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 & 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 19 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Jan 29 "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • Feb 27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • Feb 28 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes

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Mar 3 Buffalo Springfield form (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 15 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Streisand

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • 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 with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album, It is later pulled
  • Mar 29 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances

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Mar 30 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Apr 12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
  • Apr 15 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • May 1 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • May 7 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • May 13 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
  • May 14 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • 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
  • May 23 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • May 24 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
  • May 28 "Ballad Of Irving" by Frank Gallop hits #34

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 10 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in UK
  • Jun 10 Beatles record "Rain" 1st to use reverse tapes

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 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

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
  • Jun 11 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (SF)
  • Jun 25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Jun 25 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
  • Jun 26 "Time for Singing" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Jun 30 Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour

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

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
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 25 Brian Jones final perfomance as a Rolling Stone
  • Jul 25 Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love"

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Jul 29 Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock NY

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 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 Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in 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 11 Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
  • Aug 20 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
  • Aug 22 The Beatles arrive in New York
  • Aug 29 The Beatles' last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)
  • Sep 3 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"
  • Sep 10 Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks in the UK
  • Sep 11 Rolling Stones perform on Ed Sullivan Show
  • Sep 16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York
  • Oct 9 Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded "Got Live if you Want It"

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Oct 12 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Nov 9 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Nov 9 "Let's Sing Yiddish" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 107 performances
  • Nov 20 "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances
  • Nov 24 The Beatles began recording sessions for their album "Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  • Nov 26 "Walking Happy" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
  • 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 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • 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
  • Dec 27 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Dec 31 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks