye – MPG (Tamla)
  • Roy Harper – Folkjokeopus (Liberty UK)
  • Andrew Hill – Lift Every Voice (Blue Note)
  • Impressions – The Young Mods’ Forgotten Story (Curtom)
  • The Meters (Josie) Funk band formed in New Orleans in 1965. Art Neville (keys) Ziggy Modeliste (d) Leo Nocentelli (g, vo) George Porter (b)
  • Nico – The Marble Index (Elektra)
  • Procol Harum – A Salty Dog (Regal Zonophone UK)
  • Sonny Sharrock – Black Woman (Vortex)
  • Horace Silver – You Gotta Take A Little Love (Blue Note)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Stand (Epic)
  • Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence – Oar (Columbia)
  • Traffic – Last Exit (Island UK)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex – Unicorn (Regal Zonophone UK)
  • Who – Tommy (Track UK)
  • Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Reprise)

Alexander Spence – Oar (Columbia)

Jun

2

  • Albert Stinson (24) dies in Boston, MA of a heroin overdose while on tour
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono host am anti-war “Bed-In” for peace in their room at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, recording the song Give Peace a Chance in their suite in the process
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ St. Thomas Wake, foxtrot for orchestra on a pavan by John Bull premiered in Dortmund
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stop (Paris version) no.18 1/2 for 18 instruments premiered in Paris
  • Iannis Xenakis’ ballet Kraanerg for orchestra and tape premiered in Ottawa

6

  • EMI launches its progressive rock label Harvest The first release is Deep Purple’s Book of Taliesyn

7

  • Blind Faith make their live debut at a free concert in Hyde Park, London. Eric Clapton (g) Stevie Winwood (vo, keys) Rich Grech (b) Ginger Baker (d)
  • The first episode of the ABC TV Johnny Cash Show airs featuring Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell
  • Olivier Messiaen’s La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ [The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Lisbon
  • The Maltings Concert Hall, Snape burns down on the second day of the Aldeburgh Festival. The remainder of the festival continues as planned

8

  • Lillian Brown (84) dies of cancer
  • Brian Jones announces his departure from the Rolling Stones

9

  • Moby Grape announce that they have split

11

  • Steven Drozd born (Houston, TX) American rock drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, songwriter, singer. Member of Flaming Lips from 1991.

12

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Cantata for soprano and ensemble & Ut Heremita Solus (after Ockeghem) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and glockenspiel premiered in London

13

  • Mick Taylor joins the Rolling Stones replacing Brian Jones

14

  • Bénabar aka Bruno Nicolini born (Thiais, France) French pop singer, songwriter.
  • MC Ren aka Lorenzo Patterson born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper. Member of NWA from 1988 to 1991 and solo artist.
  • Roberto Firpo (85) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Wynonie Harris (53) dies in Los Angeles of esophageal cancer
  • The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with The Ballad Of John And Yoko
  • Aaron Copland’s Inaugural Fanfare for wind premiered in Grand Rapids, MI

15

  • Ice Cube aka O’Shea Jackson born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper, producer, actor. Member of NWA from 1986 to 1989 and solo artist.
  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Consolation II for 16 voices premiered in Basel

17

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Kammerkonzert for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra premiered in Zürich

18

  • Igor Stravinsky is released from a New York Hospital having recovered from three operations to remove a blood clot on his knee
  • (to 22nd) The Montreaux Jazz Festival takes place in Montreaux, Switzerland. Acts appearing include Clark Terry, Colosseum, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Ella Fitzgerald, Kenny Burrell, Phil Woods and Ten Years After

19

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eram quasi agnus for seven winds, handbells and harp premiered in London

20

  • David Bowie records Space Oddity in London. David Bowie (vo, g, stylophone) Mick Wayne (g) Herbie Flowers (b) Terry Cox (d) Rick Wakeman (mellotron, p)
  • Havergal Brian’s Violin Concerto premiered on BBC Radio
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera The Devils of Loudun premiered in Hamburg, lib. Penderecki
  • (to 22nd) The Newport ’69 pop festival takes place in Northridge, CA featuring Jimi Hendrix, Spirit, Ike & Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jethro Tull, Love, Steppenwolf, Booker T & the MGs, Marvin Gaye and the Byrds among others

21

  • Pat Sansone born (Meridian, MS) American rock multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of Wilco from 2004.
  • Les McCann & Eddie Harris’ live album Swiss Movement recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Les McCann (p, vo) Eddie Harris (ts) Benny Bailey (tp) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Donald Dean (d)

22

  • Judy Garland (47) dies in Chelsea, MA from an overdose of barbiturates
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Oben und Unten [Above and Below] for three voices and four instrumentalist from Aus dem sieben Tagen premiered in Amsterdam

23

  • Benjamin Britten’s song suite Tit for Tat premiered in Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Cauda Pavonis for piano premiered in Bath

24

  • Benjamin Britten’s Suite for harpsichord premiered in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

25

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Solita for flute and music box premiered in York

26

  • Colin Greenwood born (Oxford) English rock bass guitarist, composer, keyboard player. Founder member of Radiohead. Brother of  Jonny Greenwood (b.1971)

27

  • Judy Garland’s funeral takes place in New York

28

  • The Bath Festival of Blues takes place with Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and Ten Years After all appearing

29

  • Shorty Long (29) dies in a boating accident on the Detroit River
  • Noel Redding announces that he has quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience

releases

  • Johnny Adams – Reconsider Me / If I Could See You One More Time (SSS International)
  • Beach Boys – Break Away / Celebrate the News (Capitol)
  • James Brown – Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me) parts 1 and 2 (King)
  • Chi-Lites – Let Me Be the Man My Daddy Was / The Twelfth of Never (Brunswick)
  • Flying Burrito Brothers – The Train Song / Hot Burrito #1 (A&M)
  • Impressions – Choice Of Colors / Mighty Mighty Spade & Whitey (Curtom)
  • Moby Grape – Ooh Mama Ooh / It’s a Beautiful Day (Columbia)
  • Scott Walker – The Lights Of Cincinnati / Two Weeks Since You’ve Gone (Philips UK)
  • Neil Young – Down By The River / The Losing End (Reprise)
  • Zager & Evans – In The Year 2525 / Little Kids (RCA Victor). Pop duo from Lincoln, NE. Denny Zager & Rick Evans
  • Jeff Beck Group – Beck-Ola (Epic) 
  • Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg (Fontana France)
  • Booker T & The MGs – The Booker T. Set (Stax)
  • Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica (Straight)
  • Johnny Cash At San Quentin (Columbia) recorded live at San Quentin Prison, CA on 24 Feb 1969
  • The Charlatans (Philips)
  • Don Cherry – Where Is Brooklyn? (Blue Note)
  • Roberta Flack – First Take (Atlantic)
  • Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa (Warner Bros)
  • It’s a Beautiful Day (Columbia) Jazz-folk group formed in San Francisco in 1967. David LaFlamme (vln) Linda LaFlamme (keys, vo) Pattie Santos (vo) Hal Wagenet (g) Mitchell Holman (b) Val Fuentes (d)
  • Elton John – Empty Sky (DJM UK)
  • Incredible! Kaleidoscope (Epic)
  • Steve Miller Band – Brave New World (Capitol) 
  • Joni Mitchell – Clouds (Reprise)
  • Lee Morgan – Charisma (Blue Note)
  • Mickey Newbury – Looks Like Rain (Mercury)
  • Phil Ochs – Rehearsals for Retirement (A&M)
  • Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis (RCA)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Karma (Impulse!)
  • Mavis Staples (Volt)
  • Scott Walker Sings Songs from his TV Series (Philips UK)

Poster for 1969 Bath Blues Festival

Jul

1

  • Sam Phillips sells Sun Records to Shelby Singleton
  • The Scratch Orchestra have their first meeting in London. Open membership improv group founded by Cornelius Cardew, Michael Parsons and Howard Skempton

2

  • The Beatles begin recording the album Abbey Road for Apple in London. Some material recorded earlier is included on the finished album. Recording is completed by 20 Aug. It marks the group’s final recordings as a unit
  • Mitch Mitchell quits the Jimi Hendrix Experience

3

  • Hermann Grabner (83) dies in Bolzano, Italy
  • Brian Jones (27) found dead in his swimming pool at his home in Hartfield, Sussex
  • Dominick Argento’s Bravo, Mozart for oboe, violin, horn and orchestra premiered in Minneapolis
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Anaktoria for octet premiered in Avignon
  • (to 6th) The 1969 Newport Jazz Festival takes place. Acts appearing include James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Mothers Of Invention, George Benson, Sun Ra, Roland Kirk, Miles Davis, James Brown, Herbie Hancock and Ten Years After

4

  • (& 5th) The Atlanta International Pop Festival takes place in Hampton, GA featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, Booker T. & the Mgs, the Butterfield Blues Band, Canned Heat, Chicago Transit Authority, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dave Brubeck, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Spirit, the Staple Singers and others

5

  • RZA aka Robert Diggs born (Brooklyn, NY) American hip hop producer, DJ, rapper, composer. Founder member of the Wu-Tang Clan and solo artist.
  • Wilhelm Backhaus (85) dies in Villach, Austria
  • The Rolling Stones give a free concert at Hyde Park, London in front of 250,000 people. It marks Mick Taylor’s first live appearance with the band. King Crimson are among the support acts.
  • Thunderclap Newman have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Something In The Air

8

  • Marianne Faithfull lapses into a coma after overdosing on heroin while filming Ned Kelly in Australia. She is fired from the film and sent to rehab

10

  • Jonas Kaufmann born (Munich) German tenor singer.
  • Ian Gillan (vo) and Roger Glover (b) make their live debuts with Deep Purple in London, replacing Rod Evans and Nick Simper
  • Brian Jones’s funeral takes place in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

12

  • Blind Faith begin a sell-out American tour in New York, but decide to fold at the end of it
  • John Mayall plays a show at the Fillmore East, New York, which is recorded for the live album The Turning Point. John Almond (fl, sax) Jon Mark (g) John Mayall (g, hca, keys, vo, perc) Steve Thompson (b)
  • Zager and Evans have the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with In the Year 2525

16

  • John Tavener’s A Celtic Requiem for chorus and orchestra premiered in London

17

  • (to 20th) The final Newport Folk Festival until its 1980s revival takes place. Acts appearing include Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Taj Mahal, the Everly Brothers, James Taylor, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell

18

  • Henryk Górecki’s Cantata for organ premiered in Kamien Pomorski, Poland

20

  • Roy Hamilton (40) dies in New Rochelle, NY following a stroke

21

  • Patrick Nunn born (Tunbridge Wells, Kent) English composer, teacher.
  • King Crimson begin recording their debut album In the Court of the Crimson King in London. Recording is completed on 21 Aug. Robert Fripp (g) Ian McDonald (winds, keys, mellotron, vo) Greg Lake (b, vo) Michael Giles (d, perc, vo) Peter Sinfield (lyrics, lights)

24

  • Jennifer Lopez born (New York) American actress, dancer, pop singer.

25

  • Douglas Moore (75) dies in Greenport, NY
  • Neil Young plays live with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time at the Fillmore East, New York

26

  • Frank Loesser (59) dies in New York of lung cancer
  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Honky Tonk Women
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Unbegrenzt [unlimited] for ensemble from Aus dem sieben Tagen premiered in St. Paul de Vence, France

28

  • Gabriel von Wayditch (80) dies in New York

31

  • Elvis Presley plays his first live shows since 1961 in Las Vegas

releases

  • David Bowie – Space Oddity / Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Philips UK)
  • Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue / San Quentin (Columbia)
  • Chicago – Questions 67 and 68 / Listen (Columbia)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River / Commotion (Fantasy)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash – Marrakesh Express / Hopelessly Hoping (Atlantic)
  • Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) / Dig In (Uni)
  • Fairport Convention – Si Tu Dois Partir / Genesis Hall (Island UK)
  • Isley Brothers – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out parts 1 and 2 (T-Neck)
  • It’s A Beautiful Day – White Bird / Wasted Union Blues (Columbia)
  • Plastic Ono Band – Give Peace a Chance / Remember Love (Apple UK)
  • Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women / You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Decca UK)
  • Darrell Banks – Here to Stay (Volt)
  • Blossom Toes – If Only for a Moment (Marmalade UK)
  • Edgar Broughton Band – Wasa Wasa (Harvest UK) Rock group formed in Warwick in 1968. Edgar Broughton (vo, g) Arthur Grant (b, vo) Steve Broughton (d)
  • Tim Buckley – Happy Sad (Elektra)
  • Canned Heat – Hallelujah (Liberty)
  • Shirley & Dolly Collins – Anthems In Eden (Harvest UK)
  • Deep Purple (Tetragrammaton)
  • Dells – Love Is Blue (Cadet)
  • Doors – Soft Parade (Elektra)
  • Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking (Island UK)
  • Groundhogs – Blues Obituary (Liberty UK)
  • Eddie Harris – High Voltage (Atlantic)
  • Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (Enterprise)
  • Yes (Atlantic UK)

Shirley & Dolly Collins – Anthems in Eden (Harvest)

Aug

1

  • Ján Cikker’s opera Hra o láske a smrti [Game of Love and Death], lib. Cikker after Romain Rolland, premiered in Munich

4

  • Max Cavalera born (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) Brazilian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Sepultura from 1984 to 1997 and Soulfly from 1997.
  • Charles Wuorinen’s The Long and the Short for violin premiered in Berkeley, CA

6

  • Elliott Smith born (Omaha, NE) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2003
  • Theodor W. Adorno (65) dies in Visp, Switzerland following a heart attack

7

  • Joseph Kosma (63) dies in La Roche-Guyon, France
  • Russ Morgan (65) dies in Las Vegas, NV

8

  • The cover of the Beatles’s Abbey Road album is photographed on the zebra crossing outside EMI studios

9

  • Jethro Tull have the UK number one album for the first of five weeks over two runs with Stand Up

15

  • Justin Broadrick born (Birmingham) English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Member of Napalm Death from 1984 to 1986, Godflesh from 1988 to 2002 and from 2010,  Techno Animal from 1991 to 2003 and Jesu from 2003. Also recorded as Final.
  • (to 17th) The Woodstock Music and Art Festival held at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. Acts appearing include Richie Havens, Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Santana, Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jimi Hendrix

16

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Time’s Encomium for synthesized sound premiered in Lenox, MA

17

  • Posdnous aka Kelvin Mercer born (New York, NY) American rapper, producer. Founder member of De La Soul.
  • Donnie Wahlberg born (Dorchester, MA) American pop singer, actor, film producer. Member of New Kids on the Block from 1984 to 1994. Brother of Mark Wahlberg (b.1971).

19

  • Nate Dogg aka Nathaniel Dwayne Hale born (Clarksdale, MS) American rapper, actor. Died 2011
  • (to 21st) Miles Davis records the album Bitches Brew in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Bennie Maupin (bcl) Wayne Shorter (ss) Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Larry Young (p) John McLaughlin (g) Dave Holland, Harvey Brooks (b) Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White (d) Don Alias (d, cga) Jim Riley (cga, shaker)
  • The original version of the Mothers of Invention play their final show in Canada (although Frank Zappa would continue to use the name for other groups)

20

  • The Beatles complete recording of Abbey Road in London. It is the last time that all four members of the group will be present in a studio together

23

  • Johnny Cash has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with At San Quentin
  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Honky Tonk Women

24

  • Carlos Chávez’s Discovery for orchestra premiered in Aptos, CA

28

  • Arnold Bax’s Legend for piano premiered on BBC Radio 3
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Worldes Blis for orchestra premiered in London
  • Hugh Wood’s Cello Concerto premiered in London

29

  • Hawkwind play their first show as Group X in Notting Hill, London. Nik Turner (sax) Mick Slattery, Dave Brock (g) John Harrison (b) Dik Mik (keys) Terry Ollis (d)

30

  • Dimitris Sgouros born (Athens) Greek concert pianist.
  • Elvis Presley has the UK number one album for one week with From Elvis In Memphis
  • Zager And Evans have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with In The Year 2525 (1st week of 3)
  • The first Chicago Blues Festival is held
  • (to 31st) The 1969 Isle of Wight festival takes place with appearances from The Band, Bob Dylan, Family, Free, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Pentangle, The Who and others

releases

  • Delfonics – You Got Yours and I’ll Get Mine / Loving Him (Philly Groove)
  • Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay / Peggy Day (Columbia)
  • Roberta Flack – Compared to What / Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye (Atlantic)
  • Marvin Gaye – That’s the Way Love Is / Gonna Keep On Tryin’ Till I Win Your Love (Tamla)
  • Grateful Dead – Dupree’s Diamond Blues / Cosmic Charlie (Warner Bros)
  • Isaac Hayes – Walk On By / By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Enterprise)
  • Harry J All Stars – Liquidator / Glen and Dave – La La Always Stay (Harry J UK)
  • Originals – Baby I’m For Real / Moment Of Truth (Soul)
  • Pioneers – Long Shot Kick the Bucket / Rico – Jumping the Gun (Trojan UK)
  • Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds / You’ll Think Of Me (RCA Victor)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun in the Summertime / Fun (Epic)
  • Temptations – I Can’t Get Next To You / Running Away (Gordy)
  • Archie Bell And The Drells – There’s Gonna Be A Showdown (Atlantic)
  • Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Tadpoles (Liberty UK)
  • James Brown – It’s a Mother (King)
  • Can – Monster Movie (United Artists Germany) Experimental rock band formed in Cologne in 1968. Irmin Schmidt (keys) Jaki Liebezeit (d) Holger Czukay (b) Michael Karoli (g) Malcolm Mooney (vo)
  • Clarence Carter – Testifyin’ (Atlantic)
  • Don Covay – The House of Blue Lights (Atlantic)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (Fantasy)
  • Miles Davis – In A Silent Way (Columbia)
  • Dr Strangely Strange – Kip of the Sirenes (Island UK) Irish folk-rock band formed in Dublin in 1967. Tim Booth (vo, g) Ivan Pawle (b, keys) Tim Goulding (vo, keys) Caroline Greville (vo, perc) Annie Mohan (vo)
  • Lou Donaldson – Hot Dog (Blue Note)
  • Fat Mattress (Polydor UK) English folk-rock band formed in Folkestone, Kent in 1968. Noel Redding (vo, g) Neil Landon (vo) Jim Leverton (b) Eric Dillon (d)
  • Fugs – The Belle of Avenue A (Reprise)
  • Jethro Tull – Stand Up (Island UK)
  • Elvin Jones – The Ultimate (Blue Note)
  • Love – Four Sail (Elektra)
  • Time Out for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (Tamla)
  • Pink Floyd – More (EMI Columbia UK) Soundtrack to a 1969 film by Barbet Schroeder
  • The Stooges (Elektra) Rock band formed in Ann Arbor, MI in 1967. Iggy Pop (vo) Dave Alexander (b) Ron Asheton (g, vo) Scott Asheton (d)
  • Ten Years After – Ssssh (Deram UK)
  • McCoy Tyner – Time For Tyner (Blue Note)
  • Townes Van Zandt (Poppy)
  • Muddy Waters – Fathers and Sons (Chess)
  • Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – In the Jungle Babe (Warner Bros)
  • Tony Williams Lifetime – Emergency (Polydor)
  • Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour (Tamla)

The Stooges

Sep

1

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Richtige Dauern [correct durations] & Nachtmusik [night music] from Aus den sieben Tagen premiered in Darmstadt

2

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Verbindungen [connections] & Abwärts [downwards] from Aus den sieben Tagen premiered in Darmstadt

3

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Intensität [intensity] & Kommunion [communion] from Aus den sieben Tagen premiered in Venice

4

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Aufwärts [upwards] from Aus den sieben Tagen premiered in Darmstadt

5

  • Josh White (55) dies in Manhasset, NY following open heart surgery

7

  • Jean-Benoit Dunckel born (Versaillles, France) French dance music producer, composer. Founder member of Air.

9

  • John Reis born (San Diego, CA) American rock singer, guitarist. Founder of Swami Records. Member of Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes.
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Persephassa for percussion premiered in Persepolis, Iran

11

  • The Great White Wonder, a bootleg recording of unreleased Bob Dylan material appears on sale in Los Angeles, the first record of its kind

12

  • Bruno Maderna’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in Venice

13

  • Joe Watkins (68) dies in Chicago
  • John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band make their live debut at a festival at Varsity Stadium in Toronto

14

  • James Stinson born (Detroit, MI) American electronic musician, producer. Founder member of Drexciya. Died 2002
  • Werner Egk’s Orchestersonate no.2 premiered in Ludwigshafen
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Brockport, NY
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Die Himmelsmechanik, a Komposition mit Bühnenbildern [The celestial mechanics, a composition with stage sets] for found sounds, percussion etc premiered in Venice

16

  • Prenkë Jakova (52) commits suicide in Tirana, Albania

17

  • Keith Flint born (London) English dance singer and dancer. Member of the Prodigy from 1990
  • Adam Wiltzie born (New York, NY) American electronic musician, composer, producer, sound engineer. Founder member of Stars of the Lid. Also recorded as The Dead Texan.

18

  • Johanna Doderer born (Bregenz, Austria) Austrian composer.

20

  • Blind Faith have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks & the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Blind Faith
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Bad Moon Rising

21

  • Warren Defever born (Livonia, MI) American rock and pop multi-instrumentalist, producer. Founder member of His Name Is Alive.

22

  • The house in Zatouna, Greece, where Mikis Theodorakis and his family are held under house arrest is raided by the police. The composer’s wife and children are taken to Athens

24

  • Malcolm Arnold’s Symphony No. 6 premiered in London
  • Malcolm Arnold conducts the RPO and Deep Purple performing Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Henryk Górecki’s Old Polish Music for brass and strings premiered in Warsaw

25

  • Boris Blacher’s opera Zweihunderttausend Taler [two hundred thousand dollars], lib. Sholem Aleichem, premiered in Berlin

29

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no.14 premiered in St Petersburg

unk

  • Antye Greie-Fuchs aka AGF born (Halle, Germany) German avant-garde singer, producer, electronic musician. Member of Laub and solo artist.

releases

  • Chicago – I’m a Man parts 1 and 2 (Columbia)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes / Long Time Gone (Atlantic)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well parts 1 and 2 (Reprise UK)
  • Funkadelic – I’ll Bet You / Open Our Eyes (Westbound)
  • Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy…. He’s My Brother / ‘Cos You Like to Love Me (Parlophone)
  • Kinks – Shangri-La / This Man He Weeps Tonight (Pye UK)
  • Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is? / Me And My Shadow (Capitol)
  • Bettye Swann – Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me / Willie & Laura Mae Jones (Capitol)
  • The Band (Capitol)
  • Beatles – Abbey Road (Apple UK)
  • Jack Bruce – Songs for a Tailor (Polydor UK)
  • Chi-Lites – Give it Away (Brunswick)  Vocal group formed in Chicago in 1960. Eugene Record, Creadel Jones, Robert Lester, Marshall Thompson
  • The Deviants 3 (Transatlantic UK)
  • Dillard & Clark – Through the Morning, Through the Night (A&M)
  • Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (Island UK)
  • Flamin’ Groovies – Supersnazz (Epic) Rock band formed in San Francisco in 1965. Cyril Jordan, Roy Loney (g, vo) George Alexander (b, hca, vo) Tim Lynch (g, hca, vo) Danny Mihm (d)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On (Reprise UK)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Easy (Tamla) Many of Terrell’s vocal parts were recorded by songwriter Valerie Simpson as she was too ill to perform
  • Moondog (1969) (Columbia)
  • Harry Nilsson – Harry (RCA Victor)
  • Laura Nyro – New York Tendaberry (Columbia)
  • Pearls Before Swine – These Things Too (Reprise)
  • Steve Reich – Live / Electric Music (Columbia Masterworks)
  • Santana (Columbia) Latin rock band formed in San Francisco in 1966. Carlos Santana (g, vo) Gregg Rolie (org, p, vo) David Brown (b) Michael Shrieve (d) Michael Carabello, Jose ‘Chepito’ Areas (perc)
  • Bob Seger System – Noah (Capitol)
  • Temptations – Puzzle People (Gordy)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – The Aerosol Grey Machine (Mercury) Progressive rock band formed in Manchester in 1967. Peter Hammill (vo, g) Hugh Banton (keys) Keith Ellis (b) Guy Evans (d)
  • Scott Walker – Scott 4 (Philips UK)

Beatles – Abbey Road (Apple)

Oct

1

  • Bruno Maderna’s Serenata per un Satellite for octet premiered in Darmstadt

2

  • Aulis Sallinen’s ballet Variations sur Mallarmé premiered in Helsinki

3

  • Gwen Stefani born (Fullerton, CA) American pop singer, songwriter, fashion designer. Founder member of No Doubt.
  • Skip James (67) dies in Philadelphia of cancer

4

  • Mat Maneri born (New York, NY) American jazz violinist, viola player, composer, bandleader, teacher.
  • The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of seventeen weeks over two runs with Abbey Road
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival have the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Green River

8

  • Roky Erickson is committed to Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Rusk, TX

9

  • Polly Jean ‘PJ’ Harvey born (Yeovil) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist.

10

  • Manuel Manetta (80) dies in New Orleans
  • György Ligeti’s Ramifications (strings version) premiered in Saarbrücken
  • Siegfried Matthus’s Dresden Symphony premiered in Dresden

11

  • Jane Birkin And Serge Gainsbourg have the UK number one single for one week with Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus
  • Darius Milhaud’s Trio for violin, cello and piano premiered in New York

12

  • Martie Maguire née Erwin born (York, PA) American country singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of the Dixie Chicks from 1989. Sister of Emily Robison (b.1972).

14

  • William McKinney (74) dies in Cynthiana, KY
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Prima vista for two ensembles and two slide projectors premiered in Cologne

15

  • Joshua Logan’s musical film Paint Your Wagon opens starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood. Music by Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe and Andre Previn

16

  • Roy Hargrove born (Waco, TX) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader.
  • Leonard Chess (52) dies in Chicago following a heart attack
  • Fairport Convention begin recording the album Liege and Lief in London. The album is completed on 1 Nov. Sandy Denny (vo) Dave Swarbrick (fiddle, vla) Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol (g, vo) Ashley Hutchings (b,vo) Dave Mattacks (d)
  • Leon Kirchner’s Music for orchestra premiered in New York
  • Albert Roussel’s Fuge for piano premiered on Brussels radio
  • Virgil Thomson’s Metropolitan Museum Fanfare: Portrait of an American Artist for brass and percussion premiered in New York

17

  • Wyclef Jean born (Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti) Haitian R&B musician, record producer, politician. Founder member of the Fugees and solo artist.

18

  • Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia for singers and orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
  • Rod Stewart joins the Faces
  • The Temptations have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with I Can’t Get Next to You

19

  • György Ligeti’s Study no.2 “Coulée” for organ premiered in Graz
  • Ned Rorem’s War Scenes for voice and piano, text Walt Whitman, premiered in Washington, DC
  • Alfred Schnittke’s …pianissimo… for orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen

22

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Hoquetus David for sextet & Medusa for ensemble premiered in Sheffield
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Il marescalco [the equerry] premiered in Treviso, lib. Malpiero
  • Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Les larmes du couteau [the tears of the knife] premiered in Brno, lib. G. Ribemont-Dessaignes

24

  • Thea Musgrave’s Night Music for orchestra premiered in Cardiff

25

  • The Archies have the UK number one single for the first of eight weeks with Sugar Sugar

26

  • André Boucourechliev’s Archipel 3 op.9 for percussion and piano premiered in Paris

28

  • Ludwik Perski’s short documentary film Portret dyrygenta [Portrait of a Conductor] about Witold Rowicki with music by Krzysztof Penderecki opens in Paris
  • Stefan Wolpe’s String Quartet premiered in New York

29

  • Roni Size aka Ryan Williams born (Bristol) English drum & bass DJ, producer. Founder member of Reprazent and solo.
  • Pops Foster (77) dies in San Francisco

30

  • Tony Spargo (72) dies in New York

31

  • Darius Milhaud’s Trio for violin, cello and piano premiered in New York

unk

  • Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting In A Room recorded in Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

releases

  • Byrds – Ballad Of Easy Rider / Oil In My Lamp (Columbia)
  • Canned Heat – Let’s Work Together / I’m Her Man (Liberty)
  • Jimmy Cliff – Wonderful World, Beautiful People / Hard Road To Travel (Trojan UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You / Country Pie (Columbia)
  • Jackson Five – I Want You Back / Who’s Lovin’ You (Motown). Vocal group formed in Gary, IN in 1964. Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson
  • Syl Johnson – Is It Because I’m Black? / Let Them Hang High (Twinlight)
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – Friendship Train / Cloud Nine (Soul)
  • Plastic Ono Band – Cold Turkey / Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for a Hand in the Snow) (Apple UK)
  • Jimmy Ruffin – Farewell Is A Lonely Sound / If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can (Soul)
  • Santana – Jingo / Persuasion (Columbia)
  • Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog / 1969 (Elektra)
  • Diana Ross & the Supremes – Someday We’ll Be Together / He’s My Sunny Boy (Motown)
  • B. J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head / Never Had It So Good (Scepter)
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars – These Eyes / I’ve Got to Find a Way to Win Maria Back (Soul)
  • Stevie Wonder – Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday / I’d Be A Fool Right Now (Tamla)
  • Free  (Island UK) 
  • Isley Brothers – The Brothers: Isley (T-Neck)
  • Janis Joplin – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Columbia)
  • King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (Island UK)
  • Kinks – Arthur (Pye UK)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips – Nitty Gritty (Soul)
  • John Mayall – The Turning Point (Polydor) recorded live in New York on 12 Jul 1969
  • Pentangle – Basket of Light (Transatlantic UK)
  • Pink Floyd – Ummagumma (Harvest UK) Two sides live recorded on 27 Apr 1969 in Birmingham & 2 May 1969 in Manchester and two sides comprised of solo material by each band member
  • Spirit – Clear (Ode)
  • Frank Zappa – Hot Rats (Bizarre)

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (Island)

Nov

1

  • Darren Partington born (Manchester) English keyboard player, percussionist. Member of 808 State from 1989.
  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of eleven weeks over three runs with Abbey Road
  • Elvis Presley has the Billboard number one single for one week with Suspicious Minds
  • The first performance of the Scratch Orchestra takes place in Hampstead Town Hall, London

3

  • Robert Miles aka Robert Concina born (Neuchatel, Switzerland) Italain DJ, producer, electronic musician, composer.

4

  • Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy aka P Diddy born (New York, NY) American rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer, founder of Bad Boy records.
  • Ivory “Deek” Watson (60) dies in Washington, DC following a heart attack

7

  • Hélène Grimaud born (Aix-en-Provence, France) French concert pianist.

9

  • Simon & Garfunkel record the song Bridge over Troubled Water in Los Angeles

12

  • Kathleen Hanna born (Portland, OR) American rock singer, songwriter, activist, writer. Founder member of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and Julie Ruin.

14

  • David Del Tredici’s The Lobster Quadrille for soprano, folk group and orchestra premiered in London

15

  • Herbert Ross’s musical film Goodbye, Mr. Chips opens starring Peter O’Toole and Petula Clark. Music by Leslie Bricusse and John Williams
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Fresco no.29 for four orchestras premiered in Bonn as part of a multi-auditorium retrospective concert called Musik für die Beethovenhalle
  • The Star Club in Hamburg closes down

16

  • Charles Koechlin’s Seven Stars’ Symphony for orchestra premiered on BBC Radio 3 and Radio France-Musique inits complete version

18

  • György Ligeti’s Musica ricercata for piano premiered in Sundsvall, Sweden

19

  • Thea Musgrave’s ballet Beauty and the Beast premiered in London
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Contrafactum for orchestra premiered in Iowa City, IO

21

  • John Cage’s 33 1/3 for records, gramophones and audience premiered in Davis, CA
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s ballet Gênesis premiered in Rio de Janeiro
  • The first permanent link between distant computers is established with ARPANET between UCLA and Stanford Universities. It is the forerunner of the internet.

22

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata for violin and chamber orchestra premiered in Kuybyshev

23

  • Spade Cooley (59) dies in Oakland, CA following a heart attack while on a 72 hour leave from prison

25

  • Avet Terterian’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Yerevan, Armenia

26

  • Cream play their final show at the Albert Hall, London
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony no.6 premiered in Havana

29

  • Billboard Magazine changes its chart policy of listing the A and B sides of singles separately, instead counting both as one chart entry. The Beatles have the number one single for one week with a double A-side: Come Together / Something

30

  • Werner Egk’s ballet Casanova in London premiered in Munich
  • The Monkees play their final show in Oakland, CA
  • The International Raceway Festival takes place in West Palm Beach, FL with the Rolling Stones, the Band, Janis Joplin, King Crimson and others

unk

  • Sandy Denny and Ashley Hutchings leave Fairport Convention

releases

  • Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World / Pretty Little Missy (United Artists)
  • Band – Up On Cripple Creek / The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Capitol)
  • Syd Barrett – Octopus / Golden Hair (Harvest UK)
  • Beatles – Something / Come Together (Apple UK)
  • James Brown – Ain’t It Funky Now parts 1 and 2 (King)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son / Down On The Corner (Fantasy)
  • Eddie Holman – Hey There Lonely Girl / It’s All In The Game (ABC)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers / We Can Be Together (RCA Victor)
  • Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love / Living Loving Maid (Atlantic)
  • Meters – Look-Ka Py Py / This Is My Last Affair (Josie)
  • Pentangle – Light Flight (Theme From “Take Three Girls”) / Cold Mountain (Big T UK)
  • Dusty Springfield – A Brand New Me / Bad Case of the Blues (Atlantic)
  • Candi Staton – I’m Just a Prisoner / Heart on a String (Fame)
  • The Allman Brothers Band (Atco)
  • Kevin Ayers – Joy of a Toy (Harvest UK)
  • Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Keynsham (Liberty UK)
  • David Bowie aka Space Oddity (Philips UK)
  • Tim Buckley – Blue Afternoon (Straight)
  • Byrds – Ballad of Easy Rider (Columbia)
  • Colosseum – Valentyne Suite (Vertigo)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys (Fantasy)
  • Grateful Dead – Live / Dead (Warner) recorded live at the Fillmore West on 26 Jan 1969 and at the Avalon Ballroom on 2 Mar 1969, both in San Francisco
  • Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers (RCA Victor)
  • Wizz Jones (United Artists UK)
  • Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic UK)
  • Moody Blues – To Our Children’s Children’s Children (Threshold) 
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Four in Blue (Tamla)
  • Rare Bird (Charisma UK) Rock band fromed in London in 1969. Steve Gould (vo, b, g) Dave Kaffinetti (keys) Graham Field (keys) Mark Ashton (d)
  • Rare Earth – Get Ready (Rare Earth) Rock band formed in Detroit in 1967. John Parrish (tb, b, vo) Gil Bridges (sax, perc, vo) Kenny James (keys, vo) Rod Richards (g, vo) Pete Rivera (d, vo)
  • Marlena Shaw – The Spice of Life (Cadet)

The Grateful Dead

Dec

1

  • Magic Sam (32) dies in Chicago following a heart attack

2

  • Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes is kidnapped at knifepoint by a man who worked in her apartment building. She escapes unharmed

3

  • Bill Steer born (Stockton-on-Tees) English rock guitarist. Member of Napalm Death from 1987 to 1989 and Carcass from 1987 to 1995 and from 2007.

