On This Day

April 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 1 "Hold On, I'm Comin'" single released by Sam & Dave

Music Recording

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

  • Apr 12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his Corvette into a parked truck, an accident which leaves him with long-lasting health issues

Album Release

Apr 15 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)

Music Concert

Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Cello Concert


Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Garnett Silk [Smith], Jamaican 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 guitarist (The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 15 Graeme Clark, Scottish bassist (Wet Wet Wet - "Angel Eyes"; "Love is All Around"), born in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • Apr 15 Samantha Karen Fox, British pop singer ("Touch Me"), born in London, England
  • Apr 19 Véronique Gens, French operatic soprano, born in Orléans, France

Too Short

Apr 28 Too Short [Todd Shaw], American rapper, born in South Central Los Angeles, California


Deaths in Music

  • Apr 30 Richard Fariña, American folk singer-songwriter ("Birmingham Sunday"), and novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me"), dies in a motorcycle crash on his 29th birthday