Events in Music in 1968

  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3

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Feb 16 Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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Feb 16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wifes fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Feb 18 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Feb 24 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • Feb 29 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 29 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford (GRB)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 8 New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • Mar 13 Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK

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Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 4 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London
  • Apr 10 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
  • Apr 17 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 23 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 25 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • Apr 27 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 29 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • May 1 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • May 2 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony

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May 11 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

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May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • May 25 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • Jun 8 Gary Puckett & Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  • Jun 15 "How Now, Dow Jones" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 performances
  • Jun 15 "I Do! I Do!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 561 performances
  • Jun 15 "New Faces of 1965" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 52 performances

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Jun 15 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Conventry Cathedral

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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Jul 1 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jul 17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • Jul 20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • Jul 30 Beatles' Apple Boutique closes, entire inventory is given away
  • Jul 31 Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving clothes away for free
  • Aug 4 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, California
  • Aug 11 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • Aug 23 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • Aug 30 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)
  • Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York
  • Aug 31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 6 Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Sep 8 "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV
  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres-A Broadway musical type TV show
  • Sep 28 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances
  • Sep 28 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 28 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

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Sep 28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Sep 30 Supremes release "Love Child"
  • Oct 10 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
  • Oct 12 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances
  • Oct 14 Beatles "White Album" completed
  • Oct 18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment
  • Oct 20 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Oct 23 "Maggie Flynn" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 25 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby
  • Nov 1 Noel Coward's "Sweet Potato" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Nov 2 "Her First Roman" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Nov 11 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album
  • Nov 17 John Kander/Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 305 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 20 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell & Tammy Wynette wins

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Nov 21 Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
  • Nov 22 Beatles release "Beatles" (White Album), their only double album
  • Nov 23 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Booth NYC after 36 performances
  • Nov 29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK
  • Dec 1 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • Dec 1 Burt Bacharach/Hal David's musical premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • Dec 26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • Dec 28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • Dec 28 Beatles' "White Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra