Events in Music in 1964

Television Premiere

Jan 1 Top of the Pops, British pop music television program premieres; acts performing include Dusty Springfield; The Rolling Stones; Dave Clark Five: The Hollies; Swinging Blue; and The Beatles

Music History

Jan 3 Jack Paar shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You", and says he understands that science was working on a cure for the phenomenon

  • Jan 6 Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
  • Jan 10 Vee-Jay Records releases "Introducing the Beatles", the 1st Beatles album released in the US
  • Jan 11 "She Loves Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 302 performances
  • Jan 11 The Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • Jan 16 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
  • Jan 18 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • Jan 20 Capitol Records releases "Meet The Beatles" album by the Beatles, in US
  • Jan 25 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
  • Jan 29 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off..." closes at Shubert, NYC, after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You", also by The Beatles
  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 6 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 7 Beatles land at New York's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres in Philadelphia with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra

Music Premiere

Feb 8 Peter Shaffer's musical "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", live from New York; broadcast draws 73.7 million television viewers

  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concerts, two shows at Carnegie Hall

Music Single

Feb 14 British pop music duo Peter & Gordon release single "A World Without Love" (written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon-McCartney)

  • Feb 15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances

TV Show Appearance

Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", live from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida; broadcast draws about 70 million television viewers

  • Feb 19 UK flies ½ ton of Beatles wigs to the US
  • Feb 21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • Feb 22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • Feb 23 The Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", featuring 3 performances taped on February 9, prior to their debut
  • Feb 24 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard No. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1964)

Music Premiere

Feb 27 Erwin Drake's musical "What Makes Sammy Run?", starring Steve Lawrence, Robert Alda, and Sally Ann Howes, opens at 54th St Theater, NYC; runs for 540 performances

  • Feb 29 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances

Music History

Mar 2 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets future wife Pattie Boyd

  • Mar 14 "Girl Who Came to Supper" closes at Broadway NYC after 112 performances
  • Mar 21 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen
  • Mar 21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Mar 22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section

Historic Publication

Mar 23 "In His Own Write", a book of short stories, poems and drawings by John Lennon is published

  • Mar 26 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances
  • Mar 28 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London unveils figures of The Beatles; they later appear on the Sgt. Pepper album cover
  • Apr 1 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years
  • Apr 3 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • Apr 4 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Apr 4 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

Music Premiere

Apr 7 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

Musical Finale

Apr 11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 9 performances

  • Apr 17 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • Apr 18 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 18 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 3 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin, Germany

Theater Premiere

Apr 23 James Baldwin's play "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 27 John Lennon's book of poetry and sketches "In His Own Write" is published in US
  • May 2 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC
  • May 24 The Beatles' 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", features an interview and pre-recorded performance of "You Can't Do That"
  • May 26 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances

Music History

May 28 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 9th String quartet

  • May 30 "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • May 30 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • May 30 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1 in the United States
  • Jun 1 Rolling Stones arrive in New York's Kennedy International Airport for 1st US tour, greeted by about 500 fans
  • Jun 2 "Folies Bergère" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances

Music History

Jun 3 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, just before the Beatles embark on a World Tour

  • Jun 4 Beatles 1st (and only) "World Tour" begins with two ten-song shows at 4,400 seat KB Halle in Copenhagen, Denmark; British drummer Jimmie Nicol replaces Ringo Starr (recovering from tonsillitis) for the first five dates (10 concerts + a Dutch TV appearance)

Music Single

Jun 5 Davie Jones & King Bees release debut single "I Can't Help Thinking About Me"; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

  • Jun 5 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee) debuts in San Bernadino, California
  • Jun 6 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands
  • Jun 7 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam, with a substitute for Ringo
  • Jun 8 "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)", recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released
  • Jun 10 Rolling Stones record their "12x5" album at Chess Studios in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 11 Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference on a traffic island in the middle of Michigan Avenue
  • Jun 14 Drummer Ringo Starr re-unites with the Beatles in Melbourne, Australia, after recovering from tonsillitis

Music History

Jun 19 Bob Dylan completes UK tour

  • Jun 25 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles' Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th
  • Jun 27 "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" by Die Beatles peaks at #97
  • Jul 2 Cilla Black records Lennon/McCartney song "It's For You", Paul McCartney plays piano
  • Jul 4 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1
  • Jul 6 The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" premieres at The Pavilion in London, England
  • Jul 10 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night", their 3rd studio album
  • Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th String quartet
  • Jul 25 Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1, stays #1 for 14 weeks
  • Jul 25 Meredith Wilson's musical "Here's Love", based on thefil "Miracle on 34th Street". closes at Shubert Theater, NYC. after 338 performances
  • Aug 1 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Aug 5 Beatles record a cover of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone"; not released until 1995's "Anthology"
  • Aug 8 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands at The Kurhaus of Scheveningen, in The Hague
  • Aug 8 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam

Musical Finale

Aug 8 N. Richard Nash, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' musical "110 in the Shade", based on Nash's drama "The Rainmaker", closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC after, 330 performances

  • Aug 11 "A Hard Days Night" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US
  • Aug 18 Beatles arrive in San Francisco, 2nd US visit
  • Aug 22 Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go" reaches #1

Film Premiere

Aug 27 Walt Disney's musical film "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California; wins 5 Academy Awards

  • Aug 29 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Zero Mostel, and Jack Gilford, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 965 performances and 6 Tony Awards

Music Recording

Sep 10 Rod Stewart records his 1st single "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"

  • Sep 11 Beatles guitarist George Harrison forms Mornyork Ltd music publishing company
  • Sep 15 The Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio; police stop show during third song as some of the crowd climbed on the stage, after a 10 minute delay, and warning audience to stay seated, the concert resumed with the.
  • Sep 17 The Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 by baseball team owner Charles Finley for a concert at Municipal Stadium in Kansas, Missouri on a scheduled day off

Music Single

Sep 17 The Supremes release single "Baby Love"

  • Sep 20 Paramount Theater (NYC) presents The Beatles with Steve & Eydie
  • Sep 22 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "Fiddler on the Roof" with Zero Mostel opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 3242 performances
  • Sep 24 Ringo Starr forms Brikley Building Company Ltd
  • Sep 30 "Oh What a Lovely War" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Oct 6 "Cambridge Circus" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Oct 7 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • Oct 8 Ringo Starr passes his driving test
  • Oct 20 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Oct 20 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris leads to 150 arrests
  • Oct 22 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become "The Who"
  • Oct 24 "Cambridge Circus" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Oct 25 1st appearance of The Rolling Stones on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Oct 27 "Ben Franklin in Paris" opens at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 215 performances
  • Oct 31 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks
  • Nov 9 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" opens at John Golden NYC for 192 performances
  • Nov 10 "Something More!" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Nov 14 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 199 performances
  • Nov 14 "Folies Bergere" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances
  • Nov 14 "Oliver!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 774 performances
  • Nov 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
  • Nov 21 "Something More!" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Nov 21 "Zizi" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Nov 23 "Bajour" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • Nov 23 Beatles release single "I Feel Fine" & "She's a Woman"
  • Dec 2 Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed
  • Dec 4 The Beatles release "Beatles For Sale", their fourth studio album
  • Dec 7 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

Music Recording

Dec 9 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

  • Dec 14 Michael Brown meets Renee Fladen, then writes "Walk Away Renee"
  • Dec 18 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Dec 18 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
  • Dec 25 George Harrison's girlfriend Pattie Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 26 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Dec 27 1st appearance of The Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show", singing "Come See About Me"
  • Dec 28 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "The Execution of Stepan Razin"