One super soulful groovy tune was happening this week in 1968. Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" made it up to #1 on the singles chart. Otis didn't have the opportunity to savor the success, a little over three months earlier he was killed in a plane crash...
This week in 1968, The Beatles put out their first and only double album with the official title The Beatles but known to the world as The White Album. The 30 songs on the collection would sell at last count worldwide 30 million copies with 19 million bought here in the U.S.A.
It was on this day July 16,1968 that Bill Graham opened one of the most famous rock concert venues of all time the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Up until this time the hall went by the name the Carousel Ballroom. Big Brother & the Holding Company and Sly & the Family Stone were on the bill that night.
July 10,1968, Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break-up after their current tour. The bands third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world's first platinum-selling double album and Cream was being called by many the world's first successful supergroup.