Timeline of progressive rock (1960–69)

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This is a timeline of artists, albums, and events in progressive rock and its subgenres. This article contains the timeline for the period 1960 - 1969.

1962–1967[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
June 1964 The Zombies She's Not There England
October 1964 The Moody Blues Go Now England
May 1966 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds USA
1966 The Byrds Fifth Dimension England
27 June 1966 The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! USA
October 1966 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations USA
March 1967 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico USA
May 1967 Procol Harum Whiter Shade of Pale England
26 May 1967 The Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free USA
1967 Jun Procol Harum Procol Harum England
5 August 1967 Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn England
1967 Sep Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Safe as Milk USA
11 November 1967 The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed England
1967 Dec The Nice The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack England
1967 Late Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy - On Capitol, but pulled quickly because of threatened legal action by MGM. Popularly released by MGM/Verve on 13 May 1968. [1] USA

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1968[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release date Artist Album Country
4 March 1968 The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money USA
6 March 1968 The United States of America The United States of America USA
1968 Mar Eric Burdon & The Animals The Twain Shall Meet England
13 May 1968 Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy - An original rare release appeared in late 1967 on Capitol, but was pulled quickly because of threatened legal action by MGM. This MGM/Verve release was the first popularly available version. [2] USA
29 June 1968 Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets England
1968 Jul Family Music in a Doll's House England
26 July 1968 The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord England
1968 Sep Giles, Giles and Fripp The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp England
1968 Oct Caravan Caravan England
25 October 1968 Jethro Tull This Was England
1968 Nov The Nice Ars Longa Vita Brevis England
1968 Dec The Pretty Things S.F. Sorrow England
1968 Dec The Soft Machine The Soft Machine - the original album was only available in USA, an import in the UK; later re-issued as Volume One. England
1968 Dec Procol Harum Shine on Brightly England
1968 International Harvester - originally called Pärson Sound (recordings from Pärson Sound weren't released until 2001) Sov gott Rose-Marie Sweden
1968 Mother's Love - later called De Dream Take One Netherlands
1968 Touch Touch USA

Events[edit]

1969[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
7 March 1969 Genesis From Genesis to Revelation England
21 April 1969 The Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat USA
25 April 1969 The Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream England
16 June 1969 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica USA
25 July 1969 Yes Yes England
27 July 1969 Pink Floyd Soundtrack from the Film More England
1 August 1969 Jethro Tull Stand Up England
26 September 1969 The Beatles Abbey Road England
1969 Sep The Nice The Nice England
1969 Sep The Soft Machine Volume Two England
1969 Sep Van der Graaf Generator The Aerosol Grey Machine England, however album was originally released only in USA
10 October 1969 King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King England
10 October 1969 Frank Zappa Hot Rats USA
25 October 1969 Pink Floyd Ummagumma England
21 November 1969 The Moody Blues To Our Children's Children's Children England
1969 Dec Fairport Convention Liege & Lief England
1969 Dec Renaissance Renaissance England
1969 Amon Düül II Phallus Dei Germany
1969 Brainbox Brainbox Netherlands
1969 East of Eden Mercator Projected England
1969 It's a Beautiful Day It's a Beautiful Day USA
1969 Wigwam Hard 'n' Horny Finland
1969 Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis France

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Snider, Charles. The Strawberry Bricks Guide To Progressive Rock. Chicago, Ill.: Lulu Publishing (2008) 364 pages, ISBN 978-0-615-17566-9 (paperback). A veritable record guide to progressive rock, with band histories, musical synopses and critical commentary, all presented in the historical context of a timeline.
  • Lucky, Jerry. The Progressive Rock Files Burlington, Ontario: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc (1998), 304 pages, ISBN 1-896522-10-6 (paperback). Gives an overview of progressive rock's history as well as histories of the major and underground bands in the genre.
  • Macan, Edward. Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1997), 290 pages, ISBN 0-19-509887-0 (hardcover), ISBN 0-19-509888-9 (paperback). Analyzes progressive rock using classical musicology and also sociology.