The year is 1968. The Yardbirds are having a very real communication breakdown. Jimmy Page then reforms the group into what would become the rock ‘n’ roll behemoth known as Led Zeppelin.
Out of left field, and completely out of character for them, U.K.’s Status Quo weaved one of the most enduring magic spells of the psychedelic era, 1968’s “Pictures Of Matchstick Men.”
We’ve looked back at the troubling news of the day and songs and albums that marked 1968. In this, the final installment of our rewind to 1968, we check out the musical schizophrenia that existed in the "popular" music of the day. Plus, we take a look back at the #1 songs and albums of 1968 on each side of the pond of that year.
Amid the racial strife and political turmoil, 1968 proved to be a watershed year for rock.
The Beatles’ 1968 double album — The Beatles to discographers, The White Album to its friends — represents both the most monumental achievement of their recording career, and the most controversial.
The notion of recording a double album surfaced very early on in The Beatles’ White Album sessions, partly because there were so many new songs scrabbling for attention, but also because The Beatles were in very real danger of being left behind in one of the most exciting new races in rock.
With The White Album, Paul McCartney, too, drew inspiration from far and wide, most impressively from an interview with The Who’s Pete Townshend, published in one of the music papers.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of Elvis’ greatest performances ever, the TV special “Elvis,” more commonly known as the “Comeback Special” because it helped rejuvenate Elvis’ career.