Association History

1960s

1969

NARM Convention passes 1,000-attendee mark for first time.

1969

Woodstock.

1968

NARM’s first Tape Convention held.

1967

Monterey Pop Festival.

1966

Best Buy founded as Sound of Music Inc., a home and car stereo store.

1966

NARM introduces Scholarship Foundation.

1965

Columbia House Record Club introduces “12-for-a-penny” promotion.

1965

Bob Dylan goes electric at Newport Folk Festival.

1964

“American Bandstand” moves production from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.

1964

NARM names Mitch Miller 1st Presidential Award winner.

1964

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

1964

Cassette introduced.

1964

8 Track introduced.

1963

The Beatles release 1st album “Please Please Me”.

1962

1st Target store opens.

1962

Walmart founded.

1961

Amusements trade magazine “The Billboard” changes focus to music industry.

1961

WGFM first FM station in US to broadcast in stereo.

1961

NARM makes it a condition of hosting conference at Miami’s Eden Roc Hotel to desegregate hotel; Ewart Abner, eventual President of Motown Records, is first African-American to stay there.

1960

Chubby Checker releases cover of “The Twist”.

1960

The Beatles form.

1960

First Tower Records opens in Sacramento.