1968 in music

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List of years in music (table)
The Doors in 1968

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

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In the US, 6,540 pop singles and 4,057 albums were released.[3]

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
From Sea to Shining Sea Johnny Cash
Nefertiti Miles Davis
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
29 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf
30 White Light/White Heat The Velvet Underground
A Beacon from Mars Kaleidoscope
Did She Mention My Name? Gordon Lightfoot
Horizontal The Bee Gees
Mass in F Minor The Electric Prunes
Now and Them Them
Om John Coltrane
Something Else Again Richie Havens

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
Doin' Our Thing Booker T and The MG's
24 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
- The Beat Goes On Vanilla Fudge
Hangin' On Waylon Jennings
The Inner Mystique The Chocolate Watch Band
The Mason Williams Phonograph Record Mason Williams
It's Been a Long Long Time Hep Stars

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack The Nice
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
7 Birthday The Association
17 There Are But Four Small Faces Small Faces US
23 Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls Dionne Warwick
Song to a Seagull Joni Mitchell
25 Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls Dionne Warwick
Reflections Diana Ross & The Supremes
- 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
A Portrait of Ray Ray Charles
Safe at Home The International Submarine Band
Scott 2 Scott Walker

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
17 The Pentangle Pentangle
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
Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys and Friends, Vol. III Stone Poneys
- God Bless Tiny Tim Tiny Tim
Randy Newman Randy Newman
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
Move The Move
Simon Says 1910 Fruitgum Company
The Twain Shall Meet Eric Burdon & The Animals

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Speedway Elvis Presley
4 Just Because I'm a Woman Dolly Parton
6 At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Live
13 Lumpy Gravy Frank Zappa Reedited version
14 La La Means I Love You The Delfonics
24 Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Small Faces
28 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Basic Blues Magoos Blues Magoos
The Beat of the Brass Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
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
Volume 3: A Child's Guide to Good and Evil The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
14 Aretha Now Aretha Franklin
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Iron Butterfly
Renaissance Vanilla Fudge
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
Ptooff! The Deviants
The Pentangle Pentangle
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 My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... Tyrannosaurus Rex
12 Delilah Tom Jones
17 Shades of Deep Purple Deep Purple US
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
29 Truth The Jeff Beck Group
30 Last Time Around Buffalo Springfield
Begin The Millennium [4]
Getting to the Point Savoy Brown
Only the Greatest Waylon Jennings
So Fine Ike & Tina Turner
Tape from California Phil Ochs

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
9 Wheels of Fire Cream
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
24 Stoned Soul Picnic The 5th Dimension
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
Live at London's Talk of the Town The Supremes Live
Special Occasion The Miracles
30 Sweetheart of the Rodeo The Byrds
- Behold & See Ultimate Spinach
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
Together Country Joe and the Fish
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
Hair West End cast
- 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
1 In Person at the Whisky a Go Go Otis Redding Live
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
Nazz Nazz
Sailor Steve Miller Band
The Second Steppenwolf
Traffic Traffic
The Tumbler John Martyn
The Wonderful World of The Osmond Brothers The Osmonds

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
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
Astral Weeks Van Morrison
- Ars Longa Vita Brevis The Nice
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 Ice Man Cometh Jerry Butler
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
- An American Music Band The Electric Flag
Any Day Now Joan Baez
Brooklyn Bridge The Brooklyn Bridge
The Circle Game Tom Rush
The Family That Plays Together Spirit
I Love How You Love Me Bobby Vinton
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

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Top popular records of 1968[edit]

The 1968 year-end list is composed of records that appeared in Billboard HOT 100 charts starting November 1967 and before December 1968. Each week fifteen points were awarded to the number one record, then nine points for number two, eight points for number three, and so on. The total points a record earned determined its year-end rank. The complete chart life of each record is represented. The Cashbox year-end ranking is also listed, along with other honors as noted.

Rank Artist Title Label Recorded Released Chart Positions
1 The Beatles "Hey Jude" Apple 2276 July 31, 1968 (1968-07-31) August 26, 1968 (1968-08-26) US BB 1968 #1, US #1 for 9 weeks, 19 total weeks, CashBox 1968# 1, Grammy Hall of Fame 2001, 8,000,000 sales[5]
2 Marvin Gaye "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Tamla 54176 April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10) October 30, 1968 (1968-10-30) US BB 1968 #2, US #1 for 7 weeks, 15 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #1, R&B #1 for 7 weeks, 14 total weeks, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, CashBox 1968 #3, 1,000,000 sales
3 Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra "Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)" Philips 40495 October 21, 1967 (1967-10-21) December 1967 (1967-12) US BB 1968 #3, US #1 for 5 weeks, 18 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #2
4 Otis Redding "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Volt 157 November 22, 1967 (1967-11-22) January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08) US BB 1968 #4, US #1 for 4 weeks, 16 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #7, R&B #1 for 3 weeks, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #30, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, 1,000,000 sales
5 The Rascals "People Got to Be Free" Atlantic 2537 May 14, 1968 (1968-05-14) July 1, 1968 (1968-07-01) US BB 1968 #5, US #1 for 5 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #7
6 Bobby Goldsboro "Honey" United Artists 50283 January 30, 1968 (1968-01-30) February 17, 1968 (1968-02-17) US BB 1968 #6, US #1 for 5 weeks, 15 total weeks, US Country 1968 #9, Country #1 for 3 week, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #8
7 Herb Alpert "This Guy's in Love with You" A&M Records 929 1968 (1968) April 1968 (1968-04) US BB 1968 #7, US #1 for 4 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #4, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, 1,000,000 sales
8 Diana Ross and the Supremes "Love Child" Motown 1135 September 1968 (1968-09) September 30, 1968 (1968-09-30) US BB 1968 #8, US #1 for 2 weeks, 16 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #24, R&B #2 for 3 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #6
9 Simon and Garfunkel "Mrs. Robinson" Columbia 44511 February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02) April 5, 1968 (1968-04-05) US BB 1968 #9, US #1 for 3 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #5, Grammy Hall of Fame 1999
10 Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley P.T.A." Victor 20-1759 October 31, 1945 (1945-10-31) November 1945 (1945-11) US BB 1968 #10, US #1 for 1 week, 13 total weeks, US Country 1968 #7, Country #1 for 3 week, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #12, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2019
11 Archie Bell & the Drells "Tighten Up" Atlantic 2478 August 1967 (1967-08) February 1968 (1968-02) US BB 1968 #11, US #1 for 2 weeks, 15 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #13, R&B #1 for 2 weeks, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #10
12 John Fred & His Playboy Band "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) Paula 282 1967 (1967) October 1967 (1967-10) US 1968 #12, US #1 for 2 weeks, 16 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #14
13 The Doors "Hello, I Love You" Elektra 45635 August 22, 1968 (1968-08-22) September 30, 1968 (1968-09-30) US 1968 #13, US #1 for 2 weeks, 12 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #17
14 Hugh Masekela "Grazing in the Grass" Uni 55066 March 12, 1968 (1968-03-12) May 1968 (1968-05) US BB 1968 #14, US #1 for 2 weeks, 12 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #5, R&B #1 for 4 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #40, Grammy Hall of Fame 2018
15 The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett "Young Girl" Columbia 44450 1968 (1968) March 1968 (1968-03) US 1968 #15, US #2 for 3 weeks, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #15
16 The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett "Woman, Woman" Columbia 37095 July 18, 1967 (1967-07-18) October 14, 1967 (1967-10-14) US 1968 #16, US #4 for 3 weeks, 17 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #35
17 Stevie Wonder "'For Once in My Life" Tamla 54174 1967 (1967) October 15, 1968 (1968-10-15) US 1968 #17, US #2 for 2 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #31, Grammy Hall of Fame 2009
18 Steppenwolf "'Born To Be Wild" Dunhill 4138 August 21, 1968 (1968-08-21) March 1968 (1968-03) US 1968 #18, US #2 for 3 week, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #19, Grammy Hall of Fame 2002
19 The Lemon Pipers "Green Tambourine" Buddah 23 1968 (1968) November 1967 (1967-11) US BB 1968 #19, US #1 for 1 week, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #11
20 O.C. Smith "Little Green Apples" Columbia 44616 May 11, 1968 (1968-05-11) June 1968 (1968-06) US BB 1968 #20, US #2 for 1 weeks, 17 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #28, R&B #2 for 2 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #37
21 Dionne Warwick "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" Scepter 12203 1967 (1967) October 1967 (1967-10) US BB 1968 #21, US #2 for 4 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #43, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998
22 Mary Hopkin "Those Were The Days" Apple 8526 1968 (1968) August 26, 1968 (1968-08-26) US BB 1968 #22, US #2 for 3 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #9, 8,000,000 sales[6]
23 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown "Fire" Atlantic 2556 February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12) September 1968 (1968-09) US BB 1968 #23, US #2 for 1 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #29
24 Richard Harris "MacArthur Park" Dunhill 4134 December 21, 1967 (1967-12-21) April 1968 (1968-04) US BB 1968 #24, US #2 for 1 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #33
25 The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" London 908 April 20, 1968 (1968-04-20) June 1, 1968 (1968-06-01) US 1968 #25, US #3 for 3 weeks, 12 total weeks, CashBox 1968 #16

Other hit singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barraqué, Jean Le Temps restitué (1956–68) 1968-04-04 Royan Festival, France Pilarczyk – French Radio Choir – Ensemble du Domaine Musical, Amy[7]
Barraqué, Jean Concerto (1968) 1968-11-20 Royal Festival Hall, London Rostaing / Fry / BBC Symphony OrchestraAmy[8]
Langgaard, Rued Violin Concerto (1944) 1968-01-10 Odense, Denmark Laursen / Odense Municipal OrchestraWellejus[9][10]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Kurzwellen for six players with shortwave receivers and live electronics 1968-05-05 Bremen, Germany, Radio Bremen TV Studio, Pro Musica Nova Aloys Kontarsky, Alings, Gehlhaar, Fritsch, Bojé, Stockhausen[11]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Fantaisie concertante for piano, clarinet and bassoon 1968-11-19 Rio de Janeiro, Sale Cecilia Meireles Botelho, Devos, Improta[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Iverach McDonald, "Ninth Win for Piper Brown", The Times, issue 57221 (Monday 8 April 1968): 10.
  2. ^ Bates, Karen Grigsby (November 2, 2017). "A Different National Anthem, Before the Nation Was Ready for It". NPR.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of recorded sound, Volume 1 | Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstler
  4. ^ Eden, Dawn (1990). Begin [back cover] (Media notes). The Millennium. Sony Music Special Products. WK 75030.
  5. ^ Everett, Walter (1999). The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-509553-7.
  6. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 241. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  7. ^ Rose-Marie Janzen, "A Biographical Chronology of Jean Barraqué", translated by Adrian Jack, Perspectives of New Music 27, no. 1 (Winter 1989): 234–245. Citation on 242.
  8. ^ Jean Barraqué, "Concerto (1962–1968)". In his Écrits, edited by Laurent Feneyrou, 205–206. Série Esthétique 3 (Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2001): 205. English translation in Paul Griffiths, The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraqué, Eastman Studies in Music 25 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2003 ): 170.
  9. ^ DaCapo Records
  10. ^ Danacord Records
  11. ^ Karlheinz Stockhausen, "Kurzwellen", in his Texte zur Musik 3, edited by Dieter Schnebel, 112–120. DuMont Dokumente. Cologne: Verlag M. DuMont Schauberg. ISBN 3-7701-0493-5. Citation on 114, 116.
  12. ^ Villa-Lobos, sua obra, second edition ([Rio de Janeiro]: MEC/DAC/Museu Villa-Lobos, 1972): 83.
  13. ^ Randel, Don Michael (1996). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-67437-299-3.