Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1967 (Part IV)

This week we feature the Top 100 Hits of 1967.

The year 1967 was an important one for psychedelic rock, and was famous for its “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. It saw major releases from The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour), Small Faces (“Itchycoo Park”), Eric Burdon & The Animals (Winds of Change), Big Brother and The Holding Company (Big Brother and The Holding Company ), The Doors (The Doors and Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow and After Bathing at Baxter’s), Moby Grape (Moby Grape), Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), Love (Forever Changes), The Beach Boys (Smiley Smile), Cream (Disraeli Gears), The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday), The Rolling Stones (Between the Buttons and Their Satanic Majesties Request), The Who (The Who Sell Out), The Velvet Underground (The Velvet Underground & Nico), Procol Harum (Procol Harum), The Monkees (Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.), and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love).

January 4 – The Doors release their debut album, The Doors (album)
January 8 – Elvis Presley turns 32.
January 15 – The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. At Ed Sullivan’s request, the band change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s spend some time together”.
January 16 – The Monkees begin work on Headquarters, the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material.
January 22 – Simon & Garfunkel give live concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York City. Some of this concert is released on October 4, 1997, on their box set Old Friends, but most is not released until July 2002.
January 29 – Mantra-Rock Dance, the “ultimate high” of the hippie era, is organised at The Avalon ballroom in San Francisco, featuring Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Moby Grape, beat poet Allen Ginsberg and A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in support of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
January 30 – The Beatles shoot a promotional film for their forthcoming single “Strawberry Fields Forever” at Knole Park in Sevenoaks.
February 6 – Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees fly into London. Dolenz sees Till Death Us Do Part on British TV and uses the term “Randy Scouse Git” from the programme for the title of The Monkees’ next single release “Randy Scouse Git”, not realising it is an offensive term. British censors force the title to be changed to “Alternate Title” in the UK.
February 7 – Micky Dolenz meets Paul McCartney at his home in St John’s Wood, London, and they pose together for the press. His impressions of the visit feature in the lyrics of “Randy Scouse Git”.
February 10 – Abbey Road Studio 2 session with Michael Nesmith in attendance as The Beatles record “A Day in the Life” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing an “orgasm of noise” featured twice in the song.
February 12 – British police raid ‘Redlands’, the Sussex home of Keith Richards in the early hours of the morning following a tip-off about a party from the News of the World; although no arrests are made at the time, Richards, Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser are subsequently charged with possession of drugs.
February 14 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect” at the New York based Atlantic Studios.
February 16 – “Aretha Franklin Day” is declared in Detroit, Michigan.
February 24 – The Bee Gees sign a management contract with Robert Stigwood.
March 3 – Eric Burdon & The Animals refuse to perform a show in Ottawa, Ontario, unless they are paid in advance. The audience of 3000 riots, causing $5000 in damages to the auditorium.
March 11 – A taped appearance by The Beatles on American Bandstand includes their new music video for the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”
March 25 – The Who perform their first concert in the United States, in New York.
March 27 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney are awarded the Ivor Novello award for “Michelle”, the most performed song in Britain in 1966.
March 30 – The Beatles pose with a photographic collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud’s famous museum for the cover artwork of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album at Chelsea Manor Studios in London.
March 31 – Kicking off a tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck at The Astoria London, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He is taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands. The guitar-burning act would later become a trademark of Hendrix’s performances.
April 8 – The 12th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria. The United Kingdom wins the contest for the first time with the Bill Martin/Phil Coulter song “Puppet on a String”, sung by Sandie Shaw.
May 1
Paul McCartney reveals that all four members of the Beatles have “dropped acid”.
Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin, Las Vegas.
May 2 – In the United States, Capitol Records pulls the plug on the Beach Boys’ mysterious Smile project. Brian Wilson, who had taken more than a year to compose and produce the album, could not bring himself to finish it.
May 12
Pink Floyd stage the first ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall (“Games for May”).
The debut album of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced, is released in the UK.
May 15 – Paul McCartney meets American photographer Linda Eastman at a club called “Bag O’ Nails”.
May 19 – Linda McCartney (her maiden name, Eastman), photographs The Beatles at the London Press Party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band held at the Chapel Street home of Brian Epstein. Media there were perplexed by the band’s fashion statements and the music itself.
May 30 – BBC Radio broadcasts “Where It’s At” featuring The Beatles interviews, and John Lennon’s comedy intro to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. BBC refuse to air “A Day in the Life” for alleged “drug references” in the lyrics.
June 1
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is released in Mono and Stereo LPs.
Greece’s fascist junta issues “Army decree No 13”, which bans playing or listening to the music of Mikis Theodorakis.
June 4 – Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Denny Laine and his Electric String Band, Procol Harum and The Chiffons, perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
June 10–11 – The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California features Canned Heat, The Byrds, The Seeds, Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Country Joe and the Fish and others on the bill for a charity concert attended by 15,000; considered the first pop festival in some histories, but eclipsed in attendance and stature by the Monterey Pop Festival the following week.
June 16 – Barbra Streisand performs live concert “A Happening in Central Park” in New York’s Central Park.
June 16–18 – The Monterey Pop Festival, the world’s first large scale outdoor rock music festival, is held in Monterey, California. Stars include The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Byrds, The Association, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Otis and the MG’s take the stage at 1:00 am after Jefferson Airplane and bring down the house; 55,000 are in attendance. Ravi Shankar is among the performers at the festival.
June 19 – During his stay in California on a houseboat in Sausalito, while listening to the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, Otis Redding is inspired to compose “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay”.
June 25 – The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” for the Our World television special, the first worldwide television broadcast. Backing singers include Eric Clapton, members of The Rolling Stones and The Who.
June 28
The Supremes perform for the first time as Diana Ross & the Supremes at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Florence Ballard is fired from the group after the first night, and on-hand stand-in Cindy Birdsong permanently takes Ballard’s place in the group.
The Monkees fly into London at the start of their concerts at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
June 29 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced to jail for drug possession. They later appeal successfully against the sentences.
July 1 – William Rees-Mogg, editor of The Times, uses the phrase “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?” in his editorial criticizing the prison sentences given to Mick Jagger and Keith Richard two days earlier.
July 2 – Jeff Beck and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
July 3 – The Beatles host a party at the Speakeasy Club for The Monkees on the completion of their concerts in London.
July 5 – First of the Schaefer Music Festivals, held in Central Park. Lineup consists of Len Chandler, The Young Rascals, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
July 18 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience is thrown off a tour of The Monkees after complaints from the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution. (Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler later admitted it was a publicity stunt.)
July 29 – Motown Records releases “Reflections,” the first single by the group’s new billing, “Diana Ross & The Supremes” and after firing founding member Florence Ballard; Ballard, nevertheless, sings on the record and appears on the vinyl’s cover alongside group members Ross and Wilson because the song was recorded before her dismissal.
August 14 – The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act becomes law in the United Kingdom, and most offshore radio stations (including Wonderful Radio London) have already closed down. Only Radio Caroline North & South on 259 would continue. As Radio Caroline International.
August 23 – Brian Epstein’s last visit to a Beatles’ recording session, at the Chappell Recording Studios on Maddox Street, London. The last new Beatles song he lived to hear was “Your Mother Should Know”. Epstein died of an overdose of Carbitral, a form of barbiturate or sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, on 27 August 1967
August 27 – The Beatles, in Bangor, Wales, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, are informed of the death of their manager Brian Epstein, and they return to London at once.
August 31 – Paul McCartney calls a band meeting to discuss his TV movie idea about a psychedelic bus ride.
September 7 – Eric Burdon marries Angie King.
September 16 – Too ill to conduct, after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer, Sir Malcolm Sargent makes a valedictory appearance at the Last Night of the Proms.
September 17
The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and perform “Light My Fire”. Despite having agreed to Sullivan’s request that the line “Girl we couldn’t get much higher” be changed for the show, Jim Morrison performs it the way it was written and The Doors are banned from the show.
The Who destroy their instruments during a performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Keith Moon’s exploding drum kit injures Pete Townshend.
September 30 – The BBC replaces the Home Service with a pop music programme, Radio 1, and changes the Light Programme into the more MOR-orientated Radio 2, also launching the all-news Radio 4. The Third Programme is unchanged.
October 14 – Tammi Terrell faints and collapses into duet partner Marvin Gaye’s arms onstage during a performance at the Hampton University homecoming in Virginia. She was later diagnosed with a brain tumor, and would die from brain cancer in 1970 at the age of 24.
October 18 – The first issue of Rolling Stone rolls off the press at about 5:30pm, with a cover dated November 9 and featuring a photo of John Lennon in the film How I Won the War. The original inspiration for the magazine was Bomp! magazine based in California, which preceded the existence of Rolling Stone.
November 22
Oricon is founded by Sōkō Koike and begins publishing a singles chart.
Otis Redding records “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”.
December 5
George Harrison begins recording tracks for Wonderwall Music, his first solo album, in London; he continues the recording in Mumbai.
The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London. Party guests include Eric Clapton and movie director Richard Lester.
December 8 – Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, play at a popular nightclub, Leo’s Casino in Cleveland, Ohio. This is to be Redding’s last performance. Two days later he and four of the six Bar-Kays die in a plane crash in Lake Monona (Madison, Wisconsin), one of the worst air tragedies in entertainment history, and the worst since the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper air crash, 8 years earlier, in 1959.
December 9 – During a performance at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut, Jim Morrison of The Doors becomes the first singer to be arrested on stage, having earlier been sprayed with a can of mace. He was charged with inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. The charges are dropped several weeks later due to a lack of evidence.
December 15 – The Who release their third studio album, The Who Sell Out. It is a concept album, formatted as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with faux commercials and public service announcements.
December 26 – First telecast of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour on BBC1. Shown in black and white, it upsets McCartney because it ruins the intended psychedelic color effects.
date unknown
Pickwick Records releases LP collection of ten 1950s A- and B-sides of singles by Simon & Garfunkel, recorded under their pseudonym Tom & Jerry, and tries to pass it off as current material by the duo. Simon and Garfunkel file a legal challenge, and the record is swiftly withdrawn from the market. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1967 (Part III)

The year 1967 was an important one for psychedelic rock, and was famous for its “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. It saw major releases from The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour), Small Faces (“Itchycoo Park”), Eric Burdon & The Animals (Winds of Change), Big Brother and The Holding Company (Big Brother and The Holding Company ), The Doors (The Doors and Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow and After Bathing at Baxter’s), Moby Grape (Moby Grape), Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), Love (Forever Changes), The Beach Boys (Smiley Smile), Cream (Disraeli Gears), The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday), The Rolling Stones (Between the Buttons and Their Satanic Majesties Request), The Who (The Who Sell Out), The Velvet Underground (The Velvet Underground & Nico), Procol Harum (Procol Harum), The Monkees (Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.), and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love).

January 4 – The Doors release their debut album, The Doors (album)
January 8 – Elvis Presley turns 32.
January 15 – The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. At Ed Sullivan’s request, the band change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s spend some time together”.
January 16 – The Monkees begin work on Headquarters, the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material.
January 22 – Simon & Garfunkel give live concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York City. Some of this concert is released on October 4, 1997, on their box set Old Friends, but most is not released until July 2002.
January 29 – Mantra-Rock Dance, the “ultimate high” of the hippie era, is organised at The Avalon ballroom in San Francisco, featuring Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Moby Grape, beat poet Allen Ginsberg and A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in support of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
January 30 – The Beatles shoot a promotional film for their forthcoming single “Strawberry Fields Forever” at Knole Park in Sevenoaks.
February 6 – Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees fly into London. Dolenz sees Till Death Us Do Part on British TV and uses the term “Randy Scouse Git” from the programme for the title of The Monkees’ next single release “Randy Scouse Git”, not realising it is an offensive term. British censors force the title to be changed to “Alternate Title” in the UK.
February 7 – Micky Dolenz meets Paul McCartney at his home in St John’s Wood, London, and they pose together for the press. His impressions of the visit feature in the lyrics of “Randy Scouse Git”.
February 10 – Abbey Road Studio 2 session with Michael Nesmith in attendance as The Beatles record “A Day in the Life” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing an “orgasm of noise” featured twice in the song.
February 12 – British police raid ‘Redlands’, the Sussex home of Keith Richards in the early hours of the morning following a tip-off about a party from the News of the World; although no arrests are made at the time, Richards, Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser are subsequently charged with possession of drugs.
February 14 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect” at the New York based Atlantic Studios.
February 16 – “Aretha Franklin Day” is declared in Detroit, Michigan.
February 24 – The Bee Gees sign a management contract with Robert Stigwood.
March 3 – Eric Burdon & The Animals refuse to perform a show in Ottawa, Ontario, unless they are paid in advance. The audience of 3000 riots, causing $5000 in damages to the auditorium.
March 11 – A taped appearance by The Beatles on American Bandstand includes their new music video for the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”
March 25 – The Who perform their first concert in the United States, in New York.
March 27 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney are awarded the Ivor Novello award for “Michelle”, the most performed song in Britain in 1966.
March 30 – The Beatles pose with a photographic collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud’s famous museum for the cover artwork of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album at Chelsea Manor Studios in London.
March 31 – Kicking off a tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck at The Astoria London, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He is taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands. The guitar-burning act would later become a trademark of Hendrix’s performances.
April 8 – The 12th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria. The United Kingdom wins the contest for the first time with the Bill Martin/Phil Coulter song “Puppet on a String”, sung by Sandie Shaw.
May 1
Paul McCartney reveals that all four members of the Beatles have “dropped acid”.
Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin, Las Vegas.
May 2 – In the United States, Capitol Records pulls the plug on the Beach Boys’ mysterious Smile project. Brian Wilson, who had taken more than a year to compose and produce the album, could not bring himself to finish it.
May 12
Pink Floyd stage the first ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall (“Games for May”).
The debut album of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced, is released in the UK.
May 15 – Paul McCartney meets American photographer Linda Eastman at a club called “Bag O’ Nails”.
May 19 – Linda McCartney (her maiden name, Eastman), photographs The Beatles at the London Press Party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band held at the Chapel Street home of Brian Epstein. Media there were perplexed by the band’s fashion statements and the music itself.
May 30 – BBC Radio broadcasts “Where It’s At” featuring The Beatles interviews, and John Lennon’s comedy intro to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. BBC refuse to air “A Day in the Life” for alleged “drug references” in the lyrics.
June 1
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is released in Mono and Stereo LPs.
Greece’s fascist junta issues “Army decree No 13”, which bans playing or listening to the music of Mikis Theodorakis.
June 4 – Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Denny Laine and his Electric String Band, Procol Harum and The Chiffons, perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
June 10–11 – The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California features Canned Heat, The Byrds, The Seeds, Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Country Joe and the Fish and others on the bill for a charity concert attended by 15,000; considered the first pop festival in some histories, but eclipsed in attendance and stature by the Monterey Pop Festival the following week.
June 16 – Barbra Streisand performs live concert “A Happening in Central Park” in New York’s Central Park.
June 16–18 – The Monterey Pop Festival, the world’s first large scale outdoor rock music festival, is held in Monterey, California. Stars include The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Byrds, The Association, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Otis and the MG’s take the stage at 1:00 am after Jefferson Airplane and bring down the house; 55,000 are in attendance. Ravi Shankar is among the performers at the festival.
June 19 – During his stay in California on a houseboat in Sausalito, while listening to the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, Otis Redding is inspired to compose “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay”.
June 25 – The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” for the Our World television special, the first worldwide television broadcast. Backing singers include Eric Clapton, members of The Rolling Stones and The Who.
June 28
The Supremes perform for the first time as Diana Ross & the Supremes at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Florence Ballard is fired from the group after the first night, and on-hand stand-in Cindy Birdsong permanently takes Ballard’s place in the group.
The Monkees fly into London at the start of their concerts at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
June 29 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced to jail for drug possession. They later appeal successfully against the sentences.
July 1 – William Rees-Mogg, editor of The Times, uses the phrase “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?” in his editorial criticizing the prison sentences given to Mick Jagger and Keith Richard two days earlier.
July 2 – Jeff Beck and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
July 3 – The Beatles host a party at the Speakeasy Club for The Monkees on the completion of their concerts in London.
July 5 – First of the Schaefer Music Festivals, held in Central Park. Lineup consists of Len Chandler, The Young Rascals, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
July 18 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience is thrown off a tour of The Monkees after complaints from the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution. (Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler later admitted it was a publicity stunt.)
July 29 – Motown Records releases “Reflections,” the first single by the group’s new billing, “Diana Ross & The Supremes” and after firing founding member Florence Ballard; Ballard, nevertheless, sings on the record and appears on the vinyl’s cover alongside group members Ross and Wilson because the song was recorded before her dismissal.
August 14 – The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act becomes law in the United Kingdom, and most offshore radio stations (including Wonderful Radio London) have already closed down. Only Radio Caroline North & South on 259 would continue. As Radio Caroline International.
August 23 – Brian Epstein’s last visit to a Beatles’ recording session, at the Chappell Recording Studios on Maddox Street, London. The last new Beatles song he lived to hear was “Your Mother Should Know”. Epstein died of an overdose of Carbitral, a form of barbiturate or sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, on 27 August 1967
August 27 – The Beatles, in Bangor, Wales, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, are informed of the death of their manager Brian Epstein, and they return to London at once.
August 31 – Paul McCartney calls a band meeting to discuss his TV movie idea about a psychedelic bus ride.
September 7 – Eric Burdon marries Angie King.
September 16 – Too ill to conduct, after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer, Sir Malcolm Sargent makes a valedictory appearance at the Last Night of the Proms.
September 17
The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and perform “Light My Fire”. Despite having agreed to Sullivan’s request that the line “Girl we couldn’t get much higher” be changed for the show, Jim Morrison performs it the way it was written and The Doors are banned from the show.
The Who destroy their instruments during a performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Keith Moon’s exploding drum kit injures Pete Townshend.
September 30 – The BBC replaces the Home Service with a pop music programme, Radio 1, and changes the Light Programme into the more MOR-orientated Radio 2, also launching the all-news Radio 4. The Third Programme is unchanged.
October 14 – Tammi Terrell faints and collapses into duet partner Marvin Gaye’s arms onstage during a performance at the Hampton University homecoming in Virginia. She was later diagnosed with a brain tumor, and would die from brain cancer in 1970 at the age of 24.
October 18 – The first issue of Rolling Stone rolls off the press at about 5:30pm, with a cover dated November 9 and featuring a photo of John Lennon in the film How I Won the War. The original inspiration for the magazine was Bomp! magazine based in California, which preceded the existence of Rolling Stone.
November 22
Oricon is founded by Sōkō Koike and begins publishing a singles chart.
Otis Redding records “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”.
December 5
George Harrison begins recording tracks for Wonderwall Music, his first solo album, in London; he continues the recording in Mumbai.
The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London. Party guests include Eric Clapton and movie director Richard Lester.
December 8 – Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, play at a popular nightclub, Leo’s Casino in Cleveland, Ohio. This is to be Redding’s last performance. Two days later he and four of the six Bar-Kays die in a plane crash in Lake Monona (Madison, Wisconsin), one of the worst air tragedies in entertainment history, and the worst since the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper air crash, 8 years earlier, in 1959.
December 9 – During a performance at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut, Jim Morrison of The Doors becomes the first singer to be arrested on stage, having earlier been sprayed with a can of mace. He was charged with inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. The charges are dropped several weeks later due to a lack of evidence.
December 15 – The Who release their third studio album, The Who Sell Out. It is a concept album, formatted as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with faux commercials and public service announcements.
December 26 – First telecast of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour on BBC1. Shown in black and white, it upsets McCartney because it ruins the intended psychedelic color effects.
date unknown
Pickwick Records releases LP collection of ten 1950s A- and B-sides of singles by Simon & Garfunkel, recorded under their pseudonym Tom & Jerry, and tries to pass it off as current material by the duo. Simon and Garfunkel file a legal challenge, and the record is swiftly withdrawn from the market. – Wikipedia

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1967 (Part II)

The year 1967 was an important one for psychedelic rock, and was famous for its “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. It saw major releases from The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour), Small Faces (“Itchycoo Park”), Eric Burdon & The Animals (Winds of Change), Big Brother and The Holding Company (Big Brother and The Holding Company ), The Doors (The Doors and Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow and After Bathing at Baxter’s), Moby Grape (Moby Grape), Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), Love (Forever Changes), The Beach Boys (Smiley Smile), Cream (Disraeli Gears), The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday), The Rolling Stones (Between the Buttons and Their Satanic Majesties Request), The Who (The Who Sell Out), The Velvet Underground (The Velvet Underground & Nico), Procol Harum (Procol Harum), The Monkees (Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.), and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love).

January 4 – The Doors release their debut album, The Doors (album)
January 8 – Elvis Presley turns 32.
January 15 – The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. At Ed Sullivan’s request, the band change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s spend some time together”.
January 16 – The Monkees begin work on Headquarters, the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material.
January 22 – Simon & Garfunkel give live concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York City. Some of this concert is released on October 4, 1997, on their box set Old Friends, but most is not released until July 2002.
January 29 – Mantra-Rock Dance, the “ultimate high” of the hippie era, is organised at The Avalon ballroom in San Francisco, featuring Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Moby Grape, beat poet Allen Ginsberg and A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in support of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
January 30 – The Beatles shoot a promotional film for their forthcoming single “Strawberry Fields Forever” at Knole Park in Sevenoaks.
February 6 – Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees fly into London. Dolenz sees Till Death Us Do Part on British TV and uses the term “Randy Scouse Git” from the programme for the title of The Monkees’ next single release “Randy Scouse Git”, not realising it is an offensive term. British censors force the title to be changed to “Alternate Title” in the UK.
February 7 – Micky Dolenz meets Paul McCartney at his home in St John’s Wood, London, and they pose together for the press. His impressions of the visit feature in the lyrics of “Randy Scouse Git”.
February 10 – Abbey Road Studio 2 session with Michael Nesmith in attendance as The Beatles record “A Day in the Life” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing an “orgasm of noise” featured twice in the song.
February 12 – British police raid ‘Redlands’, the Sussex home of Keith Richards in the early hours of the morning following a tip-off about a party from the News of the World; although no arrests are made at the time, Richards, Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser are subsequently charged with possession of drugs.
February 14 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect” at the New York based Atlantic Studios.
February 16 – “Aretha Franklin Day” is declared in Detroit, Michigan.
February 24 – The Bee Gees sign a management contract with Robert Stigwood.
March 3 – Eric Burdon & The Animals refuse to perform a show in Ottawa, Ontario, unless they are paid in advance. The audience of 3000 riots, causing $5000 in damages to the auditorium.
March 11 – A taped appearance by The Beatles on American Bandstand includes their new music video for the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”
March 25 – The Who perform their first concert in the United States, in New York.
March 27 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney are awarded the Ivor Novello award for “Michelle”, the most performed song in Britain in 1966.
March 30 – The Beatles pose with a photographic collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud’s famous museum for the cover artwork of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album at Chelsea Manor Studios in London.
March 31 – Kicking off a tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck at The Astoria London, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He is taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands. The guitar-burning act would later become a trademark of Hendrix’s performances.
April 8 – The 12th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria. The United Kingdom wins the contest for the first time with the Bill Martin/Phil Coulter song “Puppet on a String”, sung by Sandie Shaw.
May 1
Paul McCartney reveals that all four members of the Beatles have “dropped acid”.
Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin, Las Vegas.
May 2 – In the United States, Capitol Records pulls the plug on the Beach Boys’ mysterious Smile project. Brian Wilson, who had taken more than a year to compose and produce the album, could not bring himself to finish it.
May 12
Pink Floyd stage the first ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall (“Games for May”).
The debut album of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced, is released in the UK.
May 15 – Paul McCartney meets American photographer Linda Eastman at a club called “Bag O’ Nails”.
May 19 – Linda McCartney (her maiden name, Eastman), photographs The Beatles at the London Press Party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band held at the Chapel Street home of Brian Epstein. Media there were perplexed by the band’s fashion statements and the music itself.
May 30 – BBC Radio broadcasts “Where It’s At” featuring The Beatles interviews, and John Lennon’s comedy intro to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. BBC refuse to air “A Day in the Life” for alleged “drug references” in the lyrics.
June 1
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is released in Mono and Stereo LPs.
Greece’s fascist junta issues “Army decree No 13”, which bans playing or listening to the music of Mikis Theodorakis.
June 4 – Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Denny Laine and his Electric String Band, Procol Harum and The Chiffons, perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
June 10–11 – The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California features Canned Heat, The Byrds, The Seeds, Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Country Joe and the Fish and others on the bill for a charity concert attended by 15,000; considered the first pop festival in some histories, but eclipsed in attendance and stature by the Monterey Pop Festival the following week.
June 16 – Barbra Streisand performs live concert “A Happening in Central Park” in New York’s Central Park.
June 16–18 – The Monterey Pop Festival, the world’s first large scale outdoor rock music festival, is held in Monterey, California. Stars include The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Byrds, The Association, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Otis and the MG’s take the stage at 1:00 am after Jefferson Airplane and bring down the house; 55,000 are in attendance. Ravi Shankar is among the performers at the festival.
June 19 – During his stay in California on a houseboat in Sausalito, while listening to the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, Otis Redding is inspired to compose “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay”.
June 25 – The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” for the Our World television special, the first worldwide television broadcast. Backing singers include Eric Clapton, members of The Rolling Stones and The Who.
June 28
The Supremes perform for the first time as Diana Ross & the Supremes at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Florence Ballard is fired from the group after the first night, and on-hand stand-in Cindy Birdsong permanently takes Ballard’s place in the group.
The Monkees fly into London at the start of their concerts at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
June 29 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced to jail for drug possession. They later appeal successfully against the sentences.
July 1 – William Rees-Mogg, editor of The Times, uses the phrase “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?” in his editorial criticizing the prison sentences given to Mick Jagger and Keith Richard two days earlier.
July 2 – Jeff Beck and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
July 3 – The Beatles host a party at the Speakeasy Club for The Monkees on the completion of their concerts in London.
July 5 – First of the Schaefer Music Festivals, held in Central Park. Lineup consists of Len Chandler, The Young Rascals, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
July 18 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience is thrown off a tour of The Monkees after complaints from the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution. (Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler later admitted it was a publicity stunt.)
July 29 – Motown Records releases “Reflections,” the first single by the group’s new billing, “Diana Ross & The Supremes” and after firing founding member Florence Ballard; Ballard, nevertheless, sings on the record and appears on the vinyl’s cover alongside group members Ross and Wilson because the song was recorded before her dismissal.
August 14 – The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act becomes law in the United Kingdom, and most offshore radio stations (including Wonderful Radio London) have already closed down. Only Radio Caroline North & South on 259 would continue. As Radio Caroline International.
August 23 – Brian Epstein’s last visit to a Beatles’ recording session, at the Chappell Recording Studios on Maddox Street, London. The last new Beatles song he lived to hear was “Your Mother Should Know”. Epstein died of an overdose of Carbitral, a form of barbiturate or sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, on 27 August 1967
August 27 – The Beatles, in Bangor, Wales, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, are informed of the death of their manager Brian Epstein, and they return to London at once.
August 31 – Paul McCartney calls a band meeting to discuss his TV movie idea about a psychedelic bus ride.
September 7 – Eric Burdon marries Angie King.
September 16 – Too ill to conduct, after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer, Sir Malcolm Sargent makes a valedictory appearance at the Last Night of the Proms.
September 17
The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and perform “Light My Fire”. Despite having agreed to Sullivan’s request that the line “Girl we couldn’t get much higher” be changed for the show, Jim Morrison performs it the way it was written and The Doors are banned from the show.
The Who destroy their instruments during a performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Keith Moon’s exploding drum kit injures Pete Townshend.
September 30 – The BBC replaces the Home Service with a pop music programme, Radio 1, and changes the Light Programme into the more MOR-orientated Radio 2, also launching the all-news Radio 4. The Third Programme is unchanged.
October 14 – Tammi Terrell faints and collapses into duet partner Marvin Gaye’s arms onstage during a performance at the Hampton University homecoming in Virginia. She was later diagnosed with a brain tumor, and would die from brain cancer in 1970 at the age of 24.
October 18 – The first issue of Rolling Stone rolls off the press at about 5:30pm, with a cover dated November 9 and featuring a photo of John Lennon in the film How I Won the War. The original inspiration for the magazine was Bomp! magazine based in California, which preceded the existence of Rolling Stone.
November 22
Oricon is founded by Sōkō Koike and begins publishing a singles chart.
Otis Redding records “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”.
December 5
George Harrison begins recording tracks for Wonderwall Music, his first solo album, in London; he continues the recording in Mumbai.
The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London. Party guests include Eric Clapton and movie director Richard Lester.
December 8 – Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, play at a popular nightclub, Leo’s Casino in Cleveland, Ohio. This is to be Redding’s last performance. Two days later he and four of the six Bar-Kays die in a plane crash in Lake Monona (Madison, Wisconsin), one of the worst air tragedies in entertainment history, and the worst since the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper air crash, 8 years earlier, in 1959.
December 9 – During a performance at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut, Jim Morrison of The Doors becomes the first singer to be arrested on stage, having earlier been sprayed with a can of mace. He was charged with inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. The charges are dropped several weeks later due to a lack of evidence.
December 15 – The Who release their third studio album, The Who Sell Out. It is a concept album, formatted as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with faux commercials and public service announcements.
December 26 – First telecast of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour on BBC1. Shown in black and white, it upsets McCartney because it ruins the intended psychedelic color effects.
date unknown
Pickwick Records releases LP collection of ten 1950s A- and B-sides of singles by Simon & Garfunkel, recorded under their pseudonym Tom & Jerry, and tries to pass it off as current material by the duo. Simon and Garfunkel file a legal challenge, and the record is swiftly withdrawn from the market. – Wikipedia

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1967 (Part I)

The year 1967 was an important one for psychedelic rock, and was famous for its “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. It saw major releases from The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour), Small Faces (“Itchycoo Park”), Eric Burdon & The Animals (Winds of Change), Big Brother and The Holding Company (Big Brother and The Holding Company ), The Doors (The Doors and Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow and After Bathing at Baxter’s), Moby Grape (Moby Grape), Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), Love (Forever Changes), The Beach Boys (Smiley Smile), Cream (Disraeli Gears), The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday), The Rolling Stones (Between the Buttons and Their Satanic Majesties Request), The Who (The Who Sell Out), The Velvet Underground (The Velvet Underground & Nico), Procol Harum (Procol Harum), The Monkees (Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.), and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love).

January 4 – The Doors release their debut album, The Doors (album)
January 8 – Elvis Presley turns 32.
January 15 – The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. At Ed Sullivan’s request, the band change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s spend some time together”.
January 16 – The Monkees begin work on Headquarters, the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material.
January 22 – Simon & Garfunkel give live concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York City. Some of this concert is released on October 4, 1997, on their box set Old Friends, but most is not released until July 2002.
January 29 – Mantra-Rock Dance, the “ultimate high” of the hippie era, is organised at The Avalon ballroom in San Francisco, featuring Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Moby Grape, beat poet Allen Ginsberg and A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in support of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
January 30 – The Beatles shoot a promotional film for their forthcoming single “Strawberry Fields Forever” at Knole Park in Sevenoaks.
February 6 – Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees fly into London. Dolenz sees Till Death Us Do Part on British TV and uses the term “Randy Scouse Git” from the programme for the title of The Monkees’ next single release “Randy Scouse Git”, not realising it is an offensive term. British censors force the title to be changed to “Alternate Title” in the UK.
February 7 – Micky Dolenz meets Paul McCartney at his home in St John’s Wood, London, and they pose together for the press. His impressions of the visit feature in the lyrics of “Randy Scouse Git”.
February 10 – Abbey Road Studio 2 session with Michael Nesmith in attendance as The Beatles record “A Day in the Life” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing an “orgasm of noise” featured twice in the song.
February 12 – British police raid ‘Redlands’, the Sussex home of Keith Richards in the early hours of the morning following a tip-off about a party from the News of the World; although no arrests are made at the time, Richards, Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser are subsequently charged with possession of drugs.
February 14 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect” at the New York based Atlantic Studios.
February 16 – “Aretha Franklin Day” is declared in Detroit, Michigan.
February 24 – The Bee Gees sign a management contract with Robert Stigwood.
March 3 – Eric Burdon & The Animals refuse to perform a show in Ottawa, Ontario, unless they are paid in advance. The audience of 3000 riots, causing $5000 in damages to the auditorium.
March 11 – A taped appearance by The Beatles on American Bandstand includes their new music video for the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”
March 25 – The Who perform their first concert in the United States, in New York.
March 27 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney are awarded the Ivor Novello award for “Michelle”, the most performed song in Britain in 1966.
March 30 – The Beatles pose with a photographic collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud’s famous museum for the cover artwork of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album at Chelsea Manor Studios in London.
March 31 – Kicking off a tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck at The Astoria London, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He is taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands. The guitar-burning act would later become a trademark of Hendrix’s performances.
April 8 – The 12th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria. The United Kingdom wins the contest for the first time with the Bill Martin/Phil Coulter song “Puppet on a String”, sung by Sandie Shaw.
May 1
Paul McCartney reveals that all four members of the Beatles have “dropped acid”.
Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin, Las Vegas.
May 2 – In the United States, Capitol Records pulls the plug on the Beach Boys’ mysterious Smile project. Brian Wilson, who had taken more than a year to compose and produce the album, could not bring himself to finish it.
May 12
Pink Floyd stage the first ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall (“Games for May”).
The debut album of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced, is released in the UK.
May 15 – Paul McCartney meets American photographer Linda Eastman at a club called “Bag O’ Nails”.
May 19 – Linda McCartney (her maiden name, Eastman), photographs The Beatles at the London Press Party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band held at the Chapel Street home of Brian Epstein. Media there were perplexed by the band’s fashion statements and the music itself.
May 30 – BBC Radio broadcasts “Where It’s At” featuring The Beatles interviews, and John Lennon’s comedy intro to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. BBC refuse to air “A Day in the Life” for alleged “drug references” in the lyrics.
June 1
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is released in Mono and Stereo LPs.
Greece’s fascist junta issues “Army decree No 13”, which bans playing or listening to the music of Mikis Theodorakis.
June 4 – Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Denny Laine and his Electric String Band, Procol Harum and The Chiffons, perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
June 10–11 – The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California features Canned Heat, The Byrds, The Seeds, Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Country Joe and the Fish and others on the bill for a charity concert attended by 15,000; considered the first pop festival in some histories, but eclipsed in attendance and stature by the Monterey Pop Festival the following week.
June 16 – Barbra Streisand performs live concert “A Happening in Central Park” in New York’s Central Park.
June 16–18 – The Monterey Pop Festival, the world’s first large scale outdoor rock music festival, is held in Monterey, California. Stars include The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Byrds, The Association, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Otis and the MG’s take the stage at 1:00 am after Jefferson Airplane and bring down the house; 55,000 are in attendance. Ravi Shankar is among the performers at the festival.
June 19 – During his stay in California on a houseboat in Sausalito, while listening to the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, Otis Redding is inspired to compose “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay”.
June 25 – The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” for the Our World television special, the first worldwide television broadcast. Backing singers include Eric Clapton, members of The Rolling Stones and The Who.
June 28
The Supremes perform for the first time as Diana Ross & the Supremes at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Florence Ballard is fired from the group after the first night, and on-hand stand-in Cindy Birdsong permanently takes Ballard’s place in the group.
The Monkees fly into London at the start of their concerts at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
June 29 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced to jail for drug possession. They later appeal successfully against the sentences.
July 1 – William Rees-Mogg, editor of The Times, uses the phrase “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?” in his editorial criticizing the prison sentences given to Mick Jagger and Keith Richard two days earlier.
July 2 – Jeff Beck and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers perform a two-hour “Sunday Special” at Saville Theatre in London.
July 3 – The Beatles host a party at the Speakeasy Club for The Monkees on the completion of their concerts in London.
July 5 – First of the Schaefer Music Festivals, held in Central Park. Lineup consists of Len Chandler, The Young Rascals, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
July 18 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience is thrown off a tour of The Monkees after complaints from the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution. (Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler later admitted it was a publicity stunt.)
July 29 – Motown Records releases “Reflections,” the first single by the group’s new billing, “Diana Ross & The Supremes” and after firing founding member Florence Ballard; Ballard, nevertheless, sings on the record and appears on the vinyl’s cover alongside group members Ross and Wilson because the song was recorded before her dismissal.
August 14 – The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act becomes law in the United Kingdom, and most offshore radio stations (including Wonderful Radio London) have already closed down. Only Radio Caroline North & South on 259 would continue. As Radio Caroline International.
August 23 – Brian Epstein’s last visit to a Beatles’ recording session, at the Chappell Recording Studios on Maddox Street, London. The last new Beatles song he lived to hear was “Your Mother Should Know”. Epstein died of an overdose of Carbitral, a form of barbiturate or sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, on 27 August 1967
August 27 – The Beatles, in Bangor, Wales, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, are informed of the death of their manager Brian Epstein, and they return to London at once.
August 31 – Paul McCartney calls a band meeting to discuss his TV movie idea about a psychedelic bus ride.
September 7 – Eric Burdon marries Angie King.
September 16 – Too ill to conduct, after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer, Sir Malcolm Sargent makes a valedictory appearance at the Last Night of the Proms.
September 17
The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and perform “Light My Fire”. Despite having agreed to Sullivan’s request that the line “Girl we couldn’t get much higher” be changed for the show, Jim Morrison performs it the way it was written and The Doors are banned from the show.
The Who destroy their instruments during a performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Keith Moon’s exploding drum kit injures Pete Townshend.
September 30 – The BBC replaces the Home Service with a pop music programme, Radio 1, and changes the Light Programme into the more MOR-orientated Radio 2, also launching the all-news Radio 4. The Third Programme is unchanged.
October 14 – Tammi Terrell faints and collapses into duet partner Marvin Gaye’s arms onstage during a performance at the Hampton University homecoming in Virginia. She was later diagnosed with a brain tumor, and would die from brain cancer in 1970 at the age of 24.
October 18 – The first issue of Rolling Stone rolls off the press at about 5:30pm, with a cover dated November 9 and featuring a photo of John Lennon in the film How I Won the War. The original inspiration for the magazine was Bomp! magazine based in California, which preceded the existence of Rolling Stone.
November 22
Oricon is founded by Sōkō Koike and begins publishing a singles chart.
Otis Redding records “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”.
December 5
George Harrison begins recording tracks for Wonderwall Music, his first solo album, in London; he continues the recording in Mumbai.
The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London. Party guests include Eric Clapton and movie director Richard Lester.
December 8 – Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, play at a popular nightclub, Leo’s Casino in Cleveland, Ohio. This is to be Redding’s last performance. Two days later he and four of the six Bar-Kays die in a plane crash in Lake Monona (Madison, Wisconsin), one of the worst air tragedies in entertainment history, and the worst since the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper air crash, 8 years earlier, in 1959.
December 9 – During a performance at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut, Jim Morrison of The Doors becomes the first singer to be arrested on stage, having earlier been sprayed with a can of mace. He was charged with inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. The charges are dropped several weeks later due to a lack of evidence.
December 15 – The Who release their third studio album, The Who Sell Out. It is a concept album, formatted as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with faux commercials and public service announcements.
December 26 – First telecast of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour on BBC1. Shown in black and white, it upsets McCartney because it ruins the intended psychedelic color effects.
date unknown
Pickwick Records releases LP collection of ten 1950s A- and B-sides of singles by Simon & Garfunkel, recorded under their pseudonym Tom & Jerry, and tries to pass it off as current material by the duo. Simon and Garfunkel file a legal challenge, and the record is swiftly withdrawn from the market. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1966 (Part II)

January 8 – Shindig! is broadcast for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who, 2 days earlier, the birthday of Elvis Presley is celebrated in the final Thursday episode of the series.
January 14 – Young singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees.
January 17 – Simon & Garfunkel release the album Sounds of Silence.
February 2 – The first edition of Go-Set magazine is published in Melbourne, Australia. Founded by former Monash University students Phillip Frazer and Tony Schauble, the new weekly is the first independent periodical in Australia devoted entirely to popular music and youth culture. The inaugural 24-page issue has a cover feature on Tom Jones, stories on The Groop, singer Pat Carroll and DJ Ken Sparkes and a feature on mod fashion by designer Prue Acton.
February 6 – The Animals appear a fifth time on The Ed Sullivan Show to perform their iconic Vietnam-anthem hit “We Gotta Get Out of this Place”.
February 17 – Brian Wilson starts recording “Good Vibrations” with The Wrecking Crew, continuing for several months and marking a beginning to the famed Smile sessions.
February 19 – Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin perform at the Fillmore.
February 25 – The Yardbirds release the single “Shapes of Things”/”Mister, You’re a Better Man Than I”, heralding the dawn of the psychedelic era in British rock. “Shapes” would peak at No. 3 in the U.K. and No. 10 in Canada and the U.S., where it remained on the charts throughout the spring of 1966, making its final Hot 100 appearance mid-June.
March 4 – The Beatles’ John Lennon is quoted in the London newspaper, The Evening Standard as saying that the band was now more popular than Jesus. In August, following publication of this remark in Datebook, there are Beatles protests and record burnings in the Southern US’s Bible Belt.
March 5 – The 11th Eurovision Song Contest is staged in the Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg. Udo Jürgens, having represented Austria in the last two contests (sixth in 1964; fourth in 1965), finally scores a first for the country, with “Merci Chérie”, which he co-wrote.
March 6 – In the UK, 5,000 fans of the Beatles sign a petition urging British Prime minister Harold Wilson to reopen Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
March 14 – The Byrds release the psychedelic single “Eight Miles High” in the U.S. It is banned in several states due to allegations that the lyrics advocated drug use, yet reaches No.14 on the Billboard 100 charts.
April – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass set a world record by placing five albums simultaneously on Billboard’s Pop Album Chart, with four of them the Top 10. Their music outsells The Beatles by a margin of two-to-one – over 13 million recordings. They win 4 Grammys this year.
April 11 – First public performance in the Metropolitan Opera House, of Giacomo Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, though the official opening of the new opera house would not take place until September 16.
April 12 – In Los Angeles, California, Jan Berry, of Jan and Dean, crashes his Corvette into a truck that is parked on Whittier Boulevard. Berry slips into a two-month-long coma and suffers total physical paralysis for over a year as well as extensive brain damage.
April 23 – For the first time since its January 18, 1964, issue, the Billboard Hot 100 chart fails to have an artist from the UK with a Top 10 single, ending a streak of 117 consecutive weeks.
May 1 – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Who perform at the NME’s poll winners’ show in London. The show is videotaped for later broadcast but The Beatles’ and The Stones’ segments are omitted because of union conflicts.
May 6 – The first issue of Džuboks, the first Yugoslav magazine dedicated to rock music and the first rock magazine in a socialist country, is released.
May 13 – The Rolling Stones release “Paint It, Black”, which becomes the first number one hit single in the US and UK to feature a sitar (played by Brian Jones).
May 17 – Bob Dylan and the Hawks (later The Band) perform at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. Dylan is booed by the audience because of his decision to tour with an electric band, the boos culminating in the famous “Judas” shout.
May 30 – Them, fronted by Van Morrison, begin a three-week stint as the headliner act at the Whisky a Go Go. On the last night June 18, they were joined on stage by that week’s opening act The Doors. Van and Jim Morrison sang “Gloria” together.
June 6 – In Gallatin, Tennessee, 25-year-old Claudette Frady-Orbison, while motorcycycle riding with her husband Roy Orbison, is killed when her motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck.
June 18 – At a drunken gig at Queen’s College in Oxford, U.K., bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith quits The Yardbirds and star session guitarist Jimmy Page agrees to take over on bass.
July 2 – The Beatles become the first musical group to perform at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo. The performance ignites protests from local citizens who felt that it was inappropriate for a rock and roll band to play at Budokan.
July 29 – Bob Dylan is involved in a motorcycle accident.
July 31 – The “supergroup” Cream, a trio featuring Eric Clapton (guitar), Ginger Baker (drums) and Jack Bruce (bass guitar, lead vocals) performs its first official concert at the Windsor (UK) Jazz & Blues Festival.
August 1 – “Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival” is held – the first Mostly Mozart Festival.
August 5 – The Beatles release their album Revolver, expanding the year’s psychedelic sound.
August 11 – John Lennon holds a press conference in Chicago, Illinois, to apologize for his remarks the previous March. “I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have gotten away with it. I’m sorry I opened my mouth. I’m not anti-God, anti-Christ, or anti-religion. I was not knocking it. I was not saying we are greater or better.”
August 17 – The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra becomes the first major overseas orchestra to perform at The Proms.
August 25 – Yardbirds lead guitarist Jeff Beck takes ill in San Francisco and Jimmy Page, who had been playing bass, takes over on lead guitar for the band’s concert at the Carousel Ballroom.
August 29 – The Beatles perform their last official concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Also that day, NBC airs the last episode of Hullabaloo, with Elvis Presley performing Aud Lang Slyne, the episode previously aired in April of 1966.
September 12 – The first episode of The Monkees is broadcast on NBC Television.
September 16 – Eric Burdon records a solo album after leaving The Animals and appears on the show “Ready, Steady, Go”, singing “Help Me Girl”, a UK #14 solo hit. Also on the show are Otis Redding and Chris Farlowe.
September 23 – The Yardbirds debut their twin lead guitar lineup, featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, opening for the Rolling Stones 1966 U.K. tour. Also on the bill are Ike & Tina Turner, Peter Jay and the New Jaywalkers and Long John Baldry.
September 24 – Jimi Hendrix arrives in London to record with producer/manager Chas Chandler.
October 8 – WOR-FM in New York City becomes the first FM rock music station, under the leadership of DJ Murray The K.
October 22 – With their album The Supremes A’ Go-Go, The Supremes become the first all-female group to reach number one on the US Billboard 200.
November 9 – John Lennon meets Yoko Ono when he attends a preview of her art exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London.
November 15 – Japanese band The Tigers make their first television appearance, changing their name from “The Funnys” for the occasion.
November 30 – The Yardbirds officially announce that Jeff Beck has left the band, leaving Jimmy Page as sole guitarist in the group, within which Page would plant the seeds of Led Zeppelin.
December 6 – A Smile vocal overdub session by The Beach Boys for the song “Cabin Essence” becomes the scene of a climactic argument between member Mike Love and third-party lyricist Van Dyke Parks, causing him to gradually distance away from the project.
December 9 – The Who release their second album A Quick One with a nine-minute “mini-opera” A Quick One While He’s Away.
December 16 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases their first single in the UK, “Hey Joe”.
December 17 – David Oppenheim films Brian Wilson at his home performing his composition “Surf’s Up”. The footage will later be used for CBS’s Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution to be aired the next April.
December 23-30 – The UFO Club opens in London, featuring psychedelic bands Pink Floyd and Soft Machine; and the films of Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger.
1966 dates unknown
Dalida receives, for a second time, the Music Hall Bravos.
Charley Pride is signed by RCA.
The Centre d’Etudes de Mathématique et Automatique Musicales (Centre for Automatic and Mathematical Music) is founded in Paris by Iannis Xenakis.
Modern Assyrian music takes off when Albert Rouel Tamras releases his first records in Baghdad in 1966 on the Bashirphone label.
Conductor Herbert Kegel marries soprano Celestina Casapietra.
Pungmul music is recognized as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Korea, under the title nongak sipicha (농악십이차, “twelve movements of farmers’ music”).

