The Doors’ third album “Waiting For The Sun”, became a gold disc with over a million advance orders.
On the first two days of the month the Bank Holiday Bluesology Festival is held at Droitwich, Worchester, UK. Some of the acts performing were The Move, Fleetwood Mac, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, and The John Mayall Bluesbreakers.
On the 11th, The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”, at seven minutes and ten seconds became the longest ever number one in the UK.
Another heartbreak on the 14th: Roy Orbison two sons, Roy DeWayne aged 10, and Anthony King aged 6, die in a house fire at their home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
In an article in Billboard magazine on the 14th, The Who’s Pete Townshend outlined his plans for a rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind pinball player. Townshend was inspired to write the rock opera after hearing The Pretty Things album “S. F. Sorrow”. The end result was the classic “Tommy”, a record, a play and eventually a movie.
Bubblegum Music is established when The Archies cartoon show made its debut on CBS TV in the USA on the 14th. The show was a Don Kirshner creation following the pattern he evolved with The Monkees. Bubblegum was a term coined by Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz, owners of Super-K Records, when they wrote the hit “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy”, for The Ohio Express and “Simon Says”, for The 1910 Fruitgum Company.
On the 19th, Cliff Richard & The Shadows celebrated 10 years together in showbiz with a concert at the London Palladium.
Also on the 19th, Canadian rockers Steppenwolf earn their first gold disc with “Born To Be Wild”. The lyrics in the song included using a rock ‘n’ roll term coined by author William Burroughs: heavy metal.
Mary Hopkins’ “Those Were The Days”, knocks The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” from the top spot on the 25th; the record was produced by Paul McCartney.
Janis Joplin is to leave Big Brother & The Holding Company at the end of their current obligations.
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The Oz pop awards for 1968 were…
Male singer: 1 Normie Rowe 2 Johnny Farnham 3 Ronnie Burns