On This Day

Events in Music in 1968

  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC

Album Release

Jan 22 "Lady Soul" 14th studio album by Aretha Franklin is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1968)

  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3

Music History

Feb 16 Elvis Presley receives a gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

Music History

Feb 16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Music History

Feb 22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"

  • Feb 24 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • Feb 29 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

Music Premiere

Feb 29 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Music Premiere

Mar 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" first performed as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London

Music Awards

Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4

Music History

Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet

Music Single

Mar 11 Otis Redding is the first person in the US to posthumously receive gold record for his single "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

  • Mar 13 Beatles release single "Lady Madonna" in the UK

Music History

Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Television Debut

Mar 17 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London

Album Release

Mar 23 Reprise Records releases "Song To A Seagull", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's debut studio album

  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 4 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London

Music Premiere

Apr 10 Musical "George M!", based on the life of Broadway star George M. Cohan, opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

  • Apr 17 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 23 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 25 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • Apr 27 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 29 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • May 1 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • May 2 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony

Music History

May 11 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

TV Show Appearance

May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

  • May 21 Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London

Music History

May 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession in England

  • May 25 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • Jun 1 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs Robinson" from "The Graduate" hits #1 (first rock song to win Grammy for Record of the Year)
  • Jun 8 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  • Jun 15 "How Now, Dow Jones" closes at Lunt Fontanne, NYC, after 220 performances
  • Jun 15 "I Do! I Do!" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 561 performances
  • Jun 15 "New Faces of 1965" closes at Booth Theater, NYC, after 52 performances

Music History

Jun 15 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant two acorns for peace, at Coventry Cathedral, Conventry, England

  • Jun 15 "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" by Ohio Express hits #4
  • Jun 22 "Here Come Da Judge" by The Buena Vistas peaks at #88
  • Jun 29 "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17

Music History

Jul 1 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You Are Here) opens at Robert Fraser Gallery in London

  • Jul 5 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce
  • Jul 7 Rock group "Yardbirds" disband
  • Jul 9 BBC-TV broadcasts "Farewell", folk-rock band The Seekers final performance, draws 10 million viewers
  • Jul 17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • Jul 20 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Beatle bassist, singer, and songwriter Paul McCartney on live TV
  • Jul 20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • Jul 31 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free

Music History

Aug 3 100,000 attend two-day Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California; performers included Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, Country Joe and the Fish, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, Tiny Tim, The Animals, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and The Byrds

  • Aug 11 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • Aug 23 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • Aug 26 "Hey Jude" single released by the Beatles in US (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)
  • Aug 30 1st record released on Apple label in UK is The Beatles single "Hey Jude"
  • Aug 31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on the cover
  • Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovich' 12th string quartet, premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 14 While on tour in England, a fire at singer Roy Orbison's Henderson, Tennessee home kills the two eldest of his three sons

Television Premiere

Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV

  • Sep 18 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres - A Broadway musical type TV show
  • Sep 28 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances

Music History

Sep 28 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

  • Sep 28 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

Music History

Sep 28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

Music Single

Sep 30 The Supremes release single "Love Child"

  • Oct 10 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
  • Oct 12 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 17 performances
  • Oct 14 Beatles "White Album" completed
  • Oct 18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment, they are fined £150 for marijuana possession
  • Oct 20 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Oct 23 "Maggie Flynn" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail
  • Oct 25 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby; she later suffers a miscarriage
  • Nov 1 Noël Coward's "Sweet Potato" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Nov 2 "Her First Roman" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Nov 4 "Wichita Lineman" 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1969)
  • Nov 6 The film "Head" starring the Monkees opens in New York.

Music History

Nov 9 Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles song "With A Little Help From My Friends" becomes No. 1 single in the UK

  • Nov 11 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "Two Virgins" album
  • Nov 17 John Kander and Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances

Music Awards

Nov 20 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win

  • Nov 21 The Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
  • Nov 22 The Beatles release "The Beatles" (White Album), their only double album
  • Nov 23 Musical revue "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Booth Theatre, NYC, after 44 performances
  • Nov 26 Rock band Cream gives "final" concert (Royal Albert Hall, London, England) - but re-unites briefly for a short tour in 2005
  • Nov 28 John Lennon is fined £150 for unauthorized drug possession
  • Nov 29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK
  • Dec 1 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • Dec 1 Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical "Promises, Promises", based on the 1960 Billy Wider film "The Apartment", opens at Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 1,281 performances, wins a Grammy and 2 Tony Awards
  • Dec 5 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • Dec 21 Glen Campbell's album "Wichita Lineman" goes to #1 in the US
  • Dec 26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • Dec 28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • Dec 28 Beatles' "White Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

Music Recording

Dec 30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"