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October 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 9 Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded "Got Live if you Want It"

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Oct 13 Jimi Hendrix Experience debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France

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  • Oct 18 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances
  • Oct 25 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Brian Asawa, Japanese-American countertenor, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Oct 3 Frank Hannon, American blues and rock guitarist (Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy), born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 7 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer (3:10 To Yuma; The Hurt Locker; Logan), born in Long Island, New York
  • Oct 10 Kevin Paige, American vocalist (Don't Shut Me Out), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 12 Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 15 Douglas Vipond, Scottish pop drummer (Deacon Blue) and broadcaster, born in Elderslie, Scotland
  • Oct 15 Bill Charlap, American jazz pianist (Phil Woods; Tony Bennett; Sandy Stewart), and educator, born in New York City
  • Oct 20 Fred Coury, American glam rock drummer (Cinderella -"Heartbreak Station"; "Nobody's Fool"), born in Johnston, New York
  • Oct 26 Masaharu Iwata, Japanese video game composer, born in Tokyo
  • Oct 31 Annabella Lwin [Myant Myant Aye], Anglo-Burmese singer (Bow Wow Wow - "I Want Candy"), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • Oct 31 Ad-Rock [Adam Horovitz], American rocker (Beastie Boys), born in NYC, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 7 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), dies in a car crash at 26
  • Oct 7 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American R&B singer, and guitarist ("The Bells Are Ringing"; "One Night (Of Sin)"; "I Hear You Knocking"), dies of stomach cancer at 46
  • Oct 12 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 14 Arcady Dubensky, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • Oct 26 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)