On This Day

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 & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 musician (Luscious Jackson), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 6 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • Jan 7 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jan 8 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 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, American musician (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 31 Al Jaworsky [Alan Doughty], English musician & bassist (Jesus Jones), born in Plymouth, United Kingdom

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38