1965 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 The Beatles' 65 album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Jan 16 "Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 125 performances
  • Jan 16 The Searchers' "Love Potion Number 9" peaks at #3
  • Jan 20 The Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)
  • Jan 23 "King Family Show" (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 28 The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
  • Jan 30 "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis hits #3
  • Feb 6 Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 George Harrison's tonsils removed

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 8 Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"
  • Feb 16 "Baker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 313 performances
  • Feb 18 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 20 Beatles record "That Means a Lot"
  • Feb 24 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
  • Feb 27 "High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 375 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 2 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
  • Mar 3 The Temptations' "My Girl" reaches #1
  • Mar 5 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony
  • Mar 6 "How to Succeed in Business" closes at 46th St NYC after 1415 performances
  • Mar 10 "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" album by Buck Owens is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1965)
  • Mar 13 Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Mar 17 Beatles announce their film is named "8 Arms to Hold on to You" (Help)
  • Mar 18 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • Mar 18 Rolling Stones fined £5 each for public urination
  • Mar 20 10th Eurovision Song Contest: Serge Gainsbourg for Luxembourg wins singing "Poupee de cire, poupee de son" in Naples

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 5 37th Academy Awards: "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
Actor Rex Harrison
Actor
Rex Harrison
  • Apr 9 Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK
  • Apr 13 The Beatles record their single "Help"
  • Apr 13 7th Grammy Awards: The Girl From Ipanema, The Beatles wins
  • Apr 23 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" single released by the Four Tops (Billboard Song of the Year 1965)
  • Apr 24 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances
  • Apr 26 Ives' 4th Symphony premieres
  • Apr 27 "I'm Solomon" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Barbra Streisand stars on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 2 "New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • May 9 The Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
  • May 11 "Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • May 13 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
  • May 16 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • May 22 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" hits #66
  • May 22 Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" single goes #1
  • Jun 5 "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs hits #2
  • Jun 6 Rolling Stones release single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  • Jun 12 "Bajour" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 232 performances
  • Jun 12 "I Had a BaIl" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Jun 12 "What Makes Sammy Run?" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 540 performances
  • Jun 12 The Beatles are awarded a MBE
  • Jun 14 Beatles release album "Beatles VI"

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 14 John Lennon's second book "A Spaniard in the Works" is published

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 15 Bob Dylan records "Like a Rolling Stone"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

  • Jul 10 Beatles' "VI" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • Jul 10 Rolling Stones score their 1st US #1 single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  • Jul 23 The Beatles' "Help" is released in UK
  • Jul 24 "Flora, the Red Menace" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Jul 24 Bob Dylan release "Like a Rolling Stone"
  • Jul 25 Bob Dylan is booed by sections of the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival for performing with an electric guitar, beginning of folk-rock
  • Jul 29 Beatles movie "Help" premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 Duke Ellington's "Golden Brown & the Green Apple" premieres

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Aug 6 Beatles release "Help" album in UK
  • Aug 11 Beatles movie "Help" opens in NYC
  • Aug 14 Beatles tape an appearance for Ed Sullivan Show
  • Aug 14 Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" hits #1
  • Aug 15 Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium
  • Aug 20 Rolling Stones release their single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (their 1st #1 US hit) in the UK
  • Aug 27 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley
  • Aug 28 Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York's Forest Hills
  • Sep 4 Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Sep 11 Beatles' "Help!," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Sep 13 Beatles release "Yesterday"
  • Sep 13 Beatles win 1st Grammy, for Best Group of 1964
  • Sep 25 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 220 performances
  • Sep 25 Beatle cartoon show begins in US
  • Sep 26 Queen Elizabeth decorates the Beatles with Order of the British Empire
  • Oct 4 "Pickwick" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Oct 6 Supremes release "I Hear a Symphony"
  • Oct 9 Beatles' "Yesterday" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks
  • Oct 10 "Drat! - The Cat!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 16 "Drat! - The Cat!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 17 "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" opens in NYC for 280 performances
  • Oct 20 Beatles receive a gold record for "Yesterday"
  • Oct 25 Rolling Stones release "Get Off of My Cloud"
  • Oct 26 Beatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace
  • Nov 13 "Skyscraper" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 248 performances
  • Nov 14 "Baker Street" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 313 performances
  • Nov 20 "Pickwick" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Nov 22 "Man of La Mancha" opens at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC for 2329 performances
  • Nov 29 "Anya" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Dec 3 The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow
  • Dec 4 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances
  • Dec 6 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers in Sotouboua Togo, kills 125
  • Dec 10 "Yearling" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Dec 11 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 11 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Dec 12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • Dec 14 "La Grusse Valise" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 15 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl" premieres in London
  • Dec 18 "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 29 Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 134

  • Jan 4 Craig Revel Horwood, Australian-English dancer and judge (Strictly Come Dancing), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • Jan 4 David Glasper, rocker (Breathe-All I Need)
  • Jan 4 Beth Gibbons, English singer (Portishead)
  • Jan 4 Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues)
  • Jan 9 Eric Erlandson, American musician
  • Jan 10 Nathan, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • Jan 12 Mark Moore, rocker (S'Express-Winter Course)
  • Jan 12 Rob Zombie, American musician
  • Jan 15 Derek B, rocker (Bullet from a Gun)
  • Jan 20 Greg Kriesel, American bassist (The Offspring)
  • Jan 20 John Michael Montgomery, American singer
  • Jan 21 Cordell Crockett, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
  • Jan 22 Jazzy Jeff Townes, rapper (Parents Just Don't Understand)
  • Jan 22 Ray Mayhew, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • Jan 22 Steven Adler, drummer (Guns & Roses-Sweet Child), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 16 Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)

Person of interestDr. Dre

Feb 18 Dr. Dre, [Andre Romelle Young], American rapper and record producer (Still D.R.E., The Next Episode), born in Compton, California

Rapper Dr. Dre
Rapper
Dr. Dre
  • Feb 23 Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 25 Brian Baker, American guitarist
  • Feb 27 Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist, born in Duisburg, West Germany
  • Mar 4 WestBam (Maximillian Lenz), German rave techno DJ
  • Mar 12 Liza Umarova, Chechen singer and actress, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Mar 18 Jeff Labar, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • Mar 23 Marti Pellow, Scottish musician (Wet, Wet, Wet - "Love is All Around"), born in Glasgow
  • Mar 27 Johnny April, American bass guitarist and vocalist (Staind), born in Enfield, Connecticut
  • Apr 1 Robert Steadman, English composer
  • Apr 3 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan (d. 2000)
  • Apr 6 Black Francis [Charles Thompson IV], American singer and songwriter (Pixies, Frank Black), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 10 Tim Alexander, American funk metal drummer (Primus-Pork soda), born in Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • Apr 15 Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and producer (4 Non Blondes, What's Up), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Apr 16 Gerardo [Mejía], Ecuadorian American rapper, born in Guayaquil
  • Apr 18 Diana Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • Apr 18 Sylvia Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • Apr 18 Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • Apr 19 Natalie Dessay, French soprano
  • Apr 19 Suge Knight, American record producer
  • Apr 25 Eric Avery, American musician (Jane's Addiction, Deconstruction, Polar Bear)
  • May 9 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Distance)
  • May 11 Greg Dulli, American musician
  • May 13 Tasmin Little, English violinist
  • May 13 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), born in Dunedin, Florida (d. 2018)
  • May 16 Krist Novoselic, American bassist (Nirvana)

Person of interestTrent Reznor

May 17 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • May 18 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (d. 1995)
  • May 25 Mark Knight, California, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals)
  • May 25 Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • May 28 Chris Ballew, American musician
  • Jun 3 Mike Gordon, American musician
  • Jun 3 Jeff Blumenkrantz, American composer and actor
  • Jun 5 Sandrine Piau, French soprano
  • Jun 6 David Whyte, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • Jun 8 Rob Pilatus, German model and dancer (Milli Vanilli, Girl You Know It's True), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Jun 11 Giola Bruno, rocker (Expose)
  • Jun 12 Cindy Lee Berryhill, American singer and songwriter (Baby), born in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 12 Filip Topol, Czech musician and writer
  • Jun 13 Lukas Ligeti, Austrian composer and drummer
  • Jun 14 Trina Shoemaker, American mixer, record producer, and sound engineer (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Jun 17 David Longdon, English progressive rock musician (Big Big Train), born in Nottingham, England
  • Jun 23 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis)
  • Jun 29 Barry D, [Iain Bakker], English pop musician (Jesus Jones)
  • Jun 29 Tripp Eisen, American musician
  • Jul 5 Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Israeli jazz pianist
  • Jul 9 Frank Bello, American heavy metal musician (Anthrax)
  • Jul 10 Ken Mellons, American singer
  • Jul 11 Scott Shriner, American musician (Weezer)
  • Jul 12 Robin Wilson, American rocker (Gin Blossoms), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 17 Craig Morgan [Greer], American singer (My Kind of Livin'), born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee
  • Jul 20 Stone Gossard, musician with Pearl Jam
  • Jul 23 Slash [Saul Hudson], English-American rock guitarist & songwriter (Guns N' Roses-Sweet Child o' Mine), born in London, England
  • Jul 25 Marty Brown, American country singer (Wildest Dreams), born in Maceo, Kentucky
  • Jul 26 Jim Lindberg, American musician (Pennywise), born in Hermosa Beach, California
  • Jul 28 Priscilla Chan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 28 Delfeayo Marsalis, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 30 Tex [Anthony] Axile, English rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in Crawley, Sussex, England
  • Aug 5 Jeff Coffin, American musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), born in Massachusetts
  • Aug 5 Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese composer
  • Aug 6 Yuki Kajiura, Japanese composer
  • Aug 8 Aaron Abeyta, American musician
  • Aug 9 Kyle Kyle [Kyle Keiderling], American rock bassist (Bang Tango), born in Kensington, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 13 Hayato Matsuo, Japanese composer
  • Aug 17 Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
  • Aug 17 Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
  • Aug 18 Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer
  • Aug 20 KRS-One [Lawrence Parker], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 25 Mia Zapata, American singer (The Gits) (d. 1993)

Person of interestShania Twain

Aug 28 Shania Twain, Canadian singer (You're Still the One), born in Windsor Ontario

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Sep 3 Todd Lewis, musician (Toadies)
  • Sep 11 Moby [Richard Hall], American musician (Play, 18), born in Harlem, New York
  • Sep 12 John Norwood Fisher, American musician (Fishbone)
  • Sep 13 Zak Starkey, English rock drummer, son of Beatle Ringo, born in London, England
  • Sep 17 Guy Picciotto, American musician (Rites of Spring, Fugazi)
  • Sep 17 Bryan Singer, American director
  • Sep 19 Sabine Paturel, French singer (Les Bêtises) and actress, born in Toulon, France
  • Sep 22 Andy Cairns, Irish musician
  • Sep 24 Sean McNabb, American bassist (Quiet Riot, Great White, Rough Cutt, House of Lords)
  • Sep 28 Ginger Fish, American drummer (Marilyn Manson)
  • Sep 29 Fora van Leijenhorst, Curacaos/Neth dancer (Josephine)
  • Oct 4 Skip Heller, American musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 8 C-Jay Ramone, American musician (The Ramones)
  • Oct 10 Rebecca Pidgeon, British-American actress and singer-songwriter. born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 11 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 18 Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon

Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno
Singer/Dancer/Actress
Rita Moreno

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 28 Country singer Merle Haggard (28) weds singer Bonnie Owens (35)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Oct 16 Singer Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 22 Bob Dylan weds Sara Lowndes

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod, composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • Jan 25 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees, composer, dies at 63
  • Jan 25 Staff Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
  • Jan 28 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 29 Michael Spisak, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • Feb 2 Richard Wurz, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • Feb 14 Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht, French composer/conductor, dies at 84

Person of interestNat King Cole

Feb 15 Nat King Cole, American singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies of cancer at 49

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Mar 1 Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 3 Carlo Gatti, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 6 Ruvim Pergament, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 9 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 25 Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Aaron Avshalomov, composer, dies at 70
  • May 1 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • May 1 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • May 25 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jun 7 Pierre Cardevielle, Fren composer/conductor (L'ile Rouge), dies at 59
  • Jun 14 Guido Guerrini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 18 George Melachrino, composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 20 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • Jun 28 Red Nichols, American musician (b. 1905)
  • Jul 1 Claude Thornhill, composer, dies at 55
  • Jul 3 Clarence Loomis, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 17 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 18 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 28 Maurice Yvain, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 1 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 2 Milton B Babbitt, US composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • Aug 6 Peter Ronnefeld, German composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), dies at 30
  • Aug 16 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 27 Otto Reinhold, German composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 3 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Konstantin G. Mostras, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 9 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Steve Brown, American musician (b. 1890)
  • Sep 16 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean musician, composer, and conductor (b. 1906)
  • Sep 27 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • Oct 5 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • Oct 18 Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 21 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumour at 39
  • Oct 21 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), dies of an accidental drug overdose at 42
  • Oct 28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), dies at 52
  • Nov 4 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 6 Clarence Williams, American composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Edgard Varèse, French-born composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 7 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • Nov 25 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • Nov 27 Carl Parrish, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 10 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Hermann Sandby, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Tito Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Tito [Raffaele A] Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (Rondine), dies at 76
  • Dec 21 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Kusaku Yamada, composer, dies at 79