1967 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 13 Rolling Stones appear again on the Ed Sullivan Show

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 14 Sonny & Cher release single "Beat Goes On"

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • Jan 27 The Beatles sign a 9 year worldwide contract with EMI records
  • Jan 28 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  • Jan 29 "Let's Sing Yiddish" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 107 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Feb 4 "Wild Thing" hits #20 on the pop singles chart by Senator Bobby
  • Feb 17 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 2 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Mar 4 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by Towler & Ford (GRB)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 6 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Guitar win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Mar 7 Clark Gesner's musical "You're a Good Man" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 11 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne"

Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Mar 18 Beatles' "Penny Lane" single goes #1
  • Mar 18 Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock off Cornwall & spills oil
  • Mar 20 The Supremes release "The Happening"
  • Mar 25 The Turtle's "Happy Together" goes #1
  • Mar 28 "Sherry!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Mar 30 Cover picture of Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's" is photographed
  • Mar 31 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (London)
  • Apr 8 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing "Puppet on a String" in Vienna
  • Apr 9 "At the Drop of Another Hat" closes at Booth NYC after 105 performances
  • Apr 11 "Illya Darling" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 15 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • Apr 16 "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Apr 19 Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don't)
  • Apr 26 "Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 11 "Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • May 12 "Are You Experienced" debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is released

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

May 15 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 20 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • May 21 "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 14 performances
  • May 26 EMI releases "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" a few days early in the UK; it would go to number one for 15 weeks in the US and 22 weeks in the UK
  • May 27 "Sherry!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Jun 3 Aretha Franklin's "Respect" reaches #1
  • Jun 10 15,000 attend Fantasy Faire & Magic Mountain Music Festival, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 "Steve Allen Show" premieres on CBS-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 16 50,000 attend Monterey International Pop Festival

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jun 18 Monterey International Pop Festival rocks Southern California
  • Jun 19 Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD
  • Jun 25 400 million watch Beatles "Our World" TV special

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 George Harrison is fined £6 for speeding

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jul 1 "Funny Girl" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1348 performances
  • Jul 1 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" goes #1 in the United States, where it would stay for 15 weeks
  • Jul 7 Beatles' "All You Need is Love" is released
  • Jul 7 Doors' "Light My Fire" hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Kenny Rogers forms 1st Edition

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Jul 14 The Who begin a US tour opening for Herman's Hermits
  • Jul 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 608 performances

  • Jul 24 The Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana
  • Jul 31 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger & Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence
  • Aug 18 Rolling Stones release "We Love You"
  • Aug 19 Beatles' "All You Need is Love" single goes #1
  • Aug 25 The Beatles go to Wales to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Aug 26 Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Sep 11 Beatles' Magical Mystery Bus driven around England
  • Sep 29 Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead & plays the Straightater
  • Sep 30 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Pink Floyd arrive in New York for their first US tour

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
  • Oct 2 Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents
  • Oct 7 Beatles turn down $1 million NY concert offer by Sid Berstein
  • Oct 17 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS
  • Oct 23 "Henry, Sweet Henry" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Oct 29 MacDermot, Ragni & Rado's musical "Hair" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb
  • Nov 17 Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names
  • Nov 22 BBC unofficially bans "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles
  • Nov 25 "Apple Tree" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 463 performances
  • Nov 27 The Beatles release their album "Magical Mystery Tour"

MurderAssassination Attempt

Dec 3 Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Dec 7 The Beatles' clothing store "Apple Boutique" opens at 94 Baker Street, London
  • Dec 7 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • Dec 8 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
  • Dec 11 Beatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group - Grapefruit
  • Dec 15 The Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
  • Dec 20 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull
  • Dec 25 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Music releaseAlbum Release

Dec 27 Leonard Cohen releases his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" on Columbia Records

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • Dec 30 Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Dec 31 "Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 80 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 138

  • Jan 1 Tim Dog, American rapper
  • Jan 6 Peter Loran, Teaneck NJ, rock vocalist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 9 Dave Matthews, South African singer and musician (Dave Matthews Band), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews
  • Jan 9 Steven Harwell, American singer and musician (Smash Mouth)
  • Jan 10 Micky Michelle, [Ingrid Hankers], Dutch dancer (Josephine, Sound of Motown)
  • Jan 13 George Paterson, Scottish singer/songwriter DMP
  • Jan 14 Zakk Wylde, American musician (Black Label Society)
  • Jan 15 Lisa Lisa, [Velez], rock vocalist (& Cult Jam)
  • Jan 18 M C Tab, [Sharon Richard], American rapper, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Joe Pasquale, rocker (Prey)
  • Jan 24 John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater)
  • Jan 26 Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer
  • Jan 30 Bill Leverty, guitarist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 30 Jay Gordon, American musician
  • Jan 31 Fat Mike, American musician
  • Feb 6 Anita Cochran, American singer
  • Feb 6 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard) (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
  • Feb 15 Jane Child, Canadian musician
  • Feb 17 Chanté Moore, American singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 20 Kurt Cobain, American rock vocalist (Nirvana), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • Feb 23 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer and sound engineer Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker
  • Feb 28 Marcus Lillington, rock guitarist (Breathe-All I Need)
  • Mar 6 Julio Bocca, Argentinean Ballet Dancer
  • Mar 17 Van Conner, rocker (Screaming Trees)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 17 Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
  • Mar 18 Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush)
  • Mar 21 Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
  • Mar 29 John Popper, American musician
  • Mar 30 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Apr 1 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • Apr 2 Greg Camp, American musician (Smash Mouth)
  • Apr 7 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • Apr 12 Mellow Man Ace, Cuba, spanish rapper/actor (Only the Strong)
  • Apr 12 Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford
  • Apr 13 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer
  • Apr 14 Barret Martin, rocker (Screaming Trees)
  • Apr 14 Barrett Martin, American drummer and composer
  • Apr 15 Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)
  • Apr 17 Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
  • Apr 18 Jayce Fincher Jr, heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • Apr 19 Dar Williams, American musician and songwriter
  • Apr 20 Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater)
  • Apr 23 Brent Muscat, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
  • Apr 27 Tommy Smith, Scottish jazz musician
  • Apr 29 Master P, American rapper
  • May 1 Tim McGraw, American musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • May 10 Young MC, American rapper
  • May 13 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death, Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • May 13 Melanie Thornton, African American German pop singer, former member of La Bouche. (d. 2001)
  • May 18 Rob Base, American rapper
  • May 22 John Vanderslice, American musician
  • May 24 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rapper, born in Mandeville, Middlesex (d. 2011)
  • May 24 Steve McDonald, rocker (Redd Kross)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Noel Gallagher, English pop musician (Oasis), born in Manchester, England

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
  • Jun 8 Neil Mitchell, rocker (Wet, Wet, Wet-Wishing I Was)
  • Jun 10 Human Beatbox, [Darren Robinson], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
  • Jun 10 Emma Anderson, British guitarist and songwriter (Lush, Sing-Sing)
  • Jun 17 Eric Stefani, American musician
  • Jun 20 Joseph William Cathcart, rock guitarist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • Jun 21 Tim Simenson, rocker (Bomb the Bass)
  • Jun 24 Jeff Cease, guitarist (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 24 Richard Kruspe-Bernstein, German musician (Rammstein)
  • Jun 29 Murray Foster, Canadian musician
  • Jul 6 Heather Nova, Bermudian singer
  • Jul 7 Jackie Neal, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jul 8 Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Jul 12 John Petrucci, American guitar player (Dream Theater)
  • Jul 22 Pat Badger, heavy metal bassist (Extreme-More Than Words)
  • Jul 22 Rhys Ifans [Rhys Evans], Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Welsh actor/musician (Notting Hill, Enduring Love)
  • Jul 24 Jasper Teule, Dutch rock singer/bassist (Pilgrims-Once to Everything)
  • Jul 27 Juliana Hatfield, American musician
  • Jul 31 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • Jul 31 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • Aug 10 Lorraine Pearson, Romford Essex, rock vocalist (5 Star-Silk & Steel)
  • Aug 10 Mart Sander, Estonian singer and actor
  • Aug 11 Enrique Bunbury, Spanish singer
  • Aug 12 Tom Holkenborg, drummer (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • Aug 12 Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Aug 17 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
  • Aug 18 Blas Elias Gomez, Kennedy TX, rock drummer (Slaughter-Stick it Live)
  • Aug 18 Tracy Tracy, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • Aug 18 Dan Peters, American musician
  • Aug 18 Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer
  • Aug 19 Jason Starkey, son of Beatle Ringo
  • Aug 21 Serj Tankian, Armenian-born singer (System of a Down), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Aug 22 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt), born in Kirkland, Washington (d. 2002)
  • Aug 22 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, born in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 1986)
  • Aug 25 Jeff Tweedy, American singer (Wilco)
  • Aug 27 Bob Nastanovich, American musician (Pavement, Silver Jews)
  • Aug 29 Anton Newcombe, American musician (The Brian Jonestown Massacre)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 11 Harry Connick Jr, singer (We Are in Love), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Sep 13 Tim 'Ripper' Owens, American singer (Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest)
  • Sep 15 Jerry Dixon, heavy metal bassist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • Sep 18 Ricky Bell, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 20 Gunnar Nelson, rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection)
  • Sep 20 Matthew Nelson, rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 21 Faith Hill [Audrey Faith Perry], American country pop singer (Breathe, Cry), born in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • Sep 21 Tyler Stewart, Canadian drummer (Barenaked Ladies)
  • Sep 26 Shannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon) (d. 1995)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 6 Country singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Jun 23 John Entwistle of rock group Who weds Alison Wise

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Moon Mullican, rocker, dies at 58
  • Jan 3 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • Jan 7 Carl Schuricht, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Vilem Petrzelka, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Renato Lunelli, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Albert Szirmai, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Wlodzimierz Pozniak, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 3 Joe Meek, rocker (Tornados)/producer (Telstar), commits suicide
  • Feb 18 Manuel Palau Boix, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Franz Waxman, German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60
  • Mar 3 Georges Lonque, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 6 Nelson Eddy, US baritone/actor (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • Mar 6 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (b. 1882)
  • Mar 10 Yiorgos Batis, Greek composer and musician (b. 1885)
  • Mar 11 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • Mar 16 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • Mar 24 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 25 Renato Cellini, Italian conductor (b.c.1913)
  • Mar 31 Hieronim Feicht, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 4 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • Apr 4 Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)
  • Apr 17 Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)
  • Apr 29 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies at 38
  • May 4 Bengt Axel von Torne, composer, dies at 75
  • May 8 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 55
  • May 9 Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer, dies at 35
  • May 12 Julius Kalas, composer, dies at 64
  • May 15 Jaromir Fiala, composer, dies at 74
  • May 17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 22 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), dies at 65

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • May 29 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, composer, dies at 69
  • May 31 Billy Strayhorn, American composer, pianist and arranger (b. 1915)
  • Jun 8 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 9 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, composer, dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Adrian Grigor'yevich Shaposhnikov, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist/composer (Blue Train), dies of cancer at 40

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • Jul 26 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 79
  • Jul 31 Mario Varvoglis, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 7 Max Branch, music/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • Aug 7 Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • Aug 8 Jaromir Weinberger, Czech/US composer (Czech Rhapsody), dies at 71
  • Aug 10 John Francis Larchet, composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
  • Sep 15 Hans Haug, Swiss classical composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 20 Henri Mulet, French composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 3 Woodrow "Woody" Guthrie, American singer and songwriter (This Land Is Your Land), dies of Huntington's Chorea at 55
  • Oct 3 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Last Night of Proms), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 3 Woodrow Wilson "Woodie" Guthrie, US folk singer/guitarist, dies at 55
  • Oct 10 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 7 Juan Tomas Perez, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 11 Harry Seymour, composer/actor (Tenderfoot), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Nov 13 Pierre Moulaert, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 13 Harriet Cohen, English pianist (b. 1895)
  • Nov 22 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, dies at 86
  • Nov 27 Ettore Panizza, composer, dies at 92
  • Dec 8 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • Dec 10 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 10 Carl Cunningham, rocker (Bar-kays), killed in a plane crash
  • Dec 10 Jimmy King, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • Dec 10 Otis Redding, singer (Dock of Bay), dies in plane crash at 26
  • Dec 10 Phalin Jones, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in plane crash
  • Dec 10 Ron Caldwell, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • Dec 11 Richard Stohr, composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Victor De Sabata, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 23 Richard Flury, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 29 Paul Whiteman, US orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Bert Berns, US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38