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1966

January 8 – Shindig! is broadcast for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who, 2 days earlier, the birthday of Elvis Presley is celebrated in the final Thursday episode of the series.
January 14 – Young singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees.
January 17 – Simon & Garfunkel release the album Sounds of Silence.
February 2 – The first edition of Go-Set magazine is published in Melbourne, Australia. Founded by former Monash University students Phillip Frazer and Tony Schauble, the new weekly is the first independent periodical in Australia devoted entirely to popular music and youth culture. The inaugural 24-page issue has a cover feature on Tom Jones, stories on The Groop, singer Pat Carroll and DJ Ken Sparkes and a feature on mod fashion by designer Prue Acton.
February 6 – The Animals appear a fifth time on The Ed Sullivan Show to perform their iconic Vietnam-anthem hit “We Gotta Get Out of this Place”.
February 17 – Brian Wilson starts recording “Good Vibrations” with The Wrecking Crew, continuing for several months and marking a beginning to the famed Smile sessions.
February 19 – Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin perform at the Fillmore.
February 25 – The Yardbirds release the single “Shapes of Things”/”Mister, You’re a Better Man Than I”, heralding the dawn of the psychedelic era in British rock. “Shapes” would peak at No. 3 in the U.K. and No. 10 in Canada and the U.S., where it remained on the charts throughout the spring of 1966, making its final Hot 100 appearance mid-June.
March 4 – The Beatles’ John Lennon is quoted in the London newspaper, The Evening Standard as saying that the band was now more popular than Jesus. In August, following publication of this remark in Datebook, there are Beatles protests and record burnings in the Southern US’s Bible Belt.
March 5 – The 11th Eurovision Song Contest is staged in the Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg. Udo Jürgens, having represented Austria in the last two contests (sixth in 1964; fourth in 1965), finally scores a first for the country, with “Merci Chérie”, which he co-wrote.
March 6 – In the UK, 5,000 fans of the Beatles sign a petition urging British Prime minister Harold Wilson to reopen Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
March 14 – The Byrds release the psychedelic single “Eight Miles High” in the U.S. It is banned in several states due to allegations that the lyrics advocated drug use, yet reaches No.14 on the Billboard 100 charts.
April – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass set a world record by placing five albums simultaneously on Billboard’s Pop Album Chart, with four of them the Top 10. Their music outsells The Beatles by a margin of two-to-one – over 13 million recordings. They win 4 Grammys this year.
April 11 – First public performance in the Metropolitan Opera House, of Giacomo Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, though the official opening of the new opera house would not take place until September 16.
April 12 – In Los Angeles, California, Jan Berry, of Jan and Dean, crashes his Corvette into a truck that is parked on Whittier Boulevard. Berry slips into a two-month-long coma and suffers total physical paralysis for over a year as well as extensive brain damage.
April 23 – For the first time since its January 18, 1964, issue, the Billboard Hot 100 chart fails to have an artist from the UK with a Top 10 single, ending a streak of 117 consecutive weeks.
May 1 – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Who perform at the NME’s poll winners’ show in London. The show is videotaped for later broadcast but The Beatles’ and The Stones’ segments are omitted because of union conflicts.
May 6 – The first issue of Džuboks, the first Yugoslav magazine dedicated to rock music and the first rock magazine in a socialist country, is released.
May 13 – The Rolling Stones release “Paint It, Black”, which becomes the first number one hit single in the US and UK to feature a sitar (played by Brian Jones).
May 17 – Bob Dylan and the Hawks (later The Band) perform at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. Dylan is booed by the audience because of his decision to tour with an electric band, the boos culminating in the famous “Judas” shout.
May 30 – Them, fronted by Van Morrison, begin a three-week stint as the headliner act at the Whisky a Go Go. On the last night June 18, they were joined on stage by that week’s opening act The Doors. Van and Jim Morrison sang “Gloria” together.
June 6 – In Gallatin, Tennessee, 25-year-old Claudette Frady-Orbison, while motorcycycle riding with her husband Roy Orbison, is killed when her motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck.
June 18 – At a drunken gig at Queen’s College in Oxford, U.K., bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith quits The Yardbirds and star session guitarist Jimmy Page agrees to take over on bass.
July 2 – The Beatles become the first musical group to perform at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo. The performance ignites protests from local citizens who felt that it was inappropriate for a rock and roll band to play at Budokan.
July 29 – Bob Dylan is involved in a motorcycle accident.
July 31 – The “supergroup” Cream, a trio featuring Eric Clapton (guitar), Ginger Baker (drums) and Jack Bruce (bass guitar, lead vocals) performs its first official concert at the Windsor (UK) Jazz & Blues Festival.
August 1 – “Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival” is held – the first Mostly Mozart Festival.
August 5 – The Beatles release their album Revolver, expanding the year’s psychedelic sound.
August 11 – John Lennon holds a press conference in Chicago, Illinois, to apologize for his remarks the previous March. “I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have gotten away with it. I’m sorry I opened my mouth. I’m not anti-God, anti-Christ, or anti-religion. I was not knocking it. I was not saying we are greater or better.”
August 17 – The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra becomes the first major overseas orchestra to perform at The Proms.
August 25 – Yardbirds lead guitarist Jeff Beck takes ill in San Francisco and Jimmy Page, who had been playing bass, takes over on lead guitar for the band’s concert at the Carousel Ballroom.
August 29 – The Beatles perform their last official concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Also that day, NBC airs the last episode of Hullabaloo, with Elvis Presley performing Aud Lang Slyne, the episode previously aired in April of 1966.
September 12 – The first episode of The Monkees is broadcast on NBC Television.
September 16 – Eric Burdon records a solo album after leaving The Animals and appears on the show “Ready, Steady, Go”, singing “Help Me Girl”, a UK #14 solo hit. Also on the show are Otis Redding and Chris Farlowe.
September 23 – The Yardbirds debut their twin lead guitar lineup, featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, opening for the Rolling Stones 1966 U.K. tour. Also on the bill are Ike & Tina Turner, Peter Jay and the New Jaywalkers and Long John Baldry.
September 24 – Jimi Hendrix arrives in London to record with producer/manager Chas Chandler.
October 8 – WOR-FM in New York City becomes the first FM rock music station, under the leadership of DJ Murray The K.
October 22 – With their album The Supremes A’ Go-Go, The Supremes become the first all-female group to reach number one on the US Billboard 200.
November 9 – John Lennon meets Yoko Ono when he attends a preview of her art exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London.
November 15 – Japanese band The Tigers make their first television appearance, changing their name from “The Funnys” for the occasion.
November 30 – The Yardbirds officially announce that Jeff Beck has left the band, leaving Jimmy Page as sole guitarist in the group, within which Page would plant the seeds of Led Zeppelin.
December 6 – A Smile vocal overdub session by The Beach Boys for the song “Cabin Essence” becomes the scene of a climactic argument between member Mike Love and third-party lyricist Van Dyke Parks, causing him to gradually distance away from the project.
December 9 – The Who release their second album A Quick One with a nine-minute “mini-opera” A Quick One While He’s Away.
December 16 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases their first single in the UK, “Hey Joe”.
December 17 – David Oppenheim films Brian Wilson at his home performing his composition “Surf’s Up”. The footage will later be used for CBS’s Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution to be aired the next April.
December 23-30 – The UFO Club opens in London, featuring psychedelic bands Pink Floyd and Soft Machine; and the films of Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger.
1966 dates unknown
Dalida receives, for a second time, the Music Hall Bravos.
Charley Pride is signed by RCA.
The Centre d’Etudes de Mathématique et Automatique Musicales (Centre for Automatic and Mathematical Music) is founded in Paris by Iannis Xenakis.
Modern Assyrian music takes off when Albert Rouel Tamras releases his first records in Baghdad in 1966 on the Bashirphone label.
Conductor Herbert Kegel marries soprano Celestina Casapietra.
Pungmul music is recognized as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Korea, under the title nongak sipicha (농악십이차, “twelve movements of farmers’ music”).

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century Part I

January 4 – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is sold to CBS for $13 million.
January 12 – Hullabaloo premieres on NBC. The first show included performances by The New Christy Minstrels, comedian Woody Allen, actress Joey Heatherton and a segment from London in which Brian Epstein introduces The Zombies and Gerry & the Pacemakers.
January 17 – The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts’ book Ode to a High Flying Bird, a tribute to jazz great Charlie Parker, is published.
January 21
The Animals’ show at New York’s Apollo Theater is canceled after the U.S. Immigration Department forces the group to leave the theater.
The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison travel to Sydney to begin their Australian tour.
January 23 – “Downtown” hits #1 in the US singles chart, making Petula Clark the first British female vocalist to reach the coveted position since the arrival of The Beatles.
January 24 – The Animals appear a second time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
January 27 – Paul Simon broadcasts on BBC’Five to Ten show, discussing and playing 13 songs, 12 of which would appear on his May-recorded and August-released UK-only solo album, The Paul Simon Song Book.
February 6 – Donovan performs the first of three performances on the British television program Ready, Steady, Go! This presents him to a widespread audience for the first time.
February 12 – NME reports the Beatles will star in a film adaptation of Richard Condon’s novel A Talent for Loving. The story is about a 2,253-kilometer (1,400 mi) horse race that takes place in the old west. The film is never made.
February 24 – The Beatles begin filming their second film, Help!
March 6 – The Temptations’ “My Girl”, written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, from Motown Records, reaches number 1.
March 18 – The Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, and Bill Wyman are fined five pounds for urinating on the wall of a London petrol station. The band had asked to use the restroom, but it was out of order.
March 20 – The 10th Eurovision Song Contest in Naples, Italy, is won by 17-year-old France Gall, representing Luxembourg, with the Serge Gainsbourg-composed “Poupée de cire, poupée de son”.
March 21 – The Supremes have their fourth number-one single, “Stop! In The Name Of Love”, written by H-D-H.
April 11 – The New Musical Express poll winners’ concert takes place featuring performances by The Beatles, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Kinks, the Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, The Anita Kerr Singers, The Moody Blues, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Donovan, Them, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones.
April 21 – The Beach Boys appear on Shindig! performing their most recent hit, “Do You Wanna Dance?”
April 26 – Leopold Stokowski conducts the first complete performance of Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 4, more than ten years after the composer’s death.
May 5 – Alan Price leaves The Animals, to be replaced temporarily by Mick Gallagher and permanently by Dave Rowberry.
May 6 – Keith Richards and Mick Jagger begin work on “Satisfaction” in their Clearwater, Florida, hotel room. Richards came up with the classic guitar riff while playing around with his brand new Gibson “Fuzz box”.
May 8 – The British Commonwealth comes closer than it ever had, or would, to a clean sweep of the US Hot 100’s top 10, lacking only a hit at number 2 instead of “Count Me In” by the American group Gary Lewis & The Playboys.
May 9 – Bob Dylan performs the first of two concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall, concluding his tour of Europe. Audience members include The Beatles, and Donovan.
May 30 – The Animals appear a third time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
June
Producer Tom Wilson, (Simon & Garfunkel) records a heavy backing band onto the song “The Sound of Silence”, without the knowledge of Paul Simon, for release on a 45 rpm single, and the B-side, “We’ve Got A Groovey Thing Goin'”. The single will eventually reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on New Year’s Day 1966.
The US music press popularize the term “folk rock”, which has been in print at least since the November 2, 1963, issue of Billboard magazine, in which “Devil’s Waitin'” by the Glencoves was said to have a “wide open folk-rock sound.” The term was also used of “Twins” by Kingtones (March 7, 1964), the Men (July 25, 1964), and even of Hoyt Axton. People outside the trade began to take notice of the term in June, 1965.
June 6 – The Supremes have their fifth consecutive number-one single, “Back in My Arms Again, written by H-D-H, from Motown Records.
July 5 – Maria Callas gives her last operatic performance, as Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
July 9 – The release of the Tamil musical film Aayirathil Oruvan marks the end of the composing partnership between T. K. Ramamoorthy and M. S. Viswanathan.
July 25 – Bob Dylan plays the Newport Folk Festival, is booed for playing electric set with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Joan Baez and Donovan also play sets.
August 6
The Small Faces release “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”, their first single.
The Beatles release the soundtrack to their second movie Help!
August 14 – The husband-and-wife American pop duo Sonny & Cher earned their first number one hit I Got You Babe. It peaked at that position in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.
August 15 – The Beatles play at Shea Stadium, the first rock concert to be held in a venue of that size. The concert also set new world records for attendance (55,600+) and for revenue.
August 27 – The Beatles visit Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air. It is the only time the band and the singer meet.
September 30 – Donovan appears on Shindig! in the U.S. and plays Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier”.
October 15 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix signs a three-year recording contract with Ed Chaplin, receiving $1 and 1% royalty on records with Curtis Knight. The agreement will later cause continuous litigation problems with Hendrix and other record labels.
October 17 – The Animals appear a fourth time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
October 26 – The Beatles are appointed Members of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen. Since it was unusual for popular musicians to be appointed as MBEs, a number of previous recipients complained and protested.[1]
November 5 – The Who release their iconic single “My Generation” in the UK. This song contains the famous line: “I hope I die before I get old”
November 14 – The Supremes have their sixth number-one record, “I Hear A Symphony”, for Motown Records.
November 26 – Arlo Guthrie is arrested in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, for the crime of littering, perpetrated the day before (Thanksgiving) in the nearby town of Stockbridge. The resultant events and adventure would be immortalized in the song “Alice’s Restaurant”.
December 3
The Beatles release their album Rubber Soul, along with the double A-sided single “Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out”. George Harrison’s performance on the sitar on the track “Norwegian Wood” leads to his becoming a pupil of Ravi Shankar.
The Who release their debut album My Generation.
Toho College of Music is established in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan.
Michael Tippett is invited as guest composer to the music festival in Aspen, Colorado. The visit leads to major changes in his style.
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