1964 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1964.

Events[edit]

The Beatles arrive in the USA to great acclaim in 1964

Bands formed[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
13 The Times They Are a-Changin' Bob Dylan -
17 The Rolling Stones (EP) The Rolling Stones -
20 Meet The Beatles! The Beatles US
- Folk Singer Muddy Waters -
A Lettermen Kind of Love The Lettermen -
Etta James Rocks the House Etta James Live
Living a Lie Al Martino -
Stay with The Hollies The Hollies Debut
Tender Is The Night Johnny Mathis -
The Ventures in Space The Ventures -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 Born to Wander The Four Seasons -
- In Love Again! Peggy Lee -
The Many Moods of Tony Tony Bennett -
Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal James Brown Live
Sammy Davis, Jr. Salutes the Stars of the London Palladium Sammy Davis, Jr. -
The Third Album Barbra Streisand -
Tom Jones John Addison Soundtrack to 1963 film

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Ain't That Good News Sam Cooke -
2 Shut Down Volume 2 The Beach Boys -
18 Brown Sugar Freddie Roach -
- Dawn (Go Away) and 11 Other Great Songs The Four Seasons -
Getz/Gilberto Stan Getz and João Gilberto -
Glad All Over The Dave Clark Five -
The Italian Voice of Al Martino Al Martino -
The Never Ending Impressions The Impressions -
Quincy Jones Explores the Music of Henry Mancini Quincy Jones -
The Shelter of Your Arms Sammy Davis, Jr. -
Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners Frank Sinatra -
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Jimmy Smith -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 When I'm Alone I Cry Marvin Gaye -
2 Kissin' Cousins Elvis Presley Soundtrack
10 The Beatles' Second Album The Beatles US
15 Together Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells -
16 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones -
17 A Girl Called Dusty Dusty Springfield -
20 When Lights Are Low Tony Bennett -
- America, I Hear You Singing Frank Sinatra with Bing Crosby and Fred Waring -
Funny Girl Barbra Streisand Original Broadway Cast
I'll Search My Heart and Other Great Hits Johnny Mathis -
A Session with the Dave Clark Five The Dave Clark Five UK

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
18 By Request Brenda Lee -
- Bewitched Jack Jones -
Dance with The Shadows The Shadows -
The Dave Clark Five Return! The Dave Clark Five US
I Walk the Line Johnny Cash -
The Lettermen Look at Love The Lettermen -
Mary Wells Sings My Guy Mary Wells -
Stay & Other Great Hits The Four Seasons -
Today, Tomorrow, Forever Nancy Wilson -
Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley Soundtrack EP

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
19 Long Tall Sally The Beatles EP
23 Stevie at the Beach Stevie Wonder -
- Back in Town The Kingston Trio Live
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & the Pacemakers US
The Fabulous Ventures The Ventures -
I Love You More and More Every Day/Tears and Roses Al Martino -
Robin and the 7 Hoods Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Sammy Davis, Jr. Soundtrack
Stay Awhile/I Only Want to Be with You Dusty Springfield -
A World Without Love Peter and Gordon -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits Roy Orbison Compilation
10 A Hard Day's Night The Beatles Soundtrack
13 All Summer Long The Beach Boys -
- I Don't Want to Be Hurt Anymore Nat King Cole -
The Great Years Johnny Mathis Compilation
Hello, Dolly! Ella Fitzgerald -
The Judy Collins Concert Judy Collins Live
Keep on Pushing The Impressions -
Looking For Love Connie Francis -
Rag Doll The Four Seasons -
Wonderful Life Cliff Richard and The Shadows Soundtrack
The Wonderful World of Make Believe Johnny Mathis -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Another Side of Bob Dylan Bob Dylan -
14 Five by Five The Rolling Stones EP
31 Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes -
Make Way for Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick -
- American Tour The Dave Clark Five US
Dream With Dean Dean Martin -
In Europe Miles Davis -
It Might as Well Be Swing Frank Sinatra with Count Basie -
Two Great Guitars Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry -
Where Love Has Gone Jack Jones -
Walk, Don't Run, Vol. 2 The Ventures -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
11 The Five Faces of Manfred Mann Manfred Mann -
14 The Doris Day Christmas Album Doris Day Christmas
- The Animals The Animals US version
Ballads, Blues and Boasters Harry Belafonte -
The Cat Jimmy Smith -
In the Name of Love Peggy Lee -
People Barbra Streisand -
This Is Love Johnny Mathis -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Dusty Dusty Springfield US
Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian Johnny Cash -
Early Orbison Roy Orbison Compilation
2 The Kinks The Kinks -
16 A Bit of Liverpool The Supremes British Invasion tribute LP
17 12 X 5 The Rolling Stones -
19 Beach Boys Concert The Beach Boys Live
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. Simon & Garfunkel -
With a Smile and a Song Doris Day -
20 Roustabout Elvis Presley Soundtrack
- The Animals The Animals UK version
The Door Is Still Open to My Heart Dean Martin -
Gerry & the Pacemakers Second Album Gerry & the Pacemakers US
Joan Baez/5 Joan Baez -
Oscar Peterson Trio + One The Oscar Peterson trio with Clark Terry -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
9 The Beach Boys' Christmas Album The Beach Boys Christmas
12 Hello Broadway Marvin Gaye -
16 Who Can I Turn To? Tony Bennett -
- In The Hollies Style The Hollies -
The Jack Jones Christmas Album Jack Jones Christmas
A Merry Christmas Al Martino Christmas
A New Kind of Connie... Connie Francis -
St. Louis to Liverpool Chuck Berry -
Softly, as I Leave You Frank Sinatra -
12 Songs of Christmas Bing Crosby with Frank Sinatra Christmas

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Beatles for Sale The Beatles -
4 Five Live Yardbirds The Yardbirds Live
7 The Kingston Trio (Nick Bob John) The Kingston Trio -
15 Beatles '65 The Beatles US
- Coast to Coast The Dave Clark Five US
Verlaine et Rimbaud Léo Ferré France

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1964.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand 1964 United Kingdom UK 1 – Dec 1963, US BB 1 – Jan 1964, US CashBox 1 of 1964, Canada 1 – Jan 1964, Norway 1 – Jan 1964, Germany 1 – Feb 1964, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1963, Australia 2 of 1963, RYM 2 of 1964, DDD 4 of 1963, South Africa 6 of 1963, US BB 7 of 1964, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1963, POP 7 of 1964, Rolling Stone 16, RIAA 28, Scrobulate 29 of oldies, Acclaimed 30, Germany 40 of the 1960s, WXPN 350
2 Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman 1964 United States UK 1 – Sep 1964, US BB 1 – Sep 1964, Canada 1 – Aug 1964, Norway 1 – Oct 1964, Germany 1 – Jan 1965, Éire 1 – Oct 1964, Netherlands 3 – Jan 1965, US CashBox 4 of 1964, DDD 8 of 1964, RYM 13 of 1964, South Africa 15 of 1964, 16 in 2FM list, US BB 17 of 1964, POP 17 of 1964, Australia 20 of 1964, RIAA 43, OzNet 62, Germany 64 of the 1960s, Acclaimed 77, Europe 83 of the 1960s, Party 147 of 2007, Rolling Stone 222, Belgium 234 of all time, WXPN 655
3 The Animals House of the Rising Sun 1964 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jun 1964, US BB 1 – Aug 1964, Canada 1 – Aug 1964, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Apr 1964, France 4 – Oct 1972, DDD 4 of 1964, RYM 5 of 1964, Netherlands 3 1964, Poland 6 – Oct 1982, Europe 7 of the 1960s, Germany 9 – Jan 1965, US BB 38 of 1964, POP 38 of 1964, US CashBox 53 of 1964, Acclaimed 55, Italy 66 of 1965, Scrobulate 80 of oldies, 89 in 2FM list, Rolling Stone 122, Belgium 124 of all time, TheQ 227, RIAA 240, OzNet 275, Germany 296 of the 1960s
4 The Beatles A Hard Day's Night 1964 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jul 1964, US BB 1 – Jul 1964, Canada 1 – Jul 1964, Norway 1 – Aug 1964, Éire 1 – Aug 1964, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Mar 1964, Germany 2 – Sep 1964, Australia 3 of 1964, RYM 6 of 1964, DDD 11 of 1964, South Africa 14 of 1964, US CashBox 18 of 1964, Scrobulate 39 of oldies, Europe 96 of the 1960s, Rolling Stone 153, Germany 254 of the 1960s, Acclaimed 411, OzNet 815
5 The Beatles I Feel Fine 1964 United Kingdom UK 1 – Dec 1964, US BB 1 – Dec 1964, Canada 1 – Nov 1964, Netherlands 1 – Jan 1965, Norway 1 – Dec 1964, Éire 1 – Dec 1964, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Jul 1964, Germany 3 – Jan 1965, Australia 8 of 1964, RYM 8 of 1964, DDD 9 of 1964, US CashBox 19 of 1965, Scrobulate 40 of oldies, Germany 207 of the 1960s

Other significant singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

  • Gilbert Amy
    • Alpha-beth, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and horn
    • Cahiers d'épigrammes, for piano
  • Eyvin Andersen – Concerto for violin and orchestra
  • Jurriaan AndriessenAfter the Fall, incidental music
  • Louis Andriessen
    • A Flower Song II, for oboe
    • A Flower Song III, for cello
    • Ittrospezione III, for 2 pianos and 3 instrumental groups,
    • Sweet, for alto recorder
  • Malcolm Arnold
    • Pieces (5), for violin and piano, op. 84
    • Sinfonietta No. 3, for orchestra, op. 81
    • A Sunshine Overture, for orchestra, op. 83
    • Water Music, for winds and percussion, op. 82
  • Milton Babbitt
    • Ensembles for Synthesizer, for 4-track tape
    • Philomel, for soprano and 4-track tape
  • Samuel Barber
    • Chorale for Ascension Day, for chorus, brass, timpani, and orgsn (ad lib.)
    • Night Flight, for orchestra, op.19a,
  • Luciano Berio
    • Chemins I on Sequenza II, for harp and orchestra
    • Folk Songs, for soprano and 7 instruments
    • Rounds, for voice and harpsichord (subsequently withdrawn)
    • Traces, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 actors, chorus, and orchestra (subsequently withdrawn)
  • Harrison Birtwistle
    • Entr’actes and Sappho Fragments, for soprano, flute, oboe, violin, viola, harp, and percussion
    • Three Movements with Fanfares, for chamber orchestra
  • Rob du Bois
    • Deuxième série de rondeaux, for piano four-hands and optional percussion
    • Just Like a Little Sonata, for piano
    • Pastorale VI, for piano
    • Pastorale VII, for alto recorder
    • Quartet, for oboe, violin, violin, and cello (revised version)
  • Benjamin Britten
    • Cadenza for Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major
    • Suite No. 1 for cello solo, op. 72
    • Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, op. 68 (revised version)
  • Earle BrownCorroboree, for 3 or 2 pianos
  • Carlos Chávez
    • Concerto for 4 horns and orchestra (revision)
    • Fuga HAGC, for violin, viola, cello, and contrabass
    • Resonancias, for orchestra
    • Tambuco, for 6 percussionists
  • Aaron Copland
    • Down a Country Lane, for school orchestra
    • Emblems, for symphonic band
    • Music for a Great City
  • George CrumbFour Nocturnes (Night Music II) for violin and piano
  • Luigi Dallapiccola
    • Parole di San Paolo, for mezzo-soprano or boy's voice and 11 instruments
    • Quattro liriche di Antonio Machado, version for soprano and chamber orchestra
  • Mario Davidovsky
    • Electronic Study No. 3
    • Synchronisms No. 2 for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and tape
    • Synchronisms No. 3 for cello and electronic sound
  • Peter Maxwell Davies
    • Little Pieces (5), for piano
    • Second Fantasia on John Taverner's In Nomine, for orchestra
    • Shakespeare Music, for 11 instruments
  • Michel DecoustHorizon remarquable (lyrics by René Char)
  • David Diamond
    • The Martyr for male choir (revised version)
    • "My Papa's Waltz", for voice and piano
    • "Prayer", for voice and piano
    • String Quartet No. 8
    • Symphony No. 5
    • We Two, song cycle, voice and piano
  • Andrzej DobrowolskiMusic for Strings and 4 Groups of Wind Instruments
  • Henri DutilleuxMétaboles
  • Morton Feldman
    • The King of Denmark, for percussion solo
    • Numbers, for flute, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, celesta, piano, violin, and contrabass
    • Piano Piece
    • Vertical Thoughts IV, for piano
  • Wolfgang Fortner
    • Epigramme, for piano
    • Minne, cantata for tenor and guitar
    • Zyklus, for cello and piano
  • Gara Garayev
  • Roberto Gerhard
    • The Anger of Achilles, incidental music
    • Macbeth, incidental music
  • Alberto Ginastera
    • Bomarzo cantata, for tenor or baritone, narrator, and chamber orchestra, op. 32
    • Don Rodrigo Symphony, for soprano and orchestra, op. 31a
  • Alexander Goehr
    • Five Poems and an Epigram of William Blake, for chorus and trumpet, op. 17
    • Pieces (3), for piano, op. 18
  • Karel GoeyvaertsStuk voor piano en tape
  • Fernando Lopes Graça
    • Canciones (4), for voice and chamber orchestra (revised version)
    • Prelúdio, capricho e galope, for violin and piano (second revision)
    • Romances, for voice and piano
    • Sonnets (4), for voice and piano
    • String Quartet No. 1
  • Ferde GroféWorld's Fair Suite
  • Alois Hába
    • String Quartet No. no.15, op. 95, in ⅕-tones
    • Suite, for bass clarinet solo, op. 96
  • Roy Harris
    • Epilogue to Profiles in Courage–JFK, for orchestra
    • Etudes for Pedals, for organ
    • Fantasy, for organ, brass, and timpani
    • Horn of Plenty, for orchestra
    • Jubilate for Worship (Alleluia), for SATB choir, brass, piano, and percussion
    • Salute to Youth, for orchestra
    • Sonata, for cello and piano
  • Hans Werner Henze
    • Chor gefangener Trojer, for chorus and orchestra (revised version)
    • Divertimenti, for 2 pianos
    • Der Frieden, incidental music
    • Ein Landarzt, monodrama, for baritone and orchestra
    • Lieder von einer Insel, for chamber chorus, trombone, 2 cellos, contrabass, chamber organ, percussion, and timpani
    • Sinfonische Etüden (3), for orchestra (revised version)
    • Tancredi, ballet, for orchestra
    • Zwischenspiele (from Der junge Lord), for orchestra
  • Alan Hovhaness
    • Bagatelles (4), for string quartet, op. 30
    • Floating World "Ukiyo", for orchestra, op. 209
    • Haiku (3), for piano, op. 113
    • Meditation on Zeami, for orchestra, op. 207
    • Sonata, for flute solo, op. 118
    • Sonata, for 2 oboes and organ, op.130 (revised version)
    • String Quartet no.3, op. 208, no. 1
    • String Quartet no. 4, op. 208, no. 2
    • Variations and Fugue, for orchestra, op. 18
  • Kan IshiiOtokonoko ga umareta, for chorus
  • Maki IshiiGalgenlieder
  • Włodzimierz Kotoński
    • Monochromia, for oboe solo
    • Pezzo, for flute and piano
    • Wind Quintet
  • György LigetiFragment, for 10 instruments (revised version)
  • David LumsdaineAnnotations of Auschwitz (cantata with words by Peter Porter)
  • Witold Lutosławski – String Quartet
  • Bruno Maderna
    • Aria da ‘'Hyperion’, for soprano, flute, and orchestra
    • Dimensioni IV, for flute, picccolo, alto flute, bass flute, and chamber orchestra
  • Yoritsune Matsudaira
    • Chamber Concerto, for harpsichord and harp
    • Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra
  • Toshirō Mayuzumi
    • Campanology Olympica, electronic music
    • Ongaku no tanjō, for orchestra
    • Raihai jokyoku, for orchestra
  • Olivier Messiaen
    • Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 wind instruments and 3 percussionists
    • Prélude, for piano
  • Darius Milhaud
    • Adam, for soprano, 2 tenors, and 2 baritones, op. 411
    • Adieu (cantata), for voice, flute, viola, and harp, op. 410
    • L’amour chanté, for voice and piano, op. 409
    • Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra, op. 407
    • Septet, for 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, and contrabass, op. 408
  • Makoto Moroi
    • Pieces (5), for shakuhachi
    • Toccata, Sarabande, and Tarantella, for piano and 2 string orchestras
  • Bo NilssonLa bran, for chorus and orchestra
  • Luigi Nono
    • Da un diario italiano, for 2 choruses
    • La fabbrica illuminata, for mezzo-soprano and tape
  • Juan Orrego-Salas
    • Concerto, for winds, op. 53
    • Sonata, for violin and piano, op. 9 (revised version)
    • Sonata a 4 (Edgewood Sonata), for flute, oboe, harpsichord, and contrabass, op. 55
  • Luis de PabloEscena, for SATB choir, strings, and percussion
  • Arvo Pärt
    • Collage über B-A-C-H, oboe, harpsichord, piano, and strings
    • Diagramme, for piano, op.11
    • Musica sillabica, for 12 instruments, op. 12
    • Quintettino, for wind quintet
  • Juan Carlos Paz
    • Concreción 1964, for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba
    • Galaxia 64, for organ
    • Música para piano y orquesta
  • Krzysztof Penderecki
    • Cantata in honorem Almae Matris Universitatis Iagellonicae sescentos abhinc annos fundatae, for 2 choruses, contrabassoon, brass, percussion, piano, and organ
    • Pieśń żałobna ku czci B. Rutkowskiego, for chorus
    • Sonata, for cello and orchestra
  • Vincent Persichetti
    • Cummings Choruses (4), for 2 voices and piano, op. 98
    • Introit, for string orchestra, op. 96
    • Winter Cantata (11 Haiku), for four-part women's choir, flute, and marimba, op.97
  • Goffredo Petrassi
    • Concerto for Orchestra No. 7
    • Sesto non-senso, for a cappella choir
    • Tre per sette, for piccolo (+ flute + alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), E clarinet (+ clarinet)
  • Walter Piston
    • Quartet for violin, viola, cello, and piano
    • Sextet for strings
  • Terry RileyIn C
  • Hilding RosenbergSönerna (Cain and Abel), ballet, for orchestra
  • R. Murray SchaferStatement in Blue, for youth orchestra
  • Dieter Schnebel
    • Compositio, for orchestra (revised version)
    • Concert sans orchestre (réactions 2), for piano and audience
  • William SchumanAmaryllis Variations, for string trio
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Igor Stravinsky
    • Elegy for J.F.K., for baritone or mezzo-soprano and 3 clarinets
    • Fanfare for a New Theatre, for 2 trumpets
  • Tōru Takemitsu
    • Blue Aurora for Toshi Ichiyanagi, theatre piece
    • Ichinotani monogatari, incidental music
    • Natsukashino San Francisco, for tape
  • James TenneyMusic for Player Piano
  • Mikis TheodorakisAxion Esti
  • Virgil Thomson
    • Autumn, concertino for harp, strings, and percussion
    • Auvergnat Folk Songs (5), for SATB choir and orchestra
    • The Feast of Love, for baritone and orchestra
    • Pilgrims and Pioneers, for band
    • When I Survey the Bright Celestial Sphere, for unison voices and organ or piano
  • Iannis Xenakis
    • Eonta, for 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, and piano
    • Hiketides: les suppliates d'Eschyle, for 50 female voices and 10 instruments or orchestra
  • La Monte Young
    • Bowed Mortar Relays, action work, realization of Composition 1960 no. 9
    • Eat (music for the film by Andy Warhol), for tape
    • Haircut (music for the film by Andy Warhol), for tape
    • Kiss (music for the film by Andy Warhol), for tape
    • Prelude to The Tortoise, for voices, various instruments, and electronic drones
    • Sleep (music for the film by Andy Warhol), for tape
    • The Tortoise Droning Selected Pitches from The Holy Numbers for The Two Black Tigers, The Green Tiger and The Hermit, for voices, various instruments, and electronic drones
    • The Tortoise Recalling The Drone of The Holy Numbers as They Were Revealed in the Dreams of The Whirlwind and The Obsidian Gong and Illuminated by The Sawmill, The Green Sawtooth Ocelot and The High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer, for voices, various instruments, and electronic drones
    • The Well-Tuned Piano
  • Joji YuasaProjection Esemplastic with White Noise, electronic music
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
    • Monologue, for 2 pianos
    • Un petit rien, for small orchestra

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

See also[edit]

Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1964, 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music and the list of 'years in music'