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
March 1966 Love Love US
15 April 1966 The Rolling Stones Aftermath England
16 May 1966 Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde US
16 May 1966 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds US
27 June 1966 The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! US
18 July 1966 The Byrds Fifth Dimension US
5 August 1966 The Beatles Revolver England
10 October 1966 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations US
November 1966 Love Da Capo US
9 December 1966 The Who A Quick One England
4 January 1967 The Doors The Doors US
20 January 1967 The Rolling Stones Between the Buttons England
February 1967 Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow US
6 February 1967 The Byrds Younger Than Yesterday US
12 March 1967 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico US
12 May 1967 Procol Harum Whiter Shade of Pale England
26 May 1967 The Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free US
1 June 1967 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band England
July 1967 The Incredible String Band The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion England
5 August 1967 Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn England
7 August 1967 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] US
September 1967 Procol Harum Procol Harum England
25 September 1967 The Doors Strange Days US
September 1967 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Safe as Milk US
October 1967 Nirvana The Story of Simon Simopath England
November 1967 Love Forever Changes US
10 November 1967 The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed England
15 December 1967 The Who The Who Sell Out England
December 1967 The Nice The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack England

Disbandments[edit]

Events[edit]

1968[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release date Artist Album Country
15 January 1968 The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers US
4 March 1968 The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money US
6 March 1968 The United States of America The United States of America US
April 1968 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] US
June 1968 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown The Crazy World of Arthur Brown England
29 June 1968 Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets England
19 July 1968 Family Music in a Doll's House England
26 July 1968 The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord England
August 1968 The Jeff Beck Group Truth US
September 1968 Procol Harum Shine on Brightly England
September 1968 Giles, Giles and Fripp The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp England
October 1968 Caravan Caravan England
25 October 1968 Jethro Tull This Was England
1 November 1968 George Harrison Wonderwall Music England
November 1968 The Nice Ars Longa Vita Brevis England
December 1968 The Pretty Things S.F. Sorrow England
December 1968 The Soft Machine The Soft Machine - the original album was only available in the US, an import in the UK; later re-issued as Volume One. 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 US

Events[edit]

1969[edit]

Newly formed bands[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Country
7 March 1969 Genesis From Genesis to Revelation England
March 1969 Colosseum_(band) Those Who Are About to Die Salute You England
21 April 1969 The Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat US
25 April 1969 The Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream England
28 April 1969 Chicago Chicago Transit Authority US
9 May 1969 George Harrison Electronic Sound England
16 June 1969 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica US
25 July 1969 Yes Yes England
27 July 1969 Pink Floyd More England
1 August 1969 Jethro Tull Stand Up England
1969 Aug Organisation Tone Float Germany
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 the US
10 October 1969 King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King England
10 October 1969 Frank Zappa Hot Rats US
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 Collapsing / Singvögel Rückwärts & Co Germany
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 US
1969 Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis France
1969 Sam Gopal Escalator England
1969 The Vampires of Dartmoore Dracula's Music Cabinet Germany
1969 Wigwam Hard 'n' Horny Finland

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.