On This Day

June 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 1 George Harrison is impressed by sitarist Ravi Shankar's concert in London

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 4 Single "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • Jun 10 The Beatles release single "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" in UK; "Rain" featured experimental studio tricks of slowed down bass and drums tracks, and backwards vocals in the fade out

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 10 Janis Joplin's 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jun 10 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig with Big Brother & The Holding Company, at Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 11 "(I'm A) Road Runner" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaks at #20
  • Jun 11 "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "On A Clear Day You..." closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 280 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 11 "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1 in the US

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Jun 11 "Skyscraper" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 248 performances
  • Jun 11 "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys hits #1 in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Rowan & Martin host "The Dean Martin Show" Summer Series, on NBC-TV

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • Jun 25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad

  • Jun 26 "Time for Singing" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Jun 30 The Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 2 Pedro Guerra, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Güímar, Tenerife
  • Jun 3 Bill Janovitz, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist (Buffalo Tom), music writer, and real estate agent, born in Queens, New York City
  • Jun 4 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 6 Sean Yseult [Shauna Reynolds], American rock bassist (White Zombie - "More Human Than Human"), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jun 7 Eric Kretz, American rock drummer, Songwriter (Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"), and sound engineer, born in San Jose, California
  • Jun 8 Doris Pearson, British pop and disco singer (Five Star - "Can't Wait Another Minute"), born in London, England
  • Jun 19 Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter (The Verve Pipe), born in Holland, Michigan
  • Jun 19 Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway
  • Jun 23 Chico DeBarge, American musician (DeBarge)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Musician Louis Jordan (58) weds singer and dancer Martha Weaver

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 1 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92
  • Jun 6 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash at 27
  • Jun 12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), dies at 74
  • Jun 12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • Jun 16 German Galynin, Russian composer, dies at 44
  • Jun 19 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 29 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82