Behind the Music Select a Year
 
1968
1968
      Nixon was in the White House, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were dead, and James Brown tried to make sense of it all with, "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud." Three decades later, David Crosby reflects on the era, while Grace Slick cops to being a selfish rock star.
 
   
january
The Viet Cong launch the Tet Offensive during a Vietnamese holiday. Aretha Franklin records "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)" at the Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama.
   
february
The Beatles fly to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Jefferson Airplane release their third album, After Bathing at Baxter's, which finds them providing acid rock with a new sophistication.
   
march
Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)" tops the R&B singles chart.
   
april
Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. James Brown appears on television urging restraint as rioting occurs around the nation. Creedence Clearwater Revival cut a demo of "Suzie Q" that earns local airplay in San Francisco.
   
may
President Lyndon Johnson invites James Brown to the White House.
   
june
Robert F. Kennedy is shot to death in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan. Jefferson Airplane appear on the cover of Life magazine. Creedence Clearwater Revival release their self-titled debut. Aretha Franklin goes to No. 1 with "Respect." The Rolling Stones go to No. 3 with "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
   
july
Crosby, Stills & Nash form after jamming together at Stephen Stills' home in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon. Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West in San Francisco. David Ruffin leaves the Temptations.
   
august
Cynthia Lennon sues John for divorce after discovering Yoko Ono staying at the couple's home.
   
september
The Beatles top the American singles chart with "Hey Jude."
   
october
James Brown's funk anthem "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" becomes a million seller. Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Suzie Q" goes to No. 11.
   
november
Richard M. Nixon is elected president, defeating Hubert Humphrey. Jefferson Airplane release the glorious Crown of Creation.
   
december
The Beatles top the American charts with their self-titled double album, aka The White Album. French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard shoots Jefferson Airplane playing on a New York rooftop for his never-realized One American Movie project. Eric Burdon announces that the Animals will disband at the end of the year.