1964 Rock Music Timeline
Top of the Pops UK TV Show debut 1964
Jan '64
Top of the Pops, a pop music chart based program, debuts on British televison. The successful show would run until 2006. (more)
Feb '64
The Beatles kick off the British Invasion with three weeks of appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US. (more)
Feb '64
Feb '64
Dave Clark Five
The Beatles #1 with I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles hit #1in the US for the first time with "I Want To Hold Your Hand". They would follow with "She Loves You" and "Can't Buy Me Love" at #1.  By April the Top 5
England's The Dave Clark 5 have a #1 UK, #6 US hit with "Glad All Over" the first of four Top 10 singles for them in '64. (more)
The British Invasion 1964
Mar '64
Other UK acts follow The Beatles into the US Pop Charts including The Kinks, Dave Clark
Mary Wells - My Guy
May '64
Mary Wells has a #1 US, #5 UK hit with "My Guy" written and produced by Smokey Robinson on the Motown label. (more)
Peter and Gordon
UK act, Peter and Gordon top the charts in the US and UK with "A World Without Love", written by Paul McCartney. (more)
New Orleans, LA vocal group The Dixie Cups hit #1 US with "Goin' To The Chapel" from the songwriting team of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Berry. (more)
Jun '64
Jun '64
The Beach Boys 1964
Jul '64
After four US Top 10 Hits, the Beach Boys have their first US #1 with "I Get Around". (#7 UK)
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin'
Jan '64
Bob Dylan releases his third album - The Times They Are a Changin' #20 US, #4 UK. The first of two albums he would release in '64. (more)
The Animals #1 with House of the Rising Sun
The Four Seasons - Rag Doll
Jul '64
New Jersey vocal group The Four Seasons are back at #1 US, #2 UK with the single "Rag Doll".
Aug '64
Folk classic "The House of the Rising Sun" is covered by Newcastle, UK blues band The Animals and hits #1 in the US & UK. (more)
Supremes go to #1
Aug '64
Motown act, The Supremes, have the first of five consecutive number one hits in the US with "Where Did Our Love Go". (more)
Kinks - You Really Got Me
Aug '64
North London, UK band The Kinks redefine the power chord with their hit "You Really Got Me" #1 UK, #7 US. (more)  
Sep '64
Roy Orbison - Oh Pretty Woman
Shindig! debuts on ABC 1964
ABC television debuts the prime time pop music show "Shindig!" in the US. (more)
Sep '64
Texan Roy Orbison tops the charts for the final time in both the US & UK with the single "Oh Pretty Woman". (more)
Simon and Garfunkel debut album 1964
Oct '64
Queens, NY duo Simon and Garfunkel release their first album, which fails to chart. (more)
Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy
Oct '64
British band Manfred Mann score a #1 hit in the US and UK with their cover of "Do Wah Diddy" which failed to chart previously for American group The Exciters(more)
Rolling Stones on Ed Sullivan 1964
Oct '64
The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and tour the US for the second time. Their cover of "Time Is On My Side" goes to #6 in the US. In the UK they have their first #1 with a cover of The Valentinos "It's All Over Now". (more)
The Shangri Las hit #1 with Leader of the Pack
Nov '64
Queens, NY high school girl group The Shangri-Las hit #1 US, #11 UK with the teen tragedy melodrama "Leader of the Pack". (more)
Sam Cooke killed 1964
Dec '64
American soul singer Sam Cooke is shot and killed in a Los Angeles, CA motel.   (more)
Elvis and Ann Margret in Viva Las Vegas
Elvis is still a hit at the box office in Viva Las Vegas with Ann Margret. (more)
The Beatles - I Feel Fine 1964
Dec '64
The Beatles end the year on top in the US and UK with "I Feel Fine" their third UK #1, sixth #1 US hit of 1964. (more)
The Zombies - Tell Her No
Dec '64
UK band The Zombies have their second US Top Ten hit with "Tell Her No" following up on "She's Not There" which went to #2 US, #12 UK in Aug. (more)
singles in the US are all by The Beatles and they have 14 songs in the Top 100 - breaking Elvis' record.
The Rivieras - California Sun
Feb '64
The single "California Sun" goes to #5 US for South Bend, Indiana high school band The Rivieras.  (more)
The Dixie Cups - Goin' to the Chapel
Terry Stafford - Suspicion
Betty Everett - Shoop Shoop Song
Jan and Dean 1964
Apr '64
Greenwood, MS native Betty Everett makes the move from gospel to secular music with her #6 US, #31 UK hit single "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)".  (more)
Apr '64
Texan, Terry Stafford, goes to #3 US, #31 UK with his Elvis sound-alike hit "Suspicion".  (more)
May '64
California's Jan and Dean break into the US Top Ten again with the teen tragedy single "Dead Man's Curve". (more)
Johnny Rivers covers Memphis
Jun '64
Johnny Rivers of Baton Rouge, LA goes all the way to #2 US with his cover of Chuck Berry's song "Memphis Tennessee".  (more)
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show
1964 in Rock & Roll History:

The British Invasion and Beatlemania hit the US. The Beatles have six number one hits in the US in 1964. Televison is influential, with the Beatles first Ed Sullivan appearance breaking TV ratings records. Top of the Pops debuts on UK TV and Shindig debuts on ABC in the US. Motown hits big, with The Supremes scoring three back-to-back number one hits.

Top 60 Singles of 1964

  1   Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman
  2   The Beatles
       I Want to Hold Your Hand
  3   The Animals
       House of the Rising Sun
  4   The Beatles - I Feel Fine
  5   The Beatles - She Loves You
  6   The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
  7   The Righteous Brothers
       You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  8   The Supremes
       Where Did Our Love Go
  9   Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy
10   The Supremes - Baby Love
11   The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
12   Millie Small - My Boy Lollipop
13   The Beatles - Twist & Shout
14   Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly
15   The Beatles - Please Please Me
16   Mary Wells - My Guy
17   Dean Martin
       Everybody Loves Somebody
18   The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack
19   Gigliola Cinquetti
       Non Ho L'Eta Per Amarti
20   The Beatles
       I Should Have Known Better
21   Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over
22   Johnny Rivers - Memphis, Tennessee
23   The Four Seasons - Rag Doll
24   Salvatore Adamo
       Vous Permettez Monsieur
25   Siw Malmqvist
       Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht
26   Martha & The Vandellas
       Dancing in the Street
27   The Searchers - Needles & Pins
28   The Beatles - Love Me Do
29   The Supremes - Come See About Me
30   The Beach Boys - I Get Around
31   The Kinks - You Really Got Me
32   Peter & Gordon
       A World Without Love
33   Swinging Blue Jeans
       Hippy Hippy Shake
34   The Beatles - All My Loving
35   Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
       The Girl From Ipanema
36   Roy Orbison - It's Over
37   The Honeycombs - Have I the Right
38   The Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now
39   The Beatles
        I Saw Her Standing There
40   Ronny - Oh My Darling Caroline
41   Bernd Spier
       Das kannst du mir nicht verbieten
42   Gianni Morandi - In ginocchio da te
43   Peter Lauch & die Regenpfeifer        Das kommt vom Rudern, das kommt            vom Segeln
44   Lucille Starr - The French Song
45   Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
46   The Rolling Stones
       Time is On My Side
47   Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love
48   The Newbeats - Bread & Butter
49   Elvis Presley
       Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
50   The Rolling Stones
        Little Red Rooster
51   Dave Clark Five - Bits & Pieces
52   Bobby Solo - Una Lacrima Sul Viso
53   Terry Stafford - Suspicion
54   The Beatles - Long Tall Sally
55   Drafi Deutscher - Shake Hands
56   Jim Reeves - I Won't Forget You
57   Barbra Streisand - People
58   Charles Aznavour - La Mamma
59   Richard Anthony - Cin Cin
60   Elvis Presley - Viva Las Vegas

All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.
Five, Dusty Srpingfield, The Animals, The Zombies,
Manfred Mann and many more.  (more)

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