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Year 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 12 Atlantic Records releases eponymous debut album of Led Zeppelin in US
  • Jun 20 200,000 attend Newport '69', then largest-ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear.
  • Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon
  • Aug 15 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez
  • Sep 20 Virtual band Archies' single "Sugar Sugar" hits #1
  • Sep 26 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album, their final recordings as a quartet
  • Oct 10 "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded
  • Nov 1 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Dec 6 300,000 attend Altamont free concert in California, featuring The Rolling Stones. Marred by violence and four deaths.
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Music Awards in 1969

  • Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record
  • 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
  • Apr 28 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win
  • Oct 15 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette win

Musicians Married in 1969

  • Feb 16 American country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds American country singer-songwriter George Jones (37), divorced 1975
  • Feb 18 Scottish pop singer Lulu (20) weds British rock musician Maurice Gibb (19); divorce in 1973
  • Mar 12 Beatle Paul McCartney (26) marries American photographer Linda Eastman (27) at Marylebone Register's Office in London

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