December 1966 in Music

Events in Music

  • 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

Music releaseMusic Single

Dec 16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 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

  • Dec 4 Fred Armisen, American actor and musician
  • Dec 4 Masta Ace, American rapper
  • Dec 5 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 8 Sinéad O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter (Nothing Compares 2 U), born in Glenageary, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • Dec 11 Terry Sharpe, rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets)
  • Dec 11 Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
  • Dec 14 Tim Skold, Swedish/American musician
  • Dec 18 Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • Dec 18 Tracy Byrd, country singer
  • Dec 18 Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
  • Dec 20 Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 20 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer
  • Dec 22 Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction)
  • Dec 29 Jason Gould, Son of actor Elliott Gould and singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born in NYC, New York

Deaths in Music

  • 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