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List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1965.
- January 4 – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is sold to CBS for $13 million.
- January 12 – Hullabaloo premieres on NBC. The first show includes performances by The New Christy Minstrels, comedian Woody Allen, actress Joey Heatherton and a segment from London in which Brian Epstein introduces The Zombies and Gerry & the Pacemakers.
- January 17 – The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' book Ode to a High Flying Bird, a tribute to jazz great Charlie Parker, is published.
- January 21
- January 23 – "Downtown" hits #1 in the US singles chart, making Petula Clark the first British female vocalist to reach the coveted position since the arrival of The Beatles.
- January 24 – The Animals appear a second time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
- January 27 – Paul Simon broadcasts on BBC's Five to Ten show, discussing and playing 13 songs, 12 of which would appear on his May-recorded and August-released UK-only solo album, The Paul Simon Song Book.
- February 6 – Donovan performs the first of three performances on the British television program Ready, Steady, Go! This presents him to a widespread audience for the first time.
- February 12 – NME reports The Beatles will star in a film adaptation of Richard Condon's novel A Talent for Loving. The story is about a 2,253-kilometer (1,400 mi) horse race that takes place in the old west. The film is never made.
- February 19 - Rod Stewart with The Soul Agents perform their first important concert in London club London Borough of Harrow
- February 24 – The Beatles begin filming their second film, Help!
- March 6 – The Temptations' "My Girl", written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, from Motown Records, reaches number 1.
- March 18 – The Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman are fined five pounds for urinating on the wall of a London petrol station. The band had asked to use the restroom, but it was out of order.
- March 20 – The 10th Eurovision Song Contest in Naples, Italy, is won by 17-year-old France Gall, representing Luxembourg, with the Serge Gainsbourg-composed "Poupée de cire, poupée de son".
- March 21 – The Supremes have their fourth number-one single, "Stop! In The Name Of Love", written by H-D-H.
- April 11 – The New Musical Express poll winners' concert takes place featuring performances by The Beatles, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Kinks, the Searchers, Herman's Hermits, The Anita Kerr Singers, The Moody Blues, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Donovan, Them, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones.
- April 13 – The 7th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Beverly Hills. João Gilberto and Stan Getz each win the most awards with four, the latter winning Record of the Year with Astrud Gilberto for the song "The Girl from Ipanema" and the pair collectively winning Album of the Year for Getz/Gilberto. Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" wins Song of the Year, while The Beatles win Best New Artist.
- April 21 – The Beach Boys appear on Shindig! performing their most recent hit, "Do You Wanna Dance?"
- April 26 – Leopold Stokowski conducts the first complete performance of Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4, more than ten years after the composer's death.
- May 5 – Alan Price leaves The Animals, to be replaced temporarily by Mick Gallagher and permanently by Dave Rowberry.
- May 6
- Keith Richards and Mick Jagger begin work on "Satisfaction" in their Clearwater, Florida, hotel room. Richards comes up with the classic guitar riff while playing around with his brand new Gibson "Fuzz box".
- The Symphony of the New World, the first racially integrated orchestra in the United States, plays its first concert, under its founding conductor Benjamin Steinberg in Carnegie Hall, New York City.
- May 8 – The British Commonwealth comes closer than it ever has, or will, to a clean sweep of the US Hot 100's top 10, lacking only a hit at number 2 instead of "Count Me In" by the American group Gary Lewis & The Playboys.
- May 9 – Bob Dylan performs the first of two concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall, concluding his tour of Europe. Audience members include The Beatles and Donovan.
- May 30 – The Animals appear a third time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
- Producer Tom Wilson, (Simon & Garfunkel) records a heavy backing band onto the song "The Sound of Silence", without the knowledge of Paul Simon, for release on a 45 rpm single, and the B-side, "We've Got A Groovey Thing Goin'". The single will eventually reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on New Year's Day 1966.
- The US music press popularize the term "folk rock", which has been in print at least since the November 2, 1963, issue of Billboard magazine, in which "Devil's Waitin'" by the Glencoves was said to have a "wide open folk-rock sound." The term was also used of "Twins" by Kingtones (March 7, 1964), the Men (July 25, 1964), and even of Hoyt Axton. People outside the trade begin to take notice of the term in June, 1965.
- June 6 – The Supremes have their fifth consecutive number-one single, "Back in My Arms Again, written by H-D-H, from Motown Records.
- June 14 – Paul McCartney records "Yesterday".
- July 5 – Maria Callas gives her last operatic performance, as Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
- July 9 – The release of the Tamil musical film Aayirathil Oruvan marks the end of the composing partnership between T. K. Ramamoorthy and M. S. Viswanathan.
- July 25 – Electric Dylan controversy: Bob Dylan, playing a second day at the Newport Folk Festival, is booed for playing an electric set with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Joan Baez and Donovan also play sets.
- August 6
- August 14 – The husband-and-wife American pop duo Sonny & Cher earn their first number one hit I Got You Babe. It peaks at that position in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.
- August 15 – The Beatles play at Shea Stadium, the first rock concert to be held in a venue of this size. The concert also sets new world records for attendance (55,600+) and for revenue.
- August 27 – The Beatles visit Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air. It is the only time the band and the singer meet.
- September 30 – Donovan appears on Shindig! in the U.S. and plays Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier".
- October 15 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix signs a three-year recording contract with Ed Chaplin, receiving $1 and 1% royalty on records with Curtis Knight. The agreement will later cause continuous litigation problems with Hendrix and other record labels.
- October 17 – The Animals appear a fourth time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
- October 26 – The Beatles are appointed Members of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen. Since it is unusual at this time for popular musicians to be appointed as MBEs, a number of previous recipients complain and protest.
- November 5 – The Who release their iconic single "My Generation" in the UK. This song contains the famous line: "I hope I die before I get old"
- November 14 – The Supremes have their sixth number-one record, "I Hear A Symphony", for Motown Records.
- November 26 – Arlo Guthrie is arrested in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, for the crime of littering, perpetrated the day before (Thanksgiving) in the nearby town of Stockbridge. The resultant events and adventure will be immortalized in the song "Alice's Restaurant".
- December 3
- Rockfield Studios (near Rockfield, Monmouthshire in Wales) becomes the world's first residential recording studio.
- Toho College of Music is established in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan.
- Michael Tippett is invited as guest composer to the music festival in Aspen, Colorado. The visit leads to major changes in his style.
|1||The Chipmunks Sing with Children||The Chipmunks||-|
|Odetta Sings Dylan||Odetta||-|
|15||The Rolling Stones No. 2||The Rolling Stones||UK|
|21||Four Tops||Four Tops||Motown|
|–||Dean Martin Hits Again||Dean Martin||-|
|The Folk Album||Trini Lopez||-|
|The Good Life With The Drifters||The Drifters||-|
|Live in Concert||Ray Charles||Live|
|Live! The Ike & Tina Turner Show||Ike & Tina Turner||Live|
|The Zombies||The Zombies||-|
|13||The Rolling Stones, Now!||The Rolling Stones||US release|
|Herman's Hermits||Herman's Hermits||Debut|
|15||Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits||Brenda Lee||-|
|The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick||Dionne Warwick||-|
|22||The Supremes Sing Country, Western and Pop||The Supremes||-|
|Orange Blossom Special||Johnny Cash||-|
|–||The Animals on Tour||The Animals||-|
|A Love Supreme||John Coltrane||-|
|Goin' Out Of My Head||Little Anthony & The Imperials||–|
|People Get Ready||The Impressions||-|
|I'll Be There||Gerry and the Pacemakers||-|
|Leader of the Pack||The Shangri-Las||Debut|
|1||Girl Happy||Elvis Presley||Soundtrack|
|2||Absent Friend||Alf Henrikson||-|
|8||The Beach Boys Today!||The Beach Boys||-|
|10||I've Got a Tiger By the Tail||Buck Owens||-|
|12||The Pretty Things||The Pretty Things||-|
|22||Bringing It All Back Home||Bob Dylan||-|
|The Early Beatles||The Beatles||US only|
|Greatest Hits: From the Beginning||The Miracles||Greatest Hits|
|Latin for Lovers||Doris Day||-|
|The Temptations Sing Smokey||The Temptations||Smokey Robinson and The Miracles covers album|
|–||The Greatest Hits of Ike & Tina Turner||Ike & Tina Turner||Greatest Hits|
|The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads||Otis Redding||-|
|Soul Dressing||Booker T & the M.G.s||-|
|6||Beatles for Sale||The Beatles||EP|
|9||Begin Here||The Zombies||-|
|12||Dance Party||Martha and the Vandellas||-|
|We Remember Sam Cooke||The Supremes||Sam Cooke covers LP|
|15||Come My Way||Marianne Faithfull||-|
|16||Bert Jansch||Bert Jansch||-|
|19||If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set||Tony Bennett||-|
|-||Chuck Berry in London||Chuck Berry||-|
|I Go to Pieces||Peter and Gordon||-|
|Introducing The Beau Brummels||The Beau Brummels||-|
|Whipped Cream & Other Delights||Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass||-|
|14||What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid||Donovan||debut|
|17||Maiden Voyage||Herbie Hancock||-|
|The Versatile Brenda Lee||Brenda Lee||-|
|25||Before and After||Chad & Jeremy||-|
|-||Along Came Jones||Tom Jones||debut|
|Animal Tracks||The Animals||UK|
|The Astrud Gilberto Album||Astrud Gilberto||-|
|Herman's Hermits on Tour||Herman's Hermits||-|
|The Love Album||Trini Lopez||-|
|My Name Is Barbra||Barbra Streisand||-|
|My Funny Valentine||Miles Davis||Live|
|Wooly Bully||Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs||featuring hit title track|
|4||Beatles for Sale (No. 2)||The Beatles||EP|
|11||The Angry Young Them||Them||-|
|Got Live If You Want It||The Rolling Stones||EP|
|13||For Your Love||The Yardbirds||-|
|14||Beatles VI||The Beatles||US only|
|21||Mr. Tambourine Man||The Byrds||Debut|
|-||Bobby Vinton Sings for Lonely Nights||Bobby Vinton||-|
|Sinatra '65: The Singer Today||Frank Sinatra||-|
|1||There Is Only One Roy Orbison||Roy Orbison||-|
|2||Angel Eyes||Dave Brubeck||-|
|New Thing at Newport||John Coltrane and Archie Shepp||Live|
|5||Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)||The Beach Boys||-|
|12||Doris Day's Sentimental Journey||Doris Day||-|
|The Sound of The Shadows||The Shadows||-|
|23||The Magnificent Moodies||The Moody Blues||-|
|More Hits by The Supremes||The Supremes||-|
|26||Before You Go||Buck Owens||-|
|28||Live in Paris||John Coltrane||Live|
|2||Look at Us||Sonny & Cher||-|
|Sings the Ballads of the True West||Johnny Cash||Double LP|
|10||Elvis for Everyone!||Elvis Presley||Compilation|
|30||Highway 61 Revisited||Bob Dylan||-|
|-||Beat & Soul||The Everly Brothers||-|
|The Beau Brummels, Volume 2||Beau Brummels||-|
|Bleecker & MacDougal||Fred Neil||Debut|
|The Paul Simon Songbook||Paul Simon||-|
|Sammy's Back on Broadway||Sammy Davis, Jr.||-|
|2||Too Many Rivers||Brenda Lee||-|
|15||Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul||Otis Redding||-|
|24||Out of Our Heads||The Rolling Stones||-|
|The Ventures a Go-Go||The Ventures||Dolton Records|
|-||Animal Tracks||The Animals||US|
|Ballads of the Hills and Plains||Hank Williams, Jr.||-|
|The Big Bad Rock Guitar of Glen Campbell||Glen Campbell||-|
|Fifth Album||Judy Collins||-|
|September of My Years||Frank Sinatra||-|
|We and Our Cadillac||Hep Stars||-|
|My Town, My Guy & Me||Lesley Gore|
|8||Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty||Dusty Springfield||-|
|16||All I Really Want to Do||Chér||-|
|18||Merry Christmas||Andy Williams||-|
|21||The Shadow of Your Smile||Astrud Gilberto||-|
|-||All That's Good||Frederick Roach||-|
|Basra||Pete La Roca||-|
|Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits||Bing Crosby||-|
|Cute 'n' Country||Connie Smith||-|
|Farewell, Angelina||Joan Baez||-|
|Going Places||Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass||-|
|Have a Holly Jolly Christmas||Burl Ives||Christmas|
|It Ain't Me Babe||The Turtles||-|
|Mann Made||Manfred Mann||-|
|My Name Is Barbra, Two...||Barbra Streisand||-|
|The Paul Butterfield Blues Band||The Paul Butterfield Blues Band||-|
|Try a Little Love||Sam Cooke||Posthumous|
|3||My Generation||The Who||Debut|
|Rubber Soul||The Beatles||-|
|4||December's Children (And Everybody's)||The Rolling Stones||US release|
|6||The Beatles' Million Sellers||The Beatles||EP|
|Turn! Turn! Turn!||The Byrds||-|
|17||All Systems – Go!||The Honeycombs||-|
|21||Here I Am||Dionne Warwick||-|
|-||Get the Picture?||The Pretty Things||-|
|Jackson C. Frank||Jackson C. Frank||-|
|A Charlie Brown Christmas||Vince Guaraldi||Soundtrack|
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Top popular records of 1965Edit
The 1965 year-end list is composed of records that appeared in Billboard HOT 100 charts starting November 1964 and before December 1965. Each week fifteen points were awarded to the number one record, then nine points for number two, eight points for number three, and so on. The total points a record earned determined it's year-end rank. The complete chart life of each record is represented. The Cashbox year-end ranking is also listed, along with other honors as noted.
|Rank||Artist||Title||Label||Recorded||Release Date||Charts, Sales|
|1||The Rolling Stones||"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"||London 9766||May 12, 1965||June 5, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #1, US #1 for 4 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #1, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, National Recording Registry 2006, 4,500,000 sales|
|2||The Four Tops||"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"||Motown 1076||April 10, 1965||April 23, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #2, US #1 for 2 weeks, 14 total weeks, US R&B 1965 #1, R&B #1 for 9 weeks, 18 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #8, Grammy Hall of Fame 2018, 1,000,000 sales|
|3||The Righteous Brothers||"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"||Phillies 124||October 21, 1964||December 1964||US Billboard 1965 #3, US #1 for 2 weeks, 16 total weeks, US R&B 1965 #24, R&B #2 for 1 week, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #3, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, National Recording Registry 2014, 1,000,000 sales|
|4||The Byrds||"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)"||Columbia 4-43424||September 10, 1965||October 1, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #4, US #1 for 3 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #17, Grammy Hall of Fame 2001, 1,000,000 sales|
|5||Petula Clark||"Downtown"||Warner Bros. 5494||October 16, 1964||November 1964||US Billboard 1965 #5, US #1 for 2 weeks, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #7, Grammy Hall of Fame 2003, 3,000,000 sales|
|6||The Beatles||"Yesterday"||Capitol 5498||June 14, 1965||September 13, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #6, US #1 for 4 weeks, 11 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #5, Grammy Hall of Fame 1997, 1,800,000 sales|
|7||Herman's Hermits||"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"||MGM 13341||December 1, 1964||April 1965||US Billboard 1965 #7, US #1 for 2 weeks, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #2, 1,500,000 sales|
|8||The Supremes||"Stop! In the Name of Love"||Motown 1135||January 5, 1965||February 8, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #8, US #1 for 2 weeks, 12 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #24, R&B #2 for 3 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #21, Grammy Hall of Fame 2001, 1,200,000 sales|
|9||Gary Lewis and the Playboys||"This Diamond Ring"||Liberty 55756||November 30, 1964||January 1965||US Billboard 1965 #9, US #1 for 2 weeks, 12 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #18, 1,000,000 sales|
|10||The Beatles||Help!||Capitol 5476||April 13, 1965||July 19, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #10, US #1 for 3 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #4, Grammy Hall of Fame 2008, 2,000,000 sales|
|11||Sonny and Cher||"I Got You Babe"||Atco 45-6359||June 7, 1965||July 9, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #11, US #1 for 3 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #9, Grammy Hall of Fame 2017, 1,000,000 sales|
|12||The Supremes||"I Hear a Symphony"||Motown 1135||September 22, 1965||October 6, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #12, US #1 for 2 weeks, 16 total weeks, US R&B 1968 #24, R&B #2 for 3 weeks, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #24, 1,000,000 sales|
|13||The Rolling Stones||"Get Off Of My Cloud"||London 9792||September 6, 1965||September 25, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #13, US #1 for 2 weeks, 12 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #10, 1,000,000 sales|
|14||Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs||Wooly Bully||MGM 13322||December 1964||March 12, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #14, US #2 for 2 weeks, 18 total weeks, Grammy Hall of Fame 2009, 1,000,000 sales|
|15||The Beach Boys||"Help Me, Rhonda"||Capitol 5395||February 24, 1965||April 5, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #15, US #1 for 2 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #22, 1,000,000 sales|
|16||The Temptations||"My Girl"||Gordy 7038||November 17, 1964||December 21, 1964||US Billboard 1965 #16, US #1 for 1 week, 13 total weeks, US R&B 1965 #4, R&B #1 for 6 weeks, 16 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #32, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, National Recording Registry 2017, 1,000,000 sales|
|17||Simon and Garfunkel||"The Sound of Silence"||Columbia 4-43396||March 10, 1964+ June 15, 1965||September 13, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #17, US #1 for 2 weeks, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1966 #15, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, National Recording Registry 2012, 1,250,000 sales|
|18||The Byrds||"Mr. Tambourine Man"||Columbia 4-43271||January 20, 1965||April 12, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #18, US #1 for 1 week, 13 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #19, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, 1,250,000 sales|
|19||Freddie and the Dreamers||"I'm Telling You Now"||Tower 125||August 22, 1963||March 1965||US 1965 #19, US #1 for 2 weeks, 12 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #11, 1,000,000 sales|
|20||The McCoys||"Hang On Sloopy"||Bang 506||May 1965||July 1965||US 1965 #20, US #1 for 1 week, 14 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #14, 1,000,000 sales|
|21||Barry McGuire||"Eve Of Destruction"||Dunhill 4009||July 15, 1965||July 26, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #21, US #1 for 1 weeks, 10 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #23, 1,750,000 sales|
|22||The 4 Seasons featuring The "Sound" of Frankie Valli||Let's Hang On||Philips 40317||July 1965||September 1965||US Billboard 1965 #22, US #3 for 1 weeks, 16 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #13, 1,000,000 sales|
|23||Herman's Hermits||"I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am"||MGM 13367||February 1, 1965||June 1965||US Billboard 1965 #23, US #1 for 1 weeks, 10 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #30, 1,000,000 sales|
|24||The Beatles||Ticket to Ride||Capitol 5407||April 13, 1965||July 19, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #24, US #1 for 1 weeks, 11 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #26, 1,000,000 sales|
|25||The Beatles||Eight Days a Week||Capitol 5371||October 18, 1964||February 1965||US Billboard 1965 #25, US #1 for 2 weeks, 10 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #6, 1,000,000 sales|
|26||The Toys||"A Lover's Concerto"||DynoVoice 209||June 1965||August 1965||US Billboard 1965 #26, US #2 for 3 weeks, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #20, 2,000,000 sales|
|27||James Brown and the Famous Flames||"I Got You (I Feel Good)"||King 6015||May 6, 1965||October 1965||US Billboard 1965 #27, US #3 for 3 weeks, 12 total weeks, US R&B 1965 #3, R&B #1 for 6 weeks, 16 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #34, Grammy Hall of Fame 2013, 1,000,000 sales.|
|28||The Supremes||"Back In My Arms Again"||Motown 1135||September 22, 1965||October 6, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #28, US #1 for 1 week, 11 total weeks, US R&B 1965 #14, R&B #1 for 1 weeks, 11 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #29, 1,000,000 sales|
|29||Herman's Hermits||"Can't You Hear My Heartbeat"||MGM 13367||February 1, 1965||June 1965||US Billboard 1965 #29, US #2 for 2 weeks, 15 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #16, 1,000,000 sales|
|30||Dave Clark Five||"Over And Over"||Epic 5-10045||June 16, 1966||June 28, 1966||US Billboard 1965 #30, US #1 for 1 week, 12 total weeks, 49 points, CashBox 1965 #25, 1,000,000 sales|
|34||Bob Dylan||"Like A Rolling Stone"||Columbia 4-43346||June 16, 1965||June 28, 1965||US Billboard 1965 #34, US #2 for 2 weeks, 12 total weeks, CashBox 1965 #27, Grammy Hall of Fame 1998, 1,000,000 sales|
Published popular musicEdit
- "Call Me" w.m. Tony Hatch
- "The Carnival Is Over" w. Tom Springfield
- "Do I Hear a Waltz?" w. Stephen Sondheim m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Elizabeth Allen in the musical Do I Hear a Waltz?.
- "Girl Talk" w. Bobby Troup m. Neal Hefti from the film Harlow
- "Goldfinger" w. Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley m. John Barry. Introduced by Shirley Bassey on the soundtrack of the film Goldfinger
- "Honey Come Back" w.m. Jimmy Webb
- "I Have Confidence" w.m. Richard Rodgers, from the film The Sound of Music
- "I Know a Place" w.m. Tony Hatch
- "The Impossible Dream" w. Joe Darion m. Mitch Leigh Introduced by Richard Kiley in the musical Man of La Mancha
- "Jeannie" w.m. Hugo Montenegro and Buddy Kaye, theme from the TV series I Dream of Jeannie
- "Michelle" w.m. John Lennon & Paul McCartney
- "Moment To Moment" w. Johnny Mercer m. Henry Mancini from the film Moment to Moment
- "On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Burton Lane introduced by John Cullum in the musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Performed in the 1970 film version by Yves Montand.
- "The Shadow of Your Smile" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Johnny Mandel
- "She Touched Me" w. Ira Levin m. Milton Schafer. Introduced by Elliott Gould in the musical Drat! The Cat!
- "Somewhere My Love" Paul Francis Webster m. Maurice Jarre from the film Doctor Zhivago
- "Spanish Flea" m. Julius Wechter
- "What The World Needs Now Is Love". Hal David m. Burt Bacharach
- "What's New Pussycat?" w. Hal David m. Burt Bacharach from the film What's New Pussycat?
- "Who Can I Turn To?" w.m. Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley from the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
- "A World of Our Own" w.m. Tom Springfield
- "(On A) Wonderful Day Like Today" w.m. Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley from the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
|Chávez, Carlos||Tambuco for 6 percussionists||1965-10-11||Los Angeles County Museum of Art||Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble – Kraft|
|Chávez, Carlos||Soli III for bassoon, trumpet, viola, timpani, and orchestra||1965-11-24||SWR, Baden-Baden||Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra – Chávez|
|Pousseur, Henri||Miroir de Votre Faust (Caractères II) for piano with soprano ad libitum||1965–??-??||Berlin||Rzewski|
|Stockhausen, Karlheinz||Mikrophonie II for choir, Hammond organ and four ring modulators||1965-06-11||Cologne (WDR, Musik der Zeit)||WDR Choir, Alfons Kontarsky, Fritsch – Schernus|
- Gilbert Biberian – Greek Suite for guitar
- Pierre Boulez - Éclat for ensemble
- Carlos Chávez – Soli III for bassoon, trumpet, timpani, viola, and orchestra
- George Crumb
- Madrigals, Books I for soprano, vibraphone, and double bass
- Madrigals, Books II for soprano, flute/alto flute/piccolo, and percussion
- Mario Davidovsky – Inflexions for chamber ensemble
- Henri Dutilleux – Résonances for piano
- Roberto Gerhard – Concerto for Orchestra
- Vittorio Giannini – Symphony no. 5
- Wojciech Kilar – Springfield Sonnet for orchestra
- Jan Klusák
- Rejdovák for bass clarinet, viola and double bass
- Sonata for String and Wind Instruments
- Fantaisie lyrique
- György Ligeti – Requiem for Soprano and Mezzo Soprano solo, mixed Chorus and Orchestra (1963–65)
- Henri Pousseur
- Karlheinz Stockhausen – Mikrophonie II
- Eduard Tubin – Sonata for viola and piano
- Baker Street Broadway production opened at The Broadway Theatre and ran for 311 performances
- Carousel (Rodgers & Hammerstein) – Broadway revival
- Charlie Girl London production opened at the Adelphi Theatre on December 15.
- Do I Hear A Waltz? (Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim) – Broadway production opened at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 220 performances
- Drat! The Cat! – Broadway production opened at the Martin Beck Theatre and ran for 8 performances
- Flora the Red Menace (Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb) Broadway production opened on May 11 and ran for 87 performances. Starring Liza Minnelli.
- Half a Sixpence – Broadway production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 511 performances
- Hello, Dolly! (Jerry Herman) – London production
- Man of La Mancha (Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh) – Broadway production opened at the Martin Beck Theatre and ran for 2,328 performances. The show won five Tony Awards
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever – Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and ran for 280 performances
- Pickwick – Broadway production opened at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 56 performances
- The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd – Broadway production opened at the Schubert Theatre and ran for 231 performances
- Twang! (Music, Lyrics and Book: Lionel Bart) London production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on December 20.
- Bangaru Panjaram, Telugu musical drama
- Funny Things Happen Down Under, Australia/New Zealand co-production starring Olivia Newton-John
- Help!, directed by Richard Lester, starring The Beatles
- Inside the Forbidden City, Hong Kong musical opera film
- Janwar, Hindi film
- Malangi, Pakistani film in Punjabi, with music by Master Abdullah
- Samba, Brazilian-Spanish co-production starring Sara Montiel, Marc Michel and Fosco Giachetti
- The Sound of Music directed by Robert Wise, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer
- Waqt, Hindi film
- When the Boys Meet the Girls, starring Connie Francis
- January 4
- January 7 – John Ondrasik (or Five for Fighting), American singer-songwriter and pianist
- January 9 – Haddaway, Trinidadian-German singer, songwriter and musician
- January 12 – Rob Zombie, American musician, filmmaker and screenwriter and heavy metal musician (White Zombie)
- January 14 – Slick Rick, English rapper
- January 15 – Adam Jones, American guitarist and songwriter (Tool and Electric Sheep)
- January 20
- January 22
- January 25 – Toni Halliday, lead singer and bass guitarist of Curve and Photofitz
- January 26 – Siavash Shams, Iranian singer
- February 9 – Stephin Merritt from The Magnetic Fields
- February 18 – Dr. Dre, American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur
- February 20 – Inna Zhelannaya, Russian singer-songwriter
- February 25 – Brian Baker of Minor Threat, the Meatmen and Bad Religion
- February 27 – Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist
- March 4
- March 12 – Liza Umarova, Chechen singer and actress
- March 23 – Marti Pellow, Scottish vocalist (Wet Wet Wet)
- March 24 – Patrick Scales, British-German electric bass guitar player
- April 1 – Robert Steadman, English composer
- April 3 – Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer (d. 2000)
- April 6 – Black Francis, vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (Pixies)
- April 12 – Pinchers, reggae/dancehall artist
- April 15 – Linda Perry, American singer-songwriter and record producer.
- April 18 – Vinnie Moore, guitarist
- April 19
- April 23 – Tommy DeCarlo, vocalist (Boston)
- April 25 – Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction)
- May 7 – Chris O'Connor, vocalist and guitarist (Primitive Radio Gods)
- May 13 – Tasmin Little, English violinist
- May 16 – Krist Novoselic, Croatian-American bassist Nirvana
- May 17 – Trent Reznor, American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer (Nine Inch Nails)
- May 22 – Catie Curtis, American singer-songwriter
- May 28 – Chris Ballew, American rock musician (The Presidents of the United States of America)
- May 31 – Lisa I'Anson, British DJ
- June 5 – Tyler Bates, American musician, music producer, and composer for films, television, and video games (Zack Snyder, Sucker Punch, Marilyn Manson, Marius de Vries, Guardians of the Galaxy)
- June 7
- June 10
- June 19 – Sean Marshall, American child actor and singer
- June 28 – Sonny Strait, American voice actor and singer
- June 29 - Tripp Eisen, American Musician
- July 4 – Jo Whiley, British radio DJ
- July 5 – Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Israeli jazz pianist
- July 9
- July 13
- July 19 – Evelyn Glennie, Scottish percussionist
- July 23
- July 28 – Daniela Mercury, Brazilian singer
- August 6
- August 18 – Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer
- August 19 – Johan Botha, South African operatic tenor
- August 28 – Shania Twain, Canadian country-pop singer-songwriter and performer
- September 1 – Craig McLachlan, Australian actor and singer
- September 3 – Todd Lewis, (Toadies)
- September 7 – Angela Gheorghiu, Romanian soprano
- September 7 – Paolo Tortiglione, Italian Composer and musicologist
- September 11 – Moby, American musician
- September 12 – Norwood Fisher, Fishbone
- September 13 – Zak Starkey, drummer, son of Ringo Starr
- September 16 – Stephen Shareaux, American singer-songwriter (Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars)
- September 23 – Marco Blaauw, trumpeter (musikFabrik)
- September 26 – Cindy Herron, American singer (En Vogue)
- October 8 – C.J. Ramone, bassist (Ramones)
- October 14 – Constantine Koukias, Australian composer
- October 18 – Curtis Stigers, American jazz musician and singer
- October 20 – Jil Caplan, French singer and songwriter
- October 22 – John Wesley Harding, singer
- October 26
- October 30 – Gavin Rossdale, English musician (Gwen Stefani)
- November 4
- November 9 – Bryn Terfel, Welsh bass-baritone
- November 10 – Jonas Åkerlund, Swedish music video director and drummer
- November 20 – Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese rock composer, piano and drummer (X Japan)
- November 21
- November 18 – Tim DeLaughter, American singer-songwriter (Tripping Daisy and The Polyphonic Spree)
- November 22 – Sen Dog (Cypress Hill)
- November 25 – Tim Armstrong, American singer and musician (Rancid)
- November 29 - Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese singer and musician (d. 1992)
- December 5 – John Rzeznik, American rock singer (The Goo Goo Dolls)
- December 23 – Bobby Schayer (Bad Religion)
- December 29 – Dexter Holland, American rock singer (The Offspring)
- Date unknown
- January 13 – Leo Funtek, violinist, conductor and arranger, 79
- January 14 – Jeanette MacDonald, singer and actress, 61
- January 20 – Alan Freed, DJ who first used the phrase Rock and Roll, 43
- January 21 – Reino Helismaa, singer-songwriter
- February 2 – Charles W. Harrison, ballad singer, 86
- February 7 – Viggo Brodersen, pianist and composer, 85
- February 14 – Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht, conductor and composer, 84
- February 15 – Nat King Cole, singer and pianist, 45
- February 25 – Leo Sirota, pianist
- March 2 – Ján Valašťan Dolinský, composer
- March 4 – Asadata Dafora, drummer
- March 8 – Tadd Dameron, jazz pianist and composer, 48
- March 22 – Harry Tierney, musical theatre composer
- March 29 – Zlatko Baloković, violinist, 70
- April 7 – David Hellström, songwriter, 81
- April 12 – La Belle Otero, dancer and courtesan
- April 26 – Michael Bohnen, operatic bass-baritone and actor, 77
- May 1 – Spike Jones, comedy musician, 53
- May 14 – Joe Sanders, jazz pianist, singer and bandleader, 68
- June 18 – George Melachrino, English conductor, singer and composer
- July 8 – Willie Dennis, jazz trombonist, 39
- July 14 – Spencer Williams, pianist, singer and composer
- July 17 – Frank Ryan, tenor, 65
- September 4 – Albert Schweitzer, missionary, musician, and author on Bach
- September 8 – Dorothy Dandridge, actress and singer, 42
- September 9 – Julián Carrillo, Mexican composer, conductor, violinist and music theorist, 90
- September 10 – Bobby Jordan, actor and musician, 42
- September 15 – Steve Brown, jazz musician
- September 25 – Nikolai Sokoloff, violinist and conductor, 79
- October 17 – Cléo de Mérode, dancer
- October 21 – Bill Black, US musician, 39
- October 25 – Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor, 77
- October 27 – Peter La Farge, folk singer-songwriter, 34
- November 6
- November 18 – Lou Black, banjo player, 64
- November 19 – Joe Falcon, Cajun accordionist, 65
- November 21
- November 25 – Dame Myra Hess, pianist, 75
- December 3 – Hank D'Amico, jazz and swing musician
- December 10 – Henry Cowell, composer
- December 11 – Rafael Hernández Marín, composer, 73
- December 16 – Tito Schipa, tenor, 76
- December 20 – Charlie Burse, blues musician, 64
- date unknown – Craig Campbell, operatic tenor, 77
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