Events in Music in 1964

  • Jan 3 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"
  • Jan 6 Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
  • Jan 10 "Introducing the Beatles" released 1st Beatles album released in the US
  • Jan 11 "She Loves Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 302 performances
  • Jan 11 The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • Jan 16 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
  • Jan 18 The Beatles make their first appearance on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand at #35)
  • Jan 20 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
  • Jan 25 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
  • Jan 29 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," their first #1 hit, stays #1 for 7 weeks
  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 6 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 7 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 9 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
  • Feb 15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 16 Beatles' 2nd appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Feb 19 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • Feb 21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • Feb 22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • Feb 27 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances
  • Feb 29 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Mar 2 Beatles begin filming "Hard Days Night", Harrison meets Patti Boyd
  • Mar 12 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine & Roses, Streisand wins 2
  • Mar 14 "Girl Who Came to Supper" closes at Broadway NYC after 112 performances
  • Mar 21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Mar 21 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen

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Mar 22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 26 "Funny Girl" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1,348 performances

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Apr 1 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Apr 3 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • Apr 4 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Apr 4 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Apr 11 "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Apr 17 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Apr 17 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances
  • Apr 18 "Cafe Crown" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Apr 18 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin

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Apr 23 James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 27 John Lennon's "In His Own Write" is published in US
  • May 2 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00
  • May 2 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 9 Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
  • May 16 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • May 24 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

  • May 26 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • May 30 "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • May 30 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • May 30 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1 in the United States
  • Jun 2 "Folies Bergère" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • Jun 2 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Mass
  • Jun 3 Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee)
  • Jun 4 Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark

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Jun 5 Davie Jones & King Bees debut "I Can't Help Thinking About Me"; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jun 6 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands
  • Jun 7 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam
  • Jun 8 "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)", recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released
  • Jun 10 Rolling Stones record their 12x5 album at Chess Studios in Chicago
  • Jun 11 Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference
  • Jun 11 Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend

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Jun 19 Bob Dylan completes UK tour

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jun 25 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles' Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th
  • Jun 27 "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" by Die Beatles peaks at #97

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Jul 2 Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jul 4 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1
  • Jul 6 Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premieres in London
  • Jul 10 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night", their 3rd studio album
  • Jul 25 "Here's Love" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 338 performances
  • Jul 25 Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 14 weeks
  • Jul 31 Rolling Stone concert in Ireland halts after 12 minutes due to riot
  • Aug 1 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Aug 5 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"
  • Aug 8 "110 in the Shade" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 330 performances
  • Aug 8 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam
  • Aug 8 Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert
  • Aug 9 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands
  • Aug 11 Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" opens in NYC
  • Aug 18 Beatles arrive in SF, 2nd US visit
  • Aug 29 "Funny Thing Happened" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 965 performances

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Aug 29 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke is released

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Sep 10 Rod Steward records his 1st single "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"

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Sep 11 George Harrison forms Mornyork Ltd music publishing company

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Sep 15 Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland
  • Sep 17 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)

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Sep 17 Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 17 Supremes release "Baby Love"
  • Sep 20 Paramount Theater (NYC) presented the Beatles with Steve & Eydie
  • Sep 22 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 3242 performances
  • Sep 30 "Oh What a Lovely War" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Oct 6 "Cambridge Circus" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Oct 20 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Oct 20 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)
  • Oct 22 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become The Who
  • Oct 24 "Cambridge Circus" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Oct 25 Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan for the 1st time
  • Oct 27 "Ben Franklin in Paris" opens at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 215 performances
  • Oct 31 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks
  • Nov 9 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" opens at John Golden NYC for 192 performances
  • Nov 10 "Something More!" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Nov 14 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 199 performances
  • Nov 14 "Folies Bergere" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances
  • Nov 14 "Oliver!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 774 performances
  • Nov 21 "Something More!" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Nov 21 "Zizi" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Nov 23 "Bajour" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • Nov 23 Beatles release "I Feel Fine" & "She's a Woman"
  • Dec 4 The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album
  • Dec 7 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 9 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • Dec 18 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Dec 18 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
  • Dec 25 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 26 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks