American Music Timeline - 1960s

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
American Music Timeline

Part VI: The 1960s

by David Johnson
1961 1963 1964 1965 1968 1969 Next: 1970-present


Country singer Patsy Cline becomes mainstream popular (pop) music hit

Circa 1963

Folk singer Bob Dylan popularizes protest songs; Peter, Paul and Mary sing Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" at the 1963 March on Washington


The Beatles' song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a sensation, igniting the immense popularity of British groups, known as the "British invasion"; Other popular British groups are the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Herman's Hermits


The Byrds version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" creates new form, "folk-rock;" The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane played their first shows

Circa 1968

Jimi Hendrix celebrate counterculture with psychedelic rock


Woodstock Music and Art Fair, featuring Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, attended by hundreds of thousands of fans; culmination of rock 'n' roll and counterculture movement

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