1968 in music

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The Doors in 1968.

List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1968.

Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

In the USA, 6,540 pop singles and 4,057 albums were released.[2]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4 Elvis Presley Compilation
Sing Me Back Home Merle Haggard -
15 The Notorious Byrd Brothers The Byrds -
16 Vincebus Eruptum Blue Cheer -
21 Boogie with Canned Heat Canned Heat -
The Graduate Simon & Garfunkel (incidental music by Dave Grusin) Soundtrack
22 Gris-Gris Dr. John -
Heavy Iron Butterfly -
Lady Soul Aretha Franklin -
Spirit Spirit -
30 White Light/White Heat The Velvet Underground -
- A Beacon from Mars Kaleidoscope -
Did She Mention My Name? Gordon Lightfoot -
From Sea to Shining Sea Johnny Cash -
Mass in F Minor The Electric Prunes -
Movin' with Nancy Nancy Sinatra -
Now and Them Them -
Om John Coltrane -
Something Else Again Richie Havens -
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
19 Once Upon a Dream The Rascals -
21 Child Is Father to the Man Blood, Sweat & Tears -
23 The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding Compilation
24 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac -
- The Beat Goes On Vanilla Fudge -
Hangin' On Waylon Jennings -
Horizontal Bee Gees -
The Inner Mystique The Chocolate Watch Band -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Eli and the Thirteenth Confession Laura Nyro -
4 We're Only in It for the Money The Mothers of Invention -
6 The United States of America The United States of America -
23 Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls Dionne Warwick
- Birthday The Association -
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter The Incredible String Band -
I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me James Brown -
A Long Time Comin' Electric Flag -
The Move The Move -
Nefertiti Miles Davis -
A Portrait of Ray Ray Charles -
Reflections The Supremes -
Safe at Home The International Submarine Band -
Scott 2 Scott Walker -
Song to a Seagull Joni Mitchell -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Bookends Simon & Garfunkel -
Wow/Grape Jam Moby Grape double LP
6 Sher-oo! Cilla Black -
8 The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde Merle Haggard -
19 Odessey and Oracle The Zombies -
22 The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees The Monkees -
27 Dance to the Music Sly & the Family Stone -
29 The Temptations Wish It Would Rain The Temptations -
- Doin' Our Thing Booker T and The MG's -
God Bless Tiny Tim Tiny Tim -
I Got the Feelin' James Brown -
Journey to the Center of the Mind Amboy Dukes -
Like to Get to Know You Spanky and Our Gang -
Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys and Friends, Vol. III Stone Poneys -
Simon Says 1910 Fruitgum Company -
The Twain Shall Meet Eric Burdon & The Animals -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Speedway Elvis Presley Soundtrack
4 Just Because I'm a Woman Dolly Parton -
24 Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Small Faces -
- At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Live
Basic Blues Magoos Blues Magoos -
The Beat of the Brass Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass -
La La Means I Love You The Delfonics -
The Papas & The Mamas The Mamas & the Papas -
Quicksilver Messenger Service Quicksilver Messenger Service -
The Tom Jones Fever Zone Tom Jones Parrot album
A Tramp Shining Richard Harris -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
14 Aretha Now Aretha Franklin -
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Iron Butterfly -
The Inflated Tear Rahsaan Roland Kirk -
21 Bare Wires John Mayall's Bluesbreakers -
24 Friends The Beach Boys -
Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits The Rascals Compilation
29 A Saucerful of Secrets Pink Floyd -
- 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve Chicken Shack
Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time Joan Baez -
Children of the Future Steve Miller Band -
Fairport Convention Fairport Convention
Feliciano! José Feliciano -
The Immortal Otis Redding Otis Redding Compilation
It's All About Spooky Tooth -
Old Golden Throat Johnny Cash -
Os Mutantes Os Mutantes -
The Pentangle Pentangle -
Randy Newman Randy Newman -
Renaissance Vanilla Fudge -
Silver Apples Silver Apples -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Music from Big Pink The Band -
3 Waiting for the Sun The Doors -
5 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival -
My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... Tyrannosaurus Rex -
18 Anthem of the Sun Grateful Dead -
19 Music in a Doll's House Family -
22 Miles in the Sky Miles Davis -
Super Session Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills -
26 In Search of the Lost Chord The Moody Blues -
30 Last Time Around Buffalo Springfield -
- Delilah Tom Jones -
Getting to the Point Savoy Brown -
Hair West End cast -
Only the Greatest Waylon Jennings -
Shades of Deep Purple Deep Purple US
Tape from California Phil Ochs -
Wheels of Fire Cream -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
10 Undead Ten Years After -
12 Cheap Thrills Big Brother and the Holding Company -
19 The Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 The Beach Boys Compilation
Stack-O-Tracks The Beach Boys Compilation
21 Tell Mama Etta James -
23 Mr. Wonderful Fleetwood Mac -
26 Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" Diana Ross & the Supremes performance of Funny Girl Broadway musical
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye later re-released as I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Live at London's Talk of the Town The Supremes Live
30 Sweetheart of the Rodeo The Byrds -
- Donovan in Concert Donovan Live
Every One of Us Eric Burdon & The Animals -
Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits Frank Sinatra Compilation
James Brown Plays Nothing But Soul James Brown -
Live at the Apollo, Volume II James Brown Live
Lonely Is the Name Sammy Davis Jr. -
Memories The Vogues -
Outsideinside Blue Cheer -
Special Occasion The Miracles -
Stoned Soul Picnic The 5th Dimension -
Together Country Joe and the Fish -
Truth The Jeff Beck Group -
Turn Around, Look at Me The Vogues -
You're All I Need Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
27 Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo Status Quo -
- Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto Bobby Darin -
Crown of Creation Jefferson Airplane -
Idea Bee Gees -
Life Sly & the Family Stone -
Magic Bus: The Who on Tour The Who Compilation
Shine On Brightly Procol Harum -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Mama Tried Merle Haggard -
5 Electric Mud Muddy Waters -
12 Aretha in Paris Aretha Franklin Live
14 Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages Tyrannosaurus Rex -
16 Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience -
Three Dog Night Three Dog Night -
19 Dream a Little Dream Cass Elliot -
25 This Was Jethro Tull -
- 1, 2, 3, Red Light 1910 Fruitgum Company -
The Book of Taliesyn Deep Purple US
Bradley's Barn The Beau Brummels -
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark Dillard & Clark -
The Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan -
In Person at the Whisky a Go Go Otis Redding Live
Nazz Nazz -
Sailor Steve Miller Band -
The Second Steppenwolf -
Traffic Traffic -
The Tumbler John Martyn -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Living the Blues Canned Heat double LP; studio + live
Wonderwall Music George Harrison Soundtrack
8 Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations Diana Ross & the Supremes & The Temptations Duets
12 Neil Young Neil Young -
13 Love Child Diana Ross & the Supremes -
20 Eivets Rednow Stevie Wonder released under pseudonym Eivets Rednow
22 The Beatles The Beatles commonly referred to as The White Album
Dusty... Definitely Dusty Springfield -
Elvis Elvis Presley Soundtrack to 1968 TV special
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society The Kinks -
29 Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins John Lennon and Yoko Ono -
- Ars Longa Vita Brevis The Nice -
Astral Weeks Van Morrison -
Back Here on Earth Gordon Lightfoot -
Blues from Laurel Canyon John Mayall -
Born to Be Melanie Safka -
The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band -
Gentle on My Mind Dean Martin -
Help Yourself Tom Jones -
I've Gotta Be Me Sammy Davis Jr. -
The Marble Index Nico -
Promises, Promises Dionne Warwick -
Release of an Oath The Electric Prunes -
This Is My Country The Impressions with Curtis Mayfield -
Time Out! Time In For Them Them -
The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands The Turtles -
Wee Tam and the Big Huge The Incredible String Band -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Head The Monkees Soundtrack
2 Cruising with Ruben & the Jets The Mothers of Invention -
6 Beggars Banquet The Rolling Stones -
James Taylor James Taylor -
8 For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder -
11 Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears -
23 The Natch'l Blues Taj Mahal -
- Any Day Now Joan Baez -
Brooklyn Bridge Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
The Circle Game Tom Rush -
The Family That Plays Together Spirit -
Jewels Waylon Jennings -
Live at the Copa The Temptations Live
Love Is Eric Burdon & The Animals -
The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas Frank Sinatra -
The Soft Machine The Soft Machine -
Sweet Child Pentangle -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1968.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Beatles Hey Jude 1968 United Kingdom UK 1 – September 1968, US BB 1 – September 1968, US CashBox 1 of 1968, Canada 1 – August 1968, Netherlands 1 – September 1968, Switzerland 1 – September 1968, Norway 1 – September 1968, Australia 1 of 1968, Germany 1 – Jan 1969, Éire 1 – September 1968, Australia 1 for 15 weeks February 1969, Australia Goset 1 – October 1968, Europe 1 of the 1960s, RYM 1 of 1968, DDD 2 of 1968, OzNet 2, Virgin 3, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1968, Rolling Stone 8, WXPN 9, TheQ 20, US BB 23 of 1968, POP 23 of 1968, Italy 30 of 1968, Scrobulate 32 of classic rock, Acclaimed 32, Germany 52 of the 1960s, Belgium 55 of all time, Poland 84 of all time
2 Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World 1968 United States UK 1 – February 1968, US BB 1 of 1988, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Jan 1989, POP 1 of 1988, Netherlands 2 – Mar 1968, Norway 6 – May 1968, Germany 6 – Jun 1968, Switzerland 7 – Jun 1968, Scrobulate 7 of jazz, Australia 8 of 1988, RYM 9 of 1967, South Africa 11 of 1968, Poland 22 – April 1988, Australia Goset 29 – Jun 1968, TOTP 31, Party 31 of 2007, US BB 32 – Mar 1988, WXPN 34, Poland 50 of all time, Europe 58 of the 1960s, OzNet 67, Italy 72 of 1976, RIAA 84, Germany 400 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 502
3 Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay 1968 United States US BB 1 – February 1968, US BB 1 of 1968, POP 1 of 1968, Canada 2 – Jan 1968, Norway 2 – April 1968, RYM 2 of 1968, UK 3 – February 1968, France 3 – Jun 1970, US CashBox 4 of 1968, DDD 4 of 1968, Scrobulate 5 of soul, Netherlands 6 – February 1968, Switzerland 7 – April 1968, Acclaimed 7, Australia Goset 12 – April 1968, Germany 15 – May 1968, RIAA 22, Rolling Stone 28, OzNet 29, Europe 41 of the 1960s, 49 in 2FM list, WXPN 89
4 The Rolling Stones Jumpin' Jack Flash 1968 United Kingdom UK 1 – May 1968, Canada 1 – May 1968, Germany 1 – July 1968, Australia Goset 1 – Jun 1968, Netherlands 2 – Jun 1968, Switzerland 2 – May 1968, US BB 3 – Jun 1968, Norway 3 – Jun 1968, RYM 4 of 1968, DDD 6 of 1968, US BB 16 of 1968, POP 16 of 1968, Acclaimed 25, US CashBox 26 of 1968, Europe 56 of the 1960s, Virgin 73, Italy 84 of 1968, Rolling Stone 124, Germany 151 of the 1960s, WXPN 181, Belgium 189 of all time, OzNet 372
5 The Beatles Lady Madonna 1968 United Kingdom UK 1 – Mar 1968, Canada 1 – Mar 1968, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1968, Australia 1 for 3 weeks August 1968, Australia Goset 1 – April 1968, Norway 2 – Mar 1968, Germany 2 – April 1968, Netherlands 3 – Mar 1968, US BB 4 – Mar 1968, US BB 11 of 1968, Poland 11 – November 2006, POP 11 of 1968, Australia 16 of 1968, RYM 17 of 1968, US CashBox 27 of 1968, Scrobulate 41 of oldies, Italy 49 of 1968, DDD 51 of 1968, OzNet 76, Germany 219 of the 1960s

Other hit singles[edit]

See also: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1968 (USA)

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Langgaard, Rued Violin Concerto (1944) 1968-01-10 Denmark Odense Laursen / Odense Municipal OrchestraWellejus[3][4]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Kurzwellen for six players with shortwave receivers and live electronics 1968-05-05 West Germany Bremen, Radio Bremen TV Studio, Pro Musica Nova Aloys Kontarsky, Alings, Gehlhaar, Fritsch, Bojé, Stockhausen[5]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Fantaisie concertante for piano, clarinet and bassoon 1968-11-19 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Sale Cecilia Meireles Botelho, Devos, Improta[6]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iverach McDonald, "Ninth Win for Piper Brown", The Times, issue 57221 (Monday 8 April 1968): 10.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of recorded sound, Volume 1 | Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstler
  3. ^ DaCapo Records
  4. ^ Danacord Records
  5. ^ Karlheinz Stockhausen, "Kurzwellen", in his Texte zur Musik 3, edited by Dieter Schnebel, 112–20. DuMont Dokumente. Cologne: Verlag M. DuMont Schauberg. ISBN 3-7701-0493-5. Citation on 114, 116.
  6. ^ Villa-Lobos, sua obra, second edition ([Rio de Janeiro]: MEC/DAC/Museu Villa-Lobos, 1972): 83.