1967 was an important one for
psychedelic rock, and was famous for its "
Summer of Love" in
San Francisco. It saw major releases from
The Beatles (
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and
Magical Mystery Tour),
Small Faces ("
Eric Burdon & The Animals (
Winds of Change),
Big Brother and The Holding Company (
Big Brother and The Holding Company ),
The Doors (
The Doors and
Jefferson Airplane (
Surrealistic Pillow and
After Bathing at Baxter's),
Moby Grape (
Pink Floyd (
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn),
The Byrds (
Younger Than Yesterday),
The Rolling Stones (
Between the Buttons and
Their Satanic Majesties Request),
The Who (
The Who Sell Out),
The Velvet Underground (
The Velvet Underground & Nico),
Procol Harum (
The Monkees (
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.), and
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (
Are You Experienced? and
Axis: Bold As Love).
January 4 –
The Doors release their debut album,
The Doors (album)
January 8 –
Elvis Presley turns 32.
January 13 –
Stephen Foster Memorial Day is observed for the first time in the United States (on the 103rd anniversary of the composer's death).
January 14 – The
Human Be-In takes place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Polo Fields with spoken words from
Gary Snyder and others. Live music was provided by
The Grateful Dead,
Big Brother and the Holding Company and
Quicksilver Messenger Service. Speeches from
Jerry Rubin and others was also given at the event.
January 15 –
The Rolling Stones appear on
The Ed Sullivan Show. At
Ed Sullivan's request, the band change the lyrics of "
Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's spend some time together".
January 16 –
The Monkees begin work on
Headquarters, the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material.
January 17 – The
Daily Mail newspaper reports 4,000 potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire; and Guinness heir
Tara Browne is killed in a car wreck. These articles inspire lyrics for
The Beatles song "
A Day in the Life".
January 22 –
Simon & Garfunkel give live concert at
Philharmonic Hall in
New York City. Some of this concert is released on October 4, 1997, on their box set Old Friends, but most is not released until July 2002.
January 29 –
Mantra-Rock Dance, the "ultimate high" of the hippie era, is organised at
The Avalon ballroom in San Francisco, featuring
Big Brother and the Holding Company,
Moby Grape, beat poet
Allen Ginsberg and
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in support of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
January 30 –
The Beatles shoot a
promotional film for their forthcoming single "
Strawberry Fields Forever" at
Knole Park in
February 3 – UK
Joe Meek murders his landlady and then commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at
February 6 –
Michael Nesmith and
Micky Dolenz of the Monkees fly into London. Dolenz sees
Till Death Us Do Part on
British TV and uses the term "Randy
Scouse Git" from the programme for the title of The Monkees' next single release "
Randy Scouse Git", not realising it is an offensive term. British censors force the title to be changed to "Alternate Title" in the UK.
February 7 – Micky Dolenz meets
Paul McCartney at his home in
St John's Wood, London, and they pose together for the press. His impressions of the visit feature in the lyrics of "Randy Scouse Git".
February 10 –
Abbey Road Studio 2 session with
Michael Nesmith in attendance as
The Beatles record "
A Day in the Life" with the
London Philharmonic Orchestra performing an "orgasm of noise" featured twice in the song.
February 12 – British police raid 'Redlands', the Sussex home of
Keith Richards in the early hours of the morning following a tip-off about a party from the
News of the World; although no arrests are made at the time, Richards,
Mick Jagger and art dealer
Robert Fraser are subsequently charged with possession of drugs.
February 14 –
Aretha Franklin records "
Respect" at the
New York based
February 16 – "
Aretha Franklin Day" is declared in
February 24 – The
Bee Gees sign a management contract with
March 3 –
Eric Burdon & The Animals refuse to perform a show in
Ontario, unless they are paid in advance. The audience of 3000 riots, causing $5000 in damages to the auditorium.
March 11 – A taped appearance by
The Beatles on
American Bandstand includes their new
music video for the songs "
Penny Lane" and "
Strawberry Fields Forever"
March 25 –
The Who perform their first concert in the United States, in
March 27 –
John Lennon and
Paul McCartney are awarded the
Ivor Novello award for "
Michelle", the most performed song in Britain in 1966.
March 30 –
The Beatles pose with a photographic
collage and wax figures from
Madame Tussaud's famous museum for the cover artwork of
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album at Chelsea Manor Studios in
March 31 – Kicking off a tour with
The Walker Brothers,
Cat Stevens and
Engelbert Humperdinck at The Astoria London,
Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He is taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands. The guitar-burning act would later become a trademark of Hendrix's performances.
April 8 – The 12th
Eurovision Song Contest is held in the
Hofburg Imperial Palace,
United Kingdom wins the contest for the first time with the
Phil Coulter song "
Puppet on a String", sung by
May 2 – In the United States,
Capitol Records pulls the plug on
the Beach Boys' mysterious
Brian Wilson, who had taken more than a year to compose and produce the album, could not bring himself to finish it.
May 15 –
Paul McCartney meets American photographer
Linda Eastman at a club called "Bag O' Nails".
May 19 –
Linda McCartney (her maiden name, Eastman), photographs
The Beatles at the London Press Party for
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band held at the Chapel Street home of
Brian Epstein. Media there were perplexed by the band's fashion statements and the music itself.
May 30 – BBC Radio broadcasts "Where It's At" featuring
The Beatles interviews, and
John Lennon's comedy intro to "
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". BBC refuse to air "
A Day in the Life" for alleged "drug references" in the lyrics.
June 4 –
Jimi Hendrix Experience,
Denny Laine and his Electric String Band,
Procol Harum and
The Chiffons, perform a two-hour "Sunday Special" at
Saville Theatre in London.
June 10–11 – The KFRC
Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at
Mount Tamalpais in
Marin County, California features
Country Joe and the Fish and others on the bill for a charity concert attended by 15,000; considered the first
pop festival in some histories, but eclipsed in attendance and stature by the Monterey Pop Festival the following week.
June 15 –
Jacqueline Du Pré marries
 at the
Western Wall in Jerusalem.
June 16 –
Barbra Streisand performs live concert "
A Happening in Central Park" in
June 16–18 – The
Monterey Pop Festival, the world's first large scale outdoor rock music festival, is held in Monterey, California. Stars include The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Byrds,
The Association, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Otis and the MG's take the stage at 1:00 am after Jefferson Airplane and bring down the house; 55,000 are in attendance.
Ravi Shankar is among the performers at the festival.
June 19 – During his stay in California on a houseboat in Sausalito, while listening to the Beatles' Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, Otis Redding is inspired to compose "Sitting On the Dock of the Bay".
June 25 –
The Beatles perform "
All You Need Is Love" for the
Our World television special, the first worldwide television broadcast. Backing singers include
Eric Clapton, members of
The Rolling Stones and
The Supremes perform for the first time as Diana Ross & the Supremes at the
Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
Florence Ballard is fired from the group after the first night, and on-hand stand-in
Cindy Birdsong permanently takes Ballard's place in the group.
The Monkees fly into London at the start of their concerts at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
June 29 –
Mick Jagger and
Keith Richards are sentenced to jail for drug possession. They later appeal successfully against the sentences.
- June–July – Shortly after the end of the
Six-Day War, conductor Leonard Bernstein leads the
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour to the Sinai desert, the site of fighting only days before.
July 1 –
William Rees-Mogg, editor of The Times, uses the phrase "
Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?" in his editorial criticizing the prison sentences given to Mick Jagger and Keith Richard two days earlier.
July 2 –
Jeff Beck and
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers perform a two-hour "Sunday Special" at
Saville Theatre in London.
July 3 –
The Beatles host a party at the
Speakeasy Club for
The Monkees on the completion of their concerts in London.
July 5 – First of the
Schaefer Music Festivals, held in
Central Park. Lineup consists of
The Young Rascals, and
The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
July 18 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience is thrown off a tour of
The Monkees after complaints from the conservative
Daughters of the American Revolution. (Hendrix's manager
Chas Chandler later admitted it was a publicity stunt.)
July 29 –
Motown Records releases "
Reflections," the first single by the group's new billing, "
Diana Ross &
The Supremes" and after firing founding member
Florence Ballard; Ballard, nevertheless, sings on the record and appears on the vinyl's cover alongside group members Ross and
Wilson because the song was recorded before her dismissal.
August 14 – The
Marine Broadcasting Offences Act becomes law in the United Kingdom, and most
offshore radio stations (including
Wonderful Radio London) have already closed down. Only
Radio Caroline North & South on 259 would continue. As Radio Caroline International.
August 21 –
Mikis Theodorakis is arrested by the Greek military authorities and jailed for five months.
August 23 –
Brian Epstein's last visit to a Beatles' recording session, at the Chappell Recording Studios on Maddox Street, London. The last new Beatles song he lived to hear was "Your Mother Should Know". Epstein died of an overdose of Carbitral, a form of barbiturate or sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, on 27 August 1967
August 27 –
The Beatles, in Bangor,
Wales, with the
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, are informed of the death of their manager
Brian Epstein, and they return to London at once.
August 31 –
Paul McCartney calls a band meeting to discuss his TV movie idea about a psychedelic bus ride.
September 7 –
Eric Burdon marries Angie King.
September 16 – Too ill to conduct, after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer, Sir
Malcolm Sargent makes a valedictory appearance at the
Last Night of the Proms.
September 30 – The BBC replaces the
Home Service with a pop music programme,
Radio 1, and changes the
Light Programme into the more MOR-orientated
Radio 2, also launching the all-news
Radio 4. The
Third Programme is unchanged.
October 14 –
Tammi Terrell faints and collapses into duet partner
Marvin Gaye's arms onstage during a performance at the
Virginia. She was later diagnosed with a
brain tumor, and would die from brain cancer in 1970 at the age of 24.
October 18 – The first issue of
Rolling Stone rolls off the press at about 5:30pm,
 with a cover dated November 9 and featuring a photo of
John Lennon in the film
How I Won the War. The original inspiration for the magazine was
Bomp! magazine based in California, which preceded the existence of
October 27 – Sir
Malcolm Sargent's memorial service is attended by 3,000 people including
Princess Marina of Kent,
Bridget D'Oyly Carte,
Douglas Fairbanks Junior,
Léon Goossens, Sir
Arthur Bliss, and representatives of the London orchestras and of the Promenaders.
Colin Davis and the BBC Chorus and Symphony Orchestra performed the music.
Oricon is founded by Sōkō Koike and begins publishing a singles chart.
- Otis Redding records "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay".
December 8 – Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, play at a popular nightclub, Leo's Casino in Cleveland, Ohio. This is to be Redding's last performance. Two days later he and four of the six Bar-Kays die in a plane crash in Lake Monona (Madison, Wisconsin), one of the worst air tragedies in entertainment history, and the worst since the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper air crash, 8 years earlier, in 1959.
December 9 – During a performance at the
New Haven Arena in
New Haven, Connecticut,
Jim Morrison of
The Doors becomes the first singer to be arrested on stage, having earlier been sprayed with a can of
mace. He was charged with inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. The charges are dropped several weeks later due to a lack of evidence.
December 15 –
The Who release their third studio album,
The Who Sell Out. It is a concept album, formatted as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with faux commercials and public service announcements.
December 26 – First telecast of
Magical Mystery Tour on
BBC1. Shown in black and white, it upsets McCartney because it ruins the intended psychedelic color effects.
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