It was in 1965. Mary Quant introduces The mini-skirt. With advance orders of 600,000, British Band Herman's Hermits soar to the US Number One slot for the first of three weeks of the year with Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter. A new communications satellite, sends television pictures from the US to the UK for the first time. President Johnson sends troops to the Dominican Republic. The Americans are later replaced by an international peace keeping force.
The Warlocks, an early incarnation of the Grateful Dead, record instrumental demos at a studio in Los Angeles. British Rock Royalty, including The Beatles, Donovan, Paul Jones of Manfred Mann and Eric Burdon of the Animals, turn out to see Bob Dylan play at London's Royal Albert Hall. Atlantic Records signs Wilson Pickett to a recording contract. An early line up of Pink Floyd plays at the Summer Dance, Homerton College, Cambridge UK. Britian adopts the metric system. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez are among those in a Vietnam peace march in London. Most of the Uk musical aristocracy are notable by their absence. The US State Department finally admits that troops in Vietnam have a combat role.John Lennon's second book, A Spaniard In The Works, is published. The Byrds first single "Mr. Tambourine Man" hits the US no. 1 spot. The U.S. probe mariner 4 sends the first close up photos of Mars back to Earth. The largest crowd for a rock show 56,000 fans see the Beatles play live at Shea Stadium. The same day racial tensions in the US explode in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Bob Dylan is booed by some of the more traditinal members of the audience at the Newport Folk Festival.I Spy begins in US, it's the first TV series to have a black star, Bill Cosby. The USSR admits it has been supplying weapons to North Vietnam. The Beatles are awarded Member Of The British Empire decorations by Queen Elizabeth. Pope Paul VI, the frist pontiff ever to visit the U.S. Manfred Mann headlining a tour in Czechoslovakia, become the first rock band to perform behind the Iron Curtain. Consciously marketed by their manger Andrew Loog Oldham as the antihesis of the clean-cut, bright and bouncy Merseybeat pop of The Beatles, theRolling Stones set out their stall as mad, bad and dangerous to know. Pitching hard edged blues against The Beatles melodic power pop, the Rolling Stones will be the inspiration for every camp, preening, but determnedly heterosexual front man, every louche, aloof, artful cigarette sportin guitarist, in fact every hard edgeed rock band will follow. What a year for bad boy rock. The Doors play one of their first professional gigs, at the Pioneer Club Boat Ride, in Los Angeles. San Francisco based innovator Bill Ham demonstrates a complex system of lights and slides which he calls a light show. This will become a vital ingredient of rock shows in the psychedelic era. Ken Kesey author of One Few Over The Cuckoo's Nest and his followers, The Merry Pranksters make their first public 'acid tests' spiking US soft drink Kool-Aid with LSD. The exploits of this jolly outfit are later recounted by Tom Wolfe in his Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Later Kool Aid will be used by the cult leader Jim Jones to poison his followers. The Beatles new album Rubber Soul is released as they set off on what will turn out to be their last UK tour.
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