August 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 3 South African government bans records by The Beatles
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in the UK
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK

South Africa Bans the Beatles

Aug 8 South African Broadcasting bans the playing of all Beatles songs due to John Lennon's remark that the band was "more popular than Jesus"

  • Aug 9 The Beatles release their "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
  • Aug 11 The Beatles arrive in Chicago, Illinois for their third (and final) US tour
  • Aug 12 Last Beatle concert tour of North America begins with two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Longview, Texas radio station KLUE holds a "Beatles Bonfire" to burn Beatles records and memorabilia; station is struck by lightning the following day
  • Aug 12 The Beatles hold press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois; John Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark
  • Aug 13 Longview, Texas radio station KLUE is struck by lightning the day after holding a "Beatles Bonfire", knocking an engineer unconscious and causing extensive damage to equipment
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert: The Beatles headline; fans break through barriers and rush stage causing a 30-minute delay while order is restored
  • Aug 16 The Beatles in concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; their second and final show in the city
  • Aug 19 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit and firecrackers during concert at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee; Ku Klux Klan demonstrated outside the show and burned records
  • Aug 21 1st concert at Busch Memorial Stadium: (St. Louis, Missouri): The Beatles headline; it is their second show of the day, having played in the afternoon 341 miles away in Cincinnati, Ohio after getting rained out on the night before
  • Aug 22 The Beatles arrive in New York City and hold two press conferences, one for the press and one for their fans
  • Aug 23 The Beatles' last concert in Queens, New York City at Shea Stadium before a crowd of 45,000, and 11,000 unsold seats
  • Aug 29 The Beatles' last public concert before a crowd of 25,000, and 7,000 unsold seats, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 6 Regina Carter, American jazz and classical violinist, and composer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 7 Kristin Hersch, American singer and songwriter (Throwing Muses), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 10 Hansi Kürsch, German heavy metal singer-songwriter, band bassist (Blind Guardian), born in Lank-Latum, West Germany
  • Aug 10 Roberta Donnay American jazz singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("One World"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 14 David Hallyday, French singer-songwriter and actor (He's My Girl), born in Boulougne, France
  • Aug 15 Shirley Kwan [Kwan Suk Yee] Chinese Canto-pop singer ("Happy Are Those In Love"), born in Hong Kong
  • Aug 17 Jill Cunniff, American alt-rock singer and bassist (Luscious Jackson), born in Brooklyn, NYC
  • Aug 17 Maysa [Leak], American jazz and R&B singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 19 Lee Ann Womack, American country singer ("I Hope You Dance"), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Aug 20 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera), born in Arlington, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Aug 22 GZA [Gary Grice], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 22 Mark Michaels, American rock and jazz session guitarist, educator, and author (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
  • Aug 25 Derek Sherinian, American keyboardist (Dream Theater; Sons Of Apollo), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • Aug 26 Dan Vickrey, American guitarist and songwriter (Counting Crows - "Accidentally in Love"), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Aug 26 Shirley Manson, Scottish rock singer (Garbage), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Aug 28 Jerry Fehily, Irish drummer (Hothouse Flowers - "Don't Go"; "Thing Of Beauty"), born in Cork, Ireland
  • Aug 29 Dan Truman, American singer (Diamond Rio - "Meet in the Middle"), born in St. George, Utah

Weddings in Music


Aug 7 Spanish bandleader and Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds Spanish-American singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada; divorce in 1978

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 Gösta Nystroem, Swedish composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie; Give Us this Night), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Aug 22 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82