On This Day

December 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 3 Television pop group "The Monkees" make their live concert debut at the Honolulu International Centre Arena, in Hawaii
  • 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 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, London
  • 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 Fereydun "Fred" Armisen, American comedian (Saturday Night Live), actor, writer (Portlandia), and musician (8G Band), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Dec 4 Masta Ace [Duval Clear], American rapper (Born To Roll), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 5 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant), born in Forbach, Lorraine, France
  • Dec 6 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, born in Kufstein, Austria (d. 2015)

Person of interestSinead O'Connor

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 Martin Blunt, British rock bassist (The Charlatans - "The Only One I Know"), born in West Midlands, England
  • Dec 11 Terry Sharpe, Irish rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 11 Leon Lai, Chinese-born Hong Kong actor and singer, born in Beijing, China
  • Dec 14 Tim Sköld, Swedish-American musician, born in Skövde, Sweden
  • 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, American rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 20 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer, born in Farsta, Stockholm
  • Dec 22 Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Dec 29 Jason Gould, American actor and singer, 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, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer & educator, dies at 65
  • Dec 17 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Noel Gallon, French composer, dies at 75