Ten important 50th anniversaries in music

Published 21/07/2015 | 00:00

Ten music milestones from the year 1965 - 50 years ago.

• The Beatles play at Shea Stadium, New York, setting a new world record for attendance (55,600+) and for revenue.

• Pink Floyd are founded - as the Pink Floyd Sound - in London by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright.

• The Rolling Stones' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' is banned by the BBC and tops charts all over the world.

• The second Beatles movie, comedy adventure 'Help!', is released, influencing many music videos that followed.

• Serge Gainsbourg brings double meaning and innuendo to the Eurovision as 17-year-old France Gall wins for Luxembourg with 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son', the first song to win the contest that wasn't a ballad.

• After suffering a panic attack on a plane, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson withdraws from touring to concentrate on writing and producing, paving the way for the following year's 'Pet Sounds', widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time.

• The Who release their debut album, 'My Generation', a blueprint for the garage rock and punk to come.

• Ken Dodd's 'Tears' is the biggest selling UK single of the year (and the third biggest selling single of the entire sixties). It sells over two million copies - all in 10 inch, 78 rpm format.

• Simon and Garfunkel's 'Sound of Silence' starts its climb to No. 1 in the US... prompting the duo to get back together. They had split after 1964 debut album 'Wednesday Morning 3AM' was a commercial flop.

• Northern Ireland group Them release their first album, 'The Angry Young Them', featuring the classic 'Gloria'. Lead singer Van Morrison would leave to embark on a solo career the following year.

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