January 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Jan 7 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Jan 8 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC

Music Single

Jan 14 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

  • Jan 19 British composer Michael Tippett's cantata "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London

Music Premiere

Jan 29 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres at Palace Theater in NYC for 608 performances

Music History

Jan 30 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 11th string quartet

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Martin Galway, Northern Ireland composer
  • Jan 4 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 5 Kate Schellenbach, American alt rock drummer (Luscious Jackson), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 6 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • Jan 7 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian shababi pop singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jan 8 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • Jan 12 Ingrid Jensen, Canadian Juno Award-winning jazz trumpeter (Vernal Fields), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 17 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician & reggae deejay (X-tra Naked), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • Jan 19 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer, born in Vetlanda, Sweden
  • Jan 20 Tracii Guns [Tracy Ulrich], American rock guitarist and songwriter (L.A. Guns - "It's Over Now"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 31 Al Jaworsky [Doughty], English musician & bassist (Jesus Jones), born in Plymouth, United Kingdom

Weddings in Music

George Harrison & Pattie Boyd

Jan 21 Quiet Beatle George Harrison (22) weds British model Pattie Boyd (21) at the registry office in Epsom, Surrey, England, Paul serves as best man; divorce in 1977

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Marcel Tabuteau, French-American oboist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1915-54), dies at 78
  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer, dies in an accident at 38