1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology
1966
 
January JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
5 BBC-TV: A Whole Scene Going television program premiers (Spike Milligan, Lulu, and the Who)
6 The Beatles: "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out" [continues as UK #1]
  Crispian St. Peters: "You Were on My Mind" [Decca F 12287, charts, UK #2]
Vince Hill: "Take Me to Your Heart Again" [Columbia DB 7781, charts, UK #13]
The Bachelors: "Hello Dolly" [Decca F 12309, charts, UK #38]
The Rockin' Berries: "The Water Is Over My Head" [Piccadilly 7N 35270, charts, UK #43; last chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops. David and Jonathan ("Michelle"); Fontella Bass ("Recovery"); The Kinks ("Till the End of the Day"). Videos: Herman's Hermits ("A Must to Avoid"); Ken Dodd ("The River"); The Spencer Davis Group ("Keep on Running"); Tom Jones ("Thunderball").
7 The Overlanders: "Michele" / "Cradle of Love" [Pye release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 128]: The Exciters ("A Little Bit of Soul"); Georgie Fame; The Hollies ("I Can't Let Go")
8 The Beatles: "We Can Work It Out" [US #1 for 3 weeks]
13 The Overlanders: "Michelle" [Pye 7N 17034, charts, UK #1]
The Mindbenders: "A Groovy Kind of Love" [Fontana TF 644, charts, UK #2]
Cilla Black: "Love's Just a Broken Heart" [Parlophone R 5395, charts, UK #5]
Pinkerton's Assorted Colours: "Mirror, Mirror" [Decca F 12307, charts, UK #9]
David and Jonathan: "Michelle" [Columbia DB 7800, charts, UK #11]
Tom Jones: "Thunderball" [Decca F 12292, charts, UK #35]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops. Herman's Hermits ("A Must to Avoid"); The Nashville Teens ("The Hard Way"); The Overlanders ("Michelle"). Videos: Len Barry ("Like a Baby"); The Kinks ("Till the End of the Day"); The Spencer Davis Group ("Keep on Running"); The Walker Brothers ("My Ship Is Coming In"). Promo Video: The Four Seasons ("Let's Hang On"); Tony Bennett ("The Very Thought of You").
14 The Small Faces: "Sha La La La Lee" / "Grow Your Own" [Decca release]
The Nashville Teens: "The Hard Way" / "Upside Down" [Decca release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 129]: Fontella Bass ("Recovery"); Lee Dorsey ("Get Out of My Life Woman"); Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles ("All or Nothing" & "Over the Rainbow"); The Kinks ("Till the End of the Day"); Tom Jones
20 Spencer Davis Group: "Keep on Running" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  The Swinging Blue Jeans: "Don't Make Me Over" [HMV POP 1501, charts, UK #31; last chart]
The Merseybeats: "I Stand Accused" [Fontana TF 645, charts, UK #38; last chart]
Pretty Things: "Midnight to Six Man" [Fontana TF 647, charts, UK #46]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops. Crispian St. Peters ("You Were on My Mind"); David and Jonathan ("Michelle"); Paul and Barry Ryan ("Have Pity on the Boy"). Videos: Cilla Black ("Love's Just a Broken Heart"); Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass ("Spanish Flea"); Herman's Hermits ("A Must to Avoid"); Stevie Wonder ("Uptight"); The Spencer Davis Group ("Keep on Running").
21 Chris Farlowe: "Think" / "Don't Just Look at Me" [Immediate release]
The Fortunes: "This Golden Ring" / "Some to Care" [Decca; UK release]
Dusty Springfield: "Little by Little" / "If It Hadn't Been for You" [Philips release]
Sandie Shaw: "Tomorrow" / "Hurting You" [Pye release]
The Zombies: "Remember You" / "Just Out of Reach" [Decca release]
Sandie Shaw: Message Understood [Pye; EP release]
  NME: Tony Burroughs replaces John Carter in the Ivy League
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 130]: Donovan ("Josie" [and possibly "Little Tin Soldier"]); The Nashville Teens ("The Hard Way"); Dusty Springfield ("Little by Little")
27 Overlanders: "Michelle" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
  Sandie Shaw: "Tomorrow" [Pye 7N 17036, charts, UK #9]
Dusty Springfield: "Little by Little" [Philips BF 1466, charts, UK #17]
Chris Farlowe: "Think" [Immediate IM 023, charts, UK #37]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.   Crispian St. Peters ("You Were on My Mind"); Dusty Springfield ("Little by Little"); Pinkerton's Assorted Colours ("Mirror Mirror"); Sandie Shaw ("Tomorrow"); The Overlanders ("Michelle"); The Mindbenders ("A Groovy Kind of Love"). Videos: Cilla Black ("Love's Just a Broken Heart"); Herman's Hermits - A Must to Avoid"); Len Barry ("Like a Baby").
  Labour gains seats in by-election
28 London: Pye cancels release of Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" in a distribution dispute with its producer, Mickie Most
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 131]: Sandie Shaw ("Tomorrow"); The Small Faces ("Sha La La La Lee"); Paul & Barry Ryan ("Have Pity on the Boy"); The Who ("Circles")
 
  Other January Artifacts
  London: Labour Government initiates austerity program (raises taxes, imposes wage and price ceiling)
  The Dave Clark Five: "At the Scene" [US#18]
The Yardbirds: Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds [US release]
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February JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 London: Dorothy Solomon (representing Van Morrison) sues Reg Calvert and Terry King over the ownership of the name, "Them." Calvert and King represent former members of the band.
London: Larry Page signs five-year contract with the Troggs
3 The Fortunes: "This Golden Ring" [Decca F 12321, charts, UK #15]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "Have Pity on the Boy" [Decca F 12319, charts, UK #13]
The Truth: "Girl" [Pye 7N 17035, charts, UK #27]
The Nashville Teens: "The Hard Way" [Decca F 12316, charts, UK #45; last chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.   Crispian St. Peters ("You Were on My Mind"); Eddy Arnold ("Make the World Go Away"); Petula Clark ("My Love"); St. Louis Union ("Girl"); The Overlanders ("Michelle"); The Rolling Stones ("19th Nervous Breakdown"). Videos: The Spencer Davis Group ("Keep on Running"). Promo Video: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass ("Spanish Flea").
4 The Rolling Stones: "19th Nervous Breakdown" / "As Tears Go By" [Decca release]
P.J.Proby: "You've Come Back" / "It Ain't Neccessarily So" [Liberty release]
Cliff Bennett: "You Can't Love 'Em All" / "All Your Loving Tonight" [Parlophone release]
Billy Fury: "I'll Never Get Over You" / "I Belong to the Wind" [Decca release]
Petula Clark: "My Love" / "Where Am I Going" [Pye release]
Petula Clark: Call Me [Pye EP release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 132]: Adam Faith ("Idle Gossip" [and possibly "If Ever You Need Me"]; The Spencer Davis Group ("Keep on Running")
  The Rolling Stones: "19th Nervous Breakdown" / "Sad Day" [US release; US #3-4/66]
5 Petula Clark: "My Love" [US#1 for 2 weeks]
8 Freddie Laker announces he will form an economy airline
10 The Rolling Stones: "19th Nervous Breakdown" [Decca F 12331, charts, UK #2]
The Small Faces: "Sha La La La Lee" [Decca F 12317, charts, UK #3]
Petula Clark: "My Love" [Pye 7N 17038, charts, UK #4]
Billy Fury: "I'll Never Quite Get Over You" [Decca F 12325, charts, UK #35]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
11 Animals: "Inside—Looking Out" / "Outcast" [Decca release]
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "You Make It Move" / "Hold Tight" [UK release]
Graham Gouldman: "Stop! Stop! Stop!" [Decca release]
Peter and Gordon: "Woman" / "Wrong from the Start" [Columbia; UK release]
  NME: Norman Smith becomes a recording manager for EMI
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 133]: The Animals ( "Inside Looking Out"); Len Barry ("Like A Baby"); The Breakaways; The Action
17 Nancy Sinatra: "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" [UK#1 for 4 weeks]
  The Animals: "Inside — Looking Out" [Decca F 12332, charts, UK #12]
The Four Pennies: "Trouble Is My Middle Name" [Philips BF 1469, charts, UK #32; last chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
18 Donovan: "Josie" / "Little Tin Soldier" [Pye release]
The Hollies: "I Can't Let Go" / "Running through the Night" [Parlophone release]
Tony Jackson Group: "You're My Number One" / "Let Me Know" [CBS release]
Dave Berry: "If You Wait for Love" / "Hidden" [Decca release]
The Honeycombs: "Who Is Sylvia" / "How Will I Know" [Pye release]
  NME: Polydor will distribute Robert Stigwood's Reaction Records and pick up Atlantic Records as well from Decca
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 134]: Boz, The Hollies ("I Can't Let Go"); Tom Jones and the Squires ("Thunderball"); The Yardbirds ("Shapes of Things" & "You're A Better Man than I")
20 London: The British Musicians' Union proposes that miming be banned from television shows
21 The Beatles: "Nowhere Man" / "Day Tripper" [US release; UK EP re 7/66]
22 London: The Merseybeats disband
24 The Hollies: "I Can't Let Go" [Parlophone R 5409, charts, UK #2]
Peter and Gordon: "Woman" [Columbia DB 7834, charts, UK #28]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
25 The Yardbirds: "Shapes of Things" / "You're a Better Man than I" [Columbia release]
The Kinks: "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" / "Sittin' on My Sofa" [Pye release]
The Ivy League: "Running Round in Circles" / "Rain Rain Go Away" [Piccadilly release]
Tom Jones: "Stop Breaking My Heart" / "Never Give away Love" [Decca release]
The Walker Brothers: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More" / "After the Lights Go out" [Philips release]
  NME: The Musicians' Union considers a ban on television miming
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 135]: Doris Troy; Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas ("We're Doing Fine"); The Walker Brothers ("The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore")
27 London: "Spontaneous Undeground," the Marquee, Soho: Pink Floyd begin the first of their biweekly Sunday performances
28 London: Brian Epstein announces that he will purchase the Vic Lewis Organization
NME
: Norrie Paramor appointed Director of Ardmore-Beechwood, Publishers
Liverpool
: The Cavern Club closes
29 The price of a 45 rpm disk rises 7d to 7s 3d (36 pence)
 
  Other February Artifacts
  The Kinks: The Kinks Kontroversy
   
 
March JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Singles from EMI, DECCA, CBS, and Polydor now cost 7s. 3d. Philips discs join the next week. Pye discs remain 6s. 8d.
  BBC1-TV: The Beatles at Shea Stadium
3 The Walker Brothers: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" [Philips BF 1473, charts, UK #1]
The Yardbirds: "Shapes of Things" [Columbia DB 7848, charts, UK #3]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "Hold Tight" [Fontana TF 671; charts; UK #4]
The Kinks: "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" [Pye 7N 17064, charts, UK #4]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
4 The Who: "Substitute" / "Circles" [Reaction release]
The Shadows: "I Met a Girl" / "Late Night Set" [Columbia release]; vocals by Hank Marvin
The Bachelors: "The Sound of Silence" / "Love Me with All Your Heart" [Decca release]
Freddie and the Dreamers: "If You've Got a Minute Baby" / "When I'm Home with You" [Coumbia release]
  The Evening Standard: John Lennon comments on the relative importance of the Beatles and Jesus
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 136]: The Spencer Davis Group; Manfred Mann; The Small Faces ("Sha La La La Lee"); The Yardbirds ("Shapes of Things")
5 Sunk Head, Thames Estuary: Tower Radio begins broadcasting
6 London: Government announces that the UK will convert its currency to a decimal system by 1971
7 Paris: France notifies NATO of its intention to withdraw from membership
8? The Who: "Substitute" / "Instant Party" [Reaction release]
9 London: In a suit brought by Shel Talmy's Orbit Music, a judge serves Polydor with an injunction to cease producing the Who's "Substitute"
10 The Who: "Substitute" [Reaction 591 001, charts, UK #5]
Kenneth McKellar: "A Man without Love" [Decca F 12341, charts, UK #30]
Three Good Reasons: "Nowhere Man" [Mercury MF 899, charts, UK #47]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
11 Cliff Richards and the Shadows: "Blue Turns to Grey" / "Somebody Loses" [Columbia release]
The Who: "A Legal Matter" / "Instant Party" [Brunswick release]
Them: "Call My Name" / "Bring 'Em on in" [Decca; UK release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 137]: James Brown and the Famous Flames (The James Brown Revue): "I Got You"
13 London: The Pink Floyd performances at the "Spontaneous Underground" Sunday afternoons at the Marquee
14 The Who: "Substitute" / "Waltz for a Pig" [Reaction release] The Who Orchestra/Grahmam Bond Organization
  Surrey: Mod-rocker clash
17 The Walker Brothers: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
  The Bachelors: "The Sound of Silence" [Decca F 12351, charts, UK #3]
Val Doonican: "Elusive Butterfly" [Decca F 12358, charts, UK #5]
The Shadows: "I Met a Girl" [Columbia DB 7853, charts, UK #22]
Vince Hill: "Heartaches" [Columbia DB 7852, charts, UK #28]
Unit Four Plus Two: "Baby Never Say Goodbye" [Decca F 12333, charts, UK #49; last chart]
  London: Ray Davies (who is not touring with the Kinks and is home recovering from influenza) runs from his home in Fortis Green to Brian Sommerville's office in central London to attack him. Sommerville resigns the Kinks organization the next day.
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
18 The Spencer Davis Group: "Somebody Help Me" / "Stevie's Blues" [Fontana release]
The Seekers: "Someday, One Day" / "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" [Columbia release]
Herman's Hermits: "You Won't Be Leaving" / "Listen People" [Columbia release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 138]: Billy Fury ("I'll Never Quite Get Over You"); The Spencer Davis Group ("Somebody Help Me")
23 Rome: Archbishop of Canterbury meets Pope
24 The Spencer Davis Group: "Somebody Help Me" [Fontana TF 679, charts, UK #1]
The Seekers (Australia): "Someday One Day" [Columbia DB 7867, charts, UK #11]
Cliff Richard: "Blue Turns to Grey" (Jagger & Richards) [Columbia DB 7866, charts, UK #15]
Herman's Hermits: "You Won't Be Leaving" [Columbia DB 7861, charts, UK #20]
The Who: "A Legal Matter" [Brunswick 05956, charts, UK #32]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
25 Dusty Springfield: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" / "Every Ounce of Strength" [Philips release]
The Overlanders: "My Life" / "Girl fro Indiana" [Pye; UK release]
Crispian St. Peters: "The Pied Piper" / "Sweet Dawn My True Love" [Columbia release]
David and Jonathan: "Speak Her Name" / "Take It while You Can" [Columbia release]
Cilla Black: "Alfie" / "Night Time Is Here" [Parlophone release]
  London: Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane sign publishing contract with Don Arden's "Leading Music"
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 139]: Wilson Pickett ("634-5789"); The Animals ("Inside Looking Out"); Dusty Springfield ("You Don't Have to Say You Love Me")
28 The Rolling Stones: Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) [London NPS 1, US LP release]
29 London: P.J.Proby leaves Britian after his visa expires
  Moscow: Leonid Brezhnev becomes first secretary of the Communist Party
30 Paris: Olympia riot during a Rolling Stones concert
31 Dusty Springfield: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" [Philips BF 1482, charts, UK #1]
Crispian St. Peters: "Pied Piper" [Decca F 12359, charts, UK #5]
Cilla Black: "Alfie" [Parlophone R 5427, charts, UK #9]
The Alan Price Set: "I Put a Spell on You" [Decca F 12367, charts, UK #9]
The Cryin' Shames: "Please Stay" [Decca F 12340, charts, UK #26; only chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
  The Labour Party gains a majority of the seats in the House of Commons
 
  Other March Artifacts
The Animals: The Best of the Animals
Herman's Hermits: "Listen People"
The Dave Clark Five: "Try Too Hard"
   
 
April JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 140]: "Ready Steady Allez (from France)" [Live from The Locomotive Discotechque, Paris, France]. The Who ("My Generation" & "Substitute"); The Yardbirds ("Shapes of Things"); Brian Jones and Bill Wyman [non-musical apperance]; assorted French acts including Mireille Mathieu.
7 BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
8 Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! Episode 141: Arthur Alexander; Cilla Black ("Alfie"); Lou Christie; Don Covey; Martha and the Vandellas; The Shangri-Las
9 New York: UN votes to back Britain on Rhodesia
14 Spencer Davis Group: "Somebody Help Me" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  The Master Singers: "Highway Code" [Parlophone R 5428, charts, UK #25]
Chris Andrews: "Something on My Mind" [Decca F 22365, charts, UK #41]
The Spencer Davis Group and the Who begin joint tour
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
15 Manfred Mann: "Pretty Flamingo" / "Your'e Standing By" [HMV release]
Wayne Fontana: "Come on Home" / "My Eyes Break Out in Tears" [Fontana release]
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates: "It's Got to Be You" / "I Hate Getting Up in the Morning" [HMV release]
The Searchers: "Take It or Leve It" / "Don't Hide It Away" [Pye release]
The Rolling Stones: Aftermath [Decca SKL 4786, UK LP release, UK#1; 1st complete Rolling Stones album of original compositions]
  NME: Chris Curtis is leaving the Searchers and they will replace him with John Blunt
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 142]: Chris Andrews ("Something on My Mind"); The Lovin' Spoonful ("Daydream"); Dusty Springfield ("You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"); The Vibrations; Timi Yuro
  NME: The American Federation of Musicians have the Hollies blocked from performing on American TV
18 Marquee Club, London: The Lovin' Spoonful make their British debut.
19 London: Johnny Kidd disbands the Pirates
  The Daily Mirror: "Have skirts now reached failsafe?" [the length of miniskirts]
21 Manfred Mann: "Pretty Flamingo" [HMV POP 1523, charts, UK #1]
Wayne Fontana: "Come on Home" [Fontana TF 684, charts, UK #16]
The Searchers: "Take It or Leave It" [Pye 7N 17094, charts, UK #31]
The Quiet Five: "Homeward Bound" [Parlophone R 5421, charts, UK #44; last chart]
Petula Clark: "A Sign of the Times" [Pye 7N 15991, charts, UK #49]
Pinkerton's Assorted Colours: "Don't Stop Lovin' Me Baby" [Decca F 12377, charts, UK #50; last chart]
  London: Elizabeth II opens Parliament (first time televised)
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
22 The Pretty Things: "Come and See Me" / "£.s.d." [Fontana release]
The Troggs: "Wild Thing" / "From Home" [Fontana release]
The Merseys: "Sorrow" / "Some Other Day" [Fontana release]
The Master Singers: "The Highway Code" [Parlophone release]
  NME: Chris Curtis to become producer for Pye
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 143]: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore; The Lovin' Spoonful ("Daydream"); Manfred Mann
25 Steve Winwood (17) petitions to gain permission to work abroad with the Spencer Davis Group
27 The Kinks: "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" / "Sittin' on My Sofa" [Reprise 0471; US release; US #36]
The Rolling Stones: "Paint It Black" / "Stupid Girl" [S-London 901, US release?, US #1]
28 Dusty Springfield: "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" [UK#1 for 1 week]
  The Merseys: "Sorrow" [Fontana TF 694, charts, UK #4]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
29 The Mindbenders: "Can't Live with You, Can't Live without You" / "One Fine Day" [Fontana release]
The Truth: "I Go to Sleep" / "Baby You've Got It" [Pye release]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "I Love Her" / "Gotta Go out to Work" [Decca release]
The Bow Street Runners: "Drive My Car" / "So Very Woman" [Columbia release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 144]: Neil Christian ("That's Nice"); Pinkerton's Assorted Colours ("Don't Stop Loving Me Baby"); Keith Relf ("Mr. Zero"); The Yardbirds ("Jeff's Boogie")
30 Dover: Hovercraft service to Calais inaugurated
 
  Other April Artifacts
  The Bonzo Dog Band (London 1965): "My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies"
  London: John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton record at Decca in West Hampstead
   
 
May JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 London: New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Walker Brothers, Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick, and Tich, the Spencer Davis Group, The Shadows, the Yardbirds, Cliff Richard, Herman's Hermits, the Seekers, the Fortunes, Roy Orbison, the Overlanders, the Alan Price Set, the Shadows, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St. Peters, and the Who
3 London: Bob Dylan arrives with his own band for UK tour
4 Sunk Head, Thames Estuary: Radio Tower ceases broadcasts
5 Manfred Mann: "Pretty Flamingo" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
  The Troggs: "Wild Thing" [Fontana TF 689, charts, UK #2]
The Mindbenders: "Can't Live with You (Can't Live without You)" [Fontana TF 697, charts, UK #28]
Pretty Things: "Come See Me"[/"£.s.d."] [Fontana TF 688, charts, UK #43]
6 The Small Faces: "Hey Girl" / "Almost Grown" [Decca release]
The Dave Clark Five: "Look before You Leap" / "Please Tell Me Why" [Columbia release]
The Spencer a Davis Group: Sittin' and Thinkin' [Fontana EP release]
Cilla Black: Cilla Sings a Rainbow [Parlophone LP release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 145]: The Small Faces ("Hey Girl"); Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles ("Ebb Tide"); Wayne Fontana ("Come on Home"); Tom Jones ("Once there Was a Time" & "Not Responsible")
10 Bristol: Bob Dylan opens his second British tour, bringing in a rock band for the second half of the program
12 Ken Dodd: "Promises" [Columbia DB 7914, charts, UK #6]
The Small Faces: "Hey Girl" [Decca F 12393, charts, UK #10]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "I Love Her" [Decca F 12391, charts, UK #17]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
13 The Rolling Stones: "Paint It Black" / "Long Long While" [Decca release]
Keith Relf: "Mr. Zero" / "Knowing" [Columbia release]
Brian Poole: "Hey Girl" / "Please Be Mine" [Decca release]
Unit Four + Two: "For a Moment" / "Fables" [Decca release]
Them: "Richard Cory" / "Don't You Know" [Decca release]
Sandie Shaw: "Nothing Comes Easy" / "Stop before You Start" [Pye release]
The Small Faces: Small Faces [Decca LK 4790, LP release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 146]: The Scaffold ("2 Day's Monday" [and "3 Blind Jellyfish"]; The Everly Brothers; The Mindbenders ("Can't Live with You (Can't Live without You)"
15 Washington: massive anti-war protest
16 Britain: Seamen go on strike (shorter work week; strikes lasts until July)
19 The Rolling Stones: "Paint It Black" [Decca F 12395, charts, UK #1]
Sandie Shaw: "Nothing Comes Easy" [Pye 7N 17086, charts, UK #14]
Tom Jones: "Once There Was a Time" / "Not Responsible" [Decca F 12390, charts, UK #18]
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band: "Water" [Piccadilly 7N 35312, charts, UK #39]
The Dave Clark Five: "Look before You Leap" [Columbia DB 7909, charts, UK #50]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
20 Newbury, Ricky Tick Club: Pete Townshend accidentally hits Keith Moon in the head with a guitar
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 147]: Ben E. King; Paul and Barry Ryan ("I Love Her"); Sandie Shaw ("Nothing Comes Easy")
26 The Rolling Stones: "Paint It Black" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
  Albert Hall, London: Bob Dylan and the Hawks
  Guyana: Independence from Britain
27 Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 148]: The Rolling Stones ("I Am Waiting," "Under My Thumb" & "Paint It Black"); The Animals ("Don't Bring Me Down"); The Yardbirds ("Over, Under, Sideways, Down"); Chris Andrews ("Whatcha Gonna Do Now")
28 The Animals: "Don't Bring Me Down" / "Cheating" [Decca release]
Cilla Black: "Don't Answer Me" / "The Right One Is Left" [Parlophone release]
The Yardbirds: "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" / "Jeff's Boogie" [Columbia release]
Billy Fury: "Don't Let a Little Pride (Stand in Your Way)" / "Didn't See the Real Things Come Along" [Decca release]
Marianne Faithfull: "Tomorrow's Child" / "That's Right Baby" [Decca release]
30 The Beatles: "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" [US release, US #1]
  Nigeria: Lieut. Col. C. O. Ojukwu proclaims the formation of the Republic of Biafra
 
  Other May Artifacts
  West Wittering, West Sussex: Keith Richards purchases the Redlands estate
  The Rolling Stones: Aftermath [London PS 476, US LP release]
The Rolling Stones: "Mother's Little Helper"[/"Lady Jane"][London 902, US single release]
   
 
June JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
2 Frank Sinatra: "Strangers in the Night" [UK#1 for 3 weeks]
  Cilla Black: "Don't Answer Me" [Parlophone R 5463, UK #6]
The Animals: "Don't Bring Me Down" [Decca F 12407, charts, UK #6; last chart]
The Yardbirds: "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" [Columbia DB 7928, charts, UK #10]
Vince Hill: "Merci Cheri" [Columbia DB 7924, charts, UK #36]
Chris Andrews: "Whatcha Gonna Do Now" [Decca F 22404, charts, UK #40]
Tony Merrick: "Lady Jane" [Columbia DB 7913, charts, UK #49]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
  Grona Lund, Stockholm, Sweden: Keith Moon begins using two bass drums in concerts
3 The Kinks: "Sunny Afternoon" / "I'm Not Like Everybody Else [Pye release]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: "Hideaway" / "Here's a Heart" [Fontana release]
Silkie: "Born to Be with You" / "So Sorry Now" [Fontana release]
Graham Bonney: "Baby's Gone" / "Later Tonight" [Columbia release]
Barron Knights: "Doing What She's Not Supposed to Do" / "Every Night" [Coumbia release]
Downliners Sect: "Glendora" / "I'll Find Out" [Columbia release]
  NME: The Musicians Union successfully closes television shows that feature miming. They also prevent taping for pirate radio stations.
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 149]: Cilla Black ("Don't Answer Me"); Billie Davis & Keith Powell ("You Don't Know Like I Know"); Roy C. ("Shotgun Wedding"); Oscar ("Club of Lights"). Also: The Beatles Paperback Writer" & "Rain" promo videos
  Royal Festival Hall, London: Ravi Shankar begins tour of Britain.
5 Warrington: Peter Quaif injured in a car crash.
6 Nashville: Roy Orbison's wife, Claudette, dies in a motorcycle accident.
Memphis: James Meredith shot while marching to Jackson.
9 The Kinks: "Sunny Afternoon"[/"I'm Not Like Everybody Else"] [Pye 7N 17125, charts; UK #1]
The Hollies: "Bus Stop" [Parlophone R 5469, charts, UK #5]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "Hideaway" [Fontana TF 711, UK #10]
David Garrick: "Lady Jane" [Piccadilly 7N 35317, charts, UK #28]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
10 The Beatles: "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" [UK release]
  NME: Manfred Mann will change their recording company to Philips when their EMI contract expires. Moreover, singer Paul Jones is leaving the group to pursue a solo career.
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 150]: Manfred Mann ("You Gave Me Somebody to Love"); Twice as Much ("Sittin' on a Fence"); Tony Hazzard ("You'll Never Put Shackles on Me")
11 Melody Maker: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker have teamed up to form the Cream.
  Plaza Ballroom, Birmingham: John Dalton debuts with the Kinks, replacing bassist, Peter Quaife.
  The Rolling Stones: "Paint It, Black" [US#1 for 2 weeks]
13 Madrid, Spain: John Dalton is jailed by Spanish police after promoters complain that not all of the contracted Kinks members are appearing. They also refuse to pay and confiscate equipment.
16 The Beatles: "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" [Parlophone R 5452, charts, UK #1]
Twice as Much: "Sittin' on a Fence" [Immediate IM 033, charts, UK #25; only chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
17 Georgie Fame: "Get Away" / "El Bandido" [Columbia release]
Dave Berry: "Mama" / "Walk, Walk, Talk, Talk" [Decca release]
Susan Maughan: "Come and Get Me" / "Don't Love Him Too Much" [Philips release]
The Hollies: "Bus Stop" / "Don't Run and Hide" [Parlophone release]
Chris Farlowe: "Out of Time" / "Baby Make It Soon" [Immediate release]
The Zombies: "Indication" [Decca release]
John Carter: "Doesn't Anybody Make Short Movies Anymore" [Piccadilly release]
The Four Pennies: "Keep the Freeway Open" [Philips]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 151]: The Hollies ("Bus Stop"); Chris Farlowe ("Out of Time"); Gene Pitney ("Nobody Needs Your Love"); Herman's Hermits ("This Door Swings both Ways")
18 London: Paul Samwell-Smith makes his last appearance with the Yardbirds. Session guitarist Jimmy Page will replace him.
20 Radio City, Shivering Sands, Thames Estuary: After negotiations between Reg Calvert (Radio City) and Major Oliver Smedley (Project Atlanta) break down, Smedley and a boarding party seizes the pirate radio station and shuts it down.
  Earl's Court, London: Billy Graham's Crusade, Cliff Richard makes an appearance and has a revelation.
21 Saffron Walden, Essex: Reg Calvert goes to Major Oliver Smedley's home for a confrontation over the seizure of Radio City. Smedley kills him with a shotgun.
  New York: Leondard Bernstein observes that he is more interested in Simon & Garfunkel and the Association than he is in the "musty odor of academicism" of contemporary art music.
23 The Beatles: "Paperback Writer" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames: "Get Away" [Columbia DB 7946, charts, UK #1]
Chris Farlowe: "Out of Time" [Immediate IM 035, charts, UK #1]
The Hollies: "Bus Stop" [Parlophone R 5469, charts, UK #2]
Herman's Hermits: "This Door Swings Both Ways" [Columbia DB 7947, charts, UK #18]
Frank Ifield: "No One Will Ever Know" [Columbia DB 7940, charts, UK #25]
Joy Marshall: "The More I See You" [Decca F 12422, charts, UK #34]
  House of Commons, London: Anthony Wedgewood Benn introduces legislation to elimiate pirate radio stations.
  New York City: The Rolling Stones arrive to begin a US tour
24 Peter and Gordon: "To Show I Love You" [Columbia release]
Herman's Hermits: "This Door Swings Both Ways" / "Fore Love" [release]
Chris Curtis: "Aggravation" / "Have I Done Something Wrong" [Pye release]
David and Jonathan: "Lovers of the World Unite"/'Oh My Word" [Columbia release]
The Bachelors: "Can I Trust You" / "Who Can I Turn to" [Decca release]
The Ivy League: "Willow Tree" / "One Day" [Piccadilly release]
The Mindbenders: The Mindbenders [Fontana LP release]
  NME: The new Beatles LP will feature "Electronic sound effects devised on a home tape recorder, another Paul McCartney recording with string accompaniment, and a children's song which Ringo Starr partly talks!"
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 152]: Tom Jones ("Not Responsible"); The Kinks ("Sunny Afternoon"); Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch ("Hideaway"); Dave Berry ("Mama"); Norma Tanega ("Walking My Cat Named Dog")
25 The Beatles: "Paperback Writer" [US#1 for 2 weeks]
26 BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
27 Jackson, Mississippi: Speakers at the conclusion of a civil rights march begin using the phrase, "Black Power."
29 North Vietnam: US bombers begin attacks
30 Los Bravos (Spain/Germany): "Black Is Black" [Decca F 22419, charts, UK #2]
Dave Berry: "Mama" [Decca F 12435, charts, UK #5; last chart]
Petula Clark: "I Couldn't Live without Your Love" [Pye 7N 17133, charts, UK #6]
30 Washington, D.C.: Attendees at the Third National Converence of the Commissions on the Status of Women organize the National Organization of Women
 
  Other June Artifacts
  Incredible String Band: Incredible String Band [Elektra EUK 254 release]
   
 
July JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Dusty Springfield: "Goin' Back" / "I'm Gonna Leave You" [Philips release]
The Pretty Things: "House in the Country" / "Me Needing You" [Fontana release]
The Rockin' Berries: "Midnight Mary" / "Money Grows on Trees" [Piccadilly release]
Joe Brown: "Little Ray of Sushine" / "Your Loving Touch" [Pye release]
Manfred Mann: "You Gave Me Somebody to Love" / "Poison Ivy" [HMV release]
The Shadows: "A Place in the Sun" / "Will You Be There" [Columbia release]
The Bachelors: Hits of the Sixties [Decca LP release]
  NME: John Russell Thompson, Decca's pop singles manager, resigns to join Musicways
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 153]: Dusty Springfield ("Going Back"); Chris Curtis ("Aggravation")
  Germany: France withdraws its troops as part of its disassociation from NATO
4 Manila, Phillipines: The Beatles misunderstand an invitation to visit the Marcos Family as optional
5 Manila, Phillipines: A mob harasses the Beatles and their entourage in Manila airport, beating and kicking Brian Epstein, Mal Evans, and Alf Bicknell (their chauffeur)
  New York City: The Animals arrive in the US for their final (and ill-fated) American tour
New York City: Chas Chandler (Animals) hears Jimmy James [Jimi Hendrix] and the Blue Flames perform at the Café Wha?
6 London: Manfred Mann confirms that Paul Jones will leave the group and they will replace him with Michael D'Abo
7 The Kinks: "Sunny Afternoon" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  David and Jonathan: "Lovers of the World Unite" [Columbia DB 7950, charts, UK #7; last chart]
Dusty Springfield: "Going Back" [Philips BF 1502, charts, UK #10]
The Walker Brothers: "(Baby) You Don't Have to Tell Me" [Philips BF 1497, charts, UK #13]
The Shadows: "A Place in the Sun" [Columbia DB 7952, charts, UK #24]
The Bachelors: "Can I Trust You" [Decca F 12417, charts, UK #26]
Manfred Mann: "You Gave Me Someone to Love" [HMV POP 1541, charts, UK #36]
Magic Lanterns: "Excuse Me Baby" [CBS 202094, charts, UK #44]
The Creation: "Making Time" [Planet PLF 116, charts, UK #49]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
8 The Yardbirds: Yardbirds [Columbia LP release]
  NME: The Who, with the assistance of Allen Klein, sign a contract with MGM
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 154]: Joy Marshall ( "The More I See You"); Simon and Garfunkel ("I Am a Rock"); The Troggs ("With a Girl Like You"); The Walker Brothers - "(Baby) You Don't Have to Tell Me")
14 The Troggs: "With a Girl Like You" [Fontana TF 717, charts, UK #1]
The Alan Price Set: "Hi Lili Hi Lo" [Decca F 12442, charts, UK #11]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "I Love How You Love Me" [Decca F 12445, charts, UK #21]
The Ivy League: "Willow Tree" [Piccadilly 7N 35326, charts, UK #50; last chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
  New York: Ray Davies with managers Robert Wace and Grenville Collins and accountant Robert Ransom, meet with Allen Klein to discuss his role in renegotiating the Kinks' contract with Pye and with Shel Talmy.
15 Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 155]: David and Johnathan ("Lovers of the World Unite"); Freddie and the Dreamers ("Playboy"); Dusty Springfield ("Going Back")
16 Knokke, Belgium: Britain wins the Knokke Song Contest
18 London: The Kinks announce that Allen Klein will be their US business manager.
  Los Angeles: Bobby Fuller murdered
20 The Kinks: "Sunny Afternoon" / "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" [Repirse 0497; US release]
21 Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames: "Get Away" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Visions" [Columbia DB 7968, charts, UK #7]
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band: "Hi Hi Hazel" [Piccadilly 7N 35329, charts, UK #45]
Pretty Things: "A House in the Country" [Fontana TF 722, charts, UK #50; last chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
22 NME: Mick Jagger comments: "Canada was one of the best scenes.... The police are not allowed to interfere with the crowd there. In Montreal they employed wrestlers to beat the wild fans up and those toughs really seem to enjoy it" (3).
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 156]: Madeline Bell ("Don't Come Running to Me" [and "I Really Got Carried Away"]); Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ("Hideaway"); Lee Drummond; Paul & Barry Ryan ("I Love How You Love Me"); The Yardbirds ("Farewell, Lost Woman")
25 The Troggs: From Nowhere, the Troggs [Fontana LP release]
  London: Ray Davies submits papers for the formation of his own publishing company, Davray Music Ltd.
  Britain: Parliament votes to nationalize steel industry. They also increase taxes, raising the cost of a single by 1 1/2 pence.
East London: Construction begins on Ronan Point, 23-story housing complex on Clever Road, Canning Town, Newham.
28 Chris Farlowe: "Out of Time" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
29 The Merseys: "So Sad about Us" / "Love Will Continue" [Fontana release]
Manfred Mann: "Just Like a Woman" / "I Wanna Be Rich" [Fontana]
Jonathan King: "Just Like a Woman" / "The Land of the Golden Tree" [Decca release]
Billy Fury: "Give Me Your Word" / "She's So Far out She's in" [Decca release]
Tom Jones: "This and That" / "City Girl" [Decca release]
Zoot Money: "The Big Operator" / "Zoot's Sermon" [Columbia release]
Ken Dodd: "More Than Love" / "I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye to You" [Columbia release]
  NME: The Hollies are replacing bassist Eric Haydock with Bern Calvert
NME: Steve Winwood has signed a producer's contract with Island Records
London: The Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor Racecourse, Windsor: the Spencer Davis Group, the Small Faces, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, the Soul Agents, Mark Barry and others.
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! Episode 157: Manfred Mann ("Just Like a Woman"); Joe Tex and his Band
  Datebook: US teen magazine reprints John Lennon's comments about the relative popularity of Jesus and the Beatles
Woodstock, New York: Bob Dylan has a near fatal motorcycle crash
30 Windsor: The Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor Racecourse: the Who, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, Chris Barber, Gary Farr and the T-bones, Louis Nelson, the Move, Alex Welsh, Kid Martyn's Ragtime Band, and others.
  England wins the World Cup
  The Troggs: "Wild Thing" [US#1 for 2 weeks]
31 London: The Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor Racecourse, Windsor: Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, the Action, the Move, the Alan Bown Set, Dick Morrissey; Stn Tracey Big Band with Kenny Baker, Eddie Blair, Keith Christies, Ronnie Scott, Bobby Wellins, and Ernistine Anderson; Harry South Orchestra Bluesology featuring Tubby Hayes; and the Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker)
 
  Other July Artifacts
  John Mayall with Eric Clapton: Bluesbreakers [UK release]
The Hollies (Manchester 1962): "Bus Stop" [US#5-9/66]
   
 
August JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
3 Hollywood, CA: Lenny Bruce dies
4 The Troggs: "With a Girl Like You" [UK#1 for 2 weeks]
  Manfred Mann: "Just Like a Woman" [Fontana TF 730, charts, UK #10]
Ken Dodd: "More Than Love" [Columbia DB 7976, charts, UK #14]
Billy Fury: "Give Me Your Word" [Decca F 12459, charts, UK #27; last 60s chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
5 The Beatles: "Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine" [Parlophone release]
The Nashville Teens: "Forbidden Fruit" / "Revived 45 Time" [Decca release]
Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers: "Got to Get You into My Life" / "Baby Each Day" [Parlophone release]
The Small Faces: "All or Nothing" / "Understanding" [Decca release]
The Tremeloes: "Good Day Sunshine" / "What a State I'm in" [CBS release]
Napoleon XIV: "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-haa" / "Aaah-ah Yawa Em Ekat Ot Gnimoc Er'Yeht" [Warner Bros. release]
  The Beatles: Revolver [UK release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 158]: The Troggs ("With aGirl Like You")
  Beijing: Mao Zedong begins the Cultural Revolution
8 The Beatles: Revolver [Capitol; US LP release]
The Beatles: "Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine" [Capitol; US release, US #3]
10 The Kinks: The Kinks Greatest Hits [Reprise R 6217; US LP release]
11 The Beatles: "Yellow Submarine" [Parlophone R 5493, charts, UK #1]
The Small Faces: "All or Nothing" [Decca F 12470, charts, UK #1]
Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers: "Got to Get You into My Life" [Parlophone R 5489, charts, UK #6]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
12 The Who: "The Kids Are Alright" / "The Ox" [Brunswick release]
Wayne Fontana: "Goodbye Bluebird" / "The Sun Is So Hot Today" [Fontana release]
Glen Dale: "Good Day Sunshine" / "Make Me Belong to You" [Decca release]
Brian Withers: "For No One" / "Here, There, and Everywhere" [RCA release]
Marc Reid: "For No One" / "Lone City Blues" [CBS]
The Fourmost: "Here, There, and Everywhere" / "You've Changed" [Parlophone release]
Episode Six: "Here, There, and Everywhere" / "Mighty Merris Ten" [Pye release]
Loose Ends: "Tax Man" / "That's It" [Decca release]
The Trinity: "Yellow Submarine" / "Promise Me You'll Cry" [Columbia release]
  London: The Beatles leave for their American tour
  Britain: Prices and Incomes Act becomes law
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 159]: Julie Felix; The Fourmost ("Here, There and Everywhere"); The Game; The Alan Price Set ("Hi-Lili Hi-Lo")
  Chicago: The Beatles arrive for their North American tour where the press focuses on Lennon's comments about Jesus
18 The Beatles: "Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
  Zoot Money and the Big Roll Band: "Big Time Operator" [Columbia DB 7975, charts, UK #25]
Tom Jones: "This and That" [Decca F 12461, charts, UK #44]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
19 Twice as Much: "Step out of Line" / "Simplified" [Immediate release]
Billy J. Kramer: "You Make Me Feel Like Someone" / "Take My Hand" [Parlophone release]
Chad and Jeremy: "Distant Shores" / "Last Night" [CBS release]
The Overlanders: "Go Where You Wanna Go" / "Last Night" [Pye release]
Chris Farlowe: "Just a Dream" / "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" [Columbia release]
The Tornados: "Is that a Ship I Hear" / "Do You Come Here Often" [Columbia release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 160]: Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers ("Got to Get You into My Life"); Salena Jones ("I Am Yours"); Manfred Mann ("Just Like a Woman" and/or "You Gave Me Somebody to Love"); Twice as Much; The Who ("A Legal Matter" & "I'm a Boy")
  Memphis, Tennessee: During the second Beatles show someone throws a firecracker onto the stage after an anonymous phone call had warned that one of the Beatles would be assassinated
23 New York City: The Beatles play Shea Stadium to 44,600 fans (11,000 fewer than 1965)
25 The Mindbenders: "Ashes to Ashes" [Fontana TF 731, charts, UK #14]
Chris Andrews: "Stop that Girl" [Decca F 22472, charts, UK #36; last chart]
Wayne Fontana: "Goodbye Bluebird" [Fontana TF 737, charts, UK #49]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
26 The Spencer Davis Group: "When I Come Home" / "Trampoline" [Fontana release]
Hayes and Wadey: "What Does She Want" / "Clock" [Pye release]
The Track: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" / "Cry to Me" [Columbia release]
The Sorrow: "Let Me in" / "How Love Use to Be" [Piccadilly release]
Hedgehoppers Anonymous: "Daytime" / "That's the Time" [Decca release]
The Who: "I'm a Boy" [Reaction UK release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 161]: The Mindbenders ("Ashes to Ashes"); The Overlanders ("Go Where You Wanna Go"); The Small Faces ("All or Nothing"); Sonny & Cher ("Little Man")
29 San Francisco, California: The Beatles play their last tour concert at Candlestick Park
 
  Other August Artifacts
  London: Pink Floyd perform at All Saints Church, Notting Hill Gate
   
 
September JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 The Who: "I'm a Boy" [Reaction 591 004, charts, UK #2]
The Spencer Davis Group: "When I Come Home" [Fontana TF 739, charts, UK #12]
The Who: "The Kids Are Alright" [Brunswick 05965, charts, UK #41]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
2 The Seekers: "Walk with Me" / "We're Moving on" [Columbia release]
Los Bravos: "I Don't Care" / "Don't Be Left out in the Cold" [Decca release]
The Fortunes: "Is It Really Worth Your While" / "Am I Losing My Touch"
Crispian St. Peters: "Changes" / "My Little Brown Eyes" [Decca release]
  The Kinks: Well Respected Kinks [Marble Arch MAL 612; UK LP release; UK #5]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 162]: Season Four begins with The Spencer Davis Group ("When I Come Home"); Wayne Fontana ("Goodbye Bluebird"); The Fortunes ("Is It Really Worth Your While?"); Sandie Shaw ("Run")
3 Donovan: "Sunshine Superman" [US#1 for 1 week]
5 The Animals US tour ends; Eric Burdon forms a new band
6 Cape Town, South Africa: Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd killed during a parliamentary session
Tucson, Arizona: Margaret Sanger (birth-control advocate) dies.
8 The New Vaudeville Band: "Winchester Cathedral" [Fontana TF 741, charts, UK #4]
The Seekers (Australia): "Walk with Me" [Columbia DB 8000, charts, UK #10]
Sandie Shaw: "Run" [Pye 7N 17163, charts, UK #32]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
9 Peter and Gordon: "Lady Godiva" / "Morning's Calling" [Columbia release]
The Searchers: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" / "It's Just the Way" [Pye release]
Dusty Springfield: "All I See Is You" / "Go Ahead on" [Philips release]
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: "Parchman Farm" / "Key to Love" [Decca release]
David Garrick: "Dear Mrs. Applebee" / "You're What I'm Living for" [Decca release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 163]: Eddie Cave and the Fyx; David Garrick ("Dear Mrs. Applebee"); Zoot Money & Big Roll Band ("Big Time Operator"); Peter and Gordon ("Lady Godiva"); Twice as Much ("Step Out of Line"); The Who ("I'm a Boy" & "Heat Wave")
15 The Small Faces: "All or Nothing" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "Bend It" [Fontana TF 746, UK #2]
Dusty Springfield: "All I See Is You" [Philips BF 1510, charts, UK #9]
The Mike Sammes Singers: "Somewhere My Love" [HMV POP 1546, charts, UK #22]
Crispian St. Peters: "Changes" [Decca F 12480, charts, UK #47; last charting single]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
16 Millie Small: "Killer Joe" / "Carry G Brin Come" [Fontana release]
  NME: John Dalton replaces Peter Quaife who leaves the Kinks.
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 164]: Otis Redding ("Satisfaction," "My Girl" & "Respect"); Eric Burdon ("Hold on I'm Coming"); Chris Farlowe ("It's a Man's Man's Man's World"); Otis Redding ("Pain in My Heart" & "I Can't Turn You Loose"); Otis Redding, Eric Burton, Chris Farlowe ("Shake" & "Land of 1000 Dances")
19 Almeía: John Lennon arrives in southern Spain to begin filming How I Won the War
22 Jim Reeves: "Distant Drums" [UK #1 for 5 weeks]
  The Walker Brothers: "Another Tear Falls" [Philips BF 1514, charts, UK #12]
Georgie Fame: "Sunny" [Columbia DB 8015, charts, UK #13]
Peter and Gordon: "Lady Godiva" [Columbia DB 8003, charts, UK #16; last chart]
David Garrick: "Dear Mrs. Applebee" [Piccadilly 7N 35335, charts, UK #22; last chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
23 The Rolling Stones: "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" / "Who's Driving Your Plane" [UK release]
The Troggs: "Lost Girl" / "The Yella Is Me" [CBS release]
Graham Bonney: "No One Knows" / "Mixed Up Baby Girl" [Columbia release]
The Honeycombs: "That Loving Feeling" / "Shouls a Man Cry" [Pye release]
Georgie Fame: "Sunny" / "Don't Make Promises" [Columbia release]
Pinkerton's Colours: "Magic Rocking Horse" / "It Ain't Right" [Decca release]
The Hollies with Peter Sellers: "After the Fox" / "The Fox Trot" [United Artists release]
Lulu: "What a Wonderful Feeling" / "Tossin' and Turnin'" [Decca release]
Magic Lanterns: "Rumplestiltskin" / "I Stumbled" [CBS release]
Zombies: "Gotta Get a Hold on Myself" [Decca release]
  London: The Rolling Stones perform at the Royal Albert Hall and record the concert.
23 Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 165]: The Breakaways; Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch ("Bend It"); The Walker Brothers ("Another Tear Falls")
24 London: Jimi Hendrix arrives in London, and goes to a jam
29 The Troggs: "I Can't Control Myself" [Page One POF 001, charts, UK #2]
The Rolling Stones: "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" [Decca F 12497, charts, UK #5]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" [Decca F 12494, charts, UK #49]
The Troggs: Trogglodynamite [Page One Records release]
  London: Jimi Hendrix auditions Noel Redding for his new band
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
  London: After the Fox premiers at the Leicester Square Odeon featuring music by the Hollies
30 The Troggs: "I Can't Control Myself" / "Gonna Make You" [Page One release]
Herman's Hermits: "No Milk Today" / "My Reservation's Been Confirmed" [Coumbia release]
Petula Clark: "Who Am I" / "Love Is a Long Journey" [Pye release]
Paul Jones: "High Time" / "I Can't Hold on Much Lonager" [HMV release]
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band: "Que Sera Sera" / "All I Need" [Piccadilly release]
  London: London Free School, All Saints Church Hall, Notting Hill: Pink Floyd play the first of several concerts
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 166]: n.a.
  Lord Thompson purchases the Times of London
 
  Other September Artifacts
  The Yardbirds: Yardbirds
The Animals: Animalization
  Playboy Magazine: Timothy Leary advises readers to "turn on, tune in, and drop out"
   
 
October JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Amsterdam: Georgie Fame makes his final appearance with the Blue Flames at the Grand Gala du Disque
6 Paul Jones: "High Time" [HMV POP 1554, charts, UK #4]
Herman's Hermits: "No Milk Today" [Columbia DB 8012, charts, UK#7]
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band: "Que Sera Sera" [Piccadilly 7N 35346, charts, UK #43]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
  London: Mitch Mitchell leaves Georgie Fame to accompany Jimi Hendrix
Knock John Tower, Thames Estuary: Radio Essex becomes BBMS
7 The Hollies: "Stop! Stop! Stop!" / "It's You" [Parlophone release]
Adam Faith: "Cherly's Going Home" / "Funny Kind of Love" [Parlophone release]
Four Pennies: "No Sad Songs for Me" / "Cats" [Philips release]
The Cream: "Wrapping Paper" / "Cat's Squirrel" [Reaction/Polydor release]
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Time Drags By" / "La La La Song" [Columbia release]
Brian Poole: "Everything I Touch Turns to Tears" / "I Need Her Tonight" [CBS release]
Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers: Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers [Parlophone EP release]
  NME: Jeff Beck has left the Yardbirds tour and Jimmy Page has replaced him
  Radcliff: Johnny Kidd dies in a car accident on the A58, Bury New Road.
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 167]: The Rolling Stones ("Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow," "Paint It Black" & "Lady Jane"); Paul & Barry Ryan ("Have You Ever Loved Somebody?"); Eric Burdon & The Animals ("Help Me Girl")
13 The Hollies: "Stop, Stop, Stop" [Parlophone R 5508, charts, UK #4]
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Time Drags By" [Columbia DB 8017, charts, UK #10]
Manuel and His Music of the Mountains: "Somehwere My Love" [Columbia DB 7969, charts, UK #42]
The Searchers: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" [Pye 7N 17170, charts, UK #48; last charting single]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
  BBC-2: Jazz 625 features the Joe Harriott Quintet augmented by four Indian musicians
14 Cilla Black: "A Fool Am I" / "For No One" [Parlophone release]
The Ivy League: "My World Fell Down" / "When You're Young" [Piccadilly release]
P.J.Proby: "I Can't Make It Alone" / "Sweet Summer" [Liberty release]
Chris Farlowe: "Ride on Baby" / "Headlines" [Immediate release]
Easybeats: "Firday on My Mind" / "Made My Bed, Gonna Lie in It" [United Artists release]
The Yardbirds: "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" / "Psycho Daisies" [Columbia release]
Georgie Fame with the Harry South Big Band: Sound Venture [Columbia LP release]
Cliff Richard: Drivin' You Wild [Music for Pleasure LP release]
  NME: Chas Chandler and Mike Jeffries will jointly manage their American discovery, Jim Hendrix [sic]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 168]: Paul Jones ("High Time"); Dusty Springfield ("All I See Is You")
15 London: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm: launch party for International Times (IT): Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine perform
18 Paul and Barry Ryan: "My Baby's Gone Away" [Decca release]
20 Cilla Black: "A Fool Am I" [Parlophone R 5515, charts, UK #13]
Cat Stevens: "I Love My Dog" [Deram DM 102, charts, UK #28]
Cream: "Wrapping Paper"[/"Cats Squirrel"][Reaction 591 007, charts, UK #34]
Adam Faith: "Cheryl's Going Home" [Parlophone R 5516, charts, UK #46; last chart]
Dermot O'Brien: "The Merry Ploughboy" [Envoy ENV 016, charts, UK #46]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
  Finsbury Park, London: The Butterfield Blues Band begins a tour with Georgie Fame, Chris Farlowe, and Eric Burdon
  NME: The government will close pirate radio stations in six months
21 Manfred Mann: "Semi-detached Suburban Mr. James"/Morning after the Party" [Fontana release]
Moody Blues: "Boulevard de la Madelaine" / "This Is My House" [Decca release]
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: "Looking Back" [Decca release]
John's Children: "The Love I Thought I'd Found" [Columbia release]
Eric Burdon and the New Animals: "Help Me Girl" / "See See Rider" [Decca release]
NME: Copying LPs onto Musicassettes is a great way to keep music
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 169]: The Who ("Batman," "Bucket T," "I'm a Boy," "Disguises," & "My Generation/Rule Britania"); Also, The Who mime to Cliff Richard's "Summer Holiday"; Lee Dorsey ("Holy Cow"); Georgie Fame ("Sunny")
  Aberfan, Wales: 144 die when a rain-soaked hillside of slag slides into the village. Of the dead, 116 were students at the Pantglas Junior School where five staff members also died.
25 London: Jimi Hendrix plays at the Scotch of St. James where Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp hear him and (eventually) sign him to their new record company, Track Records
26 London: Alma Cogan dies
27 The Four Tops: "Reach Out, I'll Be There" [UK#1 for 3 weeks]
  Manfred Mann: "Semi-detached Suburban Mr. James" [Fontana TF 757, charts, UK #2]
The Easybeats: "Friday on My Mind" [United Artists UP 1157, charts, UK #6]
Eric Burdon and the Animals: "Help Me Girl" [Decca F 12502, charts, UK #14]
Chris Farlowe: "Ride on Baby" [Immediate IM 038, charts, UK #31]
Ken Dodd: "It's Love" [Columbia DB 8031, charts, UK #36]
The Yardbirds: "Happenings 10 Years Time Ago" [Columbia DB 8024, charts, UK #43; last chart]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
28 The Dave Clark Five: "Nineteen Days" / "I Need Love" [Columbia release]
Freddie and the Dreamers: "Turn Around" / "Funny over You" [Columbia release]
David and Jonathan: "Ten Storeys High" / "Looking for My Life" [Columbia release]
Unit Four + Two: "I Was Only Playing Games" / "I've Seen the Light" [Decca release]
Master Singers: "Weather Forecast" / "Roadlore" [Parlophone release]
Spencer Davis Group: "Gimme Some Loving" / "Blues in F" [Fontana release]
Manfred Mann: As Is [Fontana LP release]
Kinks: Face to Face [Pye NPL 18149; UK LP release; UK #8]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 170]: The Dave Clark Five ("Nineteen Days"); Bobby Goldsboro; Edwin Starr; The Troggs ("I Can't Control Myself")
29 Liverpool: Cliff Richard sings and preaches to a religious crusade at the Liverpool Empire
  Times: David Adelstein, president of the LSE student union, denounces the selection of Walter Adams (of Rhodesia) as director of the college.
 
  Other October Artifacts
  The Moody Blues: "Boulevard de la Madelaine"
   
 
November JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
2 London: Larry Parnes announces that Billy Fury is leaving Decca after 9 years
3 The Spencer Davis Group: "Gimme Some Loving" [Fontana TF 739, charts, UK #2]
Val Doonican: "What Would I Be" [Decca F 12505, charts, UK #2]
The Creation: "Painter Man" [Planet PLF 119, charts, UK #36; last chart]
The Shadows: "The Dreams I Dream" [Columbia DB 8034, charts, UK #42]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
4 Dave Berry: "Picture Me Gone" / "Ann" [Decca release]
Joe Brown: "A Satisfied Mind" / "Stay a Little While" [Pye release]
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates: "Send for that Girl" / "The Fool" [HMV release]
Tom Jones: "Green, Green Grass of Home" / "Promise Her Anything" [Decca release]
The Rolling Stones: Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) [Decca release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 171]: Cream ("Wrapping Paper" & "N.S.U."); Bobby Darin ("If I Were a Carpenter"); Manfred Mann ("Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James")
6 Finsbury Park, London: The Beach Boys open their tour at the Astoria with Lulu, David & Jonathan, Sounds Incorporated, the Golden Brass, and Jerry Stevens.
8 California: Ronald Reagan elected governor
9 London: Paul McCartney does not die in a car accident this Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock.
London, The Indica Gallery: John Lennon meets Yoko Ono.
10 Tom Jones: "The Green Green Grass of Home" [Decca F 2251, charts, UK #1]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
11 The Who: Ready, Steady, Who! [Reaction EP release]
The Who: "La La Lies" / "The Good's Gone" [UK release]
The Small Faces: "My Mind's Eye" / "I Can't Dance with You" [Decca release]
The Fourmost: "Aunt Maggie's Remedy" / "Turn the Lights—Down" [Parlophone release]
The Alan Price Set: "Willow Weep for Me" / "Yours Until Tomorrow" [Decca release]
Jonathan King: "Icicles" / "In a Hundred Years from Now" [Decca release]
Haydock's Rockhouse: "Cupid" / "She Thinks" [Columbia release]
Sandie Shaw: "Think Sometimes about Me" / "Hide All Emotion" [Pye release]
  NME: Steve Winwood and Spencer Davis are no longer on speaking terms
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 172]: Cilla Black ("A Fool Am I"); The Spencer Davis Group ("Gimme Some Loving"); Wayne Fontana ("Pamela Pamela"); Françoise Hardy; Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band ("Que Sera Sera")
14 London: The Kinks announce that Peter Quaife is returning on bass. John Dalton returns to his day job.
17 The Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  The Small Faces: "My Mind's Eye" [Decca F 12500, charts, UK #4]
The Master Singers: "Weather Forecast" [Parlophone R 5523, charts, UK # 50]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
18 The Seekers: "Morningtown Ride" / "When the Stars Begin to Fall" [Columbia release]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "Missy, Missy" / "Rainbow Weather" [Decca release]
Wayne Fontana: "Pamela Pamela" / "Something Keeps Calling Me Back" [Fontana release]
Long John Baldry: "Cuckoo" / "Bring my Baby Back to Me" [United Artists]
The Swinging Blue Jeans: "Rumours, Gossip, Words Untrue" / "Now the Summer's Gone" [HMV release]
Chris Andrews: "That's What She Said" / "Write It Down" [Decca release]
Lonnie Donegan: "Auntie Maggie's Remedy" / "My Sweet Marie" [Pye release]
Chad and Jeremy: "You Are She" / "I Won't Cry" [CBS release]
The Kinks: "Dead End Street" / "Big Black Smoke" [Pye 7N 17222; UK release; UK #6]
Twice as Much: "True Story" / "You're So Good for Me" [Immediate release]
The Rolling Stones: Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) [Decca TXS 101, LP release]
Twice as Much: Own Up [Immediate LP release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 173]: The Breakaways; Eric Burdon ("Jailhouse Rock" & "Help Me Girl"); The Paul Butterfield Blues Band ("I'm Dropping Out on You"); Donovan ("Sunshine Superman"); The Four Tops ("Baby, I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself" & "Reach Out, I'II Be There"); Kathy McGowan interviews the Kinks' Pete Quaife and Dave Davies; The Small Faces ("(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me" and "My Mind's Eye")
24 The Seekers (Australia): "Morningtown Ride" [Columbia DB 8060, charts, UK #2]
The Kinks: "Dead End Street" [Pye 7N 17222, charts, UK #5]
Sandie Shaw: "Think Sometimes about Me" [Pye 7N 17212, charts, UK #32]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
  London: The Beatles begin recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" (7 PM to 2:30 AM)
25 Peter and Gordon: "A Knight in Rusty Armour" / "The Flower Lady" [Columbia release]
Herman's Hermits: "East, West" / "What Is Wrong—What Is Right?" [Columbia release]
Barron Knights: "Under New Management" parts 1 & 2 [Columbia release]
Mark Wynter: "You Made Me What I Am" / "One Girl" [Pye release]
Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers: "Never Knew Lovin' Could Be So Doggone Good" / "Don't Help Me Out" [Parlophone]
Tony Jackson: "Anything Else You Want" / "Come on and Stop" [CBS release]
Crispian St. Peters: "But She's Untrue" / "Your Ever-Changin' Mind" [Decca release]
The Bachelors: "Walk with Faith in Your Heart" / "Molly Malone" [Decca release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 174]: Donovan ("Sunshine Superman"); Ben E. King; Little Richard ("I Need Love")
  London: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first official UK gig at the Bag O'Nails
  The Rolling Stones: Got LIVE If You Want It! [London PS 493, UL LP release]
30 London: Simon Napier Bell confirms that Jeff Beck has left the Yardbirds due to "persistent ill health."
London: The BBC announces it will not show the Kinks' film for their single, "Dead End Street" citing poor taste.
  The Kinks: "Dead End Street" [Reprise 0540; US release]
  Prime Minister Wilson urges European strength against US economic domination
London: The Court declares pirate station Radio Essex to be illegal
Barbados: independence from the UK
 
  Other November Artifacts
  John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton: "All Your Love" / "Hideaway" [release]
  Strasbourg, France: Student leaders print "Ten Days that Shook the University" aimed at improving the economic lot of students.
   
 
December JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Tom Jones: "The Green Green Grass of Home" [UK #1 for 7 weeks]
  The Barron Knights: "Under New Management" [Columbia DB 8071, charts, UK #15]
The Bachelors: "Walk with Faith in Your Heart" [Decca F 22523, charts, UK #22]
Herman's Hermits: "East West" [Columbia DB 8076, charts, UK #37]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
  Harold Wilson and Ian Smith meet to discuss Rhodesia
British Christmas stamps issued for first time
2 Donovan: "Sunshine Superman" / "The Trip" [Pye release after a year of contract problems]
Petula Clark: "Colour My World" / "I'm Begging You" [Pye release]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: "Save Me" / "Shame" [Fontana release]
The Merseys: "Rhythms of Love" / "Is It Love" [Fontana release]
Los Bravos: "Going Nowhere" / "Brand New Baby" [Decca release]
Keith Relf: "Shapes in My Mind" / "Blue Sands" [Columbia release]
Alma Cogan: "Now that I've Found You" / "More" [Columbia posthumous release]
Manfred Mann: Instrumental Assassination [Fontana EP release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 175]: Herman's Hermits ("East West")
3 London: "Psychodelphia" ("Psychodelphia v. Ian Smith" or "Psychdelicamania") at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm: Pink Floyd and the Ram Holder Messengers
London: Peter Quaife rejoins the Kinks
  The New Vaudeville Band: "Winchester Cathedral" [US #1 for 3 weeks]
5 Salisbury, Rhodesia: Ian Smith rejects Britain's terms of independence for Rhodesia
7 London: The Small Faces leave Don Arden for Harold Davison (of the Lew Grade Orgnanization)
8 Donovan: "Sunshine Superman" [Pye 7N 17241, charts, UK #2]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "Save Me" [Fontana TF 775, UK #4]
Wayne Fontana: "Pamela Pamela" [Fontana TF 770, charts, UK #11; last chart]
Frank Ifield: "Call Her Your Sweeheart" [Columbia DB 8078, charts, UK #24]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "Missy Missy" [Decca F 12520, charts, UK #43]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
  London: The House of Commons votes confidence in Wilson over the question of Rhodesia
9 The Troggs: "Any Way that You Want Me" / "66-5-4-3-2-1" [Page One release]
Hedgehoppers Anonymous: "Stop Press" / "Little Memories" [Decca release]
Zoot Money's Big Roll Band: "The Star of the Show" / "The Mound Moves" [Columbia release]
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "In the Country" / "Finders Keepers" [Columbia release]
The Who: "Happy Jack" / "I've Been Away" [Reaction release]
The Beatles: A Collection of Beatles Oldies [Parlophone LP release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 176]: Marc Bolan ("Bolan's Dream"); Bobby Hebb ("A Satisfied Mind"); The Move ("Night of Fear"); The Alan Price Set ("Willow Weep for Me" / "Yours until Tomorrow")
14 Strasbourg, France: University and city leaders eject student leaders and close the student union.
15 The Who: "Happy Jack" [Reaction 591 010, charts, UK #3]
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "In the Country" [Columbia DB 8094, charts, UK #6]
The Troggs: "Any Way that You Want Me" [Page One POF 010, charts, UK #8]
Cream: "I Feel Free" [Reaction 591 011, charts, UK #11]
The Walker Brothers: "Deadlier than the Male" [Philips BF 1537, charts, UK #34]
  The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Hey Joe" [UK release; rec 23/10/66; US re 1/5/67]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
  London: Aberfan Charity Concert, Royal Albert Hall: the Small Faces and others
16 Helen Shapiro: "In My Calendar" / "Empty House" [Columbia release]
Pretty Things: "Progress" / "Buzz the Jerk" [Fontana release]
Cream: "I Feel Free" / "N.S.U." [Reaction release]
  The Dave Clark Five: The Dave Clark Five's Greatest Hits [Columbia LP release]
Petula Clark: Petula Clark's Hit Parade [Pye LP release]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: If Music Be the Food of Love... [Fontana LP release]
The Who: A Quick One [Reaction LP release]
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: Finders Keepers [Columbia LP release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Go! [episode 177]: Marc Bolan ("Hippy Gumbo"); The Escorts ("Head to Toe"); The Four Tops (filmed interview); Jimi Hendrix Experience ("Hey Joe"); The Merseys ("Rhythm of Love")' Keith Relf ("Shapes in My Mind"); Victor Sylvester ("You're Dancing on My Heart"); The Troggs ("5-4-3-2-1," "Anyway that You Want Me" and "I Can Only Give You Everything" [last song with closing credits])
18 London: Guinness heir, Tara Browne, killed in car crash
22 Georgie Fame: "Sitting in the Park" [Columbia DB 8096, charts, UK #12]
  BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.  
23 Georgie Fame: "Sitting in the Park" / "Many Happy Returns" [Columbia release]
  Rediffusion ITV: Ready Steady Goes! Episode 178: Mick Jagger and Chris Farlowe ("Out of Time" & "Satisfaction" [song excerpts]); The Who ("Please Don't Touch" & "I'm a Boy"); Paul Jones (possibly "Baby Tomorrow"); Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (possibly "Save Me"); Eric Burdon; Alan Price; Donovan; Lulu; Keith Relf and Paul Sammwell Smith; Julie Felix; Cat Stevens; Merseys; Peter and Gordon; Small Faces; Spencer Davis Group. Final show.
  London: Pink Floyd perform at the Night Tripper (later called the UFO; Tottenham Court Road)
25 Knock John Tower, Thames Estuary: BBMS goes off the air
26 BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
27 BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
29 BBC-TV: Top of the Pops.
30 George Martin Orchestra: "Love in the Open Air" / "Theme from The Family Way" [United Artists release]
Tudor Minstrels: "Love in the Open Air" / "Theme from The Family Way" [Decca release]
Cat Stevens: "Matthew and Son" / "Granny" [Deram release]
  Camden, London: "Giant Freak-out Ball," the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road: Geno Washington and the Ramjam Band, Cream, and the Alan Bown Set
31 BBC-1: The Monkees premiers on Saturday nights
London: "New Year's Eve—All Night Rave," the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm: Pink Floyd, the Who, and the Move

  Other December Artifacts
  Cream: Fresh Cream [release]
The Move: "Night of Fear" [release]
Donovan: "Mellow Yellow" [release]
BBC-1: Ravi Shankar provides music for a production of Alice in Wonderland
 

Other 1966 Artifacts
Ian Fleming's Octopussy and the Living Daylights published posthumously
Carry On Screaming and Carry On Don't Lose Your Head released
 

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