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1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar.


January Edit

  • January: The single "Words" is released
  • January 1: Horizontal is released in the US
  • January 1: "World" enters the German charts
  • January 2: "Massachusetts" enters the Swiss charts, peaks at No. 2, and keeps this position until January 9
  • January 8: "Down to Earth" is recorded
  • January 9: "World" enters the Swiss charts
  • January 10: "Jumbo" is recorded
  • January 13: "World" reaches No. 1 in Austria and keeps this position until January 27
  • January 15: "World" enters the Austrian and Canadian charts
  • January 20: "Words" enters the US charts
  • January 23: "World" peaks at No. 2 on the Swiss charts and keeps this position until January 30
  • January 26: The single "Words"/"Sinking Ships" is released
  • January 27: First 2 US concerts in Anaheim, California
  • January 31: "Words" enters the British charts

February Edit

  • February: 6 concerts are played in Scandinavia, including Copenhagen and Stockholm
  • February: Horizontal is released in the UK, Belgium, France, and Germany
  • February: "In the Summer of His Years" and "I've Decided to Join the Air Force" are recorded
  • February 2: "World" reaches No. 1 in Germany and keeps this position until February 12
  • February 3: "Words" enters the French charts
  • February 4: The Bee Gees perform "And the Sun Will Shine" on The Smothers Brothers, their first American television performance
  • February 9: "World" enters the New Zealand charts
  • February 10: Horizontal enters the US and French charts
  • February 13: "Words" enters the Swiss charts
  • February 15: "World" peaks at No. 5 on the Austrian charts
  • February 21: Horizontal enters the British charts
  • February 24: "Words" enters the Dutch and Australian charts
  • February 26: "Words" enters the German charts
  • February 28: "Words" peaks at No. 8 on the British charts
  • February 27: First of 27 German concerts at the Hamburg Musikhalle

March Edit

  • March: The single "Jumbo/The Singer Sang His Song" is released
  • March: Rare Precious & Beautiful is released in the US
  • March 2: "Words" peaks at No. 15 on the US charts and reaches No.1 in the Netherlands, keeping its position in the Netherlands until March 16
  • March 3: Concert in Nürnberg, Germany
  • March 5: "World" enters the Japanese charts
  • March 7: Concert at the Sportpalast in West Berlin
  • March 10: Concert at the Festhalle in Bern, Switzerland
  • March 10: "Turn Around Look at Me" enters the Japanese charts
  • March 15: Horizontal enters the German charts
  • March 15: "Words" enters the Austrian charts
  • March 16: Horizontal peaks at No. 12 on the US charts
  • March 12: "Words" reaches No. 1 in Switzerland and keeps this position until March 19
  • March 17: The Bee Gees appear on the Ed Sullivan Show
  • March 26: "The Singer Sang His Song" enters the Swiss charts
  • March 27: Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, beginning British tour
  • March 27: "Jumbo" enters the British and Dutch charts
  • March 27: Horizontal peaks at No. 16 on the British charts
  • March 29: Concert at Leeds Town Hall
  • March 30: Concert at the ABC Theatre in Chester
  • March 31: Concert at the Palace Theatre in Manchester

April Edit

  • April: Horizontal reaches No. 1 in Germany (exact date unknown)
  • April 2: Bee Gees appear on the "Smothers Brothers" on CBS
  • April 2: "The Singer Sang His Song" peaks at No. 2 on the Swiss charts
  • April 4: Concert at the Cambridge ABC Theatre
  • April 5: Concert in Slough
  • April 5: "Words" reaches No. 1 in Germany and keeps this position until April 22
  • April 6: Concert at the Sheffield Oval
  • April 6: "Jumbo" enters the US and French charts
  • April 6: "And the Sun Will Shine" enters the French charts
  • April 7: Concert at the Birmingham Theatre
  • April 10: Concert at the Carlisle ABC Theatre
  • April 10: "Jumbo" peaks at No. 25 on the British charts
  • April 11: Concert at the Glasglow Playhouse
  • April 12: Concert at the Edinburgh ABC Theatre
  • April 12: "Words" enters the New Zealand charts
  • April 13: Concert at the Stockton ABC Theatre
  • April 13: The single "Holiday/World" enters the Spanish charts
  • April 14: Concert at the Liverpool Empire
  • April 15: "Words" peaks at No. 4 on the Austrian charts
  • April 17: Concert at the Portsmouth Guildhall
  • April 18: Concert at the Tooting Granada
  • April 19: Concert at the Hanley Rank Theatre
  • April 20: Concert at the Bolton Rank Theatre
  • April 20: "Jumbo" peaks at No. 57 on the US charts and keeps the position until May 11
  • April 20: "Jumbo" enters the Australian charts
  • April 21: Concert at the Hull ABC Theatre
  • April 24: Concert at the Salisbury Rank Theatre
  • April 25: Concert at the Romford Rank Theatre
  • April 26: Concert at the Exeter Rank Theatre
  • April 27: Concert at the Cardiff Rank TheatreBC Theatre
  • April 27: "Jumbo" enters the Dutch charts
  • April 29: "Jumbo" enters the German charts

May Edit

  • May: Bee Gees are awarded the Ivor Novello award
  • May 1: Concert at the Savoy in Cork, Ireland
  • May 2: Concert at the Dublin ABC Theatre, Ireland
  • May 3: Concert at the Belfast ABC Theatre, Ireland
  • May 5: "Words" enters the Japanese charts
  • May 6: "The Singer Sang His Song" enters the Canadian charts
  • May 11: "Words" enters the Spanish charts
  • May 13: "Jumbo" peaks at No. 5 on the German charts and keeps this position until June 24
  • May 15: "Jumbo" enters the Austrian charts, peaks at No. 9, and keeps this position until June 15
  • May 18: "Jumbo" peaks at No. 2 on the Dutch charts

June Edit

  • June: "Kitty Can","Idea", and "Let There Be Love" are recorded
  • June 13: "Indian Gin and Whisky Dry" is recorded
  • June 14: "Kilburn Towers" and "Such a Shame" are recorded
  • June 18: "When the Shallows Fly" is recorded
  • June 25: "I Started a Joke" is recorded

July Edit

  • July 12: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and "I Laugh in Your Face" are recorded
  • July 15: "Jumbo" enters the Japanese charts
  • July 27: Robin Gibb collapses from nervous exhaustion before the start of the first US tour

August Edit

  • August: Concert in Los Angeles, California
  • August 1: Concert in Sacramento, California
  • August 1: Idea is released in the US
  • August 2: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" is released
  • August 3: Concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California
  • August 3: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the French charts
  • August 7: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the British charts
  • August 10: Concert at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York
  • August 13: Horizontal enters the Australian charts
  • August 14: Concert in Providence, Rhode Island
  • August 15: Rare Precious & Beautiful enters the German charts
  • August 15: "Marley Purt Drive" is recorded
  • August 16: "First of May" and "Whisper Whisper" are recorded
  • August 17: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the US charts
  • August 19: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the Canadian charts
  • August 19: "Pity" is recorded
  • August 20: "Sound of Love" and "Give Your Best" are recorded
  • August 21: "Edison" is recorded
  • August 24: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the Dutch and Australian charts
  • August 26: Concert at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus
  • August 26: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the German charts
  • August 27: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the Swiss charts
  • August 31: Idea enters the US charts

September Edit

  • September: Idea is released in the UK, Belgium, France, and Germany
  • September 7: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" reaches No. 1 in the UK and peaks at No. 3 on the Dutch charts
  • September 10: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" peaks at No. 6 on the Swiss charts
  • September 14: "Only One Woman" (performed by The Marbles) enters the French charts
  • September 15: Idea enters the German charts
  • September 25: Idea enters the British charts
  • September 28: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" peaks at No. 8 on the US charts and keeps this position until October 19

October Edit

  • October: Concert at Houtrust Hall in The Hague, Holland
  • October: Idea enters the Canadian charts
  • October: "Odessa", "You'll Never See My Face", "Black Diamond", "Melody Fair", "Suddenly", "Lamplight", "Seven Seas Symphony", "With All Nations", "Never Say Never Again", "The British Opera", and "Nobody's Someone" are recorded
  • October 4: "Words" enters the New Zealand charts
  • October 12: Idea enters the French charts
  • October 14: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" peaks at No. 3 on the German charts and keeps this position until October 21
  • October 15: "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" enters the Japanese and Austrian charts, peaking at No. 12 in Austria
  • October 19: Idea peaks at No. 17 on the US charts
  • October 30: Idea peaks at No. 4 on the British charts
  • October 31: Concert in Bremen, Germany

November Edit

  • November: Four concerts are played in Germany: One in Hamburg, Frankfurt, the Cologne Sporthalle, and Munich
  • November 11: Idea enters the Australian charts
  • November 16: Bee Gees appear on "Beat-club"
  • November 23: Bee Gees appear on The Hollywood Palace

December Edit

  • December 4: Robin Gibb and Molly Hullis are married
  • December 7: Rare Precious & Beautiful enters the US charts
  • December 16: "I Started a Joke" enters the Canadian charts
  • December 21: "I Started a Joke" enters the US charts
  • December 28: Maurice Gibb and Lulu announce their engagement
  • December 31: The Bee Gees play "Harry Braff" on "Beat-Club"

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