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Feature Year: 1968 (Part 1 – 9am – Part 2 – 9pm ET)

1968January 4 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding.
January 6 – The Gibson Guitar Corporation patents its Gibson Flying V electric guitar design.
January 13 – Johnny Cash performs his famous concert at Folsom State Prison in California.
February 1 – Universal Studios offers the Doors $500,000 to star in a feature film, which is never made.
February 4 – The Bee Gees make their American television debut on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
February 12 – Jimi Hendrix is given an honorary high school diploma from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Hendrix is also given the key to the city.
February 16 – The Beatles, Mike Love, Mia Farrow, Donovan and others travel to India to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Rishikesh.
February 18 – David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd, replacing founder Syd Barrett, who had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.
February 21 – McGraw-Hill, Inc., outbids eight other publishers and pays $150,000 for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies’ authorized biography of the Beatles.
February 22 – Florence Ballard of the Supremes is released from her contract with Motown.
March 1 – Johnny Cash and June Carter are married in Franklin, Kentucky, with Merle Kilgore as best man.
March 8 – Bill Graham opens the Fillmore East in an abandoned movie theater in New York City.
March 25 – The 58th and final new episode of The Monkees airs on NBC.
March 30 – The Yardbirds record their live album Live Yardbirds at the Anderson Theater.
April 4 – James Brown appears on national television, in an attempt to calm feelings of anger in the United States following the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 6 – The 13th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. The winning song, Spain’s “La, la, la” is sung by Massiel, after Spanish authorities refused to allow Joan Manuel Serrat to perform it in Catalan. The UK finish in second place, just one point behind, with the song “Congratulations” sung by Cliff Richard, which goes on to outsell the winning Spanish entry throughout Europe.
April 7 – Singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone’s performance at Westbury Music Fair is dedicated to the late Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. The song “Why? (the king of love is dead)” by Gene Taylor is performed for the first time. the show was partially released on the Emmy nominated album Nuff Said (1968).
April 29 – The rock musical Hair opens on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre.
May 4 – Mary Hopkin performs on the British TV show Opportunity Knocks. Hopkin catches the attention of model Twiggy, who recommends her to Paul McCartney. McCartney would soon sign Hopkin to Apple Records.
May 5 – Buffalo Springfield performs together for the last time in Long Beach, California.
May 7 – Aretha Franklin records her live LP Aretha In Paris at the Olympia Theater. Karlheinz Stockhausen begins composing his fifteen intuitive music works, Aus den sieben Tagen.
May 14 – At a press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney introduce the Beatles’ new business concept, Apple Corps, Ltd., a disastrously mismanaged entertainment company that included a recording studio, a record label, and clothing store.
May 26 – Blues artist Little Willie John dies in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.
May 30 – The Beatles begin recording The White Album (officially titled, simply, The Beatles). Sessions would span over 4 months, ending on October 14.
June 1 – David Ruffin is fired from The Temptations
June 20 – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas make their debut at the Copacabana in New York City, winning a rave review in the New York Times. The engagement was recorded but remains in the Motown vaults.
July 7 – The Yardbirds perform for the last time before disbanding.
July 18 – Mina presents her Italian white soul hits “Se stasera sono qui” and “Colpo al cuore”. The performance is transmitted live without playback from the Auditorio A of the Radiotelevisione Italiana regional headquarters in Naples.
August 1 – Jeff Beck Group releases their album Truth. A seminal work of heavy metal, it incorporates blues and hard rock. It introduced the talents of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.
August 4 – Yes performs for the first time, at a summer camp.
August 23 – Simon & Garfunkel give a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. A recording is later released on CD in 1994 by Australian company Vigotone Records as Voices of Intelligent Dissent.
September 7 – Led Zeppelin performs for the first time, billed as The New Yardbirds (the Yardbirds had disbanded two months earlier, and guitarist Jimmy Page subsequently formed this new group).
September 14 – The two sons of singer Roy Orbison, 10-year-old Roy DeWayne Orbison and 6-year-old Anthony King Orbison, die in a house fire in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison’s youngest son is saved.
September 15 – Song of Summer, Ken Russell’s noted TV documentary about Frederick Delius, is shown for the first time as part of the BBC’s Omnibus series. PocketDiscs are released in several test markets in the United States.
October 8 – The soundtrack for the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet is released, containing popular “What Is a Youth” tune.
November 8 – John and Cynthia Lennon are divorced.
November 15 – 500,000 people march in Washington, D.C. for peace, which becomes the largest anti-war rally in U.S. history. In attendance: Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, Mitch Miller, touring cast of Hair
November 17 – Diana Ross & the Supremes replace The Beatles’ hugely successful “Hey Jude” at number-one in the U.S. with “Love Child”; this would be the last of five turnovers at number-one between the two most successful music acts in America during the 1960s.
November 22 – The Beatles (also known as “The White Album”) by The Beatles is released. Also released is The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks.
November 26 – Cream plays their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be the last time Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker play together until their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
December 2 – Jimi Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler quits over differences with Hendrix during the recording of Electric Ladyland. Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform their last concert together before Janis goes solo.
Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special airs on NBC.
December 9 – TCB airs on NBC starring Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations, becoming the first variety special in America to feature an exclusively African American cast. Shinjuku Music Festival is broadcast for the first time by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting.
December 11 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was filmed. Acts included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, The Dirty Mac, and Marianne Faithful. This was the last appearance of Brian Jones as a member of The Rolling Stones.
December 20 – Peter Tork announces he is leaving The Monkees.
December 22 – The Animals reunite for one benefit concert at the Newcastle City Hall while Eric Burdon & The Animals are disbanding.

 

Feature Year: 2006 3pm ET

This edition of Feature Year looks at the hits and music from 2006

Year of Mozart, marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
January 6 – Lou Rawls, American singer (b. 1933) Died
January 19 – Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941) Died
January 30 – Coretta Scott King, American civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1927) Died
February 10 – J Dilla, American music producer (b. 1974) Died
February 22 – Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961) Died
March 4 – The final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 receives no response
March 6 – King Floyd, American singer (b. 1945) Died
April 5 – Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941) Died
April 11 – Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973) Died
April 11 – June Pointer, American singer (b. 1953) Died
May 13 – Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American R&B singer (b. 1949) Died
May 19 – Freddie Garrity, English singer (Freddie and the Dreamers) (b. 1940) Died
May 25 – Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer and songwriter (b. 1941) Died
June 6 – Billy Preston, American artist and musician (b. 1946) Died
June 6 – Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican jazz pianist (b. 1952) Died
June 18 – Former Beatle Paul McCartney turns 64 after writing “When I’m Sixty-Four” at age 16.
June 25 – Arif Mardin, Turkish-born music producer (b. 1932) Died
Syd Barrett, English singer, Pink Floyd, songwriter, and guitarist (b. 1946) Died
July 15 – Twitter is launched.
August 3 – Arthur Lee, American musician (b. 1945) Died
August 24 – The International Astronomical Union defines ‘planet’ at its 26th General Assembly, demoting Pluto to the status of ‘dwarf planet’ more than 70 years after its discovery.
September 9 – Richard Burmer, American composer and musician (b. 1955) Died
September 20 – John W. Peterson, American composer (b. 1921) Died
October 14 – Freddy Fender, American singer (b. 1937) Died
November 5 – Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging by the Iraqi Special Tribunal
November 8 – Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing is released
November 8 – Basil Poledouris, American composer (b. 1945) Died
November 10 – Gerald Levert, American singer (b. 1966) Died
November 17 – Ruth Brown, American singer (b. 1928) Died
November 22 – John Allan Cameron, Canadian musician (b. 1938) Died
November 23 – Anita O’Day, American singer (b. 1919) Died
November 24 – Walter Booker, American jazz bassist (b. 1933) Died
November 27 – Alan Freeman, Australian-born broadcaster and disc jockey (b. 1927)
December 13 – “Homesick” James Williamson, American blues musician (b. 1910) Died
December 25 – James Brown, American singer (b. 1933) Died
December 26 – Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States (b. 1913) Died
December 30 – Saddam Hussein, 5th President of Iraq (executed by hanging) (b. 1937)

Feature Year: 1983 6pm ET

January 4 – Spencer Chamberlain, American musician
January 18 – Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress
January 24 – Diane Birch, American singer-songwriter
January 26 – Lotus 1-2-3 is released for IBM-PC compatible computers.
February 1 – Andrew VanWyngarden, American Singer
February 4 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (b. 1950) Died
February 17 – Kevin Rudolf, American singer-songwriter and record producer
February 28 – The final episode of M*A*S*H is aired and the record of most watched episode is broken.
March 3 – Katie White, English singer (The Ting Tings)
March 8 – IBM releases the IBM PC XT.
March 10 – Carrie Underwood, American singer
March 14 – Taylor Hanson, American musician (Hanson)
March 16 – Arthur Godfrey, American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer (b. 1903)
March 25 – Motown celebrates its 25th anniversary and has the television special Motown 25 during which Michael Jackson performed “Billie Jean” and introduces to the world the moonwalk.
April 22 – Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, American musician (b. 1903)
April 23 – Taio Cruz, British singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional rapper, and entrepreneur
April 30 – Muddy Waters, American musician (b. 1915)
May 6 – Lisa Lavie, Canadian singer-songwriter and Internet celebrity
May 23 – Heidi Range, British singer (Sugababes member)
May 31 – David Hernandez, American singer
June 2 – Stan Rogers, Canadian musician (b. 1949)
June 10 – Larry Hooper, American singer (b. 1917)
June 17 – Lee Ryan, English singer (Blue)
June 17 – Peter Mennin, American composer and teacher (b. 1923)
June 30 – Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls Aloud) and TV personality
July 2 – Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers)
July 5 – Harry James, American musician and band leader (b. 1916)
July 12 – Chris Wood, British rock musician (b. 1944)
July 17 – Roosevelt “Honeydripper” Sykes, American blues musician (b. 1906)
July 30 – Howard Dietz, American lyricist (b. 1896)
August 2 – James Jamerson, American musician (b. 1938)
September 1 – Flashdance and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi are box-office hits.
September 14 – Amy Winehouse, British singer (d. 2011)
September 16 – Ronald Reagan announces that the Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use.
September 17 – Vanessa Lynn Williams becomes the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
September 18 – The rock group Kiss officially appear in public without makeup for the first time on MTV.
September 24 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers launch their first, self-titled, album.
October 4 – Shontelle, Barbadian singer, and songwriter
November 2 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: At the White House Rose Garden, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
November 3 – The Reverend Jesse Jackson announces his candidacy for the 1984 Democratic Party presidential nomination.
November 3 – Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (b. 1901)
November 22 – Tyler Hilton, American singer-songwriter and actor
November 27 – Professor Green, British rapper
December 1 – McDonald’s introduces the McNugget.
December 3 – Andy Grammer, American singer/songwriter
December 12 – Katrina Elam, American singer
December 28 – Dennis Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (b. 1944)