On This Day

Events in Music in May 1966

  • May 1 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)

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May 6 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the US

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  • 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

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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

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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