On This Day

April 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

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

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, an accident which leaves him with long-lasting health issues
  • Apr 15 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Cello Concert

Birthdays in Music

  • 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 (The Black Crowes), 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, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • Apr 19 Véronique Gens, French operatic soprano, born in Orléans, France
  • Apr 28 Too Short [Todd Shaw], American rapper, born in South Central Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident