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60s Beat

Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hoffman accidentally absorbs a new substance he has synthesised, LSD, through his fingertips. The powerful hallucinogenic effects of the drug will have bona fide medical applications, but LSD will also inspire and encourage an entire musical movement, psychedelia, in the mid-1960s. Songs inspired by LSD include Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, Lysergic Bliss by Of Montreal and The Acid Commercial by Country Joe And The Fish.
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Johnny Sandon And The Searchers play a lunchtime session at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Cyril Davies All-Stars play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Mann-Hugg Blues Band [later to become Manfred Mann] plays at Ealing Jazz Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Animals play at the Club A Go Go, Whitley Bay, England, UK, Europe, for a fee of £4 each.
The Yardbirds, including Eric Clapton, pay a visit to the home of British labour peer Lord Ted Willis, who had recently described pop music as "a cheap candyfloss substitute for culture." They play for him in his garden in Shepherd’s Green, Chislehurst, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
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The Rolling Stones, The Chiffons, Bobby Vee, Bobby Goldsboro and Bobby Comstock play in the Farm Show Arena, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
Adam Faith and Tony Jackson (formerly of The Searchers) appears on UK tv show Ready, Steady, Go!, in London, UK.
A Christmas special edition of UK tv pop show Ready, Steady, Go! is pre-recorded in London, featuring The Searchers, Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders, Herman's Hermits, Sandie Shaw, The Nashville Teens, The Four Pennies and Dave Berry.
Another Beatles Christmas Show, hosted by UK radio deejay Jimmy Savile, and featuring The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Freddie And The Dreamers, Sounds Incorporated and Elkie Brooks, continues its seasonal run at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK.
Ringo Starr of The Beatles and Cilla Black attend a party in Hampstead, London, UK, thrown by Melody Maker journalist Bob Dawbarn, where they try out a new dance, The Skip.
Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas play at The Top Spot, Ross-On-Wye, UK.
The Alex Harvey Soul Band continues its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee, London, UK. Also on the bill is Long John Baldry and the Hoochie Coochie Men.
Having completed the filming of battlefield scenes on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, UK, for their second feature film, Help!, The Beatles check out of the Antrobus Arms hotel in Amesbury, and return to London to complete studio filming in Twickenham.
The Big Three play a lunchtime session at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Hollies play at The Top Of The World, Stafford, England, UK, Europe
The Merseybeats play at The Cavern, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Gene Pitney's British tour, along with Peter And Gordon, Lulu and The Rockin' Berries, plays at the ABC, Stockton, England, UK, Europe.
The Rolling Stones, The Strangeloves and Fontella Bass appear on tv show Shindig! in the USA.
Herman's Hermits and Billy Fury play at The Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
The Applejacks play at The Raven, Thurnby, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles' Third Christmas Record is sent out to members of the group's fan club in the UK and USA.
Lulu and Peter And Gordon open in Murray The K's Christmas show at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Johnny Mathis records Michelle (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles), Moment to Moment, The Shadow of Your Smile and A Taste of Honey for his Mercury Records LP The Shadow Of Your Smile.
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The Overlanders enter the UK singles chart with Michelle, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles. It will peak at No1.
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Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, returns to England after holidaying in the Virgin Islands, Caribbean.
The Nashville Teens play in the Town Hall, CHatham, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
The Hollies play in The Pavilion, Buxton, England, UK, Europe.
Chas Chandler, former bassist with The Animals, sees guitarist Jimmy Hendrix at The Caf ????, New York City, USA. With his name changed to Jimi Hendrix, and managed by Chandler, he will do rather well.
At The Bromel Club, Bromel Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent, England, UK, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Richard Green of Record Mirror. In the audience is Bill Wyman, bassist of The Rolling Stones.
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Kenny Lynch plays on the BBC tv show Whistle Stop in the UK. The show is hosted by Roger Whittaker.
The Kinks play at The ABC, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.
George Harrison of The Beatles is interviewed in London, England, UK, Europe, about his recent Indian trip.
George Harrison and Ringo Starr of The Beatles play golf in Monterey, California, USA.
Hello, I Love You by The Doors reaches No. 1 in the Billbaord Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
The Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart on vocals, plays at the Independence Auditorium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
David Bowie plays at the College of Technology, Ealing, London, England, UK, Europe.
The ITV network in the UK broadcasts a documentary about The Kreen-Akrore tribe which inhabited the Brazilian jungle. The following day, using the pseudonym Billy Martin, Paul McCartney of The Beatles will secretly start work on an instrumental, entitled Kreen-Akrore, intended for his solo debut album, in Morgan Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
A band calling itself Harry The Butcher plays at The Streatham Arms, London, England, UK, Europe. The band is actually David Bowie and The Hype.
Ringo Starr records his vocals for the song Blue Turning Grey Over You at De Lane Lea studios in London, England, UK, Europe. The track will appear on his album Sentimental Journey.
Eleven guards and 31 prisoners die in riots at Attica State Prison, New York State, USA. Just a few weeks later, John Lennon will write the song Attica State, lamenting the deaths but also commenting on the poor living conditions and human rights violations in the prison which had led to the riot.
The British Rock and Pop Awards are held at The Café Royal, London, England, UK, Europe. Paul McCartney collects the Outstanding Musical Personality Award.
Paul McCartney bids £21m to gain full control of the publishing firm, Northern Songs, which owns the song catalogue for the songs of Lennon-McCartney, primary composers for The Beatles.
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On his Serious Moonlight tour, David Bowie plays the first of three nights at The Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia, Oceania.
Rod Stewart plays in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Paul McCartney plays at Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
The Who play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In an interview in UK tabloid newspaper The Sun, David Bowie tells Dominic Mohan that he is refusing to accept a knighthood from the Queen - unlike his contemporary Sir Mick Jagger.
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