1968 Radio Oldies

In 1968

* On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is shot down and killed while standing on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray.

* Just after announcing his victory in the California primary race, Robert Kennedy is shot down and murdered by Arab gunman Sirhan Sirhan.

* After spending most of the decade wallowing in lackluster film projects Elvis Presley returns to prominence in a highly rated television show later dubbed 'The '68 Comeback Special'.

* President Johnson's announcement, 'I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party as your President', was a complete surprise for most Americans.

* Richard Nixon wins Presidential Election with the results of the popular vote, 31,770,000 for Nixon, 31,270,000 for Humphrey.

* The North Vietnamese Tet Offensive shatters American conviction that there will soon be an end to the war. There are some 550,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam, and by the end of the year over 22,000 Americans have died.

* National Turn in Your Draft Card Day features burning of draft cards and war protest rallies at many U. S. campuses.

* A new radical feminism erupted in 68', The Women's Liberation Organization, .

* The launch of Apollo 8 begins the first US mission to orbit the Moon.

* After struggling to compete with rock music, the pop music industry gains a footing by churning out young artists in an image conscious fashion attempting to lure younger teens, a style that came to be known as "bubblegum". Rock music responds by appearing on the newly created FM radio outlets.

Radio Hits of 1968

Billboard FM 1968

Hits of 1968

* Hey Jude - Beatles
* Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
* People Got To Be Free - Rascals
* Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
* Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
* Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
* Mony, Mony - Tommy James and The Shondells
* Young Girl - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
* Stoned Soul Picnic - Fifth Dimension
* Dance To The Music - Sly and The Family Stone
* Judy In Disguise - John Fred and His Playboy Band
* Hello, I Love You - Doors
* Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
* A Beautiful Morning - Rascals
* Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
* Lady Madonna - Beatles
* The Might Quinn - Manfred Mann
* Delilah - Tom Jones
* Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf

Way Back

Born in 1968:

Will Smith

Will Smith
Celine Dion
LL Cool J
Marc Anthony
Lucy Liu
Rachael Ray
Lisa Marie Presley
Owen Wilson
Kylie Minogue
Ashley Judd