A musical diary: September 1968 18



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Today in 1968….

  • 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.


The Oz pop awards for 1968 were…

Male singer:      1 Normie Rowe           2 Johnny Farnham           3 Ronnie Burns

Female singer: 1 Bev Harrell               2 Lynne Randell               3 Dinah Lee

Group:               1 The Twilights       2 The Masters Apprentices     3 The Groop

International male singer:       1 Tom Jones     2 Paul Jones    3 Elvis Presley

International female singer:   1 Lulu         2 Sandie Shaw     3 Petula Clark

International group:     1 The Beatles     2 The Monkees     3 The Bee Gees


The top 10 in Australia in September 1968

  1. Help Yourself – Tom Jones
  2. Dream a Little Dream of Me – Mama Cass
  3. Do It Again – The Beach Boys
  4. MacArthur Park – Richard Harris
  5. Classical Gas – Mason Williams
  6. Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley
  7. I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – The Bee Gees
  8. You Keep Me Hanging On – Vanilla Fudge
  9. Whisky In The Jar/Orange and Green – The Irish Rovers
  10. Indian Lake – The Cowsills


The number ones in the USA in September 1968

7th 14th – People Got To Be Free – The Rascals

21st – Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley

28th – Hey Jude – The Beatles


In the UK

7th – I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You – The Bee Gees

14th 21st – Hey Jude – The Beatles

28th – Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin


In Australia

7th – Dream A Little Dream of Me – Mama Cass

14th 21st – Help Yourself – Tom Jones

28th – Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley


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Benjamin Hill

I was born in Belfast Northern Ireland 1946, I attended school at Ballygomartin Secondary School until I began an apprenticeship as an Electrician in 1962 at Harland and Wolff Shipbuilders (Birthplace of the Titanic). I married Rose-Marie in 1964 and immigrated to Australia in 1970 together with our two children Anna-Marie and Ronald. I worked in various sections of the construction industry as an Electrician until retirement 2011 and now my blog about 60s music is a labour of love that I am lucky to share with all lovers of music.

  1. 1968 I was married in the RAAF at Ops Command and doing my HSC at night as an adult student so there was little time for music. However by 1974 I had a degree was doing post grad and was a Systems Analyst/Project Manager with EMI housed at 301 Castlereagh St so among other things I was in the middle of the record/entertainment industry and definitely in the fast lane.

  2. I used own one of those! My first LP was “crying in the chapel” by Elvis! That’s bring back good memories!

  3. In High school still listening to my parents preferred music country and western occasionally get to a mates place and listen to something else .

  4. Jumping Jack Flash (Stones), Incense and Peppermints (Strawberry Alarm Clock), I am the Walrus (Beatles), Honey (Bobby Goldsboro) . The year I began my Fitting & Machining apprenticeship, age 16.

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