Timeline - 1969 : The End or The Beginning? Led Zeppelin!
1969: The End or The Beginning? Led Zeppelin!

The End or The Beginning? Led Zeppelin!

The 12th of January Led Zeppelin's debut album is released in Britain and the Melody Maker rewived it as"...this Zeppelin is really in a gas new bag!..."

The Beatles is performing on the roof Apple Studios(London), for the last time in public, filmed for the Let It Be movie.(January 30)

In february John and Yoko had their Amsterdam Bed-In protest to protest the Vietnam war and rumours of the Beatles split and that Paul McCartney was dead was spreading.

In March Jim Morrison of the Doors is arrested for exposing himself during a show at Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium..

Blind Faith was formed with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker from the Cream and Stevie Winwwod from Traffic.

Peter Frampton left the Herd and formed Humble Pie together with ex. Samll Faces member Steve Marriott.

Jimi Hendrix was on an downward spiral, arrested at Toronto International Airport for heroin possession(released on $10,000 bond)

Brian Jones left the Rolling Stones and a few weeks later(July 3) he was found dead in his swimming pole, at the age of 27. The Rolling Stones free concert at Hyde Park, 5th of July became a memorial concert in Brian's name. Other bands that played that day was, King Crimson(playing Court Of The Crimson King, 21st Century Schizoid Man), Family and others..

Also in July: Felix Pappalardi & Leslie West form Mountain and in the 21th of July Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT), David Bowie's musical career begins with his debut single "Space Oddity" and it was the BBC theme song for the television coverage of the moon landing...

In August two historical festivals was held: Woodstock(15,16 and 17th) and the Isle of Wight festival(30th and 31st) and Jethro Tull released the album "Stand Up"

In October some important album is released: the Beatles "Abbey Road", Led Zeppelin II, Pink Floyd's "Ummagumma" and King Crimson's "In the Court of the Crimson King"

In Sweden Pugh Rogefledt released his groundbreaking album "Ja dä ä dä"(Yes it is it) together with George Wadenius(Made in Sweden) on guitar and Jan Karlsson(Hansson & Karlsson) on drums

The decade ended with the Hells Angels killing of a black man during the free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California...300,000 attended to see: Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Rolling Stones

USA,in Newark (Jersey): 30,000 copies of the John Lennon, Yoko Ono album, Two Virgins, with a nude photo of John and Yoko were confiscated by police because violated pornography laws
Release of theCreams "White Room" / "Those Were the Days"(UK)
The album Led Zeppelin by the Led Zeppelin was released in the US on the 17 of January
Fleetwood Mac's: single "Albatross" in the UK chart #1 for one week
The Move's "Blackberry Way" hits the UK-chart at no.1 for 1 week
Deep Purple release "Emmaretta"
UK release of The Who's "Pinball Wizard" (UK #4)
Levi started to sell Levis bell-bottomed jeans
The Kinks release "Plastic Man" / "King Kong"
In March 25th John and Yoko Ono staged a bed-in for peace in Amsterdam
The Jimi Hendrix Experience "Crosstown Traffic" / "Gypsy Eyes" was released
Cream release: "Badge"/"What a Bringdown"
King Crimson debuts at the London Speakeasy
The Beatles: "Get Back", released in theUK release, release in US the 5th May
Fleetwood Mac release: "Man of the World", in the UK charts at #2
The Moody Blues has announced that they will form their own record label
Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band appear at the Royal Albert Hall
An unofficially premier of the Who's rockopera Tommy at the Institute of Technology in Bolton(UK)
At April the 24th Paul McCartney denies rumors that he is dead
Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton will form a new band called the Humble Pie
Officially premier of the Who's rockopera Tommy at Ronnie Scott's in London
US: The Turtles perform at the White House and Mark Volman falls off the stage 5 times
In May 11 the Monty Python comedy troupe is formed
The release of Jethro Tulls "Living In the Past", charts; UK at no.3
In Hyde Park(London) Blind Faith debut for an audience of 120,000 together with Edgar Broughton Band, Third Ear Band and others
Brian Jones announces that he is leaving the Rolling Stones
HEAD LINE ;=) Led Zeppelin begins their first UK tour
David Bowie released "Space Oddity."
The Beatles song "The Ballad of John and Yoko" is at no1 in the UK chart for 3 weeks
Thunderclap Newman release, "Something In the Air", hits theUK charts #1
Rolling Stones "Jumping Jack Flash" peaked at #1 on the U.K. chart.
The Denver Pop Festival(Jun 27) with a crowd of 50,000 people
"Festival of the Blues" in Bath with Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Ten Years After, Colosseum, Blodwyn Pig, the Nice, Keef Hartley, Taste, Savoy Brown and others
Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding formally announces that he has quit the band
The Mountain is formed by Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi
In July the 3rd Brian Jones (age 27) was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool
140,000 attended at the Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zeppelin & Janis Joplin
In Hyde Park, London King Crimson made their debut. At the same concert was the Rolling Stones, Family, Battered Ornaments, Third Ear Band and others
The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Women" peaked at #1 on the U.K. chart
Release of Plastic Ono Bands "Give Peace a Chance", charts UK at #2
In July 20 American astronauts land on the Moon
In August the 8 the photos of the Beatles for the cover of their "Abbey Road" album was shot
The Ninth National Jazz and Blues Festival was held at Plumpton, East Sussex: with Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, East of Eden, Blossom Toes, the Strawbs, Peter Hammill, the Who, Chicken Shack, Fat Mattress, Yes!, King Crimson, the Groundhogs, the Nice, the Family, Keef Hartley, Mick Abrahams' Blodwyn Pig, Circus, Hard Meat, Affinity and others. That must have been awesome!!!!
In August the 15th, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened at Max Yasgur's farm in the Bethel hamlet of White Lake, N.Y. with Crosby, Stills and Nash; the Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix; the Jefferson Airplane; Janis Joplin; Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Santana, Ten Years After, and others..
400,000 people at the festival and "only" two died, one from an overdose of heroin and the other from a burst appendix
30-31 of august: The Isle of Wight Festival of Music with artists like: the Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Family, Fat Mattress Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, the Moody Blues, the Nice, the Pretty Things, Third Ear Band, the Who and others
David Bowies "Space Oddity" charts UK #5
Rugby Rag's Blues Festival( Warwickshire) with Pink Floyd, the Nice, Taste, Free, Third Ear Band, Edgar Broughton and others
John Lennon's first concert in four years, with the Plastic Ono Band at the Toronto Peace Festival
In September the 26th The Beatles released their last and best album "Abbey Road. It stayed at no.1 for 11 weeks in the chart
Release of the Fleetwood Macs "Oh Well", UK chart #2
Hollies: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is released(UK chart #3)
Monty Python's Flying Circus made its debut on BBC Television
Jack Kerouac (47) died of alcoholism
The release of Led Zeppelin's second album Led Zeppelin II in the UK and in the US
The Beatles release: "Something"/"Come Together" (UK and US release)
Jethro Tull: "Sweet Dream" was released, charts the UK at no.7
Plastic Ono Band: "Cold Turkey" was released
Release of theFamily's: ""No Mule's Fool" (UK #29)
John Lennon returned "Order of the British Empire" medal to protest UK's support for Vietnam War
At December the 6th, Meredith Hunter, was stabbed to death by a Hell's Angel(security staff) during the Rolling Stones concert at the Altamount Speedway in Livermore(California), 300,000 people attended
Brian Eno's musical career begins as a member of Cardew's Scratch Orchestra
Black Sabbath forms in Birmingham, England
Mott the Hoople's musical career begins
King Crimson's musical career begins
Judas Priest forms in Birmingham, England
In Sweden:
"Asoka" released the album "Schizophrenia"
Pugh Rogefeldt released the groundbreaking album "Ja Dä Ä Dä" with George Wadenius(Made in Sweden) on guitar and Jan Karlsson(Hansson & Karlsson) on drums
Album Releases 1969

5th Dimensions - Age Of Aquarius
After All - After All
Aguaturbia - Psychedelic Drugstore
Al Kooper - You Never Know Who Your Friends Are
Albert Collins - Love Can Be Found
Alice Cooper - Pretties For You
Allman Brothers Band - Allman Brothers Band
Almendra - 1st Album
Alrune Rod - Alrune Rod
Amboy Dukes - Migration
Ambrose Slade - Beginnings
Amon Duul - Psychedelic Underground
Amon Düül II - Phallus Dei
Andromeda - Andromeda
Aorta - Aorta
Apple - An Apple A Day
Arcadium - Breathe Awhile
Aretha Franklin - Soul 69
Ars Nova - Sunshine & Shadows
Arzachel - Arzachel
Audience - Audience
Aum - Resurrection
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - Doctor Dunbar's Prescription
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - To mum from Aynsley & the boys
B.T. Express - Do It
Bakerloo - Bakerloo
Banchee - Banchee
Band - The Band
Bangor Flying Circus - Bangor Flying Circus
Battered Ornaments - Mantle-Piece
Beach Boys - 20/20
Beatles - Abbey Road
Bee Gees - Odessa
Bent Wind - Sussex
Birth Control - Birth Control
Black Cat Bones - Barbed Wire Sandwich
Blind Faith - Blind Faith
Blodwyn Pig - Ahead Rings Out
Blonde on Blonde - Contrasts
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood Sweat Tears
Blossom Toes - If Only for a Moment
Blue Cheer - Blue Cheer
Blue Cheer - New Improved
Blues Creation - Blues Creation
Blues Image - Blues Image
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
Bob Scaggs - Bob Scaggs
Bob Seger - Noah
Bread - Bread
Bubble Puppy - Gathering of Promises
Buck Owens - Buck Owens In London
Bump - Bump
Burnin Red Ivanhoe - M144
Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
Can - Monster Movie
Canned Heat - Hallelujah
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica
Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys - The Street Giveth... and the Street Taketh Away
Cher - 3614 Jackson Highway
Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority
Chicken Shack - 100 Ton Chicken
Chicken Shack - Ok Ken
Child - Child
Chocolate Watch Band - One Step Beyond
Climax Blues Band - Climax Chicago Blues Band
Climax Blues Band - Plays On
Colosseum - Those Who Are About To Die salute You
Colosseum - Valentyne Suite
Cornelis Vreeswijk - Cornelis Sjunger Taube
Cream - Goodbye
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and The Poor Boys
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Damnation - The Damnation of Adam Blessing
David Bowie - Space Oddity
Day Blindness - Day Blindness
Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra
Deep Purple - Deep Purple
Desmond Dekker - Israelites
Desmond Dekker - This Is Desmond Dekkar
Deviants - No.3
Dharma Blues - Dharma Blues
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Cream Of The Crop
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Let The Sunshine In
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child
Dolly Parton - Always, Always
Dolly Parton - In The Good Old Days
Dolly Parton - My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
Doors - The Soft Parade
Dr K's Blues band - Dr K's Blues band
Dr. Strangely Strange - Kip of the Serenes
Earth and Fire - Earth & Fire
East of Eden - Mercator Projected
Edgar Broughton Band - Wasa Wasa
Edwards Hand - Edwards Hand
Edwin Hawkins Singers - Oh Happy _day
Eire Apparent - Sun Rise
Elastic Band - Expansions on life
Electric Junkyard - The Electric Junkyard
Elton John - Empty Sky
Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis
Elvis Presley - From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis
End - Introspection
Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief
Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
Fairport Convention - What We Did on Our Holidays
Family - Entertainment
Fat Mattress - Fat Mattress
Fever Tree - Creation
Fields(US) - Fields
Finn Zetterholm - Joe Hill (på svenska)
Fleetwood Mac - English Rose
Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On
Floating Bridge - Floating Bridge
Flock - Flock
Flying Bear Medicine Show - Flying Bear Medicine Show
Flying Machine - Flying Machine
Forest - Forest
Frank Sinatra - My Way
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat
Free - Free
Freedom - At Last
Friendsound - Joyride
Frost - Frost Music
Frost - Rock and Roll Music
Fuse - Fuse
Gandalf - Gandalf
Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation
George Harrison - Electronic Sound
Glass Prism - Poe Through The Glass Prism
Golden Earring - Eight Miles High
Golden Earring - On The Double
Grand Funk Railroad - Grand Funk
Grand Funk Railroad - On Time
Grateful Dead - Aoxomoxoa
Grateful Dead - Live/Dead
Groundhogs - Blues Obituary
Guess Who - Canned Wheat
Gun - Gunsight
Hansson & Karlsson - Man At The Moon
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat - Western Flier
Hardin/York - Tomorrow, Today
Harsh Reality - Heaven & hell
Herbie Mann - Concerto Grosso in D Blues
Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground
High Tide - Sea Shanties
Hollies - Sing Hollies
Humble Pie - Town And Country
Igginbottom's Wrench - Igginbottom's Wrench
Illusion - The Illusion
Iron Butterfly - Ball
Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered soul
Isley Brothers - Brothers Isley
Isley Brothers - Doin´ Their Thing
Isley Brothers - It´s Our Thing
It's a Beautiful Day - Its A Beautiful Day
Jack Bruce - Songs For A Tailor
Jackson 5 - Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Jaklin - Jaklin
James Gang - Yer Album
Janis Joplin - I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Jeannie C. Riley - The Songs Of Jeannie C. Riley
Jeannie C. Riley - Things Go Better With Love
Jeff Beck - Beck Olla
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
Jellybread - First Slice
Jerry Lee Lewis - All Country
Jerry Lee Lewis - She Still Comes Around To Love What´s Left Of Me
Jethro Tull - Stand Up
Jody Grind - One Step On
Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
Joe South - Don´t It Make You Want To Go Home
John Denver - Rhymes & Reasons
John Dummer Blues band - Cabal
John Dummer Blues band - John Dummer Band
John Mayall - Looking Back
John Mayall - The Turning Point
Johnny Cash - At San Quentin
Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter - Second Winter
Johnny Winter - The Progressive Blues Experiment
Joni Mitchell - Clouds
Juicy Lucy - Juicy Lucy
Juniors Eyes - Battersea Power Station
Kaleidoscope - Kaleidoscope (Mexiko)
Keef Hartley - Half_breed
Kevin Ayers - Joy Of A Toy
Killing Floor - Killing Floor
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
King George Discovery - King George Discovery
Kinks - Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)
Krokodil - Krokodil
Larry Coryell - Coryell
Larry Coryell - Lady Coryell
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Leonard Cohen - Songs From A Room
Leslie West - Mountain
Levee Camp Moan - Levee Camp Moan
Linda Ronstadt - Hand Sown...Home Grown
Livin' Blues - Hell's Session
Loretta Lynn - Woman Of The World/ To Make A Man
Loretta Lynn - Your Squaw Is On The Warpath
Love - Out Here
Love Sculpture - Forms & Feelings
Mad River - Paradise Bar and Grill
Made In Sweden - Snakes in a Hole
Man - 2 Ozs. Of Plastic With a Hole in The Middle
Man - Revelation
Manfred Mann´s Chapter Three - Chapter Three, Vol. 1
Martha Velez - Fiends & Angels
Martin Circus - En Direct Du Rock'n Roll Circus
Marvin Gaye - M.P.G.
Matthews Southern Comfort - Matthews Southern Comfomfor
Matthews Southern Comfort - Second Spring
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
McKenna Mendelson - Stink
Mecki Mark Men - Running In The Summer Night
Melanie - Melanie
Metro - Metro
Michael Bloomfield - It´s Not Killing Me
Michael Bloomfield - Live Adventures
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Mind Garage - Mind Garage
Moby Grape - Moby Grape 69
Moody Blues - On The Threshold Of A Dream
Moody Blues - To Our Children´s Children
Moondog - Moondog
Morgen - Morgen
Morly Grey - Only Truth
Mother Earth - Make a joyful noise
Mott The Hoople - Mott The Hoople
Mount Rushmore - '69
Moving Sidewalks - Flash
Myrth - Myrth
Nazz - Nazz Nazz
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
New Colony Six - Attacking A Straw Man
Nice - Nice
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Nite People - P.M.
Olle Adolphson - Låtar I Stan
Olympic - Pták Rosomák
Open Mind - Open Mind
Os Mutantes - Mutantes
Otis Redding - Love Man
Outlaw Blues Band - Breaking In
Pacific Gas and Electric - Get It On
Pacific Gas and Electric - Pacific Gas And Electric
Paul Revere & the Raiders - Recorded Hard 'N' Heavy
Pentangle - Basket of Light
Peps & Blues Quality - Sweet Mary Jane
Pesky Gee - Exclamation Mark
Pete Brown & His Battered Ornament - A Meal You Can Shake Hands With In The Dark
Pidgeon - Pidgeon
Pink Floyd - More
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
Poco - Pickin' Up the Pieces
Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
Prúdy - Zvonte Zvonky
Pugh Rogefeldt - Ja, dä ä dä
Pussy - Pussy Plays
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady Grove
Quincy Jones - Walking In Space
Rare Bird - Rare Bird
Rascals - See
Raw Material - Raw Material
Renaissance - Renaissance
Rod Stewart - The Rod Stewart Album
Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
Roy Orbison - Big O
Sacred Mushroom - Sacred Mushroom
Sagittarius - The Blue Marble
Sam Apple Pie - Sam Apple Pie
Sam Gopal - Escalator
Santana - Santana
Savoy Brown - A Step Further
Savoy Brown - Blue Matter
Scott Walker - Scott 3
Scott Walker - Scott 4
Sergio Mendes - Crystal Illusions
Shakey Vick - Little woman you're so sweet
Shiver - Walpurgis
Shuggie Otis - Al Kooper Introduces Shuggie Otis
Silver Apples - Contact
Sir Douglas Quintet- Mendocino
Soft Machine - Volume Two
Spirit - Clear
Spooky Tooth - Spooky Two
SRC - Milestones
Stack - Above All
Status Quo- Spare parts
Steamhammer - Steamhammer (A.K.A. "Reflection")
Steamhammer - Steamhammer MK II
Steppenwolf - At Your Birthday Party
Steppenwolf - Monster
Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour
Stone The Crows - Stone The Crows
Stooges - Stooges
Strawbs - Strawbs
Sweet Pain - England´s Heavy Blues Super Session Sweet Pain
Sändh & Zetterholm - Hemtjörda Visor
T Rex - Unicorn
Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
Taos - Taos
Tarantula - Tarantula
Taste - Taste
Taste Of Blues - Schizofrenia
Tea and Symphony - An Asylum for the Musically Insane
Temptations - Cloud Nine
Ten Years After - Ssssh
Ten Years After - Stonedhenge
Third Ear Band - Alchemy
Three Dog Night - Three Dog Night
Tony Joe White - ...Continued
Tony Joe White - Black And White
Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency
Traffic - Last Exit
Tramp - Tramp
Träd, Gräs och Stenar - Träd, Gräs och Stenar
Unit Four Plus Two - Unit Four Plus Two
Van Der Graaf Generator - The Aerosol Grey Machine
Vanilla Fudge - Near The Beginning
Waylon Jennings - Country Folk
Waylon Jennings - Just To Satisfy You
Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
Whalefeathers - Declare
White Noise - An Electric Storm
Who - Tommy
Writing On The Wall - The Power Of The Picts
Xhol Caravan - Electrip
Yes - Yes
Yesterday's Children - Yesterday's Children
Zager & Evans - In the Year 2525
Zephyr - Zephyr