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1968 in music

Music-related events during 1968

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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Specific genres

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Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Albums released

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

January

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 -

February

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 -

March

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 -

April

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

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Speedway Elvis Presley Soundtrack -
1 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf -
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

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

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 -

August

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 -

September

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

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

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

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 -

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