1967 Rock Music Timeline
The Doors debut album 1967
Jan '67
L.A. band, The Doors release their debut album which eventually goes to #2 US, #43 UK and features the single "Light My Fire" which goes to #1 US, #7 UK. (more)
Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday
Jan '67
The Rolling Stones release "Ruby Tuesday" an ode to a groupie written by Keith Richards. The song takes them to #1 US, #3 UK in March. (more)
The Byrds - So You Want To Be a Rock n' Roll Star
Los Angeles rock band The Byrds release the single "So You Want To Be A Rock n' Roll Star" a wry commentary on manufactured bands. (more)
Jan '67
Human Be-In San Francisco
Jan '67
20,000 people gather in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the Human Be-In to protest the illegalization of LSD. The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service play. (more)
Rolline Stones on Ed Sullivan 1967
Jan '67
On the Ed Sullivan Show, The Rolling Stones are forced to change the lyrics of "Let's Spend The Night Together" to Let's Spend Some Time Together.  Sullivan is infuriated as Mick Jagger rolls his eyes each time he sings the line. (more)
The Beatles 1967
Feb '67
The Beatles release the psychedelic double single "Strawberry Fields Forever" #2 UK, #8 US b/w "Penny Lane" #2 UK, #1 US. (more)
Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love
Feb '67
San Francisco band The Jefferson Airplane releases the Surrealistic Pillow album and scores two US Top Ten hits with "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love".  (more)
Mick Jagger mug shot
Feb '67
A police raid on Keith Richards Sussex home results in the arrest of Keith, Mick and others on drug possession charges. (more)
Blues Magoos 1967
Feb '67
Bronx, NY psychedelic rockers Blues Magoos have a US Top Ten hit with "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet".  (more)
Mar '67
L.A. psychedelic band, The Electric Prunes debut album results in a US #11 hit with "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)". (more)
Buffalo Springfield protest rock
Mar '67
Los Angeles rock band Buffalo Springfield re-release their debut album to include the #7 US hit single "For What It's Worth". (more)
The Velvet Underground 1967
Mar '67
The Velvet Underground and Nico is the debut album by this Andy Warhol managed rock band. The album reached only #171 US, but is now considered one of the best albums of all time. (more)
Grateful Dead debut album 1967
Mar '67
San Francisco's The Grateful Dead release their self-titled debut album which hits #73 US. (more)
Elvis Presley marries Priscilla 1967
May '67
Elvis marries 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. He has been dating her since she was fourteen. (more)
Jimi Hendrix Experience
May '67
The Jimi Hendrix Experience release their debut album and hit #2 UK, #5 US. In July they tour the US as the opening act for the Monkees.  (more)
Mithch Ryder
May '67
Mitch Ryder hits #4 US with the single Devil With A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly. (more)
The Beatles Sergeant Pepper
Jun '67
The Beatles release their eighth studio
album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album would top the charts for 15 weeks in the US, 27 weeks in the UK and would win the '68 grammy for Best Album.  (more)
Monterey Pop Festival
Jun '67
John Phillips of the Mama's and the Papa's organizes the first full scale rock festival in Monterey, CA. With total attendance of 165,000 the event includes Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding and the unsigned Big Brother & The Holding Co. among many others. The event is filmed as a documentary by D.A. Pennebraker.  (more)
Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale
Jun '67
UK band Procol Harum have a #1 UK and #5 US hit with "Whiter Shade of Pale". (more)
Florence Ballard leaves Supremes
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Jun '67
Jun '67
Florence Ballard is fired from The Supremes, who would hereafter be known as Diana Ross and the Supremes. (more)
Van Morrison, formerly of the Northern Ireland band Them, has a #10 US, #60 UK hit as a solo artist with "Brown Eyed Girl". (more)
Bee Gees 1967 debut
Jun '67
UK based Australian band, The Bee Gees score three US Top Twenty hits off their US debut album. (more)
Supergroup: Cream
Janis Joplin - Big Brother & the Holding Company
Aug '67
Often called the first "super-group", UK band Cream, with guitarist Eric Clapton, tour the US for the first time.
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Sep '67
After mesmerizing the crowd at Monterey, San Francisco's Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring vocalist Janis Joplin, sign with Columbia Records and release their debut album which hits #60 US. (more)
Brian Epstein dies
Aug '67
Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 33. (more)
Box Tops - The Letter
Oct '67
Memphis band The Boxtops, including 17-year-old gravel voiced singer Alex Chilton, have a #1 US, #5 UK hit with "The Letter".
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Rolling Stone rock music Magazine 1967
Nov '67
Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason publish the first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine in San Francisco. An interview with John Lennon is featured on the cover. (more)
The Who 1967
Nov '67
UK rock band The Who have their first and only US Top Ten hit with "I Can See For Miles". In Dec. they smash their instruments on The Smothers Brothers TV show. (more)
Steve Miller Band
Nov '67
San Francisco's The Steve Miller Band receive $750,000 for signing with Capitol Records. One of the biggest advances ever at the time. (more)
The Moody Blues
Dec '67
The Moody Blues release the album Days of Future Passed #27 UK. Five years later it would go to #3 in the US. (more)
Otis Redding killed
The Cowsills 1967
Toots and the Maytals reggae
The Monkees 1967 Daydream Believer
Dec '67
Dec '67
Dec '67
Dec '67
Rhode Island family band The Cowsills have a #2 US hit with "The Rain, The Park and Other Things". (more)
Macon, GA soul singer Otis Redding and several members of his band, the Bar-Kays, die in a plane crash in Madison, WI. (more)
Toots and the Maytals have a hit in Jamaica "54-46 That's My Number"...considered by many to be the first reggae song. (more)
The Monkees end the year at #1 US, #5 UK with the single "Daydream Believer".  (more)
The Turtles - Happy Together
Mar '67
Westchester, CA band The Turtles top the charts in the US with "Happy Together" #12 UK. They would follow up in June with "She'd Rather Be With Me" #3 US. (more)
Spencer Davis Group
Apr '67
"Gimme Some Lovin" by The Spencer Davis Group is #7 US and #2 UK with vocals by 17 year old Steve Winwood. (more)
Grass Roots - Live For Today
Jul '67
L.A. band The Grass Roots score their first US Top Ten hit with "Let's Live For Today".  (more)
Pink Floyd debut 1967
Aug '67
UK psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd release their debut album - The Piper At The Gates of Dawn which goes to #6 in the UK. (more)
Bobbie Gentry
Aug '67
Bobbie Gentry tops the charts for 4 weeks in the US with her southern gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe". (more)
The Buckinghams
Feb '67
Chicago, IL band The Buckinghams go to #1 US with their single "Kind Of A Drag". The band would hit the US Top Ten three times in 1967.  (more)
1967 in Rock & Roll History:

Elvis Presley marries long time girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu. Paul reveals that all four Beatles have dropped acid. The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released. The debut album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience is released. The Monterrey Pop Festival, the world's first large scale (165,000 attendance) outdoor music festival is held. Britain moves to outlaw off-shore "pirate" radio stations. The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published. Otis Redding and four members of his band the Bar-Kays are killed in a plane crash.

Top 40 Singles of 1967
Worldwide:

 
  1   Procol Harum
       A Whiter Shade of Pale
  2   The Beatles - All You Need is Love
  3   The Monkees - I'm a Believer
  4   The Beatles - Hello, Goodbye
  5   Bee Gees - (The Lights Went Out In)            Massachusetts
  6   The Beatles - Penny Lane
  7   Scott McKenzie - San Francisco
       (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)
  8   Sandie Shaw - Puppet On a String
  9   The Monkees - Daydream Believer
10   The Beatles
       Strawberry Fields Forever
11   The Box Tops - The Letter
12   The Doors - Light My Fire
13   Tom Jones - The Green Green
       Grass of Home
14   Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra          Somethin' Stupid
15   Engelbert Humperdinck
       The Last Waltz
16   Petula Clark - This is My Song
17   The Tremeloes - Silence is Golden
18   Aretha Franklin - Respect
19   The Rolling Stones
       Let's Spend the Night Together
20   The Monkees
       A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You
21   Manfred Mann
       Ha Ha Said the Clown
22   The Turtles - Happy Together
23   Engelbert Humperdinck - Release Me
24   The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday
25   The Seekers - Georgy Girl
26   The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
27   The Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
28   Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
29   Royal Guardsmen
       Snoopy Vs the Red Baron
30   Salvatore Adamo
       Inch'Allah (se Sio vuole)
31   Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
32   Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billie Joe
33   The Young Rascals - Groovin'
34   Spencer Davis Group
       Gimme Some Lovin'
35   Lulu - To Sir, With Love
36   The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
37   The Monkees
       Pleasant Valley Sunday
38   The Rolling Stones - We Love You
39   The Who - Happy Jack
40   Procol Harum - Homburg

Top 40 Albums of 1967
Worldwide:

 
  1   The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely               Hearts Club Band
  2   The Doors - The Doors
  3   Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
  4   Cream - Disraeli Gears
  5   The Monkees - More Of The Monkees
  6   The Monkees - The Monkees
  7   The Velvet Underground - The Velvet         Underground & Nico
  8   Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold As Love
  9   The Rolling Stones
       Between The Buttons
10   LOVE - Forever Changes
11   Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
12   Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man         the Way I Love You
13   Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
14   The Monkees - Headquarters
15   The Doors - Strange Days
16   Pink Floyd
       The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
17   The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius,                  Capricorn & Jones Ltd
18   Elvis Presley - How Great Thou Art
19   Herb Alpert - SRO
20   The Four Tops - Greatest Hits
21   Herb Alpert - Sounds Like
22   The Who - The Who Sell Out
23   Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billie Joe
24   Traffic - Mr Fantasy
25   The Kinks
       Something Else by The Kinks
26   The Byrds
       Younger Than Yesterday
27   Engelbert Humperdinck
       The Last Waltz
28   Bee Gees - Bee Gees First
29   Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
30   The Rolling Stones - Flowers
31   The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
32   Tom Jones - Green Green Grass
       Of Home
33   The Byrds - The Byrds' Greatest Hits
34   Original Soundtrack
       A Man & A Woman
35   Engelbert Humperdinck - Release Me
36   Elvis Presley - Easy Come, Easy Go
37   The Four Tops - Reach Out
38   The Temptations - Greatest Hits
39   Esther & Abi Ofarim - 2 In 3
40   John Mayall - Crusade


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.


" 'The 60s was a sensual revolution. We figured the whole thing was going to go on and on and more people were going to take acid, more of us were going to get enlightened. It wasn't like peace and love kinda stuff, it was, let's make music and screw around instead of making war. "
- Grace Slick

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