Timeline of progressive rock (1960–69)

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This is a timeline of artists, albums, and events in progressive rock and its subgenres. This article contains the timeline for the period 1960–1969.



Newly formed bands


Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
16 May 1966 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds US
27 June 1966 The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! US
18 July 1966 The Byrds Fifth Dimension US
5 August 1966 The Beatles Revolver England
10 October 1966 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations US
November 1966 Love Da Capo US
4 January 1967 The Doors The Doors US
January 1967 Miles Davis Miles Smiles US
February 1967 Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow US
February 1967 The Left Banke Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina US
6 February 1967 The Byrds Younger Than Yesterday US
12 March 1967 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico US
26 May 1967 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band England
26 May 1967 The Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free US
July 1967 The Incredible String Band The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion Scotland
August 1967 Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge US
5 August 1967 Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn England
7 August 1967 Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy – On Capitol, but pulled quickly because of threatened legal action by MGM. Popularly released by MGM/Verve on 13 May 1968. US
September 1967 Procol Harum Procol Harum England
25 September 1967 The Doors Strange Days US
September 1967 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Safe as Milk US
October 1967 Nirvana The Story of Simon Simopath England
November 1967 Love Forever Changes US
10 November 1967 The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed England
27 November 1967 Jefferson Airplane After Bathing at Baxter's US
8 December 1967 The Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request England
8 December 1967 Traffic Mr. Fantasy England
December 1967 The Nice The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack England




Newly formed bands


Release dateArtistAlbumCountry
15 January 1968 The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers US
15 January 1968 Miles Davis Nefertiti US
22 January 1968 Spirit Spirit US
February 1968 Vanilla Fudge The Beat Goes On US
21 February 1968 Blood, Sweat & Tears Child Is Father to the Man US
4 March 1968 The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money US
6 March 1968 The United States of America The United States of America US
March 1968 The Incredible String Band The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter Scotland
March 1968 The Move Move England
13 May 1968 Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy – An original rare release appeared in late 1967 on Capitol, but was pulled quickly because of threatened legal action by MGM. This MGM/Verve release was the first popularly available version. US
June 1968 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown The Crazy World of Arthur Brown England
29 June 1968 Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets England
June 1968 Fairport Convention Fairport Convention England
June 1968 Vanilla Fudge Renaissance US
5 July 1968 Tyrannosaurus Rex My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows England
17 July 1968 Deep Purple Shades of Deep Purple UK
19 July 1968 Family Music in a Doll's House England
22 July 1968 Miles Davis Miles in the Sky US
26 July 1968 The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord England
August 1968 The Jeff Beck Group Truth US
September 1968 Procol Harum Shine on Brightly England
September 1968 Giles, Giles and Fripp The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp England
September 1968 Jefferson Airplane Crown of Creation US
October 1968 Aphrodite's Child End of the World Greece
October 1968 Caravan Caravan England
October 1968 Traffic Traffic England
October 1968 Deep Purple The Book of Taliesyn UK
14 October 1968 Tyrannosaurus Rex Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages England
25 October 1968 Jethro Tull This Was England
1 November 1968 George Harrison Wonderwall Music England
November 1968 The Nice Ars Longa Vita Brevis England
November 1968 The Left Banke The Left Banke Too US
November 1968 The Incredible String Band Wee Tam and the Big Huge Scotland
11 December 1968 Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears US
December 1968 The Pretty Things S.F. Sorrow England
December 1968 Soft Machine The Soft Machine – the original album was only available in the US, an import in the UK; later re-issued as Volume One.England
1968 Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro US
1968 International Harvester – originally called Pärson Sound (recordings from Pärson Sound weren't released until 2001) Sov gott Rose-Marie Sweden
1968 Mother's Love – later called De Dream Take OneNetherlands
1968 Touch TouchUS




Newly formed bands


Release DateArtistAlbumCountry
January 1969 Sam Gopal Escalator England
February 1969 Jefferson Airplane Bless Its Pointed Little Head US
February 1969 Spirit The Family That Plays Together US
February 1969 Vanilla Fudge Near the Beginning US
5 March 1969 The Byrds Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde US
7 March 1969 Genesis From Genesis to Revelation England
March 1969 Colosseum Those Who Are About to Die Salute You England
March 1969 Family Family Entertainment England
21 April 1969 The Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat US
25 April 1969 The Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream England
28 April 1969 Chicago Chicago Transit Authority US
9 May 1969 George Harrison Electronic Sound England
16 May 1969 Tyrannosaurus Rex Unicorn England
23 May 1969 The Who Tommy England
May 1969 Traffic Last Exit England
13 June 1969 Pink Floyd More England
16 June 1969 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica US
21 June 1969 Deep Purple Deep Purple UK
June 1969 It's a Beautiful Day It's a Beautiful Day US
June 1969 Procol Harum A Salty Dog England
25 July 1969 Yes Yes England
30 July 1969 Miles Davis In a Silent Way US
1 August 1969 Jethro Tull Stand Up England
August 1969 Organisation Tone Float Germany
August 1969 Santana Santana US
26 September 1969 The Beatles Abbey Road England
September 1969 The Nice The Nice England
September 1969 Soft Machine Volume Two England
September 1969 Van der Graaf Generator The Aerosol Grey Machine England, however album was originally released only in the US
September 1969 Vanilla Fudge Rock & Roll US
10 October 1969 King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King England
10 October 1969 Frank Zappa Hot Rats US
25 October 1969 Pink Floyd Ummagumma England
October 1969 Spirit Clear US
7 November 1969 Manfred Mann Chapter Three Manfred Mann Chapter Three UK
21 November 1969 The Moody Blues To Our Children's Children's Children England
November 1969 Quintessence In Blissful Company UK
November 1969 Kevin Ayers Joy of a Toy UK
November 1969 The Incredible String Band Changing Horses Scotland
December 1969 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief England
December 1969 Renaissance Renaissance England
1969 Amon Düül Psychedelic Underground Germany
1969 Amon Düül Collapsing / Singvögel Rückwärts & CoGermany
1969 Amon Düül II Phallus Dei Germany
1969 Brainbox BrainboxNetherlands
1969 Cromagnon Orgasm US
1969 East of Eden Mercator ProjectedEngland
1969 Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis Catherine Ribeiro + 2BisFrance
1969 Rare Bird Rare BirdUK
1969 The Vampires of Dartmoore Dracula's Music CabinetGermany
1969 Wigwam Hard 'n' HornyFinland
1969 The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! US

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