On This Day

Events in Music in 1966

  • 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"

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

  • Feb 28 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool, England closes

Music History

Mar 3 Canadian-American rock band "Buffalo Springfield" forms (Stephen Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Music History

Mar 4 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

  • Mar 5 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 7 "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
  • Mar 8 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • Mar 12 Love's 1st album released "Love"
  • Mar 18 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Mar 19 "Poussé Cafe" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 25 Beatles pose for photographer Robert Whitaker with mutilated dolls and butchered meat for album cover of "Yesterday & Today", it is later pulled from circulation and replaced with a different photo
  • Mar 29 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances

Television Premiere

Mar 30 "Color Me Barbra", Barbra Streisand's second TV special and the first in color, premieres on CBS

  • Apr 1 "Hold On, I'm Comin'" single released by Sam & Dave

Music Recording

Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

  • Apr 12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his Corvette into a parked truck, an accident which leaves him with long-lasting health issues

Album Release

Apr 15 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)

  • Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Cello Concert
  • May 1 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • May 6 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the US
  • May 7 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • May 13 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the UK
  • May 14 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • May 16 The Beach Boys release their groundbreaking album "Pet Sounds", containing hit singles "Sloop John B" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and "God Only Knows"
  • May 21 "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • May 21 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • May 21 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97

Music Premiere

May 24 Jerry Herman's musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 1508 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards

  • May 28 "Ballad Of Irving", parody song by Frank Gallop hits #34
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovich's 11th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • May 30 The Beatles release single "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" in US; "Rain" featured experimental studio tricks of slowed down bass and drums tracks, and backwards vocals in the fade out

Music Concert

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

  • 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 Concert

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

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

Music History

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

  • Jun 25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 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

Music History

Jul 4 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

  • Jul 16 "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 performances
  • Jul 17 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 performances
  • Jul 23 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" hits #1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)
  • Jul 25 Brian Jones' final performance as a Rolling Stone

Music Single

Jul 25 The Supremes release single "You Can't Hurry Love"

Music History

Jul 29 Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock, New York

  • Jul 30 Beatles' "Yesterday... & Today" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Jul 31 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
  • Aug 3 South African government bans Beatle records
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in the UK
  • Aug 8 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles (Lennon's anti-Jesus remark)
  • Aug 9 The Beatles release their "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
  • Aug 12 Last Beatle concert tour of North America begins with two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
  • Aug 20 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
  • Aug 21 1st concert at Busch Memorial Stadium: The Beatles (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Aug 22 The Beatles arrive in New York
  • Aug 29 The Beatles' last public concert before a crowd of 25,000, and 7,000 unsold seats, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

#1 in the Charts

Sep 3 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"

  • Sep 10 Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks in the UK

Music History

Sep 10 Neil Diamond has his first Billboard chart success with single "Cherry Cherry"

TV Show Appearance

Sep 11 Rolling Stones 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; perform 3 songs, including "Paint It Black"

Music History

Sep 16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber

Music History

Sep 21 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to "Jimi"

  • Sep 25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow
  • Oct 7 Rolling Stones record four songs for their 1st live LP "Got Live If You Want It!" at a concert at Colston Hall in Bristol
  • Oct 13 Jimi Hendrix Experience debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France
  • 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

Meeting of Interest

Nov 7 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London [1]

  • Nov 9 "Let's Sing Yiddish" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 107 performances
  • Nov 16 "Greatest Hits" album by The Temptations is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1967)
  • Nov 20 John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 1166 performances, wins 8 Tony Awards
  • Nov 26 "Walking Happy" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 161 performances
  • 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
  • Dec 16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
  • 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; runs for 105 performances
  • Dec 31 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks