1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology
1968
 
January JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
3 The Beatles: "Hello Goodbye" [continues as UK #1]
  Love Affair: "Everlasting Love" [CBS 3125, charts, UK #1]
Plastic Penny: "Everything I Am" [Page One POF 051, charts, UK #6]
The Symbols: "The Best Part of Breaking Up" [President PT 173, charts, UK #25]
4 London: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (with music by Traffic) premiers at the London Pavilion
5 Jackie Trent: "With Every Little Tear" / "Don't Send Me Away" [Pye release]
Long John Baldry: "Only a Fool Breaks His Own Heart" / "Let Him Go" [United Artists release]
P.P. Arnold: "(If You Think You're) Groovy" / "Though It Hurts Me Badly" [Immediate release]
Anita Harris: "Anniversary Waltz" / "Old Queenie Cole" [CBS release]
The Bachelors: "If Ever I Would Leave You" / "Cabaret" [Decca release]
The Tremeloes: "Suddenly You Love Me" / "As You Are" [CBS release]
  Tom Jones: 13 Smash Hits [Decca LK 4809, LP release]
Long John Baldry: Let the Heartaches Begin [Pye NPL 18208, LP release]
The Alan Price Set: A Price on His Head: Alan Price [Decca LK 4907, LP release]
  BBC-2: Magical Mystery Tour premiers in colour
8 London: Ian MacLagan (Small Faces) arrested at Heathrow (departing on his honeymoon) for carring cannabis.
  Nanterre, France: Student leader, Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Youth and Sport Minister, Francois Missoffe have a confrontation as the latter dedicates a swimming pool (thus, "The Swimming Pool Incident").
10 Engelbert Humperdinck: "Am I That Easy to Forget" [Decca F 12722, charts, UK #3]
The Foundations: "Back on My Feet Again" [Pye 7N 17417, charts, UK #18]
The Spencer Davis Group: "Mr. Second Class" [United Artists UP 1203, charts, UK #35]
12 Manfred Mann: "The Mighty Quinn" / "By Request—Edwin Garvey" [Fontana release]
Amen Corner: "Bend Me, Shape Me" / "Satisnek the Job's Worth" [Deram release]
Marty Wilde: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" [Philips release]
Hank B. Marvin/The Shadows: "London's Not Too Far" / "Running Out of World" [Columbia release]
Lee Harmer's Popcorn: "Love Is Coming" [Page One release]
The Cedars: "For Your Information" [Decca release]
The Shoes: "Farewell in the Rain" [Polydor release]
  Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band: Shake a Tail Feather [Piccadilly NPL 38029, LP release]
The Kinks: Kinks Live at Kelvin Hall [Pye NLP 18191, LP release]
The Herd: Paradise Lost [Columbia LP release]
Cat Stevens: New Masters [Deram DML 1018, LP release]
The Seekers: Seen in Green [Columbia SX 6193, LP release]
The Shadows: From Hank, Bruce, Brian, and John [Columbia SX 6199, LP release]
Frankie Vaughan: There Must Be a Way [Columbia SX 6200, LP release]
13 NME: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich withdraw from a 10-day concert tour of Rhodesia after the Musicians Union threatens to expell them
16 British government announces spending cuts
British to withdraw from east of Suez
17 Amen Corner: "Bend Me, Shape Me" [Deram DM 172, charts, UK #3]
The Tremeloes: "Suddenly, You Love Me" [CBS 3234, charts, UK #6]
Herman's Hermits: "I Can Take or Leave Your Loving" [Columbia DB 8327, charts, UK #11]
19 The Move: "Fire Brigade" / "Walk upon the Water" [Regal Zonophone release]
The Foundations: "Back on My Feet Again" / "I Can Take or Leave Your Loving" [Pye release]
Felice Taylor: "I'm under the Influence of Love" / "Love Theme" [President release]
The Majority: "All Our Chirstmases" [Decca release]
Gordon Waller: "Rosecrans Boulevard" / "Red, Cream and Velvet" [Columbia release]
Denny Laine: "Too Much in Love" [Deram release]
Bruce Forsyth: "I'm Backing Britain" [Pye release]
  The Dave Clark Five: Everybody Knows [Columbia SX 6207, LP release]
20 Hastings Pier, Hastings, Sussex: Syd Barrett makes his last appearance with Pink Floyd
23 Sea of Japan: North Korea seizes the US Navy surveillance ship, Pueblo
24 Georgie Fame: "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  Manfred Mann: "Mighty Quinn" [Fontana TF 897, charts, UK #1]
Status Quo: "Pictures of Matchstick Men" [Pye 7N 17449, charts, UK #7; 1st chrt]
Anita Harris: "Anniversary Waltz" [CBS 3211, charts, UK #21]
Tony Blackburn: "So Much Love" [MGM 1375, charts, UK #31]
26 The Bee Gees: "Words" / "Sinking Ships" [Polydor release]
Eric Burdon and the Animals: "Sky Pilot (Parts I & II)" [MGM release]
The Dubliners: "Dirty Old Town" / "Peggy Gordon" [Major Minor release]
Sandie Shaw: "Today" / "London" [Pye release]
The Grapefruit: "Dear Delilah" / "The Dead Boot" [RCA release]
Graham Bonney: "By the Way I Love You" / "Devil's Child" [Columbia release]
Warm Sounds: "Nite Is A-Comin'" / "Smeta Murgaty" [Deram release]
The Alan Price Set: "Don't Stop the Carnival" / "The Time Has Come" [Decca release]
The Dreamers: "The Maybe Song" [Columbia release]
Toby Twirl: "Back in Time" / "Harry Faversham" [Decca release]
Kaleidoscope: "A Dream for Julie" [Fontana release]
Julie Rogers: "Let Me Belong to You" [Mercury release]
Chicken Shack: "It's Okay with Me Baby" [Blue Horizon release]
  Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Andy Ellison: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush [Soundtrack; United Artists ULP 1186]
The Equals: Explosion [President PTL 1015, LP release]
Wishful Thinking: Wishful Thinking [Decca LK 4900, LP release]
  Southampton University, Southampton: Pink Floyd appear with Dave Gilmour and not Syd Barrett
27 NME: David Gilmur [sic, Gilmour] has been rehearsing with and has joined Pink Floyd "to explore new instruments and add further experimental dimensions" (9).
28 Australia: The Who and the Small Faces taken off an airplane for "insulting a passenger, drinking beer, and making a hostess cry"
30 Vietnam: North Vietnam launches the "Tet" offensive.
Florence, Italy: Police attack students and faculty as they present demands to the university rector.
31 Love Affair: "Everlasting Love" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  The Bee Gees: "Words" [Polydor 56 229, charts, UK #8]
The Alan Price Set: "Don't Stop the Carnival" [Decca F 12731, charts, UK #13]
 
  Other January Artifacts
  Procol Harum: Procol Harum
The Bee Gees: Horizontal [t40 2/68]
   
 
February JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
2 The Dave Clark Five: "No one Can Break a Heart Like You" / "You Don't Want My Lovin'" [Columbia release]
Long John Baldry: "Hold Back the Daybreak" / "Since I Lost You Baby" [Pye release]
Frank Ifield: "Some Sweet Day" / "Singing the Blues" [Columbia release]
Frugal Sound: "All Strung Out" [RCA release]
The Equals: "I Get So Excited" [President release]
Petula Clark: "Kiss Me Goodbye" / "I've Got Love Going for Me" [Pye release]
Ian Whitcomb: "Salty Sails the Sky" [Decca release]
Genesis: "The Silent Sun" / "That's Me" [Decca F 12735, 1st release]
Freddie Garrity: "Little Red Donkey" / "So Many Different Ways" [Columbia release]
The Pyramids: "Wedding in Peyton Place" [President release]
Sugar Simone: "The Vow" [CBS release]
The Casuals: "Adios Amor" [Decca release]
Happy Magazine: "Satisfied Street" / "Do Right Woman" [Polydor release]
Motivation: "Come on Down" [Direction release]
  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi [Liberty LBS 83075E, LP release]
5 North Atlantic: British fishing trawler lost off Iceland
7 The Move: "Fire Brigade" [Regal Zonophone RZ3005, charts, UK #3]
Don Partridge: "Rosie" [Columbia DB 8330, charts, UK #4]
Sandie Shaw: "Today: [Pye 7N 17441, charts, UK #27]
9 The Equals: "Baby Come Back" [President release]
Shirley Bassey: "This Is My Life (La Vita)" / "Without a Word" [United Artists release]
Dave Berry: "Just As Much As Ever" / "I Got the Feeling" [Decca release]
John Mayall: "Jenny" / "Picture on the Wall" [Decca release]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "The Legend of Xanadu" / "Please" [Fontana release]
Rolf Harris: "Hurry Home" [Columbia release]
Ways and Means: "Breaking Up a Dream" [Trend release]
The Nerve: "Magic Spectacles" [Page One release]
Tuesday's Children: "Ain't You Got a Heart" [Pye release]
Stocking Tops: "You're Never Gonna Get My Lovin'" [Toast release]
Big Boy Pete: "Cold Turkey" / "My Love Is Like a Spaceship" [Camp release]
  Shirley Bassey: 12 of those Songs [Columbia SCX 6204, LP release]
Acker Bilk: Mr. Acker Bilk's Folio of Great Songs [Studio 2 Stereo, TWO 196, LP release]
Tomorrow: Tomorrow [Parlophone PCS 7042, LP release]
14 Manfred Mann: "The Mighty Quinn" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "Legend of Xanadu" [Fontana TF 903, charts, UK #1]
Grapefruit: "Dear Delilah" [RCA 1656, charts, UK #21]
Eric Burdon and the Animals: "Sky Pilot" [MGM 1373, charts, UK #40]
16 The Troggs: "Little Girl" / "Maybe the Madman" [Page One release]
Lulu: "Me, the Peaceful Heart" / "Lookout" [Columbia release]
Val Doonican: "You're the Only One" [Pye release]
Donovan: "Jennifer Juniper" / "Poor Cow" [Pye release]
The Pretty Things: "Talkin' about the Good Times" [Columbia release]
Jeff Beck: "Love Is Blue" [Columbia release]
Cliff Bennett: "Home of a Thousand Dolls" [Parlophone release]
Ten Years After: "Portable People" [Deram release]
Val Doonican: "You're the Only One" / "Thunderclouds" [Pye release]
Joe Brown: "Bottle of Wine" [MCA release]
Jimmy Cliff: "That's the Way Life Goes" [Island release]
  Dubliners: Drinkin' and Courtin' [Major Minor MMLP 14, LP release]
Ravi Shankar: Ravi Shankar [Liberty LBL 83077E, LP release]
Ravi Shankar: Improvisations [Liberty LBL 83076E, LP release]
Paul Horn: Cosmic Consciousness [Liberty LBL 83084E, LP release]
Ashish Khan: Ashish Khan [LBL 83083E, LP release]
  London: George and Patti Harrison and John and Cynthia Lennon travel to India
NME: The Musicians' Union threatens "action to prevent the use of stand-in musicians on records by pop groups." Love Affair acknowledges that singer Steve Ellis' is accompanied only by session musicians.
18 British Standard Time
19 Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, and Donovan travel to India
21 Donovan: "Jennifer Juniper" [Pye 7N 17457, charts UK #5]
Val Doonican: "You're the Only One" [Pye 7N 17465, charts, UK #37]
The Equals: "I Get So Excited" [President PT 180, charts, UK #44]
22 London: Government announces that Asian immigration to be reduced to 1,500 per year
23 Traffic: "No Face, No Name, No Number" / "Roamin' Thru' the Gloamin' with 40,000 Headmen" [Island release]
Dave Mason: "Just for You" / "Little Woman" [Island release]
Manfred Mann: "Up the Junction" / "Sleepy Hollow" [Fontana release]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "Pictures of Today" [MGM release]
The Mindbenders: "Blessed Are the Lonely" / "Yellow Brick Road" [Fontana release]
Mark Wirtz: "Weather Man" / "Pssoums' Dance" (from Teenage Opera) [Parlophone release]
Fairport Convention: "If I Had a Ribbon Bow" [Track release]
Cat Stevens: "Lovely Cities" / "Image of Hell" [Deram release]
Peter Janes: "Do You Believe" [CBS release]
Whistling Jack Smith: "Ja-Da" / "Sans Fairy Anne" [Deram release]
Paul and Barry Ryan: "Pictures of You" / "Madrigal" [MGM release]
Paper Dolls: "Something Here in My Heart" [Pye release]
  Amen Corner: Bend Me, Shape Me [Deram release]
Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac [Blue Horizon 7-63200, LP release]
Ivy League: Ivy League [Marble Arch MAL 741, LP release]
28 Esther and Abi Ofarim: "Cinderella Rockefella" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
  Tom Jones: "Delilah" [Decca F 12747, charts, UK #2]
Lulu: "Me, the Peaceful Heart" [Columbia DB 8358, charts, UK #9]
Jeff Beck: "Love Is Blue" [Columbia DB 8359, charts, UK #23]
The Dave Clark Five: "No One Can Break a Heart Like You" [Columbia DB 8342, charts, UK #28]
Frankie Vaughan: "Nevertheless" [Columbia DB 8354, charts, UK #29]
The Troggs: "Little Girl" [Page One POF 056, charts, UK #37]
29 Cambridge: Astronomer, Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell announces the discovery of the first "pulsar"
  Rome, Italy: Police evict students occupying the university.
 
  Other February Artifacts
  The Creation: "How Does It Feel" [UK release]
Pretty Things: "Talking' About the Good Times" [UK release]
 
 
March JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 Simon Dupree and the Big Sound: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" [Parlophone release]
The New Vaudeville Band: "The Bonnie and Clyde" / "Uncle Gabriel" [Fontana release]
Elton John: "I've Been Loving You" / "Here's to the Next Time" [Philips BF 1643, release]
Rupert's People: "I Can Show You" [Columbia release]
Max Bygraves: "Cabaret" / "Jealous Heart" [Pye release]
Ken Dodd: "And You Were There" / "Kisses from a Clown" [Columbia release]
Johnny Tudor: "Unil" [President release]
Vince Hill: "Can't Keep You Out of My Heart" / "I Can't Make It Alone" [Columbia release]
Honeybus: "I Can't Let Maggie Go" [Deram release]
Blossom Toes: "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" [Marmalade release]
  London: British government announces plan to limit immigration
  Rome: students march against riot police in the "Battle of Valle Giulia"
3 Radio Caroline goes off the air when both ships are removed to Amsterdam for repairs
6 Traffic: "No Face, No Name, No Number" [Island WIP 6030, charts, UK #40]
8 The Yardbirds: "Goodnight Josephine" [Columbia release]
Paul Jones: "And the Sun Will Shine" [Columbia release]
Cilla Black: "Step Inside Love" [Parlophone release]
Lonnie Donegan: "Toys" [Columbia release]
The Easybeats: "Hello, How Are You?" [United Artists release]
The End: "Shades of Orange" [Decca release]
Adam Faith: "You Make My Life Worth While" [Parlophone release]
The Alan Bown: "Story Book" [MGM release]
The Dakotas: "I Can't Break the News to Myself" [Philips release]
Wayne Fontana: "Storybook Children" [Fontana release]
Simon Dupree and the Big Sound: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" / "Sleep" [Parlophone release]
The Lords: "Gloryland" / "Gypsy Boy" [Columbia release]
Kippington Lodge: "Rumours" / "And She Cried" [Parlophone release]
Jackie Edwards: "Julie on My Mind" [Island release]
9 NME: The Musicians' Union will ban the use of "stand-in musicians on recordings by pop groups" through a "code of conduct" under which "session musicians will no longer be permited to 'ghost' for beat groups on pop records" (10).
11 East London: Newham Council takes possession of the Ronan Point housing highrise in Canning Town
13 Cilla Black: "Step Inside Love" [Parlophone R 5674, charts, UK #8]
Paper Dolls: "Something Here in My Heart (Keeps a-tellin' Me, No)" [Pye 7N 17456, charts, UK #11]
15 The Beatles: "Lady Madonna" / "The Inner Light" [Parlophone release]
The Scaffold: "Do You Remember?" / "Carry on Krow" [Parlophone release]
The Symbols: "A Lovely Way to Say Goodnight" / "Pretty City" [President release]
Nashville Teens: "All Along the Watchtower" [Decca release]
Lonnie Donegan: "Toys" [Columbia release]
16 Viet Nam: Mai Lai Massacre carried out by US troops
17 London: 25,000 march on the American embassy; police hold two hundred after anti-war protest.
18 The Beatles: "Lady Madonna" / "The Inner Light" [Capitol release]
19 London: Increase in the Purchase Tax
20 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "The Legend of Xanadu" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  The Beatles: "Lady Madonna" [Parlophone R 5675, charts, UK #1]
Cliff Richard: "Congratulations" [Columbia DB 8376, charts, UK #1]
22 Billy Fury: "Silly Boy Blue" [Columbia release]
The Bee Gees: "Jumbo" / "The Singer and His Song" [Polydor release]
The Hollies: "Jennifer Eccles" / "Open up Your Eyes" [Parlophone release]
The Bachelors: "The Unicorn" / "You've Got to Say We're Through" [Decca release]
Tony Blackburn: "She's My Girl" / "Closer to a Dream" [MGM release]
Sun Dragon: "Blueberry Blue" [MGM release]
The Spencer Davis Group: "After Tea" / "Moonshine" [United Artists release]
The Plastic Penny: "Nobody Knows It" / "Happy Jost to Be with You" [Page One release]
Procol Harum: "Quite Rightly So" [Regal Zonophone release]
Graham Bonney: " I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" [Columbia release]
  Amen Corner: Round Amen Corner [Deram DML 1021, LP release]
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: The Diary of a Band [Decca LK 4918-19, LP release]
Zoot Money and the Big Roll Band: Transition [Direction 8-63231, LP release]
Los Bravos: Los Bravos [Decca LK 4905, LP release]
22 Nanterre, France: Students lead by Daniel Cohn-Bendt ("Danny the Red") occupy a university building and are arrested.
25 Milan, Italy: Students attack police.
27 The Beatles: "Lady Madonna" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  The Scaffold: "Do You Remember" [Parlophone R 5679, charts, UK #4]
The Hollies: "Jennifer Eccles" [Parlophone R 5680, charts, UK #7]
The Bee Gees: "Jumbo" / "The Singer Sang His Song" [Polydor 56 242, charts, UK #25]
29 Status Quo: "Black Veils of Melancholy" / "To Be Free" [Pye release]
Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch: "Thank You for Loving Me" [Pye release]
Dusty Springfield: "Magic Garden" [Philips release]
The Herd: "I Don't Want Our Loving to Die" / "Our Fairy Tale" [Fontana release]
The Grapefruit: "Elevator" / "Yes" [RCA]
Billy J. Kramer: "1941" [Nems release]
Fleetwood Mac: "Black Magic Woman" / "The Sun Is Shining" [Blue Horizon release]
Incredible String Band: "Painting Box" [Elektra release]
Joe Cocker: "Marjorine" [Regal Zonophone release]
Group 2: "It's Raining Outside" [Columbia release]
Invaders: "Stop Teasing" [Columbia Blue Beat release]
31 US: Lyndon Johnson announces he will not stand for re-election
 
  Other March Artifacts
  The Move: The Move
Jethro Tull: "Sunshine Day" [UK release]
   
 
April JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
3 Simon Dupree and the Big Sound: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" [Parlophone R 5670, charts, UK #43]
4 Memphis: Martin Luther King (39) assassinated
5 The Small Faces: "Lazy Sunday" / "Rollin' Over" [UK release]
The Flowerpot Men: "A Man without a Woman" / "You Can Never Be Wrong" [Deram release]
The Zombies: "Time of the Season" [CBS release]
Peter and Gordon: "I Feel Like Going Out" [Columbia release]
The Family Dogg: "Sly Grin" [Fontana release]
The Love Affair: "Rainbow Valley" / "Someone Like Me" [CBS release]
Crispian St. Peters: "That's the Time" [Decca release]
The Creation: "Midway Down" / "Girls Are Naked" [Polydor release]
The Kinks: "Wonderboy" / "Polly" [Pye release]
Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and the Trinity: "This Wheel's on Fire" [Marmalade release]
Nite People: "Morning Sun" [Fontana release]
Kenny Ball: "I Wanna Be Like You" [Pye release]
  The Equals: Baby Come Back [President, EP release]
Sandie Shaw: The Golden Hits of Sandie Shaw [Marble Arch LP release]
  Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, and Cincinnati: rioting
6 London: Syd Barrett officially quits Pink Floyd
10 Cliff Richard: "Congratulations" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  Jacky [Jackie Lee]: "White Horses" [Philips BF 1674, charts, UK #10]
The Easybeats: "Hello, How Are You" [United Artists UP 2209, charts, UK #20]
Fleetwood Mac: "Black Magic Woman" [Blue Horizon 57 3138, charts, UK #37]
  Washington, D.C.: Fair Housing Act becomes law
11 Eric Burdon and the Animals: "Anything" / "Monterey"
The Troggs: "Surprise, Surprise" [Page One release]
David Garrick: "Rainbow" [Pye release]
  Washington: Lyndon Johnson signs The Civil Rights Act
13 NME: Keith West and Mark Wirtz are no longer working together on A Teenage Opera
17 The Small Faces: "Lazy Sunday" [Immediate IM 064, charts, UK #2]
Julie Driscol, Brian Auger, and the Trinity: "This Wheel's on Fire" [Marmalade 598 006, charts, UK #5]
Love Affair: "Rainbow Valley" [CBS 3366, charts, UK #5]
The Kinks: "Wonderboy" [Pye 7N 17468, charts, UK #36]
18 Rishikesh, India: John Lennon and George Harrison leave Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram
19 Julie Rogers: "Don't Speak of Love" [Philips release]
Kathy Kirby: "I Almost Called Your Name" [Columbia release]
Chris Farlowe: "The Last Goodbye"
Englebert Humperdinck: "A Man withtout Love" [Decca release]
Sandie Shaw: "Don't Run Away" / "Stop" [Pye release]
Pink Floyed: "It Would Be So Nice" [Columbia release]
Cliff Bennett and His Band: "You're Breaking Me Up" / "I Hear Her Voice" [Parlophone release]
  The Plastic Penny: Two Sides of a Penny [Page One POL 005, LP release]
The Kinks: Kinks [Pye EP release]
Dave Davies: Dave Davies Hits [Pye release]
  Bill Haley and His Comets: "Crazy Man, Crazy" [Pye-International re-release]
  Paris: 3,000 students march on the Boul' Mich is support of leader, Rudi Dutscheke.
20 Birmingham: Conservative Enoch Powell comments on immigration into the UK from the Commonwealth, saying "Like the Romans, I seem to see 'the River Tiber flowing with much blood'."
23 Britain: 5- and 10-pence coins introduced
24 Louis Armstrong: "What a Wonderful World" / "Cabaret" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
  Engelbert Humperdinck: "A Man without Love" [Decca F 12770, charts, UK #2]
Procol Harum: "Quite Rightly So" [Regal Zonophone RZ 3007, charts, UK #50]
26 Scott Walker: "Joanna" / "Always Coming Back to You" [Philips release]
The Foundations: "Any Old Time You're Lonely and Sad" / "We Are Happy People" [Pye release]
The Marmalade: "Lovin' Things" [CBS release]
Herman's Hermits: "Sleepy Joe" / "Just One Girl" [Columbia release]
Orange Seaweed: "Stay Awhile" [Pye release]
Mark Wirtz: "Mrs. Raven" [Parlophone release]
Felice Taylor: "Captured by Your Love" [President release]
Tyrannosaurus Rex: "Deborah" [Regal Zonophone release]
  Jerry Lee Lewis: "Great Balls of Fire" / "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On" [Mercury re-release]
30 New York City: Police clear protesters from Columbia University administration offices
   
 
May JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 Herman's Hermits: "Sleepy Joe" [Columbia DB 8404, charts, UK #12]
The Foundations: Any Old Time" [Pye 7N 17503, charts, UK #48]
The Equals: "Baby Come Back" [President PT 135, charts, UK #1]
  Paris, Rome, London, New York, etc.: International student unrest begins
3 The Seekers: "Days of My Life" / "Study War No More" [Columbia release
Dave Berry: "(Do I Figure) In Your Life" / "Latisha" [Decca release]
The Pinkertons: "There's Nobody I'd Sooner Love" [Pye release]
  Paris: Students, police, and right-wing agitators clash outside of the Sorbonne.
4? London: Bill Haley and Duane Eddy at Albert Hall
6 Strasbourg, France: Student protests.
8 Des O'Connor: "I Pretend" [Columbia, charts, UK #1]
The Tremeloes: "Helule Helule" [CBS 2889, charts, UK #14]
Tyrannosaurus Rex: "Debora" [Regal Zonophone RZ 3008, charts, UK #34]
9 London, EMI Studios: Abbey Road receives its first eight-track recorder, the 3M M23 (Ryan & Kahew 2006: 231)
10 Genesis: "A Winter's Tale" [Decca release]
  London: UK increases size of their NATO contingent
11 Paris: Labor federations call strike in support of students; students and workers begin erecting barracades to block police. Over three hundred are injured and over 500 arrested..
12 Wembly, London: NME Winner's Concert at the Empire Pool featuring The Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard, Amen Corner, Tony Blackburn, the Shadows, the Tremeloes, Love Affair, the Herd, Dusty Springfield, the Association, The Show Stoppers, Status Quo, Don Partridge, the Paper Dolls, the Breakaways, Lulu, and Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, and Tich.
13 Nantes, France: General strike with factory occupations begins with the Sud-Aviation Bougenais factory. Workers now joined students.
15 Nirvana: "Rainbow Chaser " [Island, charts, UK #34]
  London: Tariq Ali publishes the first issue of Black Dwarf.
16 East London: A gas explosion leads to the collapse of one corner of the Ronan Point housing highrise, killing 4.
17 Cream: "Anyone for Tennis" [Polydor release]
Anita Harris: "We're Going on a Tuppenny Bus Ride" / "Arlie" [CBS release]
Eric Burdon and the Animals: "Anything" / "Monterey" [MGM release]
  Paris: 100,000 French workers join national strike
21 London: Brian Jones is arrested again for drug possession
  Azores: US submarine "Scorpion" sinks with 99 aboard
22 The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett: "Young Girl" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
  Marmalade: "Lovin' Things" [CBS 3412, charts, UK #6]
Joe Cocker: "Marjorine" [Regal-Zonophone RZ 3006, charts, UK #48]
24 The Rolling Stones: "Jumpin' Jack Flash" / "Child of the Moon" [Decca release]
Paul Jones: "When I Was Six Years Old" / "You Have No Idea" [Columbia release]
Simon Dupee and the Big Sound: "Part of My Past" / "This Story Never Ends" [Parlophone release]
  The Small Faces: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake [UK LP release, UK #1]
  Paris: Arson attack on the stock exchange; de Gaulle promises a referendum on the constitution in a television address.
26 Paris: 5,000 students and workers clash with police.
27 Paris: Georges Pompidou reaches an agreement with employers and workers over salary and work conditions.
29 The Rolling Stones: "Jumpin' Jack Flash" [Decca F 12782, charts, UK #1; US#3 7/68]
Don Partridge: "Blue Eyes" [Columbia DB 8416, charts, UK #3]
Donovan: "Hurdy Gurdy Man" [Pye 7N 17537, charts, UK #4; US#5, 8/68]
30 New York City: UN imposes Rhodesia travel ban
Paris: 400,000 Gaullist anti-Communist demonstrators march;
Paris: deGaulle announces a general election on the 23rd and 30th of June.
31 Lulu: "Boy" [Columbia release]
The Casuals: "Jesamine" [Decca release]
The Timebox: "Beggin'" [Deram release]
The Idle Race: "The End of the Road" [Liberty release]
Marty Wilde: "Abergavenny" [Philips release]
 
  Other May Artifacts
  Cream: "Anyone for Tennis" / "Press Rat and Warthog" [UK release]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: If No One Sang [Fontana TL 5471, LP release]
The Mothers of Invention: We're Only in It for the Money [Verve VLP 9299, LP release]
  London: Cliff Richard delivers three sermons at Kennsington Temple, Notting Hill connected with the Billy Graham Crusade.
   
 
June JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 Paris: "Spectacle of Collective Improvisation of Music, Poetry, and Dance" at the School of Mime.
3 New York City: Andy Warhol critically wounded by Valerie Solanas, an actress and "militant feminist"
5 Lulu: "Boy" [Columbia DB 8425, charts, UK #15]
Cream: "Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven Theme)" [Polydor 56 258, charts, UK #40]
  Los Angeles: Robert F. Kennedy assassinated
7 Brian Keith: "In the Shelter of Your Arms" [Page One release]
Manfred Mann: "My Name Is Jack" [Fontana release]
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: "No Reply" [Decca release]
Clive Weslake: "100 Days" [Fontana release]
Whistling Jack Smith: "Only When I Larf" [Deram release]
The Mojos: " Until My Baby Comes Home" [Libery release]
Georgie Fame: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" [CBS release]
Heath Hampstead: "Tenement Tragedy" [Fontana release]
  London: James Earl Ray arrested at Heathrow Airport for murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
10 Flins, France: Police disband a worker strike at Renault; one dies.
11 London: Fire at Olympic Studios while the Rolling Stones record
Marlborough Street Court, London: Brian Jones elects for a trial by jury in his drug case
  Sochaux, France: Police disband a worker strike at Peugeot; two die.
Paris: Demonstration for those killed at Flins and Sochaux.
12 Manfred Mann: "My Name Is Jack" [Fontana TF 943, charts, UK #8]
Cilla Black: "Where Is Tomorrow" [Parlophone R 5706, charts, UK #39]
Val Doonican: "Now" [Pye 7N 17534, charts, UK #43]
  London: The Tremeloes cancel their American tour when they are refused work visas
14 The Scaffold: "One, Two, Three" [Parlophone release]
David and Jonathan: "You Ought to Meet My Baby" [Columbia release]
The Who: "Dogs" / "Call Me Lightning" [Track release]
Sandie Shaw: "Show Me" [Pye release]
Richard Harris: "MacArthur Park" [RCA release]
The Settlers: "As Long as There's Love" [Columbia release]
The Fortunes: "Loving Cup" [United Artists release]
The Zombies: "I Love You" [Decca release]
Cilla Black: "Where Is Tomorrow" [Parlophone release]
The Spectrum: "London Bridge Is Coming Down" [RCA release]
The Barron Knights: "I Never Will Marry" [Columbia release]
The Scaffold: "1-2-3" [Parlophone release]
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: "Fire!" [Track release]
Brian Keith: "The Shelter of Your Arms" [Page One release]
  Paris: Police clear student occupiers from the Sorbonne.
16 London: The Green Berets with John Wayne premieres.
East Germany: The government limits the number of entry points to West Germany and imports of West Germany goods.
19 The Rolling Stones: "Jumping Jack Flash" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  Cupid's Inspiration: "Yesterday Has Gone" [Nems 56 3500, charts, UK #4]
The Who: "Dogs" [Track 604 023, charts, UK #25]
21 Deep Purple: "Hush" [UK release]
P.P. Arnold: "Angel of the Morning" [Immediate release]
Barry Ryan: "Goodbye" [MGM release]
Anan: "Haze Woman" [Pye release]
The Eclection: "Nevertheless" [Elektra release]
  Guildford (London): The governors of the Guildford School of Art close the college and police evict students and faculty.
25 Marlborough Street Court, London: Brian Jones' jury trial begins
26 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: "Fire" [Track 604 022, charts, UK #1]
Cliff Richard: "I'll Love You Forever Today" [Columbia DB 8437, charts, UK #27]
Vince Hill: "Importance of Your Love" [Columbia DB 8414, charts, UK #32]
28 The Small Faces: "The Universal" / "Donkey Rides, a Penny, a Glass" [Immediate release]
The Paper Dolls: "My Life (Is In Your Hands)" [Pye release]
The Kinks: "Day's" [Pye release]
Dusty Springfield: "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" [Philips release]
Amen Corner: "Hight in the Sky" [Deram release]
Nirvana: "Girl in the Park" [Island release]
Moody Blues: "Voices in the Sky" [Deram release]
The Nice: "America (2nd Amendment)" [Immediate release]
Kenny Ball Jazzmen: "Wild Daffodil" [Pye release]
  The Symbols: The Best Part of the Symbols [President PTL 1018, LP release]
Chicken Shack: Chicken Shack [Blue Horizon 7-63203, LP release]
  London: The Nice burn an American flag while performing "America" and the management bans them for life from performing at the Royal Albert Hall
29 Hyde Park, London: First free park concert features Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Roy Harper, and Tyrannosaurus Rex
 
  Other June Artifacts
  BBC: Pink Floyd performances on the Top Gear Show
The Moody Blues: "Voices in the Sky" / "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" [UK release]
  NME Summer Supplement: Mick Jagger, "I could carry on leaping about a stage like a sixteen-year-old and we could go on playing 'Satisfaction' from our wheel chairs. I don't want to end up like some singers who never changed. We have to look for new things"
   
 
July JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 Britain and 60 other nations sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
3 The Equals: "Baby Come Back" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
  Dave Dee, Dozy, Beacky, Mick, and Tich: "Last Night in Soho" [Fontana TF 953, charts, UK #8]
5 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "Last Night in Soho" [Fontana release]
Alan Price Set: "Love Story" [Decca release]
The Alan Bown: "We Can Help You" [Music Factory release]
Lucas with the Mike Cotton Sound: "Jack and the Beanstalk" [MGM release]
Millie Small: "When I Dance with You" [Fontana release]
The Symbols: "See You in September" [President release]
Fleetwood Mac: "Need Your Love" [Blue Horizon release]
Amen Corner: "High in the Sky" [Deram release]
Petula Clark: "Don't Give Up" [Pye release]
The Easybeats: " Land of Make Believe" [United Artists release]
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band: "I Can't Quit Her" [Pye release]
  The Move: Something Else from the Move [Regal Zonophone EP release]
The Scaffold: Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall [Parlophone PCS 7051, LP release]
Alexis Korner: A New Generation of Blues [Liberty LBS 83147E, LP release]
6 Woburn, Bedfordshire: Woburn Music Festival opens with Pentangle, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Alexis Korner, Shirley and Dolly Collins; the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, Tyranosaurus Rex, the Family, Little Women and New Formula.
7 Woburn, Bedfordshire: Woburn Music Festival concludes with Donovan, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Champion Jack Dupree, Tim Rose, Taste, and Duster Bennett.
10 Dusty Springfield: "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" [Philips BF 1682, charts, UK #4]
The Small Faces: "The Universal" [Immediate IM 069, charts, UK #16]
The Nice: "America" [Immediate IM 068, charts, UK #21]
12 Grapefruit: "C'mon Marianne" [RCA release]
Peter and Gordon: "You've Had Better Times" [Columbia release]
Joe Brown: "Katerine" [MCA release]
Keith West: "On a Saturday" [Parlophone release]
Aphordites Child: "Rain and Tears" [Mercury release]
Herman's Hermits: "Sunshine Girl" [Columbia release]
Frank Ifield: "(You've Got) Morning in Your Eyes" [Columbia release]
New Faces: "If You Love Me" [Decca release]
Echoes: "Searching for You Baby" [Philips release]
  John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Bare Wires [Decca SKL 4945, LP release]
The Pyramids: The Pyramids [President PTL 1021, LP release]
July: July [Major Minor MMLP 29, LP release]
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation: Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation [Liberty LBL 83154E, LP release]
13 London: The Seekers disband
17 Tom Jones: "Help Yourself" [Decca F 12812, charts, UK #5]
Herman's Hermits: "Sunshine Girl" [Columbia DB 8446, charts, UK #8]
The Kinks: "Days" [Pye 7N 17573, charts, UK #12]
Fleetwood Mac: "Need Your Love So Bad" [Blue Horizon 57 3139, charts, UK #31]
  London: Yellow Submarine premiers at the London Pavilion
19 The Merseys: "Lovely Loretta" [Fontana release]
The Bachelors: "I'll Walk with God" [Decca release]
Chris Farlowe: "Paint It, Black" [Immediate release]
The Picadilly Line: "Yellow Rainbow" [CBS release]
Kris Ife: "Give and Take" [Music Factory release]
The Merseys: "Lovely Loretta" [Fontana release]
Jimmy Cliff: "Waterfall" [Island release]
John Dummer Blues Band: "Travellin' Man" [Mercury release]
The Cymbeline: "Down by the Seaside" [Philips release]
The Purple Gang: "Kiss Me Goodnight, Sally Green" [Big T release]
The Mirage: "Mystery Lady" [Page One release]
  Tom Jones: Delilah [Decca SKL 4946, LP release]
The Family: Music in a Doll's House [Reprise 6312, LP release]
Tyranosaurus Rex: My People Were Fair and Had Sky in their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on their Brows [Regal Zonophone SLRZ 1003, LP release]
  NME: The Flowerpot Men have renamed themselves, Friends
  The Move: Something Else by the Move [US release]
24 Des O'Connor: "I Pretend" [UK #1 for 1 week]
26 Jacky [Jackie Lee]: "We're off and Running" [Philips release]
Friends: "Piccolo Man" [Deram release]
Status Quo: "Ice in the Sun" [Pye release]
Anita Harris: "Dream a Little Dream of Me" [CBS release]
Plastic Penny: "It's Your Way to Tell Me Go" [Page One release]
The Magic Lanterns: "Shame, Shame" [Camp release]
The Rudies: "Train to Vietnam" [Nu Beat release]
  The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord [Deram SML 711, LP release]
Lonnie Donegan, Alexis Korner, Bob Cort, et al.: Skiffle [Ace of Clubs ACL 1250, LP release]
London: Decca refuses to release Beggars Banquet by the Rolling Stone because of the graffiti cover
NME: The Nice have asked Immediate Records to withdraw a poster showing them with boys each of whom has the head of an assassinated American leader.
  The Rolling Stones: "Street Fighting Man" / "No Expectations" [London 909, release, US #48]
26 London: Minister of Technology, Anthony Wedgewood Benn announces a plan to convert to metric measurement.
27 Hyde Park, London: Traffic, Nice, Pretty Things, the Action, and Juniors Eyes
29 Rome: Pope issues encyclical condemning birth control
30 London: The Beatles close their Baker Street Apple Boutique
31 Tommy James and the Shondells: "Mony Mony" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  Amen Corner: "High in the Sky" [Deram DM 197, charts, UK #6]
  London, Trident Studios (Soho): The Beatles record "Hey Jude" on an Ampex 8-track tape deck. (EMI's 3M M23 decks are not yet ready.)
 
  Other July Artifacts
  The Pentangle: The Pentangle [Transatlantic TRA 162, LP release]
The Pentangle: "Travellin'" / "Mirage" [Big 111 release]
   
 
August JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
2 The Nerve: "It Is" [Page One release]
The Bee Gees: "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" [Polydor release]
The Marbles: "Only One Woman" [Polydor release]
Long John Baldry: "When the Sun Comes Shining Through" [Pye release]
The Richard Kent Style: "Love Will Shake the World Awake" [MCA release]
The Pyramids: "Mexican Moonlight" [President release]
Duncan Browne: "On the Bombsite" [Immediate release]
Elmer Hockett's Hurdy Gurdy: "Fantastic Fair" [Parlophone release]
James Royal: "A Woman Called Sorrow" [CBS release]
  Spooky Tooth: It's All about a Roundabout [Island ILPS 9080, LP release]
7 The Bee Gees: "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" [Polydor 56 273, charts, UK #1]
The Moody Blues: "Voices in the Sky" [Deram DB 196, charts, UK #27]
9 The Mindbenders: "Uncle Joe the Icecream Man" [Fontana release]
Sandie Shaw: "Together" [Pye release]
The Mindbenders: "Uncle Joe, the Ice Cream Man" [Fontana release]
The Equals: "Laurel and Hardy" [President release]
Kippington Lodge: "Tell Me a Story" [Parlophone release]
Billy J. Kramer: "A World without Love" [Nems release]
Raymond Froggatt: "Just a Little Bit of Love" [Polydor release]
  Cream: Wheels of Fire [Polydor 583031/2, LP release]
The Hollies: Hollies Greatest [Parlophone PCS 7057, LP release]
Pink Floyd: Saucerful of Secrets [Columbia SX 6258, LP release]
Julie Driscoll and the Brian Auger Trinity: Jools/Brian [Marble Arch 1265, LP release]
  Sunbury: National Jazz and Blues Festival begins featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Marmalade, Time Box
11 London: The Beatles declare "National Apple Week" to launch their new record label
Sunbury: National Jazz and Blues Festival continues featuring Don Rendell and Ronnie Scott, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Jeff Beck Group, the Nice, Ginger Baker and Phil Seamen with Eric Clapton, and Joe Cocker. The event is marred by the collapse of a platform injuring several listeners.
12 Sunbury: National Jazz and Blues Festival concludes with Tim Rose, Tramline, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and Traffic
14 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: "Fire" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  The Casuals: "Jesamine" [Decca F 22784, charts, UK #2]
Grapefruit: "C'mon Marianne" [RCA 1716, charts, UK #31]
Anita Harris: "Dream a Little Dream of Me" [CBS 3637, charts, UK #33]
16 Billy Fury: "Candle Flame" [Parlophone release]
Richard Harris: "How to Handle a Woman" [release]
The World of Oz: "King Croesus" [Deram release]
Wynder K. Frog: "Jumping Jack Flash" [Island release]
Yellow Balloon: "Stained Glass Window" [Stateside release]
20 Czechoslovakia: The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations invade crushing the "Prague Spring" liberalization of Alexander Dubcek's regime
21 Tommy James and the Shondells: "Mony Mony" [UK #1 for 1 week]
Status Quo: "Ice in the Sun" [Pye 7N 17581, charts, UK #8]
The Equals: "Laurel and Hardy" [President PT 222, charts, UK #48]
22 London: Ringo Starr quits the Beatles, only to return September 4th
  Bogota, Colombia: Pope Paul VI arrives for the first papal visit to Latin America
23 Tyrannosaurus Rex: "One Inch Rock" [Regal Zonophone release]
The Seekers: "Love Is Kind, Love Is Wine" [Columbia release]
The Rockin' Berries: "Mr Blue" [Pye release]
24 Hyde Park, London: Fleetwood Mac, Family, Fairport Convention, Roy Harper, Eclection, and Ten Years After
  South Pacific: France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it explodes a hydrogen bomb
26 The Beatles: "Hey Jude" / "Revolution" [US release, US#1, 9/68]
28 The Beach Boys: "Do It Again" [UK #1 for 1 week]
Long John Baldry: "When the Sun Comes Shinin' Thru" [Pye 7N 17593, charts, UK #29]
29 Chacago: Hubert Humphries nominated by Democrats at a violence-marred convention
30 The Beatles: "Hey Jude" / "Revolution" [Apple release]
Dave Davies: "Lincoln County" [Pye release]
Dusty Springfield: "If You Go Away" [Philips release]
Love Affair: "A Day without Love" [CBS release]
Graham Bonney: "Frenzy" [Columbia release]
The Black Dyke Mills Band: "Thigaumybob" [Apple release]
Jackie Lomax: "Sour Milk Sea" / "The Eagle Laughs at You" [Apple release]
Mary Hopkin: "Those Were the Days" [Apple release]
Charlie Woolfe: "Dance, Dance, Dance" [Nems release]
Jason Crest: "(Here We Go Round the) Lemon Tree" [Philips release]
  Fleetwood Mac: Mr Wonderful [Blue Horizon 7-63205, LP release]
Ten Years After: Undead [Deram SML 1023, LP release]
The Web: Fully Interlocking [Deram SML 1025, LP release]
31 Isle of Wight: The Great South Coast Bankholiday Pop Festivity with Jefferson Airplane (British debut), the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, the Move, the Plastic Penny, the Pretty Things, Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Mirage, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, Fairport Convention, the Orange Bicycle, Blonde on Blonde, the Smile, the Cherokees, and the Halcyon Order. [Continues through the night into September 1st.]
 
  Other August Artifacts
  New York City: Construction of the World Trade Center begins.
   
 
September JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1-2 Droitwich, Worchester: Bank Holiday Bluesology Festival beings featuring the Move, Fleetwood Mac, Duster Bennett, the Freddie Mac Show, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds, Wynder K Frog, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, the Family, Cliff Bennett, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Jasper Stubbs, the Passion Forest, the Breakthrough, and Skip Bifferty.
2 The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "All Along The Watchtower" [US release, recorded 21 Jan '68]
4 The Bee Gees: "I've Gotta Get a Messge to You" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  The Beatles: "Hey Jude" [Apple R 5722, charts, UK #1]
Mary Hopkin: "Those Were the Days" [Apple 2, charts, UK #1]
Tyrannosaurus Rex: "One Inch Rock" [Regal Zonophone RZ 3011, charts, UK #28]
6 Honeybus: "Girl of Independent Means" [Deram release]
The Dave Clark Five: "Red Balloon" [Columbia release]
Billy Fury: "Phone Box" [Parlophone release]
The Move: "Wild Tiger Woman" [Regal Zonophone release]
The Tremeloes: "My Little Lady" [CBS release]
John Rowles: "The Pain Goes on Forever" [MCA release]
Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch: "Our Little Boat" [Pye release]
Sandie Shaw: "Those Were the Days" [Pye release]
Jackie Lomax: "Sour Milk Sea" / "The Eagle Laughs at You" [UK release, APPLE 3]
8 London: First section of Victoria Underground opens.
  Dusty Springfield: If You Go Away [Philips EP release]
Election: Election [Elektra EKS 74023, LP release]
Earth Opera: Earth Opera [Elektra EKS-74016, LP release]
Savoy Brown: Getting to the Point [Decca SKL 4935, LP release]
11 The Beatles: "Hey Jude" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
  Love Affair: "A Day without Love" [CBS 3674, charts, UK #6]
Jimmy James and the Vagabonds: "Red Red Wine" [Pye 7N 17579, charts, UK #36]
13 Traffic: "Feelin' Alright" [Island release]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich: "The Wreck of the Antoinette" [Fontana release]
Vince Hill: "You Foret to Remember" [Columbia release]
Brenton Wood: "Some Got It, Some Don't" [Liberty release]
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation: "Watch 'n' Chain" [Liberty release]
David Ackles: "Down River" [Elektra release]
Betty Everett: "It's in His Kiss" [President release]
Colorful Seasons: "Out of the Blue" [MGM release]
Julie Felix: "That's No Way to Say Goodbye" [Fontana release]
Sharon Tandy: "The Way She Looks at You" [Atlantic release]
Jigsaw: "Mr Job" [Music Factor release]
  Cliff Richard: Two a Penny [Columbia SCX 6262, LP release]
The Bee Gees: Idea [Polydor 582036, LP release]
14 NME: The Yardbirds new line-up is John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page
15 London: Michael Carr (65) dies, composer of tunes for the Shadows and others
  England: Severe flooding
16 Britain: Two-tier postal rate introduced
18 The Who: "Magic Bus" [UK release]
The Tremeloes: "My Little Lady" [CBS 3480, charts, UK #6]
The Dave Clark Five: "Red Baloon" [Columbia DB 8465, charts, UK #7]
20 Dusty Springfield: "I Will Come to You" [Philips release]
The Troggs: "Hip Hip Hoorah" [Page One release]
Simon Dupree and the Big Sound: "Thinking about My Life" [Parlophone release]
Marmalade: "Wait for Me Mary-Anne" [CBS release]
Cliff Richard: "Marianne" [Columbia release]
The Easybeats: "Good Times: [United Artists release]
  Traffic: Traffic [Island LP release]
The Seekers: Say Good-bye from the Talk of the Town [Columbia SCX 6278, LP release]
25 Mary Hopkin: "Those Were the Days" [UK #1 for 6 weeks]
  Engelbert Humperdinck: "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" [Decca F 12834, charts, UK #5]
Cliff Richard: "Marianne" [Columbia DB 8476, charts, UK #22]
26 London: Brian Jones is fined £50 and £105 in court costs for possession of cannabis
27 Julie Driscoll with the Brian Auger Trinity: "Road to Cairo" [Marmalade release]
The Hollies: "Listen to Me" [Parlophone release]
Cream: "Sunshine of Your Love" [Polydor release]
Ken Dodd: "Now that You're Gone" [Columbia release]
Frank Ifield: "Swiss Miss" [Columbia release]
Jethro Tull: "A Song for Jeffrey" [Island release]
Paul Raven: "Soul Thing" [MCA release]
Joe Cocker: "With a Little Help from My Friends" [Regal Zonophone release]
Procession: "Every American Citizen" [Mercury release]
Chicken Shack: "Worried about My Woman" [Blue Horizon release]
David Garrick: "A Little Bit of This (and a Little Bit of That)" [Pye release]
Dorian Gray: "Jingle Down a Hill" [Parlophone release]
  Wynder K. Frog: Out of the Frying Pan [Island ILPS 9082, LP release]
Nirvana: All of Us [Island ILPS 9067, LP release]
Tramline: Somewhere Down the Line [Island ILPS 9088, LP release]
  London: Hair opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre
  France vetoes UK's entry into EEC (again)
28 Hyde Park, London: The Move, Pete Brown's Battered Ornaments, Roy Harper, Clouds
 
  Other September Artifacts
  Deep Purple: Shades of Deep Purple
The Move: Something Else [UK EP]
Donovan: "Lalena"
  Britain: Theatres Act abolishes censorship
London: Cream announces that they will disband after a farewell tour
   
 
October JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
2 Joe Cocker: "With a Little Help from My Friends" [Regal-Zonophone RZ 3013, charts, UK #1]
The Hollies: "Listen to Me" [Parlophone R 5733, charts, UK #11]
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beacky, Mick, and Tich: "Wreck of the Antoinette" [Fontana TF 971, charts, UK #14]
Cupid's Inspiration: "My World" [Nems 56 3702, charts, UK #33]
4 The Equals: "Softly, Softly" [President release]
The Herd: "Sunshine Cottage" [Fontana release]
Leapy Lee: "It's All Happening" [Pye reissue]
Don Partridge: "Top Man" [Columbia release]
The Barron Knights: "An Olympic Record" [Columbia release]
Barry Ryan: "Eloise" [MGM release]
The Loot: "She's a Winner" [Page One release]
Blossom Toes: "Postcard" [Marmalade release]
The Orange Bicycle: "Sint this all Together" [Columbia release]
Cat Stevens: "Here Comes My Wife" [Deram release]
Heath Hampstead: "I Started a Joke" [Polydor release]
  Billy Preston: "Greazee—Parts One and Two" [Soul City release]
5 Northern Ireland: communal violence
6 South Coast: Radio Free London, Viking Radio, and Radio Tower broadcast briefly in defiance of the government's ban
9 Cream: "Sunshine of Your Love" [Polydor 56 268, charts, UK #25]
Billie Davis: "I Want You to be My Baby" [Decca F 12823, charts, UK #33]
11 The Who: "Magic Bus" [Track release]
Long John Baldry: "Mexico" [Pye release]
Val Doonican: "If I Knew then What I Know Now" [Pye release]
Felice Taylor: "Suree-Surrender" [President release]
Picadilly Line: "Evening with Corrina (So Long Ago)" [CBS release]
The Spectrum: "Little Red Boat by the River" [RCA Victor release]
Wayne Fontana: "Never an Everyday Thing" [Fontana release]
Malcolm Roberts: "May I Have the Next Dream with You" [Major Minor release]
Eclection: "Please" [Elektra release]
  Status Quo: Picturesque Matchstickable Messages [Pye NPL 18220, LP release]
Geno Washington: Running Wild [Pye NPL 18219, LP release]
The Paper Dolls: Paper Dolls House [Pye NSPL 18226, LP release]
  The Grateful Dead: "Born Cross-eyed" [Warner Brothers release]
  Florida: Astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham begin Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission
12 NME: Dave Mason has left Traffic again
16 Locomotive: "Rudi's in Love" [Parlophone R 5718, charts, UK #25]
18 The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "All Along the Watchtower" [Track release]
The Love Affair: Everlasting Love Affair [CBS release]
The Scaffold: "Lily the Pink" [Parlophone release]
The Bachelors: "Turn Around, Look at Me" [Decca release]
The Chants: "A Man without a Face" [RCA release]
The Apple: "Let's Take a Trip down the Rhine" [Page One release]
  Petula Clark: Petula [Pye LP release]
The Foundations: Rocking the Foundations [Pye NPL 18227, LP release]
  London: John Lennon and Yoko Ono charged with possession of cannabis
London: The new Yardbirds line-up premiers at the Marquee
19 Essex: Peter Frampton (of the Herd) sits in with the Small Faces
NME: Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett indicate they will leave the Shadows in December
23 Barry Ryan: "Eloise" [MGM 1442, charts, UK #2]
Jimi Hendrix Experience: "All Along the Watchtower" [Track 604 025, charts, UK #5]
Val Doonican: "If I Knew Then What I Know Now" [Pye 7N 17616, charts, UK #14]
Long John Baldry: "Mexico" [Pye 7N 17563, charts, UK #15]
The Who: "Magic Bus" [Track 604 024, charts, UK #26]
Marmalade: "Wait for Me, Marianne" [CBS 3708, charts, UK #30]
The Barron Knights: "An Olympic Record" [Columbia DB 8071, charts, UK #35]
25 Anita Harris: "La Blon" [CBS release]
Des O'Connor: "One, Two, Three O'Leary" [Columbia release]
Episode Six: "Lucky Sunday" [Chapter One release]
The Moody Blues: "Ride My See-saw" [Deram release]
Lyn and Graham McCarthy: "Scarborough Fair—Canticle" [RCA release]
P.J. Proby: "The Day that Lorraine Came Down" [Liberty release]
The Factory: "Path through the Forest" [MGM release]
Art Movement: "Loving Touch" [Decca release]
July: "Hello, Who's There" [Major Minor release]
  The Who: Direct Hits [Track 613006, LP release]
Donovan: Donovan in Concert [Pye NPL 18237, LP release]
Jethro Tull: This Was Jethro Tull [Island ILPS 9085, LP release]
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland [Track 613 008, LP release]
27 Olympics, Mexico City: American athletes suspended from Olympics for black-power gesture
30 Malcolm Roberts: "May I Have the Next Dream with You" [Major Minor MM 581, charts, UK #8]
   
 
November JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 Richard Harris: "The Yard Went on Forever" [Stateside release]
Paul Jones: "My Advice to You" [Columbia release]
The Pretty Things: "Private Sorrow" [Columbia release]
Lulu: "I'm a Tiger" [Columbia release]
  The Dave Clark Five: Five by Five [Columbia release]
8 Bruce Reynolds (Great Train Robbery suspect) arrested after 5 years
5 US: Richard Nixon elected President of the United States
6 Joe Cocker: "With a Little Help from My Friends" [UK #1 for 1 week]
The Scaffold: "Lily the PInk" [Parlophone R 5734, charts, UK #1]
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: "I'm the Urban Spaceman" [Liberty LBF 15144, charts, UK #5]
Lulu: "I'm a Tiger" [Columbia DB 8500, charts, UK #9]
8 The Foundations: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" [Pye release]
Tuesday's Children: "She" [Mercury release]
Family: "Second Generation Woman" [Reprise release]
Anan: "Madena" [Pye release]
Paul Williams Set: "My Sly Sadie" [Decca release]
Nirvana: "All of Us" [Island release]
The Flirtations: "Nothing But a Heartache" [Deram release]
The Nerve: "Piece by Piece" [Page One release]
The Fourmost: "Apple, Peaches and Pumpkin Pie" [CBS release]
  Cilla Black: The Best of Cilla Black [Parlophone PMC 7065, LP release]
The Seekers: The Best of the Seekers [Columbia SX 6268, LP release]
The Equals: Equals Supreme [President PTL 1025, LP release]
9 NME: The Musicians Union has banned the American group, the Nazz, from recording in Britain
New York
: The Rolling Stones work out an agreement with record executives over the cover art for Beggars Banquet
13 Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra and Chorus: "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
15 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: "Nightmare" [Track release]
The Dave Clark Five: "Live in the Sky" [Columbia release]
The Moles [Simon Dupree and the Big Sound]: "We are the Moles" [Parlophone release]
Kenny Lynch: "Along Comes Love" [Columbia release]
The Locomotive: "Broken Heart" [Direction release]
Gerry Marsden: "In the Year of April" [Nems release]
Linda Thorson: "Here I Am" [Ember release]
John Walker: "Woman" [Philips release]
16 NME: Graham Nash has announced that he will leave the Hollies
18 London: Ravi Shankar and Allah Rakha perform at the Royal Festival Hall
  The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Crosstown Traffic" / "Gypsy Eyes" [Reprise release]
20 The Foundations: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" [Pye 7N 17636, charts, UK #2]
Des O'Connor: "1-2-3 O'Leary" [Columbia DB 8492, charts, UK #4]
Gun: "Race with the Devil" [CBS 3734, charts, UK #8]
22 Herman's Hermits: "Something's Happening" [Columbia release]
Jackie Trent: "Hollywood" [Pye release]
Tom Jones: "A Minute of Your Time" [Decca release]
Manfred Mann: "Fox on the Run"[Fontana release]
Mark Wynter: "She's a Woman Now" [Pye release]
Fairport Convention: "Meet on the Ledge" [Island release]
Cliff Richard: "Don't Forget to Catch Me" [Columbia release]
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band: "Bring It to Me, Baby" [Pye release]
The Casuals: "Toy" [Decca release]
The Plastic Penny: "Hound Dog" [Page One release]
Holly: "On with the Game" [Fontana release]
The Timebox: "Girl Dont Make Me Wait" [Deram release]
  The Beatles: The Beatles [Apple release]
The Kinks: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society [Pye NSPL 18233, LP release]
Tyrannosaurus Rex: Prophets, Seers & Sages, The Angles of the Age [Regal Zonophone LRZ 1005, LP release]
The Idle Race: Birthday Party [Liberty LBL 83132 E, LP release]
Jimmy James and the Vagabonds: Open Up Your Soul [Pye NSPL 18231, LP release]
25 The Beatles: The Beatles [Apple release]
26 London: Cream farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall
27 Tom Jones: "A Minute of Your Time" [Decca F 12854, charts, UK #14]
Cliff Richard: "Don't Forget to Catch Me" [Columbia DB 8503, charts UK #21]
The Dave Clark Five: "Live in the Sky" [Columbia DB 8505, charts, UK #39]
The Equals: "Softly, Softly" [President PT 222, charts, UK #48]
  The Rolling Stones: Beggar's Banquet [London PS 539, release]
29 Donovan: "Atlantis" / "To Susan on the West Coast" [Pye release]
Paul Jones: "Aquarius" [Columbia release]
Dusty Springfield: "Son of a Preacher Man" [Philips release]
The Move: "Blackberry Way" [Regal Zonophone release]
The Tremeloes: "I Shall Be Released" [CBS release]
The Seekers: "Island of Dreams" [Columbia release]
The Paper Dolls: "Someday" [Pye release]
The Marmalade: "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da" [CBS release]
Petula Clark: "I Want to Sing with Your Band" [Pye release]
The Fortunes: "Season in the Sun" [United Artists release]
Fleetwood Mac: "Albatross" [Blue Horizon release]
  Jeff Beck: Truth [Columbia SCX 6293, LP release]
The Dave Clark Five: 14 Titles [Columbia SX 6309, LP release]
Richard Harris: Richard Harris Sings: The Yard Went on Forever [Stateside SL 5001, LP release]
The Alan Bown: Outward Bown [Music Factory CIULBS 1, LP release]
Sandie Shaw: The Sandie Shaw Supplement [Pye NPL 18232, LP release]
The Bachelors: World of the Bachlors [Decca SPA 2, LP release]
30 London: Steve Winwood leaves Traffic. The ensemble reforms with Dave Mason and Mick Weaver.
 
  Other November Artifacts
  Ten Years After (Nottingham 1967): "Hear Me Calling" / "I'm Going Home"
   
 
December JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
4 Fleetwood Mac: "Albatross" [Blue Horizon 57 3145, charts, UK #1]
Marmalade: "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" [CBS 3892, charts, UK #1]
Dusty Springfield: "Son of a Preacher Man" [Philips BF 1730, charts, UK #9]
Donovan: "Atlantis" [Pye 7N 17660, charts, UK #23]
The Moody Blues: "Ride My See-saw" [Deram DM 213, charts, UK #42]
5 The Rolling Stones: Beggar's Banquet [Decca SKL 4955, release, UK #3]
6 Traffic: "Medicated Goo" [Island release]
Pink Floyd: "Point Me to the Sky" [Columbia release]
Billy Fury: "Lady" [Parlophone release]
Deep Purple: "Kentucky Woman" [Direction release]
Chicken Shack: "When the Train Comes Back" [Blue Horizon release]
Grapefruit: "Someday Soon" [Stateside-Dunhill release]
Cliff Bennett: "Back in the USSR" [Parlophone release]
The Spectrum: "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" [RCA release]
The Bedrocks: "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" [Columbia release]
Joyce Bond: "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" [Island release]
Chris Shakespeare Globe Show: "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" [Page One release]
  Tom Jones: Help Yourself [Decca SKL 4986, LP release]
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Blues from Laurel Canyon [Decca SKL 4972, LP release]
Jackie Trent & Tony Hatch: Live for Love [Pye NSPL 18229, LP release]
Val Doonican: Val [Pye NPL 18236, LP release]
Val Doonican: The World of Val Doonican [Decca SPA 3, LP release]
Max Bygraves: Max [Pye NPL 18270, LP release]
7 NME: Graham Nash will be teaming up with David Crosby and Stephen Stills
8 London: Graham Nash performs for the last time as a Hollie
11 The Scaffold: "Lily the Pink" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
  The Tremeloes: "I Shall Be Released" [CBS 3873, charts, UK #29]
  The Rolling Stones, the Who, and others begin filming Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
13 Chris Farlowe: "Dawn" [Immediate release]
Jethro Tull: "Love Story" [Island release]
The Spencer Davis Group: "Short Change" [United Artists release]
Freddie and the Dreamers: "Gabardine Mac" [Columbia release]
The Iveys [Badfinger]: "Maybe Tomorrow" [Apple release]
Billy Fury: "Lady" [Parlophone release]
Matt Monro: "The Impossible Dream" [Capitol release]
Crispian St. Peters: Carolina [Decca release]
Magic Lanterns: "Shame, Shame" [Camp release]
Brian Keith: "When the First Tear Shows" [Page One release]
Harmony Grass: "Move in a Little Closer" [RCA release]
  The Troggs: Mixed Bag [Page One POLS 012, LP release]
Bonzo Dog Band: The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse [Liberty LBL 83158E, LP release]
The Bee Gees: Rare, Precious and Beautiful (Vol. 2) [Polydor 236513, LP release]
18 Donald Peers: "Please, Don't Go" [Columbia DB 8502, charts, UK #3]
Manfred Mann: "Fox on the Run" [Fontana TF 985, charts, UK #5]
Herman's Hermits: "Something's Happening" [Columbia DB 8504, charts, UK #6]
Dany La Rue: "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep" [Page One POF 108, charts, UK #33]
19 London: At the Palladium, the Shadows give their last performance.
20 The Animals: "Ring of Fire" [MGM release]
Gordon Waller: "Weeping Analeah" [Columbia release]
Vince Hill: "Doesn't Anybody Know My Name?" [Columbia release]
Kathy Kirby: "Come Back Here with My Heart" [Columbia release]
Kippington Lodge: "Tomorrow Today" [Parlophone release]
The Mirage: "Carolyn" [Page One release]
  Marmalade: There's a Lot of It About [CBS 63414, LP release]
The Pretty Things: S. F. Sorrow [Columbia SCX 6306, LP release]
  James Taylor: James Taylor [Apple SAPCOR 3, LP release]
22 Newcastle: Animals reunion concert
25 The Move: "Blackberry Way" [Regal Zonophone RZ3015, charts, UK #1]
27 The Pyramids: "Tisko, My Darling" [President release]
Jackie Lee: "The Duck" [release]
The Barrier: "Uh!" [Philips release]
The Apple: "Doctor, Doctor" [Page One release]
The Poets: "Alone Am I" [Pye release]
Galt MacDermot: "Hare Krishna" [Verve release]
Glen Dale: "I've Got Something Too" [Page One release]
31 Alexandra Palace, London: "Giant New Year's Eve Gala Pop and Blues Party" featuring Joe Cocker, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Amen Corner, the Small Faces, the Gun, the Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band, etc.
Steve Marriot leaves the Small Faces during their performance
 
  Other December Artifacts
  Procol Harum: Shine On Brightly
 
  Other 1968 Artifacts
 
  • Lindsay Anderson's film, If... released
  • Carry On Up the Khyber released
  • Tony Richardson's film, The Charge of the Light Brigade, released
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