1966

<1965 1967>

Jan

1

  • Keith Jarrett makes his first recordings with Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers live in Hermosa Beach, CA. Chuck Mangione (tp) Frank Mitchell (ts) Keith Jarrett (p) Reggie Johnson (b) Art Blakey (d). Tracks cut are included on the Limelight album Buttercorn Lady
  • Simon & Garfunkel have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks over two runs with The Sound of Silence

2

  • Bud Powell makes his final recordings for ESP-Disk in New York. Bud Powell (p) Scotty Holt (b) Rashied Ali (d)
  • William Walton’s The Twelve for chorus and organ premiered in London

3

  • The first Acid Test is conducted at the Fillmore, San Francisco by Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters. 2,400 people turn up, while the Grateful Dead provide the soundtrack.
  • The Psychedelic Shop opens on Haight Street, San Francisco. It’s primarily a bookstore

4

  • Marcel Tabuteau (78) dies in Philadelphia
  • (& 11th) The Temptations record Ain’t Too Proud to Beg for Gordy in Detroit, their first single with Norman Whitfield producing
  • Malcolm Williamson’s opera Julius Caesar Jones premiered in London. lib. Geoffrey Dunn

5

  • Kate Schellenbach born (New York, NY) American rock drummer. Worked with the Beastie Boys, Lucious Jackson and the Lunachicks.

6

  • A. R. Rahman aka A. S. Dileep Kumar born (Madras) Indian film composer, arranger, singer, songwriter, musician.

7

  • Ehab Tawfik born (Cairo) Egyptian popular singer, songwriter.

8

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Rubber Soul & the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks over two runs with We Can Work It Out
  • The last episode of Shindig! Is aired by ABC TV. Acts shown include the Kinks and the Who

10

  • Havergal Brian’s Symphony No.25 completed

13

  • The Velvet Underground perform at the annual dinner of the New York Society for Clinical Psychiatry to a mixed reception

14

  • Grazyna Bacewicz’s Violin Concerto no.7 premiered in Brussels

15

  • Lisa Lisa aka Lisa Velez born (New York, NY) American pop singer, songwriter.

17

  • Stephin Merritt born (New York, NY) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of the Magnetic Fields.
  • Shabba Ranks aka Rexton Gordon born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican ragga and dancehall singer, songwriter.

18

  • The Beach Boys begin recording Pet Sounds in Los Angeles. Recording is complete by Apr 13, with the final track listing adding Sloop John B, a song recorded in Jul 1965. As well as the six band members, more than 60 musicians play on the sessions including Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, Jim Gordon, Barney Kessell, Terry Melcher and Leon Russell

19

  • Michael Tippett’s cantata The Vision of St. Augustine premiered in London

21

  • George Harrison marries fashion model Pattie Boyd in Esher, Surrey
  • (to 23rd) The Trips Festival, a multimedia event featuring sets by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother & the Holding Company, takes place at Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco.

22

  • The Spencer Davis Group have the UK number one single for one week with Keep On Running

24

  • The Byrds record Eight Miles High at a session for Columbia in Hollywood, CA. It follows a previous, non-Columbia-sanctioned recording at RCA studios on 22 Dec 1965
  • (to 27th) Love record their self-titled debut album for Elektra at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood. Arthur Lee (vo, hca, perc, d) Johnny Echols (g) Bryan Maclean (g, vo) Ken Forssi (b) Alban “Snoopy” Pfisterer (d)

25

  • Duke Ellington’s musical Pousse Cafe premiered in Toronto

26

  • Dominick Argento’s Variations for Orchestra (The Mask of Night) premiered in Minneapolis

29

  • Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon’s musical Sweet Charity opens on Broadway (608 performances)

30

  • Hans Tutschku born (Weimar) German composer, teacher.

releases

  • Byrds – Set You Free This Time / It Won’t Be Wrong (Columbia)
  • Elgins – Put Yourself In My Place / Darling Baby (VIP). Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1962. Saundra Edwards, Robert Fleming, Norbert McClean & Johnny Dawson
  • Four Seasons – I’ve Been Working My Way Back To You / Too Many Memories (Philips)
  • Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law / Little Annie Lou (Mustang). Rock group from El Paso, TX. Bobby Fuller (vo, g) James Reese (g) Randy Fuller (b) Dalton Powell (d)
  • Groupies – Primitive / Hog (Atco). New York garage band
  • Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine / There’s No Love Left (Tamla)
  • Deon Jackson – Love Makes The World Go Round (Carla)
  • Mar-Keys – Philly Dog / Honey Pot (Stax)
  • Wilson Pickett – 634-5789 / That’s A Man’s Way (Atlantic)
  • Shangri-Las – Long Live Our Love / Sophisticated Boom Boom (Red Bird)
  • Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ / The City Never Sleeps At Night (Reprise)
  • Small Faces – Sha La La La Lee / Grow Your Own (Decca UK)
  • Supremes – My World Is Empty Without You / Everything Is Good About You (Motown)
  • Spencer Davis Group – The Second Album (Fontana UK)
  • John Lee Hooker – It Serve You Right to Suffer (Impulse!)
  • Lee Morgan – The Rumproller (Blue Note)
  • “Big” John Patton – Oh, Baby! (Blue Note)
  • Horace Silver – The Cape Verdean Blues (Blue Note)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence (Columbia)
  • Them Again (Decca UK)

Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence (Columbia)

Feb

1

  • Big Brother & the Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane headline the First Annual Tribal Stomp at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom

4

  • Boris Blacher’s opera Zwischenfälle bei einer Notlandung [Incidents during an emergency landing], lib.Heinz von Cramer, premiered in Hamburg

6

  • Rick Astley born (Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire) English pop singer, songwriter.
  • Algot Haquinius (79) dies in Stockholm
  • The Marquee Club in London begins a weekly Sunday night proto-psychedelic music session called the Spontaneous Underground

9

  • Sophie Tucker (82) dies in New York of lung cancer

10

  • Bob Marley marries Rita Anderson in Kingston, Jamaica

11

  • Tenor Saw aka Clive Bright born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, songwriter. Died 1988
  • Vache Sharafyan born (Yerevan, Armenia) Armenian composer, teacher.
  • Roger Sessions’s Psalm 140 for soprano and orchestra premiered in Boston

14

  • (to 10 Mar) Bob Dylan records the bulk of the album Blonde On Blonde for Columbia in Nashville (One of Us Must Know was recorded in New York on 25 Jan in New York). Bob Dylan (vo, g, hca, p) Robbie Robertson, Wayne Moss (g, vo) Charlie McCoy (b, g, hca, tp) Al Kooper (org, g) Hargus “Pig” Robbins (p, keys) Bill Aikins (keys) Kenneth A. Buttrey (d) Joe South, Jerry Kennedy (g) Henry Strzelecki (b) Wayne Butler (tb)

15

  • Tanya Anisimova born (Grozny, Chechnya) Russian cellist, composer

17

  • The Beach Boys record the first instrumental take of the song Good Vibrations. The recording isn’t completed until September and is the most expensive single in history at that point.
  • Percy Sledge makes his first recordings for Atlantic in Muscle Shoals, AL. Tracks cut include When A Man Loves A Woman & Love Me Like You Mean It

19

  • The Mamas and the Papas make their television debut performing California Dreamin’ on ABC’s American Bandstand
  • Nancy Sinatra has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

22

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Piano Sonata No.2 premiered in London

23

  • Billy Kyle (51) dies in Youngstown, OH from a bleeding ulcer complicated by pneumonia

25

  • Darius Milhaud’s Music for Boston op.414 for violin and chamber orchestra premiered in Boston

26

  • Najwa Karam born (Zahlé, Lebanon) Lebanese popular singer, songwriter.
  • Nancy Sinatra has the Billboard number one single for one week with These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

releases

  • Animals – Inside – Looking Out / Outcast (Decca UK)
  • Barbarians – Moulty / I’ll Keep On Seeing You (Laurie)
  • James Brown – Ain’t That a Groove parts 1 & 2 (King)
  • Bob Dylan – Sooner Or Later One Of Us Must Know / Queen Jane Approximately (Columbia)
  • Four Tops – Shake Me Wake Me / Just As Long As You Need Me (Motown)
  • Jefferson Airplane – It’s No Secret / Runnin’ Around This World (RCA Victor)
  • Kinks – Dedicated Follower Of Fashion / Sitting On My Sofa (Pye UK)
  • Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream / Night Owl Blues (Kama Sutra)
  • Tami Lynn – I’m Gonna Run Away From You / The Boy Next Door (Atco)
  • Monitors – Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam ) / Number One In Your Heart (VIP). Vocal group from Detroit. Richard Street, Sandra Fagin, John Fagin & Warren Harris
  • New Colony Six – At the River’s Edge / I Lie Awake (Centaur). Rock band formed in Chicago in 1964. Ray Graffia (vo) Chick James (d) Pat McBride (hca) Craig Kemp (org) Wally Kemp (b) Gerry Van Kollenburg (g)
  • Outsiders – Time Won’t Let Me / Was It Really Real? (Capitol). Garage band formed in Cleveland, OH in 1965. Tom King (g, ts, vo) Sonny Geraci (vo) Mert Madsen (b) Bill Bruno (g) Jimmy Fox (d)
  • Otis Redding – Satisfaction / Any Ole Way (Volt)
  • Righteous Brothers – (You’re My) Soul & Inspiration / B Side Blues (Verve)
  • Rolling Stones – 19th Nervous Breakdown / As Tears Go By (Decca UK)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound / Leaves That Are Green (Columbia)
  • Koko Taylor – Wang Dang Doodle / Blues Heaven (Checker)
  • Temptations – Get Ready / Fading Away (Gordy)
  • Walker Brothers – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More / After The Lights Go Out (Philips UK)
  • Yardbirds – Shapes Of Things / You’re A Better Man Than I (EMI Columbia UK)
  • John Coltrane – Ascension (Impulse!)
  • Impressions – Ridin’ High (ABC)
  • Yusef Lateef – Psychicemotus (Impulse!)
  • Supremes – I Hear a Symphony (Motown)

The Yardbirds (L-R) Chris Dreja, Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Jimmy Page

Mar

1

  • Gene Clark announces he’s leaving the Byrds due to his fear of flying
  • The Mothers of Invention sign to Verve Records. Part of their contract is the requirement for them to change their name from the Mothers.

3

  • Tone Lōc aka Anthony Terrell Smith born (Los Angeles, CA) American rapper, producer, actor.
  • Milton Babbitt’s Relata I for orchestra premiered in Cleveland
  • Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay form Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles

4

  • Jānis Mediņš (75) dies in Stockholm
  • John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles are ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ is published in The London Evening Standard

6

  • Richard Hageman (83) dies in Los Angeles

9

  • Brendan Canty born (Tea Neck, NJ) American rock drummer, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of Fugazi
  • Henry Stuckey (68) dies in Jackson, MS of cancer
  • (to 12th) The Mothers of Invention record the album Freak Out! for Verve in Los Angeles over four days. Core musicians: Frank Zappa (g, vo) Ray Collins (vo) Elliot Ingber (g) Roy Estrada (b) Jim Black (d) plus guests

10

  • Edie Brickell born (Oak Cliff, TX) American rock and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Wife of Paul Simon (b.1941).

11

  • Pauline Oliveros’ Theater Piece for Trombone Player premiered in San Francisco
  • Pink Floyd make their first appearance at the London Marquee Club’s Spontaneous Underground night. They will appear eight more times by mid June

13

  • Pink Floyd begin a residency at the Spontaneous Underground night at the Marquee club, London
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Sun Music II for orchestra premiered in Adelaide

15

  • The 8th Grammy Awards held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass win the record of the year for A Taste of Honey while the album of the year goes to September of My Years by Frank Sinatra. Other winners include Charles Ives, Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, Barbra Streisand and James Brown

18

  • Jerry Cantrell born (Takoma, WA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Alice in Chains and solo artist.

19

  • The Walker Brothers have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

21

  • DJ Premier aka Christopher Martin born (Houston, TX) American record producer, DJ. Founder member of Gang Starr.
  • Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V for trombone premiered in San Francisco

25

  • Jeff Healey born (Toronto) Canadian blues and rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Blind from age one. Died 2008
  • Morton Feldman’s Christian Wolff in Cambridge for chorus premiered in Waltham, MA
  • Charles Ives’ Processional: Let There Be Light for chorus and organ premiered in Danbury, CT

28

  • Cheryl James aka Salt born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper, actress. Worked with Sandra Denton as Salt ‘n’ Pepa.

29

  • Bill Gillum (61) dies in Chicago after being shot in the head during an argument
  • The Charles Lloyd Quartet make their first recordings for Atlantic in New York. Charles Lloyd (ts, fl) Keith Jarrett (p) Cecil McBee (b) Jack DeJohnette (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Dream Weaver

30

  • Jan Müller-Wieland born (Hamburg) German composer, conductor, teacher.
  • Jelly d’Arányi (72) dies in Florence
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s oratorio Passio et mors domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Lucam aka The St Luke Passion premiered in Münster

releases

  • Beach Boys – Sloop John B / You’re So Good To Me (Capitol)
  • Byrds – Eight Miles High / Why (Columbia)
  • Captain Beefheart – Diddy Wah Diddy / Who Do You Think You’re Fooling? (A&M)
  • Spencer Davis Group – Somebody Help Me / Stevie’s Blues (Fontana UK)
  • Great Society – Someone To Love / Free Advice (Northbeach). Rock group formed in San Francisco in 1965. Disbanded 1966. Grace Slick (vo) Jerry Slick (d) Darby Slick (g) David Miner (g, vo) Bard DuPont (b) Peter Vandergelder (ts)
  • Roy Harper – Take Me Into Your Eyes / Pretty Baby (Strike UK)
  • Knickerbockers – One Track Mind / I Must Be Doing Something Right (Challenge)
  • Lyme & Cybell – Follow Me / Like The Seasons (White Whale). Folk-pop duo from Los Angeles. Warren Zevon & Violet Santangelo.
  • Monks – Complication / Oh How To Do Now (Polydor Germany). Group of ex GIs formed in Germany in 1964. Gary Burger (vo, g) Larry Clark (org, vo) Dave Day (bjo, vo) Eddie Shaw (b, vo) Roger Johnston (d, vo)
  • Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard / Out of the Question (GNP Crescendo) first issue
  • Shadows Of Knight – Gloria / Dark Side (Dunwich)
  • Spinners – Truly Yours / Where Is That Girl? (Motown)
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars – I’m A Roadrunner / Shoot Your Shot (Soul)
  • Who – A Legal Matter / Instant Party (Brunswick UK)
  • Who – Substitute / Waltz For A Pig (Reaction UK)
  • Brian Wilson – Caroline No / Summer Means New Love (Capitol)
  • Donald Byrd – Free Form (Blue Note) recorded 1961
  • Roland Kirk – Slightly Latin (Limelight)
  • Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream (Kama Sutra)
  • Mamas & The Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (Dunhill)
  • Wes Montgomery – Goin’ Out Of My Head (Verve)
  • Nancy Sinatra – Boots (Reprise)
  • Mark Spoelstra – State of Mind (Elektra)
  • Tony Williams – Spring (Blue Note)

The Monks

Apr

2

  • Garnett Silk aka Garnet Smith born (Manchester, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer. Died 1994

3

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Terretektorh for orchestra premiered in Royan, France

5

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution op.74 premiered in Moscow

6

  • The Beatles record the first session for the Revolver album for Parlophone in London. Recording is completed on 21 Jun

7

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s De natura sonoris I [the nature of sound] for orchestra premiered in Royan, France

9

  • The Righteous Brothers have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration

11

  • Lisa Stansfield born (Heywood, Lancs) English pop singer, songwriter, television presenter.
  • Buffalo Springfield play their first gig at the Troubador, Hollywood, CA
  • Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Fanciulla del West is the first to be publically performed at the new Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center, New York. The venue officially opens on 16 Sep

12

  • Jan Berry of Jan and Dean crashes his Chevrolet Corvette into a truck in Los Angeles. He suffers total physical paralysis for over a year as well as extensive brain damage

16

  • The Spencer Davis Group have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Somebody Help Me

17

  • Steve Reich’s Come Out for tape loops premiered in Royan, France

18

  • Charles Ives’s General William Booth Enters Into Heaven for choir and orchestra; Psalms 54,100 and 150 for choir; Two Slants (Christian and Pagan) for choir and orchestra & Walt Whitman for choir and orchestra premiered in Los Angeles
  • Maurice Jarre’s music for David Lean’s film Doctor Zhivago wins the best original score Oscar at the 38th Academy Awards
  • (to 23 Apr) The Velvet Underground record four sessions at Scepter Records studios in New York. Nine tracks are cut to acetate to be used to get the band a recording deal. Six of these appear on the Velvet Underground and Nico, albeit in a remixed form. Lou Reed (vo, g) John Cale (e-vla, p, celeste, b, vo) Sterling Morrison (g, b, vo) Maurenn Tucker (d, perc) Nico (vo)

21

  • Michael Franti born (Oakland, CA) American rapper, poet, songwriter. Founder member of the Beatnigs, the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and Spearhead.

24

  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Six Romances on Japanese Poems op.21 for tenor and orchestra premiered in St Petersburg

25

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Solo no.19 for melody instrument and tape & Telemusik no.20, for four track tape premiered in Tokyo

28

  • David Diamond’s Symphony no.5 & Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered in New York
  • Richard Farina’s novel Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me published

30

  • Richard Farina (29) killed in a motorcycle accident in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for the first of eight weeks with Aftermath
  • Dusty Springfield has the UK number one single for one week with You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (only week)

releases

  • Brigands – (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man / I’m a Patient Man (Epic)
  • James Brown – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World / Is It Yes Or Is It No? (King)
  • Capitols – Cool Jerk / Hello Stranger (Karen). Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1962. Sam George, Ralph Julius Jones, Don Storball & Richard Mitchell
  • James Carr – You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up / That’s What I Want To Know (Goldwax)
  • Chiffons – Sweet Talkin’ Guy / Did You Ever Go Steady? (Laurie)
  • Contours – Just a Little Misunderstanding / Determination (Gordy)
  • Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 / Pledging My Time (Columbia)
  • Bobby Hebb – Sunny / Bread (Philips)
  • Love – My Little Red Book / A Message To Pretty (Elektra)
  • Mamas & The Papas – Monday Monday / Got a Feelin’ (Dunhill)
  • Manfred Mann – Pretty Flamingo / You’re Standing By (HMV UK)
  • Merseys – Sorrow / Some Other Day (Fontana UK)
  • Mouse and the Traps – Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice / I Am The One (Fraternity)
  • Pretty Things – Come See Me / £. s. d. (Fontana UK)
  • Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Comin’ / I Got Everything I Need (Stax)
  • Shangri-Las – He Cried / Dressed in Black (Red Bird)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – I Am A Rock / Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall (Columbia)
  • Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman / Love Me Like You Mean It (Atlantic)
  • Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me / Every Ounce of Strength (Philips)
  • Standells – Dirty Water / Rari (Tower). Rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1962. Tony Valentino (g, vo) Larry Tamblyn (org) Dick Dodd (d, vo) Gary Lane (b)
  • Swingin’ Medallions – Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love) / Here It Comes Again (Smash). R & B / garage group formed in Greenwood, SC in 1962. John McElrath (keys) Jim Doares (g) Carroll Bledsoe, Charles Webber (tp) Brent Forston (ts, fl) Steven Caldwell (ts) James Perkins (b) Joe Morris (d)
  • Ko Ko Taylor – Wang Dang Doodle / Blues Heaven (Checker)
  • Troggs – Wild Thing / From Home (Fontana UK). Rock band formed in Andover, Hampshire in 1964. Reg Presley (vo) Chris Britton (g) Pete Staples (b) Ronnie Bond (d)
  • Ornette Coleman – The Ornette Coleman Trio At The “Golden Circle” Stockholm, Vols. 1 & 2 (Blue Note) recorded live in Stockholm on 3 & 4 Dec 1965
  • Joe Henderson – Inner Urge (Blue Note)
  • Chris Kenner – Land Of 1000 Dances (Atlantic)
  • Barbara Lewis – It’s Magic (Atlantic)
  • Otis Redding – The Soul Album (Volt)
  • Rolling Stones – Aftermath (Decca UK)
  • Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Comin’ (Stax)
  • Seeds – The Seeds (GNP)
  • Shadows of Knight – Gloria (Dunwich)
  • Wayne Shorter – The All Seeing Eye (Blue Note)
  • Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil (Blue Note)
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars – Soul Session (Soul)

The Seeds (GNP Crescendo)

May

1

  • The 1966 New Musical Express‘ poll winners’ concert takes place in London. Acts appearing include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who

5

  • The Doors play their first gig at the Whiskey-a-go-go, Los Angeles
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Nomos alpha for cello premiered in Bremen

6

  • Jonathan Donahue born (Kingston, NY) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Mercury Rev.
  • David Narcizo born (Newport, RI) American rock drummer. Founder member of Throwing Muses.
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Tremens for two actors, electric instruments, percussion, tapes and projections premiered in Bremen

7

  • Johnny Cash begins his first UK tour in Liverpool, supported by June Carter and the Statler Brothers
  • The Mamas & the Papas have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Monday, Monday (1st week of 3)
  • Manfred Mann have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Pretty Flamingo

8

  • Harry Partch’s And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma for ensemble of original instruments premiered in Los Angeles

11

  • Julian Joseph born (London) English jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, broadcaster. Active in development and education of young jazz musicians.
  • Christoph Schneider born (Berlin) German rock drummer. Member of Rammstein.
  • Brian Wilson begins recording the Beach Boys album Smile in Los Angeles. Sessions continue for a year before the plug is pulled on the project

12

  • Bebel Gilberto born (New York) Brazilian singer, songwriter. Daughter of João Gilberto (b.1931).

13

  • Alison Goldfrapp born (Enfield) English singer, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of Goldfrapp.
  • John Cage’s Variations VI for electronic circuitry, microphones, radio, tape and television premiered in Toronto

14

  • Raphael Saadiq aka Charles Wiggins born (Oakland, CA) American R&B singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of Tony! Toni! Toné! and solo artist. Brother of D’wayne Wiggins (b.1963).

15

  • Pete Wiggs born (Reigate, Surrey) English pop musician, producer, DJ. Founder member of Saint Etienne.
  • Luboš Fišer’s Patnáct listů podle Dürerovy Apokalypsy [Fifteen Prints after Dürer’s Apocalypse] for orchestra premiered in Prague

16

  • Janet Jackson born (Gary, IN) American pop and soul singer, songwriter, keyboard player, actress. Sister of Jackie (b.1951) Tito (b.1953) Jermaine (b.1954) La Toya (b.1956) Marlon (b.1957) Michael (1958-2009) and Randy (b.1961) Jackson.

17

  • Bob Dylan and the Hawks play the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, venue of the legendary “Judas” shout. The concert is recorded and issued in 1998 on the Columbia album The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert. Bob Dylan (vo, g, hca, p) Robbie Robertson (g) Rick Danko (b. vo) Richard Manuel (p) Garth Hudson (org) Mickey Jones (d)

18

  • Alton Miller born (Detroit, MI) American electronic musician, producer, composer.
  • Hans Werner Henze’s ballet Tancredi premiered in Vienna

19

  • Neil Campbell born (Paisley) Scottish avant-garde multi-instrumentalist. Worked with the Vibracathedral Orchestra, the Astral Social Club and solo.

21

  • The Mamas & the Papas have the Billboard number one album for one week with If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears

22

  • Johnny Gill born (Washington, DC) American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer. Member of New Edition from 1987 to 1989 and solo artist.

23

  • Ricardo Castillo (74) dies in Guatemala City
  • Josef Matthias Hauer’s opera Die schwarze Spinne [the black spider], lib. Jeremias Gotthelf and Hans Schlesinger, premiered posthumously in Vienna

24

  • Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee and Jerry Herman’s musical Mame opens on Broadway starring Angela Lansbury (1,508 performances)

26

  • György Ligeti’s Nouvelle Aventures for three vocalists and seven instrumentalists premiered in Hamburg

27

  • Virgil Thomson’s Fantasy in Homage to an Earlier England for orchestra premiered in Kansas City, MO
  • (to 29th) The Velvet Underground and the Mothers of Invention play three nights at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco

28

  • Theo Bleckmann born (Dortmund) German classical and jazz singer, composer.
  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one single for one week with Paint It Black
  • Percy Sledge has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Dimitri Shostakovitch’s String Quartet No. 11; Five Romances on Texts from Krokodil op.121 for bass and piano; & Preface to My Collected Works and a Short Reflection Upon this Preface op.123 for bass and piano premiered in St Petersburg

29

  • Richard Youngs born (Harpenden) English avant-garde and folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich has a (non-fatal) heart attack

30

  • Stephen Malkmus born (Santa Monica, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Pavement and solo artist.

31

  • Kenneth Leighton’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Trieste

unk

  • Stefan Wolpe’s Second Piece for Violin Alone premiered in New York

releases

  • Animals – Don’t Bring Me Down / Cheating (Decca UK)
  • Del-Vetts – Last Time Around / Every Time (Dunwich). Garage rock band from Chicago
  • Drifters – You Can’t Love Them All / Up in the Streets of Harlem (Atlantic)
  • Four Tops – Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever / I Like Everything About You (Motown)
  • Lee Hazlewood – Sand / My Autumn’s Done Come (MGM)
  • Jimmy Hughes – Neighbor Neighbor / It’s A Good thing (Fame)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Come Up The Years / Blues From An Airplane (RCA Victor)
  • Leaves – Hey Joe / Funny Little World (Mira) rerecording
  • Wilson Pickett – Ninety Nine and a Half (Won’t Do) / Danger Zone (Atlantic)
  • Q65 – The Life I Live / Cry in the Night (Decca Netherlands) Rock band formed in Den Haag, Netherlands in 1965. Joop Roelofs, Frank Nuyens (g) Willem Bieler (vo) Peter Vink (b) Jay Baar (d)
  • Rolling Stones – Paint It Black / Long Long While (Decca UK)
  • Shadows of Knight – Oh Yeah / Light Bulb Blues (Dunwich). Garage band formed in Chicago in 1964. 1966 line-up: Jim Sohns (vo) Joe Kelley (g) Jerry McGeorge (g, vo) Warren rogers (b) Tom Schiffour (d)
  • Frank Sinatra – Strangers in the Night / Oh, You Crazy Moon (Reprise)
  • Syndicate of Sound – Little Girl / You (Bell). Garage band from San Jose, CA. Don Baskin (vo, g) Bob Gonzalez (b) Larry Ray (g) John Sharkey (g, keys) John Duckworth (d)
  • Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg / You’ll Lose A Precious Love (Gordy)
  • Them – Richard Cory / Don’t You Know (Decca UK)
  • Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High / I’ll Keep You Happy (Philles)
  • Yardbirds – Over Under Sideways Down / Jeff’s Boogie (EMI Columbia UK)
  • Animals – Animalisms (Decca UK)
  • Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (Capitol)
  • Kenny Burrell – Man at Work (Cadet) recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York on 16 Sep 1959
  • Don Cherry – Complete Communion (Blue Note)
  • Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde (Columbia)
  • Moods of Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
  • Grant Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand (Blue Note)
  • Deon Jackson – Love Makes the World Go Round (Atco)
  • Love (Elektra)
  • Monks – Black Monk Time (Polydor Germany)
  • Outsiders – Time Won’t Let Me (Capitol)
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie – Little Wheel Spin and Spin (Vanguard)
  • Nancy Sinatra – How Does That Grab You? (Reprise)
  • Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman (Atlantic)
  • Small Faces (Decca UK)
  • Staple Singers – Why? (Epic)
  • Stevie Wonder – Up-Tight Everything’s Alright (Tamla)

Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde (Columbia)

Jun

1

  • Papa Jack Laine (92) dies in New Orleans
  • John Corigliano’s Elegy for orchestra, text Dylan Thomas, premiered in San Francisco

4

  • Cecilia Bartoli born (Rome) Italian mezzo-soprano singer.
  • Janis Joplin joins Big Brother & the Holding Company
  • Michelle Phillips is sacked from the Mamas and the Papas after her affair with Denny Doherty was discovered. Doherty isn’t sacked. Phillips rejoins the group in August after being temporarily replaced by Jill Gibson
  • Frank Sinatra has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Strangers In The Night

6

  • Roy Orbison’s wife Claudette Frady-Orbison (25) is killed in Galltin, TN, in a motorcycle accident.
  • Janis Joplin plays her first show as singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco

9

  • Benjamin Britten’s opera The Burning Fiery Furnace premiered in Orford, Suffolk. Lib. W. Plomer

11

  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Paint It Black

13

  • Darius Milhaud’s opera La mère coupable [The Guilty Mother] premiered in Geneva, lib. M. Milhaud

14

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Oresteïa for choir and orchestra premiered in Ypsilanti, MI

15

  • Roberto Carnevale born (Catania, Italy) Italian composer, pianist, conductor.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Sweet was the Song for choir premiered in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

16

  • The Beatles make their final Top of the Pops appearance on BBC television with Paperback Writer and Rain performed live in the studio

17

  • Johnny St. Cyr (76) dies in Los Angeles

20

  • Darius Milhaud’s Musique pour Prague for orchestra op.415 premiered in Prague

21

  • Reg Calvert (38) manager of The Fortunes and Screaming Lord Sutch and owner of pirate radio station Radio City is shot dead by Radio Caroline owner Oliver Smedley. Smedley was later cleared of murder on the grounds of self-defence

22

  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Dos danzas españolas [two Spanish dances] for orchestra premiered in Las Palmas

23

  • Jean Barraqué’s Chant après Chant [chant after chant] for six percussionists, voice and piano premiered in Strasbourg
  • Morton Feldman’s The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar premiered in New York

24

  • Hope Sandoval born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Mazzy Star and solo artist.

25

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks over two runs and the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Paperback Writer
  • The final edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars is broadcast by ITV in Britain

28

  • Darius Milhaud’s Ode pour les morts des guerres op.406 [Ode to the war dead] for orchestra premiered on Radio France
  • Iannis Xenakis’ Akrata for eight winds and eight brass premiered in Oxford

29

  • Arthur Meulemans (82) dies in Brussels

publications

  • Leonard Cohen’s novel Beautiful Losers published

releases

  • Beatles – Paperback Writer / Rain (Parlophone UK)
  • Blues Magoos – Tobacco Road / Sometimes I Think About You (Mercury). Rock group formed in New York in 1964. Peppy Castro (vo, g) Mike Esposito (g) Ralph Scala (org, vo) Ronnie Gilbert (b) John Finnegan (d)
  • Byrds – 5D / Captain Soul (Columbia)
  • Daily Flash – Jack of Diamonds / Queen Jane Approximately (Parrot). Garage band from Seattle
  • Bob Dylan – I Want You / Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Columbia)
  • Chris Farlowe – Out of Time / Baby Make It Soon (Immediate UK)
  • Hollies – Bus Stop / Don’t Run and Hide (Parlophone UK)
  • Isley Brothers – I Guess I’ll Always Love You / I Hear A Symphony (Tamla)
  • Kinks – Sunny Afternoon / I’m Not Like Everyone Else (Pye UK)
  • Los Bravos – Black Is Black / I Want a Name (EMI Columbia Spain) Pop and rock group formed in Madrid in 1965. Mike Kogel (vo) Antonio Martinez (g] Manuel Fernandez (org) Miguel Vicens Danus (b) Pablo Gomez (d)
  • Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted / Baby I’ve Got It (Soul)
  • Shangri-Las – Past, Present and Future / Paradise (Red Bird)
  • We the People – Mirror of Your Mind / The Color Of Your Love (Challenge). Garage band formed in Orlando, FL in 1966. Wayne Proctor (g, vo) Tommy Talton (g) Randy Boyte (keys) David Duff (b) Lee Ferguson (b)
  • Cannonball Adderley – Great Love Themes (Capitol)
  • Albert Ayler – Spirits Rejoice  (ESP Disk)
  • The Fugs (ESP-Disk)
  • The Incredible String Band (Elektra) Psychedelic folk band formed in Edinburgh in 1965. 1966 line-up: Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer, Mike Heron
  • Isley Brothers – This Old Heart of Mine (Tamla)
  • Tom Rush – Take a Little Walk with Me (Elektra)
  • Standells – Dirty Water (Tower)
  • Temptations – Gettin’ Ready (Gordy)

The Standells

Jul

1

  • (to 4th) The 1966 Newport Jazz Festival takes place with Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Smith, Archie Shepp, Charles Lloyd, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie all appearing

2

  • The Beatles become the first group to perform at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo
  • Frank Sinatra has the Billboard number one single for one week with Strangers in the Night

3

  • Deems Taylor (80) dies in New York

4

  • The Beatles play two shows in Manila, Philippines to a combined crowd of 80,000. The band are embroiled in controversy after failing to show up at an official reception arranged by Imelda Marcos, the president’s wife

5

  • Chas Chandler sees Jimi Hendrix play a set at the Café Wha in New York. He later becomes Hendrix’s manager, and persuades him to move to England
  • The Monkees record the first session for their debut album The Monkees in Hollywood, CA. Peter Tork is the only member of the band to play on the album, although Michael Nesmith produces a couple of songs. Recording ends on 25 Jul

9

  • The Kinks have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Sunny Afternoon

10

  • Cat Stevens makes his first recordings for Decca in London. Tracks cut include I Love My Dog

12

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Chamber Orchestra premiered in Helsinki

13

  • Gerald Levert born (Cleveland, OH) American R&B singer, songwriter, actor. Member of LeVert, LSG and solo artist. Son of Eddie (b.1942) and brother of Sean (1968-2008) Levert. Died 2006

14

  • Tanya Donelly born (Newport, RI) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Throwing Muses and Belly and solo artist.

16

  • Cream formed by Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton

17

  • Lou Barlow born (Westfield, Mass) American rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, guitarist. Founder member of Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh and solo artist.
  • Guru aka Keith Elam born (Boston, MA) American rapper. Founder member of Gang Starr. Died 2010
  • August Baeyens (71) dies in Antwerp
  • Peter Green replaces Eric Clapton as guitarist for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

18

  • Bobby Fuller (23) found dead in his car parked outside his house in Los Angeles, probably of carbon monoxide poisoning. The official verdict was suicide, but with open questions. Many claim that he was murdered.

20

  • Stone Gossard born (Seattle, WA) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Green River, Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam.

21

  • (to 25th) The 1966 Newport Folk Festival takes place with Judy Collins, Phil Ochs, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Flatt & Scruggs, Chuck Berry, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton appearing

24

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s oratorio Hymnus premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. H. Gullberg

25

  • Maureen Herman born (Libertyville, IL) American rock bass guitarist, journalist, entrepreneur. Member of Babes in Toyland from 1991 to 1996.

29

  • Cream play their first unannounced gig at the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. Jack Bruce (b, vo) Eric Clapton (g, vo) Ginger Baker (d)
  • Bob Dylan suffers a broken neck vertebra after crashing his Triumph motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.7 premiered in Norfolk, VA

30

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Yesterday and Today
  • Chris Farlowe has the UK number one single for one week with Out Of Time
  • The Troggs have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Wild Thing

31

  • Bud Powell (41) dies in New York of tuberculosis after years of mental illness
  • Cream play their first ‘official’ gig at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival

releases

  • Darrell Banks – Open The Door To Your Heart / Our Love (Revillot)
  • Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice / God Only Knows (Capitol)
  • Anne Briggs – The Bird In The Bush EP (Topic UK)
  • Chris Clark – Love’s Gone Bad / Put Yourself In My Place (VIP)
  • Cryan’ Shames – Sugar and Spice / Ben Franklin’s Almanac (Destination). Pop group formed in Hinsdale, IL in 1966
  • Donovan – Sunshine Superman / The Trip (Pye UK)
  • Lee Dorsey – Working in the Coal Mine / Mexico (Amy)
  • Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You / Stay in My Lonely Arms (VIP) R&B vocal group formed in Detroit as the Downbeats in 1962. Robert Fleming, Johnny Dawson, Duke Miller, Norbert McClean and Saundra Mallett
  • Grateful Dead – Stealin’ / Don’t Ease Me In (Scorpio)
  • Love – 7 And 7 Is / No. Fourteen (Elektra)
  • Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City / Butchie’s Tune (Kama Sutra)
  • Wilson Pickett – Land Of 1000 Dances / You’re So Fine (Atlantic)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – The Dangling Conversation / The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (Columbia)
  • Percy Sledge – Warm and Tender Love / Sugar Puddin’ (Atlantic)
  • Dusty Springfield – Goin’ Back / I’m Gonna Leave You (Philips UK)
  • Standells – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White / Why Did You Hurt Me (Tower)
  • Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love / Put Yourself In My Place (Motown)
  • Troggs – With A Girl Like You / I Want You (Fontana UK)
  • Turtles – Outside Chance / We’ll Meet Again (White Whale). Pop group formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Core members were singers Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman aka Flo and Eddie
  • Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties / I’ll Be Your Mirror (Verve)
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars – How Sweet It Is / Nothing But Soul (Soul)
  • Byrds – Fifth Dimension (Columbia)
  • Miles Davis – Four and More (Columbia) recorded live at the Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York on 12 Dec 1964
  • Henry Grimes – The Call (ESP-Disk)
  • Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (Blue Note)
  • Tim Hardin 1 (Verve)
  • Leaves – Hey Joe (Mira)
  • John Mayall – Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (Decca)
  • Wes Montgomery – Tequila (Verve)
  • Mothers Of Invention – Freak Out (Verve)
  • Phil Ochs in Concert (Elektra) Recorded live in Boston and New York with studio overdubs
  • Doc Watson – Southbound (Vanguard)
  • The Yardbirds [Roger the Engineer] (EMI Columbia UK)

Mothers Of Invention – Freak Out (Verve)

Aug

2

  • Boyd Raeburn (52) dies in Lafayette, LA following a heart attack

4

  • Havergal Brian’s Symphony No.12 premiered in London

5

  • Thea Musgrave’s Chamber Concerto No. 2 premiered in Dartington, Devon

6

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera The Bassarids premiered in Salzburg, lib. W.H. Auden and C. Kallman
  • The Troggs have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with With A Girl Like You (1st week of 2)

7

  • Kristin Hersh born (Atlanta, GA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, writer. Founder member of Throwing Muses and 50ft Wave and solo artist.

9

  • Gösta Nystroem (75) dies in Varberg, Sweden

10

  • The Art Ensemble of Chicago make their first recordings as the Roscoe Mitchell Sextet (the name wasn’t adopted until 1969) Roscoe Mitchell (as, cl, fl, rec) Lester Bowie (tp, flgh, hca) Malachi Favors (b) Maurice McIntyre (ts) Lester Lashley (tb, cel) Alvin Fielder (perc). Tracks cut appear on the album Sound
  • Jac Holzman attends a Doors gig at the Whiskey a Go Go, Los Angeles

11

  • Juan María Solare born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, pianist, teacher.
  • Peg Leg Howell (78) dies in Atlanta, GA, possibly diabetes-related
  • John Lennon holds a press conference in Chicago to apologize for his “bigger than Jesus” comments published on 4 Mar

12

  • The Beatles begin their fourth and final US tour in Chicago with the Ronettes, the Cyrkle, the Remains and Bobby Hebb

13

  • The Beatles have the UK number one album for the first of seven weeks with Revolver
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Summer in the City

15

  • Scott Walker is hospitalised in London after being discovered in a gas-filled room in his apartment

17

  • The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra becomes the first major overseas orchestra to perform at The Proms in London

18

  • The Doors sign to Elektra Records

20

  • The Beatles have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby

22

  • GZA aka Gary Grice born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper. Worked with the Wu-Tang Clan and solo.

23

  • Big Brother and the Holding Company sign to Mainstream Records

24

  • (to 31st) The Doors record their debut album The Doors for Elektra at Sunset Sound Recording Studios, Los Angeles. Jim Morrison (vo) Ray Manzarek (keys, vo) Robby Krieger (g, vo) John Densmore (d)

25

  • Terminator X aka Norman Rogers born (New York, NY) American hip hop DJ, producer. Member of Public Enemy from 1987 to 1999.

26

  • Shirley Manson born (Edinburgh) Scottish rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Member of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie from 1984 to 1991 and Garbage from 1994.

28

  • Ernst Krenek’s Adagio und Fuge op.78a for string orchestra premiered in Lucerne, Switzerland

29

  • The Beatles play their final live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Setlist: Rock and Roll Music; She’s a Woman; If I Needed Someone; Day Tripper; Baby’s in Black; I Feel Fine; Yesterday; I Wanna Be Your Man; Nowhere Man; Paperback Writer & Long Tall Sally

30

  • Scott Kannberg aka Spiral Stairs born (Stockton, CA) American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Founder member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry and solo artist.

releases

  • Alarm Clocks – No Reason To Complain / Yeah (Awake). Garage band from Parma, OH
  • Beatles – Eleanor Rigby / Yellow Submarine (Parlophone UK)
  • Buffalo Springfield – Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing / Go and Say Goodbye (Atco)
  • James Carr – Love Attack / Coming Back to Me Baby (Stateside UK)
  • Count Five – Psychotic Reaction / They’re Gonna Get You (Double Shot). Garage band formed in San Jose, CA in 1964. John ‘Mouse’ Michalski (g) Kenn Ellner (hca, vo) Roy Chaney (b) John ‘Sean’ Byrne (g, vo) Craig ‘Butch’ Atkinson (d)
  • Bobby Darin – If I Were a Carpenter / Rainin’ (Atlantic)
  • Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood / Got To Make A Comeback (Stax)
  • Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There / Until You Love Someone (Motown)
  • Harbinger Complex – I Think I’m Down / My Dear And Kind Sir (Brent). Garage band from Fremont, CA
  • Left Banke – Walk Away Renee / I Haven’t Got The Nerve (Smash). Pop group formed in New York in 1965. Michael Brown (keys) Steve Martin Caro (vo) Tom Finn (b) George Cameron (d) Jeff Winfield (g)
  • Monkees – Last Train To Clarkesville / Take A Giant Step (Colgems)
  • ? & The Mysterians – 96 Tears / Midnight Hour (Cameo). Rock band formed in Bay City, MI in 1962. ? aka Rudy Martinez (vo) Robert Balderrama (g) Frank Rodriguez (org) Frank Lugo (b) Eddie Serrato (d)
  • Remains – Don’t Look Back / Me Right Now (Epic)
  • Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard / Try To Understand (GNP Crescendo) second issue
  • Shadows of Knight – Bad Little Woman / Gospel Zone (Dunwich)
  • Small Faces – All Or Nothing / Understanding (Decca UK)
  • Temptations – Beauty Is Only Skin Deep / You’re Not An Ordinary Girl (Gordy)
  • Thirteenth Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me / Tried To Hide (International Artists)
  • Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y / What Have You Got to Offer Me (Stax)
  • Who – I’m a Boy / In the City (Reaction UK)
  • Who – The Kids Are Alright / The Ox (Brunswick UK)
  • Mose Allison – Wild Man On The Loose (Atlantic)
  • Beatles – Revolver (Parlophone UK)
  • David Blue (Elektra)
  • Dave Brubeck – Time In (Columbia)
  • The John Coltrane Quartet Plays (Impulse!)
  • John Coltrane – Meditations (Impulse!)
  • Donovan – Sunshine Superman (Pye UK)
  • Four Tops – On Top (Motown)
  • Dexter Gordon – Gettin’ Around (Blue Note)
  • Eddie Harris – Mean Greens (Atlantic)
  • Andrew Hill – Smokestack (Blue Note)
  • Hank Mobley – Dippin’ (Blue Note)
  • Lee Morgan – Search For The New Land (Blue Note)
  • “Big” John Patton – Got A Good Thing Goin’ (Blue Note)
  • The Exciting Wilson Pickett (Atlantic)
  • Supremes – Supremes A Go-Go (Motown)
  • Walker Brothers – Portrait (Philips UK) recorded 1966
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars – Roadrunner (Soul) recorded 1966
  • Larry Young – Unity (Blue Note) recorded 10/11/65

James Carr 1942-2001

Sep

2

  • Darnell Howard (71) dies in San Francisco
  • Nino Rota’s ballet La strada premiered in Milan

3

  • Constantin Bakaleinikoff (68) dies in Los Angeles
  • Donovan has the Billboard number one single for one week with Sunshine Superman

4

  • Aadesh Shrivastava born (Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India) Indian film composer, singer.
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Le metamorfosi di Bonaventura [The metamorphosis of Bonaventure] premiered in Venice. Lib. Malipiero

7

  • Chris Acland born (Lancaster) English rock drummer. Member of Lush from 1988 to 1996. Died 1996
  • Luigi Nono’s opera A floresta é jovem e cheia de vida [The forest is young and full of life], lib. Nono, premiered in Venice

8

  • Carola Häggkvist born (Stockholm) Swedish pop singer.

9

  • Tommy Guerrero born (San Francisco, CA) American hip hop and electronic guitarist, composer, skateboarder.

10

  • The Beatles have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Revolver
  • The Supremes have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with You Can’t Hurry Love
  • The Unit Delta Plus Concert of Electronic Music takes place in Newbury, Berkshire with Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and Peter Zinovieff

12

  • First episode of The Monkees is broadcast on NBC television

16

  • Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra premiered at the official opening of the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center, New York, lib. F. Zeffirelli

17

  • Doug E Fresh aka Douglas Davis born (Christ Church, Barbados) American rapper, beat boxer, record producer.
  • The Small Faces have the UK number one single for one week with All Or Nothing

18

  • Will Shade (68) dies in Memphis of pneumonia

20

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Musen Siziliens [Muses of Sicily] for choir, two pianos, winds and timpani premiered in Berlin

24

  • The Association have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Cherish
  • Jimi Hendrix arrives in London

25

  • Dimitri Shostakovitch’s Cello Concerto No. 2 premiered in Moscow

26

  • Jimi Hendrix holds auditions for his new band in London

27

  • Konrad Boehmer’s Information for four percussionists and two pianos premiered in Hilversum, Netherlands

28

  • Lucky Millinder (66) dies in New York of liver disease
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Fantaisie Espagnole for piano premiered in Greenfield, IA

30

  • Pink Floyd make the first of ten appearances during 1966 at the London Free School at All Saints Church Hall in London

releases

  • Byrds – Mr Spaceman / What’s Happening? (Columbia)
  • Bob Dylan – Just Like A Woman / Obviously 5 Believers (Columbia)
  • Lorraine Ellison – Stay With Me / I Got My Baby Back (Warner)
  • Janis Ian – Society’s Child / Letter To Jon (Verve)
  • Bert Jansch – Needle Of Death EP (Transatlantic UK)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Bringing Me Down / Let Me In (RCA Victor)
  • Laura Nyro – Wedding Bell Blues / Stoney End (Verve)
  • Other Half – Mr Pharmacist / I’ve Come So Far (GNP Crescendo). Psychedelic rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Randy Holden, Geoff Westen (g, vo) Larry Brown (b) Danny Woody (d) Jeff Nolan (vo)
  • James & Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet / So Many Reasons (Bell)
  • Otis Redding – Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) / Good to Me (Volt)
  • Rolling Stones – Have You Seen Your Mother Baby (Standing In The Shadows) / Who’s Driving Your Plane (Decca UK)
  • Sam & Dave – Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody / If You Got the Loving (I Got the Time) (Stax)
  • Squires – Going All the Way / Go Ahead (Atco). Not the Canadian group. Michael Bouyea (vo, g, d) Thomas Flanigan (g, vo) Kurt Robinson (org) John Folcik (b) Jeff Pelletier (d)
  • Troggs – I Can’t Control Myself / Gonna Make You (Page One UK)
  • We the People – You Burn Me Up and Down / He Doesn’t Go About It Right (Challenge)
  • James Brown – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (King)
  • Spencer Davis Group – Autumn 66 (Fontana UK)
  • Jacques Dutronc – Et moi, et moi, et moi (Vogue France)
  • Bill Evans Trio at Shelly’s Mannehole (Riverside) recorded live at Shelly’s Manne-Hole, Hollywood, CA in May 1963
  • Bert Jansch – Jack Orion (Transatlantic UK)
  • Bert Jansch & John Renbourn – Bert & John (Transatlantic UK)
  • Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (RCA Victor)
  • The Mamas & the Papas (Dunhill)
  • The Monkees (Colgems)
  • Outsiders – Album #2 (Capitol)
  • Tom Paxton – Outward Bound (Elektra)
  • The Remains (Epic)
  • Nina Simone – Wild Is the Wind (Philips) 
  • Carla Thomas – Carla (Stax)

The Monkees. L-R: Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones

Oct

2

  • Mousse T aka Mustafa Gündoğdu born (Hagen, Germany) German dance music producer, DJ.
  • Juan Carlos Tolosa born (Córdoba, Argentina) Argentinian composer, conductor, pianist

3

  • Dave Lambert (49) dies in Los Angeles after being hit by a truck while changing a flat tyre

6

  • Tommy Stinson born (Minneapolis, MN) American rock bass guitarist. Member of the Replacements from 1979 to 1991, Guns ‘n’ Roses from 1998 and Soul Asylum from 2005. Brother of Bob Stinson (1959-95).
  • Henry Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune no.16 for orchestra premiered in New York
  • The Love Pageant Rally free concert held in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Acts appearing include the Grateful Dead
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience is formed. Jimi Hendrix (g, vo) Noel Redding (b, vo) Mitch Mitchell (d, vo)

7

  • Johnny Kidd (26) killed in a car crash near Radcliffe, Lancs
  • Smiley Lewis (53) dies in New Orleans of stomach cancer

8

  • Tabea Zimmermann born (Lahr, Germany) German classical viola player.
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Requiem Canticles for contralto, bass, chorus and orchestra premiered in Princeton, NJ
  • WOR-FM in New York City becomes the world’s first FM radio rock music station

11

  • The launch party is held in London for the International Times featuring performances by Pink Floyd and Soft Machine

12

  • Arthur Lourié (74) dies in Princeton, NJ

15

  • John Cage’s Variations VII for electronics premiered in New York
  • The Four Tops have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Reach Out I’ll Be There
  • Signe Anderson plays her last gig with the Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco

16

  • Grace Slick joins Jefferson Airplane

17

  • Cléo de Mérode (91) dies in Biarritz, France

18

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first show at the Paris Olympia supporting Johnny Hallyday

19

  • Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s musical trilogy The Apple Tree opens on Broadway (463 performances)
  • György Ligeti’s Aventures et Nouvelles aventures for three singers and seven instrumentalists premiered in complete form in Stuttgart

22

  • The Supremes have the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with Supremes A’ Go-Go

23

  • Skúli Sverrisson born (Reykjavik) Icelandic jazz, rock and avant-garde bassist, composer.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience make their first recordings for Track Records in London. Tracks cut include Hey Joe & Stone Free

24

  • (& 25th) The Miles Davis Quintet record the album Miles Smiles for Columbia in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Ron Carter (b) Tony Williams (d)

26

  • Alma Cogan (34) dies in London of ovarian cancer

29

  • Wellman Braud (75) dies in Los Angeles
  • David Diamond’s String Quartet no.10 premiered in Washington, DC
  • The Four Tops have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Reach Out I’ll Be There
  • ? & the Mysterians have the Billboard number one single for one week with 96 Tears

31

  • Adam Horowitz born (New York, NY) American rapper, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Beastie Boys.
  • Jon Wurster born (?, PA) American rock drummer, session player, comedy writer, broadcaster. Founder member of Superchunk.
  • Jefferson Airplane begin recording the album Surrealistic Pillow at RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA. Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen (g, vo) Grace Slick (vo, keys, recorder) Jack Casady (b, g) Spencer Dryden (d, perc). The album is completed 22 Nov
  • Pauline Oliveros’ Hallo premiered in San Francisco
  • Igor Stravinsky’s The Owl and the Pussy-Cat for voice and piano premiered in Los Angeles

unk

  • Denny Laine quits the Moody Blues

releases

  • Darrell Banks – Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You / Baby What’cha Got (Revillot)
  • Beach Boys – Good Vibrations / Let’s Go Away For A While (Capitol)
  • James Brown – Don’t Be a Drop-Out / Tell Me That You Love Me (King)
  • Tim Buckley – Grief In My Soul / Wings (Elektra)
  • James Carr – Pouring Water On A Drowning Man / Forgetting You (Goldwax)
  • Cream – Wrapping Paper / Cat’s Squirrel (Reaction UK)
  • Creation – Painter Man / Biff Bang Pow (Planet UK)
  • Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some More Lovin’ / Blues In F (Fontana UK)
  • Easybeats – Friday on My Mind / Made My Bed, Gonna Lie in It (United Artists) Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1964. Stevie Wright (vo) George Young, Harry Vanda (g) Dick Diamonde (b) Snowy Fleet (d)
  • Kenny & the Kasuals – Journey to Tyme / I’m Gonna Make It (United Artists)
  • Magic Mushrooms – It’s a Happening / Never More (A&M). Garage band formed in Philadelphia in 1965. Stu Freeman (vo, g) Ted Cahill (g, autoharp) Dick Richardson (keys) Charles Ingersol (b) Joe Lacavera (d)
  • Manfred Mann – Semi-Detached, Suburban Mr. James / Morning After the Party (Fontana UK)
  • Martha & The Vandellas – I’m Ready For Love / He Doesn’t Love Her Anymore (Gordy)
  • Music Machine – Talk Talk / Come On (Original Sound). Garage band formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Sean Bonniwell (vo) Ron Edgar (d) Mark Landon (g) Keith Olsen (b) Doug Rhodes (org)
  • Prince Buster – Judge Dread / Drunkard’s Psalm (Blue Beat UK)
  • Seeds – The Other Place / Try to Understand (GNP Crescendo)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade Of Winter / For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her (Columbia)
  • Percy Sledge – It Tears Me Up / Heart of a Child (Atlantic)
  • Sonics – The Witch / Like No Other Man (Jerden)
  • Standells – Why Pick On Me? / Mr Nobody (Tower)
  • Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On / Remove This Doubt (Motown)
  • Stevie Wonder – A Place In the Sun / Sylvia (Tamla)
  • Woolies – Who Do You Love? / Hey Girl (Dunhill)
  • Yardbirds – Happenings Ten Years Time Ago / Psycho Daisies (EMI Columbia UK)
  • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Indestructible (Blue Note)
  • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Kyoto (Riverside)
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band – East-West (Elektra)
  • Don Covay – See-Saw (Atlantic)
  • France Gall – Baby Pop (Philips France)
  • Françoise Hardy – La maison où j’ai grandi (Vogue France)
  • Kinks – Face To Face (Pye UK)
  • Perrey-Kingsley – The In Sound From Way Out (Vanguard)
  • The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (Volt)
  • Sonny Rollins – Alfie (Soundtrack) (Impulse!)
  • Seeds – A Web Of Sound (GNP)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (Columbia)

Tim Buckley 1947-1975

Nov

1

  • Mary Hansen born (Maryborough, Australia) Australian rock singer, keyboard player, guitarist. Founder member of the Wolfhounds and Stereolab. Died 2002
  • Alexis Roland-Manuel (75) dies in Paris

2

  • Mississippi John Hurt (74) dies in Grenada, MS following a heart attack
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience record their second session in London, and their first of material for the album Are You Experienced? The rest of the album is recorded between 24 Nov 1966 and 3 Apr 1967
  • György Ligeti’s Lux aeterna for sixteen solo singers premiered in Stuttgart

5

  • The Monkees have the Billboard number one single for one week with Last Train to Clarksville

6

  • Washboard Sam (56) dies in Chicago of heart disease

8

  • Harold ‘Shorty’ Baker (52) dies in New York

9

  • John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at a preview of her art exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London

10

  • Steve Mackey born (Sheffield) English rock bass guitarist, record producer. Member of Pulp from 1989 to 2002.

11

  • Peaches aka Merrill Beth Nisker born (Toronto) Canadian pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.

12

  • Quincy Porter (69) dies in Bethany, CT
  • The Monkees have the Billboard number one album for the first of thirteen weeks with The Monkees
  • Johnny Rivers has the Billboard number one single for one week with Poor Side of Town

14

  • Charles Hazlewood born (Sussex) English conductor, broadcaster.

15

  • Paul Dessau’s opera Puntila, lib. Peter Palitzsch and Manfred Wekwerth after Brecht, premiered in Berlin
  • Darius Milhaud’s Hommage à Comenius op.421 for two solo voices and orchestra premiered on Radio France
  • (to 18th) The Mothers of Invention record Absolutely Free for Verve in Los Angeles. Bunk Gardner (fl, cl, sax) Ray Collins (hca, tamb, vo) Don Preston (keys) Frank Zappa (g, perc, vo) Roy Estrada (b, vo) Carl Black, Billy Mundi (d, vo)

16

  • Christian Lorenz born (Berlin) German rock keyboard player. Member of Rammstein.

17

  • Jeff Buckley born (Orange County, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Son of Tim Buckley (1947-75). Died 1997

19

  • The Beach Boys have the UK number one single for the first week of two with Good Vibrations
  • David Diamond’s String Quartet no.7 premiered in Washington, DC
  • Roger Sessions’s Symphony no.6 premiered in Newark, NJ
  • The Supremes have the Billboard number one single for the first week of two with You Keep Me Hangin’ On

20

  • John Kander, Fred Ebb, Joe Masteroff’s musical Cabaret opens on Broadway (1165 performances)

21

  • Charles Ives’s Study no.8 for piano premiered in New Haven, CT

28

  • Vittorio Giannini (63) dies in New York
  • The Byrds begin recording the album Younger Than Yesterday at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA. Jim (Roger) McGuinn, David Crosby (g, vo) Chris Hillman (b, vo) Michael Clarke (d) plus guest musicians Hugh Masekela, Cecil Barnard, Jay Migliori, Vern Gosdin, Clarence White and Daniel Ray. The album is completed on 8 Dec

29

  • Ernesto Lecuona (68) dies in Tenerife, Spain
  • Malcolm Williamson’s opera The Violins of Saint-Jacques premiered in London. Lib. William Chappell after Patrick Leigh Fermor

releases

  • Blues Magoos – We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet / Gotta Get Away (Mercury)
  • Buffalo Springfield – Burned / Everybody’s Wrong (Atco)
  • Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream / Luvin’ (Reprise)
  • Kinks – Dead End Street / Big Black Smoke (Pye UK)
  • Monkees – I’m A Believer / Steppin’ Stone (Colgems)
  • Mothers Of Invention – Who Are The Brain Police? / Trouble Coming Every Day (Verve)
  • Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally / Three Time Loser (Atlantic)
  • Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness / I’m Sick Y’All (Volt)
  • Sam & Dave – You Got Me Hummin’ / Sleep Good Tonight (Stax)
  • Temptations – (I Know) I’m Losing You / I Couldn’t Cry If I Wanted To (Gordy)
  • Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Reverberation / Fire Engine (International Artists)
  • Blues Magoos – Psychedelic Lollipop (Mercury)
  • And Now! Booker T. and the MG’s (Stax)
  • Count Five – Psychotic Reaction (Double Shot)
  • Mississippi John Hurt Today! (Vanguard)
  • Skip James Today! (Vanguard)
  • Martha & The Vandellas – Watchout! (Gordy)
  • Max Roach – Drums Unlimited (Atlantic)
  • Percy Sledge – Warm And Tender Soul (Atlantic)
  • Standells – Why Pick On Me? (Tower)
  • Cecil Taylor – Unit Structures (Blue Note)
  • The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (International Artists)
  • Stanley Turrentine – Rough ‘N Tumble (Blue Note)
  • Stevie Wonder – Down to Earth (Tamla)

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (International Artists)

Dec

1

  • Carter Stanley (41) dies in Bristol, TN of cirrhosis

2

  • Sandy Denny makes her first appearance on BBC Radio performing two songs at Cecil Sharpe House, London
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Doppio Concerto premiered in Zürich

3

  • Tom Jones has the UK number one single for the first of seven weeks with Green Green Grass Of Home
  • The Monkees play their first live show in Honolulu, HI

4

  • Masta Ace aka Duval Clear born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper.

5

  • The Buffalo Springfield record For What It’s Worth for Atco in Los Angeles
  • Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s musical I Do! I Do! opens on Broadway (560 performances)

6

  • The Beatles begin recording what would become the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road, London. John Lennon (vo, g, keys, hca, loops, perc) Paul McCartney (vo, g, b, keys, loops) George Harrison (g, sitar, vo, perc, hca) Ringo Starr (d, perc, vo) with Neil Aspinall, Geoff Emerick, Mal Evans, George Martin and various strings, brass and woodwind. The album is completed on 21 Apr 1967

9

  • Yuri Shaporin (79) dies in Moscow

10

  • The Beach Boys have the Billboard number one single for one week with Good Vibrations

11

  • Alan Bush’s opera The Sugar Reapers premiered in Leipzig. Lib. Nancy Bush

12

  • Bob Merrill and Edward Albee’s musical Breakfast at Tiffany’s previews on Broadway, but is scrapped before opening to the public

13

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience make their television debut on Ready Steady Go playing Hey Joe

18

  • Sinéad O’Connor born (Glenageary, Ireland) Irish pop singer, songwriter.
  • Maurice Duruflé’s Mass premiered in Paris
  • Benjamin Frankel’s Symphony No. 4 premiered in London

20

  • Chris Robinson born (Marietta, GA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Black Crowes.

21

  • Ernst Krenek’s Glauben und Wissen [Faith and knowledge] op.194 for four speakers, chorus and orchestra premiered in Hamburg

22

  • Jim Wilbur born (New London, CT) American rock guitarist. Founder member of Superchunk.

23

  • Pink Floyd perform at London’s UFO Club on its opening night
  • The final episode of Ready, Steady, Go is aired on ITV

24

  • Gaspar Cassadó (69) dies in Madrid

25

  • Mauro Picotto born (Cavour, Italy) Italian dance producer, DJ, composer.

26

  • Jay Farrar born (Belleville, IL) American country and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and solo artist.

28

  • V. Selvaganesh aka Chella S. Ganesh born (Palakol, India) Indian percussionist, composer. Son of Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram (b. 1942).

31

  • The Monkees have the Billboard number one single for the first of seven weeks with I’m a Believer

unk

  • Sly & the Family Stone are formed by members of San Francisco bands Sly & the Stoners and Freddie & the Stone Souls. Sly Stone (vo, keys, g, hca) Freddie Stone (vo, g) Larry Graham (vo, b) Cynthia Robinson (tp, vo) Jerry Martini (ts) Greg Errico (d)

releases

  • Cannonball Adderley – Mercy Mercy Mercy / Games (Capitol)
  • Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth / Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say it? (Atco)
  • Cream – I Feel Free / NSU (Reaction UK)
  • Four Tops – Standing In The Shadows Of Love / Since You’ve Been Gone (Motown)
  • Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It Takes Two / It’s Got To Be A Miracle (Tamla)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe / Stone Free (Polydor UK)
  • Jefferson Airplane – My Best Friend / How Do You Feel (RCA Victor)
  • Albert King – Crosscut Saw / Down Don’t Bother Me (Stax)
  • Left Banke – Pretty Ballerina / Lazy Day (Smash)
  • Love – She Comes in Colors / Orange Skies (Elektra)
  • Marvelettes – The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game / I Think I Can Change Now (Tamla)
  • Misunderstood – I Can Take You To The Sun / Who Do You Love? (Fontana UK). Psychedelic rock band formed in Riverside, CA in 1963. Rick Brown (vo) Glenn Ross Campbell (electric steel g) Tony Hill (g, keys) Rick Moe (d) Steve Whiting (b)
  • Move – Night of Fear / Disturbance (Deram UK)
  • Sonics – Psycho / Maintaining My Cool (Jerden)
  • Shadows of Knight – I’m Gonna Make You Mine / I’ll Make You Sorry (Dunwich)
  • Cat Stevens – Matthew and Son / Granny (Deram UK)
  • Troggs – Any Way That You Want Me / 66-5-4-3-2-1 (Page One UK)
  • Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning / Femme Fatale (Verve)
  • Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than The Male / Archangel (Philips UK)
  • Who – Happy Jack / I’ve Been Away (Reaction UK)
  • Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood / More And More (Island UK)
  • Blues Project – Projections (Verve)
  • Tim Buckley (Elektra)
  • Buffalo Springfield (Atco)
  • Judy Collins – In My Life (Elektra)
  • Fresh Cream (Reaction UK)
  • Roy Harper – Sophisticated Beggar (Strike UK)
  • Krzysztof Komeda – Astigmatic (Polskie Nagrania Muza Poland)
  • Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful (Kama Sutra)
  • Miracles – Away We a Go-Go (Tamla)
  • Ennio Morricone – Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo [The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] (Parade Italy)
  • Sam & Dave – Double Dynamite (Stax)
  • Who – A Quick One (Reaction UK)

Cream

Date unknown

  • Masaki Batoh born (Kyoto) Japanese rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Ghost.
  • Junzo Tateiwa born (Tokushima, Japan) Japanese rock drummer, percussionist, dancer. Founder member of Ghost.
  • MC Tee aka Touré Embden born (Haiti) Haitian-American rapper. Founder member of Mantronix.
  • Emry Arthur (c. 66) dies in Indianapolis
  • Olivier Messiaen appointed professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire, a post he holds until 1978

releases

  • Robbie Basho – The Grail and the Lotus (Takoma)
  • Martin Carthy – Second Album (Fontana UK)
  • John Fahey – Guitar Vol. 4 (The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions) (Takoma)
  • Davy Graham – Midnight Man (Decca UK)
  • Pierre Henry – Le Voyage (Philips France) Recorded live in Paris in Jun 1963
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet – Dream Weaver (Atlantic)
  • Q65 – Revolution (Decca Netherlands)
  • The Sonics Boom (Etiquette)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Mikrophonie I – Mikrophonie II (CBS Germany)
  • Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume Two (ESP-Disk)

AMM – AMMMusic (Elektra)

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