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File:The Doors in Copenhagen 1968.jpg

The Doors in 1968.

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

Specific locations[]

  • 1968 in British music
  • 1968 in Norwegian music

Specific genres[]

  • 1968 in country music
  • 1968 in jazz


  • January 4 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding.
  • January 13Johnny Cash records At Folsom Prison live at Folsom State Prison, California.
  • January 20The Who and the Small Faces start with a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
  • February 1Universal Studios offers the Doors $500,000 to star in a feature film, which is never made.
  • February 4 – The Bee Gees make their American television debut on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
  • February 12Jimi Hendrix is given an honorary high school diploma from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Hendrix is also given the key to the city.
  • February 16The Beatles, Mike Love, Mia Farrow, Donovan and others travel to India to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Rishikesh.
  • February 18David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd, replacing founder Syd Barrett, who has checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.
  • February 21McGraw-Hill, Inc., outbids eight other publishers and pays $150,000 for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of The Beatles.
  • February 22Florence Ballard of the Supremes is released from her contract with Motown.
  • February 27 – Doo-wop Singer Frankie Lymon is found dead at his grandmother's house in Harlem, New York, of a heroin overdose.
  • February 29 – The 10th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, hosted by Stan Freberg. The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band wins Album of the Year (the first rock LP to receive the award), while The 5th Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" wins both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Bobbie Gentry wins Best New Artist.
  • March 1Johnny Cash and June Carter are married in Franklin, Kentucky, with Merle Kilgore as best man.
  • March 8Bill Graham opens the Fillmore East in an abandoned movie theater in New York City.
  • March 25 – The 58th and final new episode of The Monkees airs on NBC.
  • March 30The Yardbirds record their live album Live Yardbirds at the Anderson Theater.
  • April 5James Brown appears on national television, in an attempt to calm feelings of anger in the United States following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • April 6
    • Pink Floyd announces that Syd Barrett, who was replaced two months earlier amid deteriorating mental health, has officially left the group.
    • The 13th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. The winning song, Spain's "La, la, la" is sung by Massiel, after Spanish authorities refused to allow Joan Manuel Serrat to perform it in Catalan. The UK finish in second place, just one point behind, with the song "Congratulations" sung by Cliff Richard, which goes on to outsell the winning Spanish entry throughout Europe.
    • The Open Pibroch Competition of the Scottish Piping Society of London is held at the London Scottish headquarters at Buckingham Gate. First place is won by Robert Brown, for the ninth time in ten years, with a performance of The King's Taxes. Second prize goes to Seamus McNeill of the College of Piping, Glasgow, with The Bells of Perth, third prize to Pipe Major Angus MacDonald of the First Battalion, Scots Guards, with Macfarlane's Gathering, and fourth prize to John MacFadyen with The Battle of Auldern. MacFadyen, however, wins narrowly over Brown in the second big competition, that for the Bratach Gorm, the blue banner of the MacCrimmons.[1]
  • April 7 – Singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone's performance at Westbury Music Fair is dedicated to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The song "Why? (the king of love is dead)" by Gene Taylor is performed for the first time. The show is partially released on the Emmy nominated album Nuff Said (1968).
  • April 29 – The rock musical Hair opens on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre.
  • May 4Mary Hopkin performs on the British TV show Opportunity Knocks. Hopkin catches the attention of model Twiggy, who recommends her to Paul McCartney who will soon sign Hopkin to Apple Records.
  • May 5Buffalo Springfield performs together for the last time in Long Beach, California.
  • May 7
    • Aretha Franklin records her live LP Aretha in Paris at the Olympia Theater.
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen begins composing his fifteen intuitive music works, Aus den sieben Tagen.
  • May 14 – At a press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney introduce the Beatles' new business concept, Apple Corps, Ltd., an entertainment company that included a recording studio, a record label, and clothing store.
  • May 26 – Blues artist Little Willie John dies in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.
  • May 30The Beatles begin recording The White Album (officially titled, simply, The Beatles). Sessions would span over 4 months, ending on October 14.
  • June 20
    • David Ruffin is fired from The Temptations due to his ego and because he began inquiring into the Temptations' financial records, demanding an accounting of the group's money.
    • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas make their debut at the Copacabana in New York City, winning a rave review in The New York Times. The engagement was recorded but remains in the Motown vaults.
  • July – Release in Brazil of the album Tropicália: ou Panis et Circencis by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and others, with arrangements by Rogério Duprat, inaugurates the Tropicália movement in music.
  • July 7The Yardbirds perform for the last time before disbanding.
  • July 9–14 – The International Eisteddfod takes place in Llangollen, North Wales
  • July 18Mina presents her Italian white soul hits "Se stasera sono qui" and "Colpo al cuore". The performance is transmitted live without playback from the Auditorio A of the Radiotelevisione Italiana regional headquarters in Naples.
  • August 1Jeff Beck Group releases their album Truth. A seminal work of heavy metal, it incorporates blues and hard rock. It introduced the talents of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.
  • August 4Yes performs for the first time, at a summer camp.
  • August 5–10 – The Royal National Eisteddfod takes place in Barry, Wales.
  • August 21Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. At this evening's performance of The Proms in London, the USSR Symphony Orchestra plays with Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist in Dvořák's Cello Concerto.
  • August 23Simon & Garfunkel give a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. A recording is later released on CD in 1994 by Australian company Vigotone Records as Voices of Intelligent Dissent.
  • September 7Led Zeppelin performs for the first time, billed as The New Yardbirds (the Yardbirds had disbanded two months earlier, and guitarist Jimmy Page has subsequently formed this new group). Also this day, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour premieres on NBC.
  • September 14 – Two sons of singer Roy Orbison, 10-year-old Roy DeWayne Orbison and 6-year-old Anthony King Orbison, die in a house fire in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison's youngest son, Wesley, is miraculously saved by Roy's parents.
  • September 15
    • Song of Summer, Ken Russell's noted TV documentary about Frederick Delius, is shown for the first time as part of the BBC's Omnibus series.
    • PocketDiscs are released in several test markets in the United States.
  • September 19The Who begin recording Tommy, a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and the relationship with his family.
  • October 7Jose Feliciano at Tiger Stadium for 1968 World Series in Detroit sing a personal and controversial soul version of "Star-Spangled Banner", this was the first time for the National Anthem in a different style.[2]
  • October 8 – The soundtrack for the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet is released, containing popular "What Is a Youth" tune.
  • November 8John and Cynthia Lennon are divorced.
  • November 11 – Three days after their divorce, John Lennon costars with Yoko Ono in Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, which ends up being a flop.
  • November 17Diana Ross & the Supremes replace The Beatles' hugely successful "Hey Jude" at number-one in the U.S. with "Love Child"; this would be the last of five turnovers at number-one between the two most successful music acts in America during the 1960s.
  • November 22The Beatles (also known as "The White Album") by The Beatles is released. Also released is The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks.
  • November 26Cream plays their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It will be the last time Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker play together until their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • December 2
    • Jimi Hendrix's manager Chas Chandler quits over differences with Hendrix during the recording of Electric Ladyland
    • Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform their last concert together before Janis goes solo.
    • Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream airs on NBC in the United States and finished as not only the highest rated TV show for the week it is broadcast, but the highest rated Television Special of 1968.
  • December 9
    • A political confrontation at the Planten un Blomen Hall in Hamburg results in cancellation of the scheduled premiere of Hans Werner Henze's oratorio Das Floß der Medusa, a score dedicated to Che Guevara.
    • TCB airs on NBC starring Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations, becoming the first variety special in America to feature an exclusively African American cast.
    • Shinjuku Music Festival is broadcast for the first time by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting.
  • December 11The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is filmed. Acts include The Rolling Stones, The Who, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, The Dirty Mac and Marianne Faithfull. This is the last appearance of Brian Jones as a member of The Stones.
  • December 20Peter Tork announces he is leaving The Monkees.
  • December 22The Animals reunite for one benefit concert at the Newcastle City Hall while Eric Burdon & The Animals are disbanding.
  • December 31Small Faces break up when Steve Marriott storms off the stage.

Bands formed[]

Bands disbanded[]

Albums released[]

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


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 -
Now and Them Them -
Om John Coltrane -
Something Else Again Richie Havens -
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf -


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 -
The Mason Williams Phonograph Record Mason Williams -
It's Been a Long Long Time Hep Stars -


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 -
17 There Are But Four Small Faces Small Faces US
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 -
Move The Move -
Nefertiti Miles Davis -
A Portrait of Ray Ray Charles -
Reflections Diana Ross & The Supremes -
Safe at Home The International Submarine Band -
Scott 2 Scott Walker -
Song to a Seagull Joni Mitchell -


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 -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Speedway Elvis Presley -
4 Just Because I'm a Woman Dolly Parton -
24 Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Small Faces -
28 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival -
- 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 -


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 -


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 -
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 -
Hair West End cast -
Only the Greatest Waylon Jennings -
Shades of Deep Purple Deep Purple US
So Fine Ike & Tina Turner
Tape from California Phil Ochs -


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 -
- 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 -


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 -


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 -


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 -


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 -
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 -

Release date unknown[]

  • 3 in the AtticChad & Jeremy
  • 30 by EllaElla Fitzgerald
  • Action!Desmond Dekker & the Aces
  • Agemo's Trip to Mother EarthGroup 1850
  • Aerial BalletHarry Nilsson
  • All of UsNirvana
  • The ArchiesThe Archies
  • At It AgainThe Dubliners
  • BackstageCher
  • BalaklavaPearls Before Swine
  • A Banda Tropicalista do DupratRogério Duprat
  • Bang, Bang You're Terry ReidTerry Reid
  • Bend Me, Shape MeThe American Breed
  • Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz FestivalBill Evans
  • Bill Haley's Biggest HitsBill Haley & His Comets
  • Blues on Top of BluesB. B. King
  • Bobby Taylor & The VancouversBobby Taylor & the Vancouvers
  • The Bonniwell Music MachineThe Music Machine
  • CaravanCaravan
  • The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and FrippGiles, Giles and Fripp
  • Come Out Fighting Ghengis SmithRoy Harper
  • The Crazy World of Arthur BrownThe Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • CyclesFrank Sinatra
  • Dino ValenteDino Valente
  • DionDion DiMucci
  • Down Here on the GroundWes Montgomery
  • Drinkin' and Courtin'The Dubliners
  • Earth OperaEarth Opera
  • Easy Does ItJulie London
  • The Electric Flag: An American Music BandElectric Flag
  • The Electricfying Eddie HarrisEddie Harris
  • Elmer Gantry's Velvet OperaElmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
  • Fall OutTerry Smith
  • FeelingsThe Grass Roots
  • Filles de KilimanjaroMiles Davis
  • First Edition's 2ndThe First Edition
  • For the Sake of the SongTownes Van Zandt
  • Francis A. & Edward K.Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington
  • From St. Louie to FriscoChuck Berry
  • Gal CostaGal Costa
  • God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With ItRed Krayola
  • Goin' to MemphisPaul Revere & the Raiders
  • Golden GrassThe Grass Roots
  • GunGun
  • H. P. Lovecraft IIH. P. Lovecraft
  • Heart of CashJohnny Cash
  • Here Comes The JudgeFrederick Earl "Shorty" Long
  • Hey Little OneGlen Campbell
  • Hickory Holler RevisitedO.C. Smith
  • HoneyAndy Williams
  • The HorseCliff Nobles & Co.
  • I Can't Stop DancingArchie Bell & The Drells
  • I Stand AloneAl Kooper
  • I'm a Fool to Want YouSergio Franchi
  • In My Own DreamPaul Butterfield
  • In New YorkRavi Shankar
  • It Crawled into My Hand, HonestThe Fugs
  • It's All AboutSpooky Tooth
  • KaryobinSpontaneous Music Ensemble
  • Large as Life and Twice as NaturalDavey Graham
  • The Left Banke TooThe Left Banke
  • LiveThe 13th Floor Elevators
  • Look to Your HeartPerry Como
  • Love Is All AroundThe Troggs
  • Love and Other CrimesLee Hazlewood
  • Love is BlueThe Lawrence Welk Orchestra
  • LucilleB. B. King
  • A Man Without LoveEngelbert Humperdinck
  • Members, Don't Git WearyMax Roach
  • The Midnight MoverWilson Pickett
  • Miracle MirrorGolden Earrings
  • Mony MonyTommy James and the Shondells
  • A Morning Raga / An Evening RagaRavi Shankar
  • Nancy & LeeNancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
  • NBC-TV Special:TCB Soundtrack – Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations
  • 'Nuff Said!Nina Simone
  • On StageBill Haley & His Comets
  • One to Get Ready, Four to GoClare Fischer
  • Otis Redding Live at the Whiskey A Go GoOtis Redding
  • OutrageousKim Fowley
  • The Perry Como Christmas AlbumPerry Como
  • Power of LoveHour Glass
  • The Progressive Blues ExperimentJohnny Winter
  • Promise Of A FutureHugh Masekela
  • Rare JunkNitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Reality Is Bad EnoughPatrick Sky
  • RealizationJohnny Rivers
  • Recital na Boite BarrocoMaria Bethânia
  • RhinocerosRhinoceros
  • Ring Out JoyEd Summerlin
  • RootsThe Everly Brothers
  • S.F. SorrowThe Pretty Things
  • Scratching the SurfaceThe Groundhogs (debut)
  • Shake!Siegel-Schwall Band
  • Sir John Alot of Merry Englandes Musyk Thynge and ye Grene KnyghteJohn Renbourn
  • Slow DragDonald Byrd
  • Soul MasterEdwin Starr
  • Soulful ChristmasJames Brown
  • The Sounds of IndiaRavi Shankar
  • Soul LimboBooker T. & the MGs
  • Speak Like a ChildHerbie Hancock
  • Special OccasionSmokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Strictly PersonalCaptain Beefheart and his Magic Band
  • Switched-On BachWalter Carlos
  • Taj MahalTaj Mahal
  • Le temps des fleursDalida
  • Tenderness JunctionThe Fugs
  • Texas in My SoulWillie Nelson
  • There IsThe Dells
  • There Goes My EverythingDon Cherry
  • Tighten UpArchie Bell & The Drells
  • Tiny Tim's 2nd AlbumTiny Tim
  • TomorrowTomorrow
  • The Transformed ManWilliam Shatner
  • VigilThe Easybeats
  • Wake Up...It's TomorrowStrawberry Alarm Clock
  • Welcome to Trini CountryTrini Lopez
  • Wine and SongSergio Franchi
  • With Their New Face OnThe Spencer Davis Group
  • The World in a Sea Shell – Strawberry Alarm Clock

Biggest hit singles[]

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[]

  • "2 in 3" – Esther & Abi Ofarim
  • "Ain't Got No, I Got Life"/"Do What You Gotta Do" – Nina Simone
  • "Ain't No Way" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Ain't Nothin' but a Houseparty" – The Showstoppers
  • "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • "All Along the Watchtower" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "Albatross" – Fleetwood Mac
  • "Am I That Easy to Forget" – Engelbert Humperdinck
  • "Anything" – Eric Burdon & The Animals
  • "Baby Come Back" – The Equals
  • "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" – Georgie Fame
  • "Bend Me, Shape Me" – The American Breed
  • "Bend Me, Shape Me" – Amen Corner
  • "Blue Eyes" – Don Partridge
  • "Born to Be Wild" – Steppenwolf
  • "Both Sides Now" – Judy Collins
  • "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache" – The Bandwagon
  • "Build Me Up Buttercup" – The Foundations
  • "Cab Driver" – The Mills Brothers
  • "California Dreamin'" – Bobby Womack
  • "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" – Andy Williams
  • "Captain of Your Ship" – Reparata and the Delrons
  • "Chain of Fools" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Classical Gas" – Mason Williams
  • "Cloud Nine" – The Temptations
  • "Congratulations" – Cliff Richard
  • "Cry Like a Baby" – The Box Tops
  • "Dance to the Music" – Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Darlin'" – The Beach Boys
  • "A Day Without Love" – Love Affair
  • "Days" – The Kinks
  • "Delilah" – Tom Jones
  • "Do It Again" – The Beach Boys
  • "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" – Dionne Warwick
  • "Du sollst nicht weinen" – Heintje
  • "Eloise" – Barry Ryan
  • "Everlasting Love" – Love Affair
  • "Everything I Am" – Plastic Penny
  • "Feliciano!Jose Feliciano
  • "Fire!" – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • "Fire Brigade" – The Move
  • "Fool on the Hill" – Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
  • "Girl Watcher" – The O'Kaysions
  • "Going Up the Country" – Canned Heat
  • "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" – Hugo Montenegro
  • "Grazing in the Grass" – Hugh Masekela
  • "Green Tambourine" – The Lemon Pipers
  • "Gimme Little Sign" – Brenton Wood
  • "Harper Valley P.T.A." – Jeannie C. Riley
  • "Hello, Goodbye" – The Beatles
  • "Hello, I Love You" – The Doors
  • "Help Yourself" – Tom Jones
  • "Helule Helule" – The Tremeloes
  • "Hey Jude"/"Revolution" – The Beatles
  • "High in the Sky – Amen Corner
  • "Hold Me Tight" – Johnny Nash
  • "Honey" – Bobby Goldsboro
  • "The House That Jack Built" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Hurdy Gurdy Man" – Donovan
  • "Hush" – Deep Purple
  • "The Horse" – Cliff Nobles & Co.
  • "I Can Take or Leave Your Loving" – Herman's Hermits
  • "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" – Dusty Springfield
  • "I Don't Want Our Loving to Die" – The Herd
  • "I Love You" – People!
  • "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille" – Jacques Dutronc
  • "I Pretend" – Des O'Connor
  • "I Wish It Would Rain" – The Temptations
  • "I'll Love You Forever Today" – Cliff Richard
  • "I'm a Tiger" – Lulu
  • "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" – Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations
  • "I'm the Urban Spaceman" – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
  • "I've Gotta Be Me" – Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" – Bee Gees
  • "Ice in the Sun" – Status Quo
  • "If I Only Had Time" – John Rowles
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" – Iron Butterfly
  • "Indian Rope Man" – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
  • "Jennifer Juniper" – Donovan
  • "Jesamine" – The Casuals
  • "Journey to the Center of the Mind" – The Amboy Dukes
  • "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" – John Fred & His Playboy Band
  • "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – Rolling Stones
  • "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" – The First Edition
  • "Keep On" – Bruce Channel
  • "Keep the Ball Rollin'" – Al Hirt
  • "Lady Madonna" – The Beatles
  • "Lady Willpower" – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
  • "Lazy Sunday" – Small Faces
  • "The Legend of Xanadu" – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
  • "Light My Fire" – Jose Feliciano
  • "Little Arrows" – Leapy Lee
  • "Little Green Apples" – Roger Miller
  • "Little Green Apples" – O. C. Smith
  • "The Look of Love" – Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
  • "Love Child" – Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • "Love is Blue" – Paul Mauriat
  • "Lovin' Things" – Marmalade
  • "MacArthur Park" – Richard Harris
  • "Magic Bus" – The Who
  • "A Man Without Love" – Engelbert Humperdinck
  • "Marianne" – Cliff Richard
  • "Master Jack" – Four Jacks and a Jill
  • "Mathilda" – Udo Jürgens
  • "Me the Peaceful Heart" – Lulu
  • "Midnight Confessions" – The Grass Roots
  • "Mighty Quinn" – Manfred Mann
  • "Monterey" – Eric Burdon & The Animals
  • "Mony Mony" – Tommy James & the Shondells
  • "Mrs. Robinson" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "My Little Lady" – The Tremeloes
  • "My Name is Jack" – Manfred Mann
  • "My Song" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Need Your Love So Bad" – Fleetwood Mac
  • "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" – The Marmalade
  • "On the Road Again" – Canned Heat
  • "Only One Woman" – The Marbles
  • "Over You" – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
  • "Paradise Lost" – The Herd
  • "Piece of my Heart" – Big Brother and the Holding Company
  • "Pictures of Matchstick Men" – Status Quo
  • "Playboy" – Gene & Debbe
  • "Race with the Devil" – The Gun
  • "Rainbow Valley" – Love Affair
  • "Reach out of the Darkness" – Friend & Lover
  • "Rosie" – Don Partridge
  • "Say It Loud" – James Brown
  • "Scarborough Fair" – Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
  • "Schlager Rendezvous 1" – Peter Alexander
  • "See Saw" – Aretha Franklin
  • "The Silent Sun" – Genesis
  • "Simon Says" – 1910 Fruitgum Company
  • "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" – Otis Redding
  • "Sky Pilot" – Eric Burdon & The Animals
  • "Sleepy Joe" – Herman's Hermits
  • "Slip Away" – Clarence Carter
  • "Some Velvet Morning" – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
  • "Son of a Preacher Man" – Dusty Springfield
  • "Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp" – O. C. Smith
  • "Soulful Strut" – Young-Holt Unlimited
  • "Spooky" – Classics IV
  • "Step Inside Love" – Cilla Black
  • "Stoned Soul Picnic" – The 5th Dimension
  • "Suddenly You Love Me" – The Tremeloes
  • "Summertime" – Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • "Sunshine Girl" – Herman's Hermits
  • "Sunshine of Your Love" – Cream
  • "Suzie Q." – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Sweet Blindness" – The 5th Dimension
  • "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" – Aretha Franklin
  • "Take Time to Know Her" – Percy Sledge
  • "This Guy's in Love With You" – Herb Alpert
  • "This Wheel's on Fire" – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
  • "Those Were The Days" – Mary Hopkin
  • "Tighten Up" – Archie Bell & the Drells
  • "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" – Tiny Tim
  • "Valleri" – The Monkees
  • "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls"– Dionne Warwick
  • "The Weight" – The Band
  • "What a Wonderful World" – Louis Armstrong, His Orchestra & Chorus
  • "White Horses" – Jacky
  • "White Houses" – Eric Burdon & The Animals
  • "White Room" – Cream
  • "A Winter's Tale" – Genesis
  • "With a Little Help from My Friends" – Joe Cocker
  • "Yesterday Has Gone" – Cupid's Inspiration
  • "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" – The Byrds
  • "Young Girl" – The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
  • "Yummy Yummy Yummy" – The Ohio Express

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

Published popular music[]

  • "1,2,3, Red Light" w.m. Sal Trimachi and Bobbi Trimachi
  • "1432 Franklin Pike Circle Hero" w.m. Bobby Russell
  • "Abraham, Martin and John" w.m. Dick Holler
  • "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" w.m. Les Reed & Barry Mason
  • "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" w.m. Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman from the film of the same name
  • "Classical Gas" m. Mason Williams
  • "Congratulations" w.m. Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
  • "Dear World" w.m. Jerry Herman from the musical Dear World
  • "Eli's Comin'" w.m. Laura Nyro
  • "The Fool on the Hill" w.m. John Lennon & Paul McCartney
  • "For the Good Times" w.m. Kris Kristofferson
  • "Galveston" w.m. Jimmy Webb
  • "Heffalumps and Woozles" w.m. Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman from the film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
  • "Honey Pie" w.m. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" w. Hal David m. Burt Bacharach from the musical Promises, Promises
  • "Indian Lake" w.m. Tony Romeo
  • "Indian Reservation" w.m. John D. Loudermilk, first recorded by Don Fardon
  • "Little Green Apples" w.m. Bobby Russell
  • "Mac Arthur Park" w.m. Jimmy Webb
  • "Mr. Bojangles" w.m. Jerry Jeff Walker
  • "My Way" (French: "Comme d'habitude") w.m. Claude François & Jacques Revaux, Eng.: Paul Anka
  • "The Night They Raided Minsky's" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse from the film The Night They Raided Minsky's
  • "A Perfect Gentleman" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse Introduced by Jason Robards and Norman Wisdom in the film The Night They Raided Minsky's
  • "Promises, Promises" w. Hal David m. Burt Bacharach from the musical Promises, Promises
  • "Save The Country" w.m. Laura Nyro
  • "Stand By Your Man" w.m. Billy Sherrill & Tammy Wynette
  • "Stoned Soul Picnic" w.m. Laura Nyro
  • "Sweet Blindness" w.m. Laura Nyro
  • "Take Ten Terrific Girls" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse from the film The Night They Raided Minsky's
  • "Ten Feet off the Ground w.m. Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman from the film The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • "This Guy's In Love With You" w. Hal David m. Burt Bacharach
  • "Wichita Lineman" w.m. Jimmy Webb
  • "The Windmills of Your Mind" w. Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman m. Michel LeGrand from the film The Thomas Crown Affair
  • "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" w.m. Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman from the film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
  • "You Rat, You" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse from the film The Night They Raided Minsky's

Classical music[]


Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barraqué, Jean Le Temps restitué (1956–68) 1968-04-04 France Royan Festival Pilarczyk / – French Radio Choir – Ensemble du Domaine Musical, Amy[5]
Barraqué, Jean Concerto (1968) 1968-11-20 United Kingdom Royal Festival Hall, London Rostaing / Fry / BBC Symphony OrchestraAmy[6]
Langgaard, Rued Violin Concerto (1944) 1968-01-10 Denmark Odense Laursen / Odense Municipal OrchestraWellejus[7][8]
Serry, John Sr. Processional For Organ [unknown] United States Long Island U. Interfaith Chapel Serry[citation needed]
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[9]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Fantaisie concertante for piano, clarinet and bassoon 1968-11-19 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Sale Cecilia Meireles Botelho, Devos, Improta[10]


  • Milton BabbittRelata II for orchestra
  • Henk Badings
    • Symphony No. 14
    • Armageddon
  • Samuel BarberTwelfth Night and To Be Sung on the Water, op. 42
  • Jean Barraqué
    • Concerto, for six instrumental formations and two solo instruments (vibraphone and clarinet)
    • Le Temps restitué for mezzo-soprano, choir, and orchestra
  • Luciano Berio
    • O King
    • Sinfonia
    • Chemins III
    • Questo vuol dire che for three female voices, small chorus, tape and other available resources
  • Carlos ChávezPirámide (ballet)
  • John Corigliano – Piano Concerto
  • George CrumbSongs, Drones, and Refrains of Death for baritone, electric guitar, electric double bass, amplified piano/electric harpsichord, and two percussionists
  • Mario DavidovskyMusic for Solo Violin
  • Peter Maxwell Davies
    • Stedman Caters
    • Stedman Doubles (revised version)
    • Fantasia on a Ground and 2 Pavans (after Purcell)
    • Epistrophe for two pianos
    • L'homme armé
  • Edison Denisov
    • Osen′ (Autumn), for 13 solo voices
    • Oda, pamyati Khe Gevara (Ode in Memory of Che Guevara)
    • Romanticheskaya muzïka (Romantic Music)
  • Cristóbal Halffter
    • Symposion
    • Yes, Speak Out, Yes
  • Roy Harris
    • Symphony no. 12
    • Concerto for Amplified Piano, Brass, Double Bass, and Percussion
    • Sonata for Cello and Piano (revised version)
  • Hans Werner HenzeDas Floß der Medusa
  • Heinz Holligerh for wind quintet
  • Karel HusaMusic for Prague 1968
  • Wojciech KilarTraining 68 for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano
  • Ladislav KupkovicSouvenir (one of his few recorded works)
  • Helmut LachenmanntemA for flute, voice and cello
  • György LigetiZehn Stücke für Bläserquintett (Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet)
  • Witold LutosławskiLivre pour orchestre
  • Ester MägiSymphony
  • Krzysztof Meyer – Sonatas for Piano, No. 4
  • Bo NilssonAttraktionen, for string quartet
  • Per Nørgård
    • Rejse ind i den gyldne skærm (Voyage into the Golden Screen)
    • Concerto for Accordion Recall
  • Arvo Pärt – "Credo" for piano, chorus and orchestra
  • Krzysztof PendereckiSt Luke Passion (Penderecki)
  • John Serry Sr.Processional for Organ
  • Roger Sessions – Symphony no. 8
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    • String Quartet no. 12 in D major, op. 133
    • Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, op. 134
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • Aus den sieben Tagen
    • Kurzwellen
    • Stimmung
    • Spiral
  • John TavenerThe Whale (cantata)
  • David Tudor & Lowell CrossReunion
  • Charles Wuorinen
    • Flute Variations II
    • String Trio
  • Iannis XenakisNomos Gamma for 98 musicians dispersed among the audience


  • Benjamin BrittenThe Prodigal Son (church parable)
  • Carlos ChávezLos visitantes (revision of Panfilo e Lauretta)
  • Peter Maxwell DaviesRevelation and Fall
  • Gian Carlo MenottiHelp, Help, The Globolinks!
  • Ástor PiazzollaMaría de Buenos Aires


Main article: 1968 in jazz

Musical theater[]

  • Cabaret (Kander and Ebb) – London production
  • Canterbury Tales     London production
  • Dames at Sea     Off-Broadway production opened at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre on December 20 and transferred to the Theatre de Lys on April 22, 1969, for a total run of 575 performances.
  • The Dancing Years (Ivor Novello) – London revival
  • Darling of the Day (w. E. Y. Harburg m. Jule Styne) Broadway production opened at the George Abbott Theatre on January 27 and ran for 31 performances. Starred Patricia Routledge and Vincent Price
  • George M!     Broadway production
  • Golden Boy     London production
  • Golden Rainbow     Broadway production
  • Hair – Broadway (1,750 performances) and London (1,997 performances) productions
  • House of Flowers     off-Broadway revival
  • Lady, Be Good!     London revival
  • Man of La Mancha     London production
  • Promises, Promises     Broadway production (1,281 performances)
  • The Happy Time – musical/comedy – 286 performances at the Broadway Theatre featuring Robert Goulet 1968 Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical. Nominee 1968 Tony Award Best Musical.
  • Zorba – after the movie (Zorba the Greek, 1964) and book (Nikos Kazantzakis, 1952).1969 Tony Award for Best Musical and numerous other nominations, 1969 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics (to Fred Ebb, the first year of that category) and three other nominations. 305 performances starting 11/16/68 at the Imperial Theatre, NY. (Revival 9/16/83 at the Broadway Theatre, NY, ran 362 performances with 1984 Theatre World Award to actor Robert Westenberg.)

Musical films[]

  • Aashirwad
  • Bhagyamudra
  • Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Finian's Rainbow
  • Funny Girl
  • Head – starring The Monkees and written by Jack Nicholson.
  • The Jungle Book – animated feature film
  • Monterey Pop
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's – released December 22 starring Jason Robards and Britt Ekland
  • Oliver!
  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • Star!
  • Yellow Submarine – animated feature film


  • January 9Al Schnier, American rock guitarist
  • January 11Tom Dumont, American guitarist
  • January 14LL Cool J, American rapper and actor
  • January 19Ikuko Kawai, Japanese classic violinist and composer
  • January 27
    • Mike Patton (Faith No More)
    • Deb Talan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Weepies)
    • Tricky, English rapper and songwriter
  • January 28
  • February 1Lisa Marie Presley, American singer-songwriter (daughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley)
  • February 4Marko Matvere, Estonian actor and singer
  • February 5Chris Barron (Spin Doctors)
  • February 7Sully Erna, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Godsmack and Meliah Rage)
  • February 12
  • February 19Stochelo Rosenberg, jazz guitarist
  • February 22Brad Nowell (Sublime) (died 1996)
  • February 25
    • Evridiki, Cypriot singer
    • Oumou Sangaré, Malian Wassoulou singer
  • March 4Patsy Kensit, British actress and singer
  • March 8Shawn Mullins, American singer-songwriter
  • March 11Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter
  • March 15
    • Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth)
    • Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)
    • Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • March 23Damon Albarn, British singer (Blur, Gorillaz)
  • March 26
  • March 29Lucy Lawless, New Zealand born singer and actress
  • March 30Céline Dion, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • April 1Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • April 3Sebastian Bach (Sebastian Philip Bierk), Canadian-born heavy metal singer (Skid Row)
  • April 9Cutfather, Danish music producer, songwriter, DJ and remixer
  • April 12Toby Gad, A Los Angele's based, German singer-songwriter/music producer (The Veronicas, Madonna, Leona Lewis, Hilary Duff)
  • April 16Boudewijn Vincent Bonebakker, Dutch rock guitarist (Gorefest)
  • April 28Howard Donald, British singer and dancer (Take That)
  • April 29Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips, daughter of Brian Wilson
  • May 1D'arcy Wretzky (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • May 16Ralph Tresvant (New Edition)
  • May 28Kylie Minogue, Australian singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and philanthropist
  • June 1Jason Donovan, Australian actor and singer
  • June 6Alan Licht, American guitarist, composer, and journalist (Run On)
  • June 10The D.O.C., African-American rapper
  • June 12Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler)
  • June 13Denise Pearson, British singer (Five Star)
  • June 30Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
  • July 4Jack Frost, American guitarist and songwriter (Seven Witches and The Bronx Casket Co.)
  • July 5Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player (The Evaporators)
  • July 10Claudia Pop, Romanian soprano and Opera Stage Director, Ph.Doctor in Music, Senior Lecturer
  • July 16Olga Souza ("Corona"), Brazilian singer and dancer
  • July 19Robert Flynn, American musician
  • July 22Rhys Ifans, actor and former vocalist with Super Furry Animals
  • July 24Kristin Chenoweth, American actress and singer
  • July 30Elvis Crespo, Puerto Rican singer
  • August 1Dan Donegan, American rock musician (Disturbed)
  • August 2John Stanier, American drummer (Helmet, Tomahawk, The Mark of Cain, and Battles)
  • August 10Michael Bivins, New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe
  • August 11Charlie Sexton, American guitarist, singer and songwriter
  • August 12Paul Tucker, British musician (Lighthouse Family)
  • August 25Stuart Murdoch, Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist (Belle and Sebastian)
  • September 10Big Daddy Kane, American rapper
  • September 11Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo)
  • September 12Ler LaLonde (Primus, Possessed)
  • September 13Mike Davenport (The Ataris)
  • September 25
  • October 1
    • Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra)
    • Sagol 59, Israeli rapper
  • October 5Nana, rapper
  • October 6Dominique A, French singer-songwriter
  • October 7Thom Yorke, British musician (Radiohead)
  • October 8CL Smooth, African-American rapper
  • October 11Jane Krakowski, American actress and singer
  • October 12Hugh Jackman, Australian actor, dancer and singer
  • October 14Johnny Goudie, American musician
  • October 17Ziggy Marley, Jamaican reggae artist
  • October 17Alejandra Ávalos, Mexican musician and actress
  • October 19Rodney Carrington, American stand-up comic and country musician
  • October 22Shaggy, Jamaican-American reggae & dancehall singer
  • November 9Nazzareno Carusi, Italian pianist
  • November 10Steve Brookstein, British singer
  • November 11David L Cook, Christian music singer and comedian
  • November 14Ken Ford, jazz violinist
  • November 15
    • Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper (d. 2004)
    • Jennifer Charles, American singer
  • November 21Alex James, British bassist (Blur)
  • November 25Tunde Baiyewu, British singer (Lighthouse Family)
  • November 28Dawn Robinson, American singer (En Vogue)
  • November 29
    • Martin Carr (Boo Radleys)
    • Jonathan Knight, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
  • December 2
    • Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters)
    • Lucy Liu, American actress, director, film producer, singer and artist
  • December 9Brian Bell (Weezer)
  • December 16Lalah Hathaway, American singer and daughter of Donny Hathaway
  • December 20Billy Mann, American songwriter, record producer, creative executive, music publisher, and founder/CEO (P1Nk, Delta Goodrem, Cher, Robyn)
  • December 29Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket)


  • January 18Gribouille, French singer, 26 (alcohol and drug-related)
  • February 5Luckey Roberts, ragtime composer and pianist, 80
  • February 13
    • Ildebrando Pizzetti, composer, 87
    • Portia White, contralto singer, 56
  • February 15Little Walter, blues singer and harmonica player, 37
  • February 27Frankie Lymon, American singer, 25 (heroin overdose)
  • February 28Doretta Morrow, dancer, 40 (cancer)
  • March 6Iša Krejčí, composer and conductor, 63
  • March 10Blind Joe Reynolds, singer-songwriter
  • March 16Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, composer, 72
  • April 15Borys Lyatoshynsky, composer, 73
  • April 25Harald Kreutzberg, dancer and choreographer, 65
  • May 15Florence Austral, operatic soprano, 76
  • May 19Coleman Hawkins, jazz musician, 64
  • May 24Bernard Rogers, composer, 75
  • May 26Little Willie John, blues artist, 30 (heart attack)
  • June 2André Mathieu, pianist and composer, 39
  • June 8Bumble Bee Slim, blues musician, 63
  • June 14Karl-Birger Blomdahl, composer and conductor, 51
  • June 15Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist, 45 (heart attack)
  • June 26Ziggy Elman, US trumpet player, 54
  • July 21Ruth St. Denis, dancer, 89
  • July 27Lilian Harvey, actress and singer, 62
  • July 28Carl Ravazza, US violinist, vocalist and bandleader, 58
  • July 30Jón Leifs, composer, 69
  • August 5Luther Perkins, guitarist of The Tennessee Two, 40 (burns and smoke inhalation following a house fire)
  • August 15Luis Gianneo, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor, 71
  • August 18Arthur Marshall, ragtime composer, 86
  • September 19Red Foley, country singer, 58
  • October 8Frank Skinner, film composer, 70
  • October 15Franz Reizenstein, pianist and composer, 57
  • October 20Bud Flanagan, music hall star, 72
  • October 30Pops Foster, jazz musician, 77
  • November 6Charles Munch, conductor, 77 (heart attack)
  • November 8Kokomo Arnold, blues musician, 67
  • November 9Jan Johansson, jazz pianist, 37 (car crash)
  • November 11Jeanne Demessieux, organist, pianist and composer, 47 (embolism)
  • December 1Nicolae Bretan, composer, 81
  • December 9Percy Greenbank, lyricist, 90
  • December 14Margarete Klose, operatic mezzo-soprano, 69
  • December 19Tiberiu Brediceanu, composer, 91
  • December 31Sabin Drăgoi, composer, 74
  • date unknown
    • Juan F. Acosta, composer and music teacher
    • Lucille Dompierre, pianist and arranger
    • Billy Pigg, bagpiper
    • Vincenzo Scaramuzza, pianist


Grammy Awards[]

  • Grammy Awards of 1968

Eurovision Song Contest[]

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  1. Iverach McDonald, "Ninth Win for Piper Brown", The Times, issue 57221 (Monday 8 April 1968): 10.
  3. Encyclopedia of recorded sound, Volume 1 | Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstler
  4. Eden, Dawn (1990). Begin [back cover]. The Millennium. Sony Music Special Products. WK 75030.
  5. Rose-Marie Janzen, "A Biographical Chronology of Jean Barraqué", translated by Adrian Jack, Perspectives of New Music 27, no. 1 (Winter 1989): 234–45. Citation on 242.
  6. 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.
  7. DaCapo Records
  8. Danacord Records
  9. 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.
  10. Villa-Lobos, sua obra, second edition ([Rio de Janeiro]: MEC/DAC/Museu Villa-Lobos, 1972): 83.