4

  • Jay Z aka Shawn Carter born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, producer, businessman

6

  • Mark Gardner born (Oxford) English rock singer, guitarist. Member of Ride from 1988 to 1995.
  • The Altamont Free Concert held in California with the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Flying Burrito Brothers. 18 year old Meredith Hunter is stabbed to death by Hell’s Angel Alan Passaro

7

  • James Francis Brown born (London) English composer.
  • Leonard Bernstein’s Warm-Up, a round for chorus premiered in New York

9

  • Jakob Dylan born (New York, NY) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Wallflowers and solo artist. Son of Bob Dylan (b.1941).
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Vesalii icones for dancer, cello and ensemble premiered in London

10

  • Leigh Harline (62) dies in Long Beach, CA of throat cancer
  • Leslie Bassett’s Moon Canticle for chorus, cello, narrator, and soprano premiered in New York

11

  • Henryk Górecki’s Canticum Graduum for orchestra premiered in Düsseldorf
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Requiem für einen jungen Dichter for voices, electronic instruments, jazz combo, organ and orchestra premiered in Düsseldorf

12

  • Carlos Chávez’s Variations for violin and piano premiered in New York

14

  • Lionel Bart, Elliot Lawrence, Martin Charnin and Charles K. Peck’s musical La Strada open s on Broadway (1 performance)
  • The Jackson Five make their television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show
  • György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2 premiered in Baden-Baden
  • Usko Meriläinen’s Divertimento for orchestra premiered in Helsinki

15

  • The Plastic Ono Band play their only UK show at a UNICEF benefit concert at the Lyceum Ballroom, London. At various points in the set, the band’s line-up consists of John Lennon (vo, g) George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney Bramlett (g) Yoko Ono (vo) Bonnie Bramlett (perc) Alan White, Jim Gordon (d) Billy Preston (org) Klaus Voormann (b) Bobby Keys (sax) Jim Price (tp)

16

  • Gene Kelly’s musical film Hello Dolly! opens starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau. Music by Jerry Herman
  • Gunther Schuller’s Consequents for orchestra premiered in New Haven, CT

17

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kurzwellen mit Beethoven (Stockhoven-Beethausen Opus 1970) premiered in Düsseldorf

18

  • André Previn and Alan Jay Lerner musical Coco opens on Broadway starring Katherine Hepburn (329 performances)
  • Malcolm Williamson’s opera Lucky-Peter’s Journey premiered in London. Lib. Edmund Tracey after August Strindberg

19

  • Aziza Mustafa Zadeh born (Baku) Azerbaijani jazz and folk singer, pianist, composer.
  • Paul Dessau’s opera Lanzelot, lib. Heiner Müller and Ginka Tsholakova, premiered in Berlin

20

  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for one week with Let It Bleed

25

  • Nicolas Godin born (Paris, France) French electronic musician, producer, composer. Founder member of Air.

27

  • Led Zeppelin have the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks over three runs with Led Zeppelin II
  • The Supremes have the Billboard number one single for one week with Someday We’ll Be Together

30

  • Jay Kay aka Jason Cheetham born (Manchester) English pop, jazz and R&B singer, songwriter (Jamiroquai).
  • Peter Tork quits the Monkees

31

  • Salvatore Baccaloni (69) dies in New York
  • (& 1 Jan 1970) Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies plays four shows at the Fillmore East, New York. The live album Band of Gypsies stems from these dates. Jimi Hendrix (g, vo) Billy Cox (b, vo) Buddy Miles (d, vo)

releases

  • Brook Benton – Rainy Night in Georgia / Where Do I Go From Here (Cotillion)
  • Kinks – Victoria / Mr. Churchill Says (Pye)
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everybody Is A Star (Epic)
  • Donald Byrd – Fancy Free (Blue Note)
  • Jimmy Cliff (Trojan UK)
  • Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner (Blue Note)
  • Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (Motown)
  • Leo Kottke – 6 & 12 String Guitar (Takoma)
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Live Peace in Toronto 1969 (Apple)
  • Love – Out Here (Blue Thumb)
  • Les McCann & Eddie Harris – Swiss Movement (Atlantic) recorded live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival on 21 Jun 1969
  • Renaissance (Island UK)
  • Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (Decca UK)
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie – Illuminations (Vanguard)
  • Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry – Ceremony: An Electronic Mass (Island UK)
  • Upsetters – Return of Django (Trojan UK)

Kevin Ayers b.1944

Date unknown

releases

  • Roland Kirk – Volunteered Slavery (Atlantic)
  • John McLaughlin – Extrapolation (Marmalade UK)
  • Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air (Columbia)

Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air (Columbia)

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