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Year 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 23 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" hits #1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in the UK
  • Sep 16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber
  • Oct 13 Jimi Hendrix Experience debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France
  • Dec 26 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London
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Music Awards in 1966

Musicians Married in 1966

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Musicians Who Died in 1966

  • Jan 4 Marcel Tabuteau, French-American oboist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1915-54), dies at 78
  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • Feb 6 Algot Haquinius, Swedish pianist, and composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", dies at 79

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