1965 Rock Music Timeline
Alan Freed dies
Jan '65
After the Payola scandal of 1959 leaves him virtually unemployable in major radio, Alan Freed turns to alcohol and dies of liver failure in CA. (more)
Hullabaloo brings rock music to NBC TV
Jan '65
Primetime Rock/Pop music TV show Hullabaloo debuts in the US on NBC to compete with ABC's Shindig! (more) 
Petula Clark - Downtown
Jan '65
British vocalist Petula Clark tops the US charts with the single "Downtown" (#2 UK). (more)
The Righteous Brothers
Feb '65
American vocal duo The Righteous Brothers top the US and UK charts with "You've Lost That Lovin Feelin" - they would score again in July with "Unchained Melody". (more)
The Impressions - People Get Ready
Feb '65
The Impressions, featuring Curtis Mayfield, hit #14  with "People Get Ready" inspired by the March on Washington.   (more)
The Temptations #1 with My Girl
Mar '65
Motown artists The Temptations have their first US #1 and hit #2 UK with the single "My Girl". (more)
The Kinks 1965
Mar '65
'65 brings UK rock band The Kinks two more US Top Ten hits with "Tired of Waiting for You" #1 UK and "All Day and All Of The Night" #2 UK. (more)
The Supremes 1965
Mar '65
The Supremes follow fellow Motown act The Temptations at #1 US with "Stop In The Name of Love". (more)
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Herman's Hermits
Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
The Byrds
James Brown - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Beach Boys 1965
Sonny and Cher
Rolling Stones rock classic Satisfaction
Dylan goes electric
The Yardbirds rock music guitar greats
The Beatle play Shea Stadium
Otis Redding 1965
The Beatles #1 with Yesterday
The McCoys - Hang on Sloopy
The Byrds - Turn, Turn, Turn
The Who - My Generation
Apr '65
Los Angeles native Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass have a US #1 album with "Whipped Cream & Other Delights". (more)
"Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Manchester, UK pop act Herman's Hermits goes to #1 US. They would top the US charts again in August with "Henry VIII". (more)
May '65
Jun '65
"Wooly Bully" hits #2 US and Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs are the first US band to have a million seller during the British Invasion. (more)
Jun '65
The Beatles are appointed MBE (Members of the British Empire) by the Queen. (more)
Jun '65
Los Angeles band The Byrds release their debut album and have a US and UK #1 single with their cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man". (more)
Jun '65
The Beach Boys are #1 US, #27 UK with "Help Me Rhonda" and #3 US, #26 UK with "California Girls". (more)
Jun '65
James Brown is back in the US Top Ten with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". (more)
Sonny and Cher release "I Got You Babe" which goes to #1 in the US and UK at the end of the year, after numerous TV appearances by the duo. (more)
The Rolling Stones have a #1 album and a #1 single in bothe the US and UK with "Satisfaction". They top the charts again in Nov. with "Get Off Of My Cloud". (more)
Jul '65
Jul '65
Bob Dylan debuts his new electric band at The Newport Folk Festival and receives boos from the crowd of folk purists. (more)
Aug '65
UK rock band The Yardbirds go to #3 UK, #6 US with "For Your Love". The band featured guitarists Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton and later Jimmy Page. (more)
Sep '65
Otis Blue, the third album by Otis Redding on Stax/Volt is released. Redding tours extensively. (more)
The Beatles hold the first major stadium concert in rock history at Shea Stadium in New York City before 55,600 fans. (more)
Sep '65
Oct '65
The McCoys, a teenage band from Union, Ohio, have a #1 US hit with "Hang On Sloopy". (more)
Oct '65
The Beatles are #1 US for four weeks with "Yesterday". It is their sixth number one single in the US in '65. The song is not released as a single in the UK. (more)
Dec '65
Los Angeles band The Byrds top the US charts again with their version of the Pete Seeger song "Turn, Turn, Turn". (more)
Dec '65
The Who are #2 in the UK with "My Generation", their third top ten single in the UK. The song peaks at #75 in the US. (more)
Jun '65
The Searchers 1965
Jan '65
Liverpool, UK band, The Searchers, go all the way to #3 US with "Love Potion #9". The band had previously scored three #1 hits in the UK. (more)
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Mar '65
Gary Lewis, son of comedian Jerry Lewis, and his band The Playboys, go to #1 US with "This Diamond Ring". (more)
Freddie and the Dreamers
Apr '65
"I'm Telling You Now" by Manchester, UK band Freddy and The Dreamers goes to #1 US, #2 UK. (more)
The Four Tops on Motown
Wilson Pickett 1965
Barry McGuire - Eve of Construction
Roy Head
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual
May '65
Welsh singer Tom Jones belts out a hit with the single "It's Not Unusual" #1 UK, #10 US. (more)
Detroit, MI act The Four Tops score their first US #1 hit with "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)". (more)
Jul '65
Alabama native and Detroit resident, Wilson Pickett moves from Gospel to secular music and has a #1 R&B, #21 Pop hit with "In The Midnight Hour". (more)
Aug '65
After leaving the New Christy Minstrels, Barry McGuire scores a #1 US, #3 UK solo hit with the protest song "Eve of Destruction". (more)
Aug '65
Nov '65
Oct '65
Texas Rockabilly singer, Roy Head switches to blue-eyed soul and lands a #2 US hit single with "Treat Her Right". (more)
St.Louis, MO soul singer Fontella Bass signs with Chess Records and goes to #1 US, #11 UK with her single "Rescue Me". (more)
1965 in Rock & Roll History:

Bob Dylan goes electric and is booed at the Newport Folk Festival. The hits keep coming from Motown with the Supremes having three more #1 singles, plus #1 hits from The Temptations and The Four Tops. The Beatles play the largest concert to date (55,600 people) at New York City's Shea Stadium. The British Invasion keeps delivering with new artists like Herman's Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, The Yardbirds, The Who, Petula Clark and others scoring major hits.

Top 40 Singles of 1965

1   The Rolling Stones
        (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  2   The Righteous Brothers
       Unchained Melody
  3   The Beatles - Help!
  4   The Beatles - Yesterday
  5   Petula Clark - Downtown
  6   The Beatles - Ticket to Ride
  7   The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man
  8   Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs        Wooly Bully
  9   The Beatles - We Can Work it Out
10   The Rolling Stones
       Get Off of My Cloud
11   Nini Rosso - Il Silenzio
12   The Beatles - Day Tripper
13   Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
14   The Rolling Stones - The Last Time
15   Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
16   Elvis Presley - Crying in the Chapel
17   Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction
18   Christophe - Aline
19   The Beatles - Eight Days a Week
20   The Supremes
       Stop! in the Name of Love
21   The Temptations - My Girl
22   The Beatles - Rock 'n' Roll Music
23   The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
24   Roger Miller - King of the Road
25   France Gall - Poupee De Cire,                     Poupee De Son
26   The Seekers - The Carnival is Over
27   Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger
28   The Who - My Generation
29   The McCoys - Hang On Sloopy
30   Jay & the Americans - Cara Mia
31   Herman's Hermits - Mrs Brown You've           Got a Lovely Daughter
32   The Beach Boys - Help Me, Rhonda
33   The Seekers
        I'll Never Find Another You
34   Jewel Akens - The Birds & the Bees
35   The Yardbirds - For Your Love
36   Drafi Deutscher
       Marmor Stein und Eisen bricht
37   The Fortunes
        You've Got Your Troubles
38   Bobby Solo - Se Piangi Se Ridi
39   Dave Clark Five - Over & Over
40   The Beach Boys - California Girls

Top 40 Albums of 1965

1   The Beatles - Rubber Soul
  2   The Beatles - Help!
  3   Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
  4   Richard Rodgers
       The Sound Of Music
  5   The Beatles - Beatles For Sale
  6   Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
  7   Disney - Mary Poppins
  8   Otis Redding - Otis Blue
  9   The Rolling Stones
       Out Of Our Heads
10   The Beatles - Beatles '65
11   Vince Guaraldi Trio
       A Charlie Brown Christmas
12   Frank Sinatra
       September Of My Years
13   The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man
14   Original Cast - Fiddler On The Roof
15   Elvis Presley - Roustabout
16   The Beach Boys - Beach Boys Today
17   The Rolling Stones - Number 2
18   The Who - My Generation
19   Jim Reeves - The Best Of
20   The Beatles - Beatles Vi
21   The Beach Boys - Summer Days
        (And Summer Nights!!)
22   The Rolling Stones - Now!
23   BB King - Live at the Regal
24   Elvis Presley - Girl Happy
25   Peter, Paul & Mary - In Concert
26   The Rolling Stones - December's                 Children (And Everybody's)
27   Barbra Streisand - My Name Is Barbra
28   Sonny & Cher - Look At Us
29   Herman's Hermits - Intoducing
30   Soundtrack - The Sound Of Music
31   The Beach Boys - Beach Boys Party
32   Original Cast - Man Of La Mancha
33   Peter, Paul & Mary - A Song Will Rise
34   Elvis Presley
       Flaming Star & Summer Kisses
35   Horace Silver - Song for My Father
36   Joan Baez - Farewell Angelina
37   Peter, Paul & Mary
       See What Tomorrow Brings
38   Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
39   Marianne Faithfull - Debut
40   Gerry & the Pacemakers
       Ferry 'cross The Mersey

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.

Let's face it, rock and roll is bigger than all of us."

- Alan Freed

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