Events in Music in 1969

  • Jan 2 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances

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Jan 3 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jan 4 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • Jan 5 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 5 Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album "Bayou Country", featuring singles "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Proud Mary"

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • Jan 6 Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"
  • Jan 11 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • Jan 12 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • Jan 12 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
  • Jan 22 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
  • Jan 26 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances

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Jan 29 Jimi Hendrix & Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Jan 30 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 1 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Feb 3 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • Feb 4 Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple
  • Feb 6 Jerry Herman's "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 7 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 17 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Feb 25 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR
  • Mar 1 "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium
  • Mar 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 16 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • Mar 18 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Mar 22 "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Mar 25 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)
  • Mar 29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid

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Mar 31 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 14 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Actress
Katharine Hepburn
Actor Cliff Robertson
Actor
Cliff Robertson
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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Apr 24 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 26 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • Apr 26 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
  • Apr 28 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win
  • Apr 29 "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances
  • May 3 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances

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May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 16 The Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • May 17 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • May 18 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • May 23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • May 24 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)
  • May 31 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances

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May 31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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May 31 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amore"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Jun 4 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" and "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • Jun 4 Nicky Hopkins quits rock & rolls, Jeff Beck Group

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jun 7 "Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

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Jun 8 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
  • Jun 9 Brian Jones leaves the Rolling Stones after developing a serious drug problem
  • Jun 11 "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" by The Beatles hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 13 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band & joins The Rolling Stones
  • Jun 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show
  • Jun 20 150,000 attend Newport '69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear
  • Jun 21 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Jun 21 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"
  • Jun 27 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival
  • Jul 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after a car crash
  • Jul 2 Leslie West & Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • Jul 3 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island

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Jul 4 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jul 5 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jul 11 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
  • Jul 25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival
  • Jul 30 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Aug 1 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival
  • Aug 2 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion
  • Aug 9 "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 305 performances

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

Aug 15 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm

  • Aug 16 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY
  • Aug 18 Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act
  • Aug 22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • Aug 30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • Aug 30 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
  • Aug 31 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival
  • Sep 6 "Cabaret" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances

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Sep 13 Plastic Ono Band's (John, Yoko & Eric Clapton) 1st live performance

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Sep 20 Archies' "Sugar Sugar" hits #1
  • Sep 22 "Music Scene" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 26 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
  • Oct 9 Supremes release "Someday We'll Be Together"
  • Oct 10 "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded

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Oct 11 Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

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Oct 18 Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Oct 19 J Bock & S Harnicks musical "Rothschilds" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Oct 23 "Jimmy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Oct 31 George Harrison's "Something" is released in UK
  • Nov 1 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Nov 7 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their second album "Wedding Album" in UK
  • Nov 11 Beatles with Billy Preston release "Get Back" in UK
  • Nov 11 Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by FBI for drunkeness
  • Nov 15 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida
  • Nov 25 John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War
  • Nov 29 The Beatles' "Come Together/Something" reaches #1
  • Dec 2 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 6 "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 6 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones
  • Dec 12 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres
  • Dec 18 "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
  • Dec 19 Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released
  • Dec 20 Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1