1968 – The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets, 25 shillings, ($3.00).
1968 – Billboard reports a rumor that Diana Ross is ready to leave the Supremes and go solo.
1968 – To celebrate his 21st birthday (which was actually yesterday), Keith Moon drives a Lincoln convertible into the pool of a Flint, Mich., Holiday Inn. Wow… Rock n Roll.
1968 – The Dells hit #10 with “Stay In My Corner” today in rock history!
1968 – The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart on lead vocals, releases its debut album, ‘Truth.’ It fails to chart in the U.K. but reaches #15 in the U.S.
1968 – Flushing Meadows in Queens hosts the New York Rock Festival, featuring the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and the Soft Machine.
1968 – Ringo Starr temporarily walks out on the Beatles during sessions for The Beatles, but later returns. The incident goes unreported. He was probably just celebrating Keith Moon’s 21st birthday.
1968 – Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo’s departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums and […]
1968 – A day before their sixth anniversary, John Lennon’s wife, Cynthia, sues the Beatle for divorce after discovering Yoko Ono living in their London home.
1968 – Bruce Springsteen’s new band Earth made their live debut at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey, admission was 75c. The lineup of the group consisted of Springsteen (guitars & vocals), John Graham (bass), Michael Burke (drums) and ‘Flash Craig’ (organ). The group only had a 6-month existence.
1968 – Working at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, taking the song from its early acoustic version into an electric version. Lyrics: I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping While my guitar gently weeps I look at […]
1968 – The Jackson Five made their formal debut with Diana Ross and The Supremes at the Great Western Forum, California.