1966 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Jan 7 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Jan 8 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 14 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 19 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Jan 29 "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • Feb 28 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Canadian-American rock band "Buffalo Springfield" forms (Stephen Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 5 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 7 "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
  • Mar 8 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • Mar 12 Love's 1st album released "Love"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 15 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Streisand

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • Mar 18 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Mar 19 "Poussé Cafe" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 25 Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album, It is later pulled
  • Mar 29 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Apr 12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
  • Apr 15 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert
  • May 1 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • May 7 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • May 13 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
  • May 14 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • May 21 "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • May 21 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • May 21 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97
  • May 23 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • May 24 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
  • May 28 "Ballad Of Irving" by Frank Gallop hits #34

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 1 George Harrison is impressed by Ravi Shankar's concert in London

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 10 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in UK
  • Jun 10 Beatles record "Rain" 1st to use reverse tapes

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 10 Janis Joplin's 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jun 11 "On A Clear Day You..." closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 280 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 11 "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Jun 11 "Skyscraper" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 248 performances
  • Jun 11 "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 11 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco)
  • Jun 25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Jun 25 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
  • Jun 26 "Time for Singing" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Jun 30 Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 Beatles attacked in Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos
  • Jul 16 "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 performances
  • Jul 17 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 performances

  • Jul 25 Brian Jones final perfomance as a Rolling Stone
  • Jul 25 Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock NY

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jul 30 Beatles' "Yesterday... & Today" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Jul 31 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
  • Aug 3 South African government bans Beatle records
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK
  • Aug 5 Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
  • Aug 8 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles (Lennon's anti-Jesus remark)
  • Aug 9 The Beatles release their "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
  • Aug 11 Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
  • Aug 20 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
  • Aug 22 The Beatles arrive in New York
  • Aug 29 The Beatles' last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)
  • Sep 3 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"
  • Sep 10 Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks in the UK
  • Sep 11 Rolling Stones perform on Ed Sullivan Show
  • Sep 16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York
  • Sep 25 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow
  • Oct 9 Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded "Got Live if you Want It"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Oct 18 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances
  • Oct 25 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Nov 9 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Nov 9 "Let's Sing Yiddish" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 107 performances
  • Nov 20 "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances
  • Nov 24 The Beatles began recording sessions for their album "Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  • Nov 26 "Walking Happy" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
  • Dec 5 "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances
  • Dec 15 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Dec 16 The Beatles release "Everywhere it's Christmas" in UK
  • Dec 16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
  • Dec 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • Dec 24 "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Dec 26 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club
  • Dec 27 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Dec 31 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 139

  • Jan 3 Martin Galway, Northern Ireland composer
  • Jan 4 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 5 Kate Schellenbach, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • Jan 6 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer
  • Jan 7 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer
  • Jan 8 Andrew Wood, Columbus Mississippi, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)
  • Jan 17 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician and reggae deejay (X-tra Naked ), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • Jan 19 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer
  • Jan 20 Tracii Guns, rock guitarist (LA Guns-It's Over Now)
  • Jan 31 Al Jaworsky, [Alan Doughty], pop bassist (Jesus Jones)
  • Feb 2 Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter and backing vocalist (Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone, Hollywood Vampires), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Feb 4 Spike, rocker [or Sep 18]
  • Feb 6 Rick Astley, rock vocalist (Never Gonna Give You Up)
  • Feb 9 Amanda Roocroft, opera singer
  • Feb 13 Freedom Williams, US hip hop and dance music performer (C&C Music Factory-Everbody Dance Now), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 17 Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • Feb 17 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Michael Lepond, American musician
  • Feb 19 Prince Markie D, [Mark Morale], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
  • Feb 21 Tommy Hendricks, rocker
  • Feb 21 Wendy James, vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 23 Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 26 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • Mar 2 Stevie Rachelle, rock vocalist (Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around)
  • Mar 3 Tone-Loc, [Anthony Terrell Smith], rocker (Let's Do It), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 3 Timo Tolkki, Finnish musician (Stratovarius)
  • Mar 4 Patrick Hannan, English pop drummer (Sundays-Can't Be Sure)
  • Mar 4 Grand Puba, American rapper
  • Mar 9 Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Mar 10 Edie Brickell, Mrs Paul Simon/rocker (& New Bohemians)
  • Mar 10 Gráinne Mulvey, Irish composer
  • Mar 18 Jerry Cantrell, US rock guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt)
  • Mar 19 James "Big Jim" Wright, American record producer
  • Mar 20 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • Mar 25 Jeff Healey, Canadian blind pop guitarist (See the Light), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2008)
  • Mar 28 Salt [Cheryl James], American singer (Salt-n-Pepa), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 30 Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age)
  • Apr 2 Garnett Silk [Garnet Damion Smith], Jamacian reggae musician, born in Manchester, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • Apr 4 Mike Starr [Michael], musician (Alice in Chains bassist), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2011)
  • Apr 5 Michael "Mike" McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Apr 11 Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World), born in Manchester, England
  • Apr 13 Marc Ford, American musician
  • Apr 15 Graeme Clark, bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around)
  • Apr 15 Samantha Karen Fox, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • Apr 19 Véronique Gens, French soprano
  • Apr 21 Michael Franti, American musician
  • Apr 28 Too Short, American rapper
  • May 1 Johnny Colt, Cherry Point NC, rock bassist (Black Crowes)
  • May 5 Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
  • May 8 Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer
  • May 11 Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein)
  • May 12 Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
  • May 13 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 13 Alison Goldfrapp, English musician (Goldfrapp), born in London
  • May 14 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus)
  • May 14 Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)
  • May 14 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!)

Person of interestJanet Jackson

May 16 Janet Jackson, singer, Michael's sister (Control), born in Gary, Indiana

  • May 18 Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • May 22 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)
  • May 27 Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)
  • May 30 Stephen Malkmus, American musician (Pavement)
  • Jun 2 Pedro Guerra, Spanish songwriter and singer
  • Jun 4 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano
  • Jun 6 Angela Cavagna, singer, born in Genoa, Italy
  • Jun 6 Sean Yseult, American musician (White Zombie)
  • Jun 8 Doris Pearson, Essex, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)
  • Jun 15 Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer
  • Jun 19 Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway
  • Jun 23 Chico DeBarge, American musician (DeBarge)
  • Jun 23 Richie Ren, Taiwanese actor (Breaking News, Life Without Principle), born in Changhua, Taiwan
  • Jul 7 Gundula Krause, German folk violinist
  • Jul 11 Mel Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim-Coming to America)
  • Jul 13 Gerald Levert, American singer (d. 2006)
  • Jul 14 Tayna Donelly, rocker (Belly)
  • Jul 14 Ellen Reid, Canadian musician (Crash Test Dummies)
  • Jul 25 Maureen Herman, American bassist
  • Jul 25 Lynda Lemay, French Canadian singer
  • Jul 28 Shikao Suga, Japanese singer/songwriter
  • Jul 29 Martina McBride, country singer
  • Aug 7 Kristin Hersch, US singer/songwriter (Throwing Muses)
  • Aug 10 Hansi Kürsch, German singer
  • Aug 15 Shirley Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • Aug 17 Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer
  • Aug 19 Lee Ann Womack, American musician
  • Aug 20 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist (Pantera)
  • Aug 22 Mark Michaels, heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
  • Aug 22 GZA [Gary Grice], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 25 Derek Sherinian, American keyboardist
  • Aug 26 Shirley Manson, Scottish singer
  • Aug 28 Jerry Fehily, rocker (Hothouse Flowers-Don't Go)
  • Aug 29 Dan Truman, St George Utah, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • Sep 2 Dino Cazares, American musician
  • Sep 4 Bireli Lagrene, French jazz guitarist, born in Alsace
  • Sep 7 Christopher Acland, musician
  • Sep 8 Carola, Swedish singer
  • Sep 8 Peter Furler, musician (Newsboys)
  • Sep 12 Ben Folds, American musician
  • Sep 14 Mike Cooley, American guitarist

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

HeartWedding of Interest

May 30 Country singer Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia

Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer
Dolly Parton

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Musician Louis Jordan (58) weds singer and dancer Martha Weaver

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 50 year old Frank Sinatra marries 21 year old Mia Farrow in Las Vegas

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • Feb 6 Johan Algot Haquinius, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Janis Medins, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • Mar 15 Heinrich Lemacher, composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • May 4 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer, dies at 69
  • May 9 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 1 Papa Jack Laine, American musician (b. 1873)
  • Jun 6 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash
  • Jun 12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor/music publisher, dies at 74
  • Jun 12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Marjan Kozina, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 29 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 3 Andre Gailhard, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Joseph Deems Taylor, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 17 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi-suite), dies at 71
  • Jul 18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • Jul 18 German Germanovich Galinin, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 23 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo, The Singing Plumber), dies at 60
  • Jul 29 Pal Jardanyi, composer, dies at 44
  • Aug 1 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 Gosta Nystroem, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Aug 22 Apolinary Szeluto, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Luigi Perrachio, composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 9 Antonio Massana, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • Sep 18 Fernand Lamy, composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 18 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 28 Lucky Millinder, bandleader/singer, dies
  • Oct 7 Johnny Kidd, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Oct 7 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], rocker, dies at 46
  • Oct 12 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 14 Arcady Dubensky, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • Oct 26 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Nov 2 Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • Nov 3 Eric Spear, British composer for film and TV (Coronation Street theme)
  • Nov 12 Quincy Porter, US composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 18 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 26 Harold Burrage, US singer/pianist (Got to Find a Way), dies at 35
  • Nov 28 Vittorio Giannini, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Hermann Heiss, German composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 9 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Boris Koutzen, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 17 Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Gaspar Cassado Moreu, composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Noel Gallon, French composer, dies at 75