1966 in music

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Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
14 A-tom-ic Jones Tom Jones -
17 Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel -
21 Them Again Them UK
31 The Movie Song Album Tony Bennett -
- Ballads of the Green Berets Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler featuring hit title track
Bobby Vinton Sings Satin Pillows and Careless Bobby Vinton -
An Evening with Belafonte/Mouskouri Harry Belafonte and Nana Mouskouri -
Five O'Clock World The Vogues -
Leslie Gore Sings All About Love Leslie Gore -
Jealous Heart Connie Francis -
Just Like Us! Paul Revere & the Raiders -
That Nashville Sound Jimmie Rodgers -
The Orbison Way Roy Orbison -
The Second Album The Spencer Davis Group -
Where the Action Is The Ventures -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
24 Adam's Apple Wayne Shorter -
- Ascension John Coltrane -
The Best of The Animals The Animals Compilation
Boom The Sonics -
Boots Nancy Sinatra -
Crying Time Ray Charles -
Doctor Zhivago Maurice Jarre Soundtrack to 1965 film
Ridin' High The Impressions -
She's Just My Style Gary Lewis & the Playboys -
The Sonny Side of Chér Chér -
Take a Ride Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
14 Folk-Country Waylon Jennings -
24 It's 2 Easy The Easybeats -
28 Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) The Rolling Stones Compilation
The Young Rascals The Young Rascals -
- Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles Chet Atkins -
Color Me Barbra Barbra Streisand -
Daydream The Lovin' Spoonful -
For the 'In' Crowd Jack Jones -
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley Soundtrack
The Fugs The Fugs -
Hold On! Herman's Hermits US
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears The Mamas & the Papas -
Lightfoot! Gordon Lightfoot -
Moonlight Sinatra Frank Sinatra -
Mean as Hell Johnny Cash single-LP version of 1965 double LP Sings the Ballads of the True West
Phil Ochs in Concert Phil Ochs Live
Woman Peter and Gordon -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
15 Aftermath The Rolling Stones UK
18 Cilla Sings a Rainbow Cilla Black -
- Country Boy Bobby Vinton -
Country Favorites-Willie Nelson Style Willie Nelson -
Hold On, I'm Comin' Sam and Dave -
Live! Lou Rawls Live
Love Love -
The Seeds The Seeds -
The Soul Album Otis Redding -
Soul & Inspiration The Righteous Brothers -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Up-Tight Stevie Wonder -
6 Midnight Ride Paul Revere & the Raiders -
11 Small Faces Small Faces -
16 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys -
23 Moods of Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye -
- Black Monk Time The Monks -
Everybody Loves a Nut Johnny Cash -
Go with the Ventures! The Ventures -
How Does That Grab You? Nancy Sinatra -
Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra -
Wayne Newton – Now! Wayne Newton -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
10 Paradise, Hawaiian Style Elvis Presley Soundtrack
15 Gettin' Ready The Temptations -
20 Yesterday and Today The Beatles Compilation
27 Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan -
Freak Out! The Mothers of Invention -
- Animalisms The Animals UK
Animalization The Animals US
The Impossible Dream Jack Jones -
The Incredible String Band The Incredible String Band -
In My Quiet Room Harry Belafonte -
Would You Believe? The Hollies -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
15 Yardbirds The Yardbirds aka Roger the Engineer and Over Under Sideways Down
18 Fifth Dimension The Byrds -
22 Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton John Mayall -
25 From Nowhere... The Troggs The Troggs -
- And Then... Along Comes the Association The Association -
Beau Brummels '66 The Beau Brummels -
The Classic Roy Orbison Roy Orbison -
Movie Greatest of the Sixties Connie Francis -
On Top Four Tops -
Sinatra at the Sands Frank Sinatra Live; with Count Basie and his orchestra
Tim Hardin 1 Tim Hardin -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Revolver The Beatles -
25 The Supremes A' Go-Go The Supremes -
26 Portrait The Walker Brothers -
29 A Time for Love Tony Bennett -
- East-West The Paul Butterfield Blues Band -
The Exciting Wilson Pickett Wilson Pickett -
I Couldn't Live Without Your Love Petula Clark -
It's a Man's Man's Man's World James Brown -
Nancy in London Nancy Sinatra -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
12 The Monkees The Monkees -
15 Jefferson Airplane Takes Off Jefferson Airplane -
- Jack Orion Bert Jansch -
The Lovin' Machine Johnny Paycheck -
The Mamas & the Papas The Mamas & the Papas -
Sunshine Superman Donovan -
From the Heart Tom Jones -
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (soundtrack) The Lovin' Spoonful -
Wild Things! The Ventures -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
10 Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Simon & Garfunkel -
15 Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul Otis Redding -
28 Face to Face The Kinks -
31 Spinout Elvis Presley Soundtrack
- A Web of Sound The Seeds -
Chér Chér -
The Feel of Neil Diamond Neil Diamond -
For Certain Because The Hollies -
From Nashville with Love Chet Atkins -
Happiness Is You Johnny Cash -
Je m'appelle Barbra Barbra Streisand -
Leavin' Town Waylon Jennings -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Volume 3 The Easybeats -
11 Ready Steady Who The Who EP
16 Down to Earth Stevie Wonder -
Watchout! Martha and the Vandellas -
21 Animalism The Animals -
- And Now! Booker T & the M.G.'s -
Away We a Go-Go Smokey Robinson & the Miracles -
Got Live If You Want It! The Rolling Stones Live
Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful -
Jack Jones Sings Jack Jones -
James Brown Sings Christmas Songs James Brown
Noël Joan Baez Christmas
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators 13th Floor Elevators -
Songs for a Merry Christmas Wayne Newton
S.R.O. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield -
9 Fresh Cream Cream -
A Quick One The Who -
- Live at the Sahara in Las Vegas Connie Francis Live
Spirit of '67 Paul Revere & the Raiders -
That's Life Frank Sinatra -
Tim Buckley Tim Buckley -
You Got My Mind Messed Up James Carr -

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1966.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Frank Sinatra Strangers in the Night 1966 United States UK 1 – May 1966, US BB 1 – May 1966, Italy 1 of 1966, Germany 1 – Jul 1966, Éire 1 – Jun 1966, Australia 1 for 5 weeks May 1966, Grammy in 1966, Canada 2 – May 1966, Netherlands 2 – Jun 1966, South Africa 3 of 1966, US CashBox 4 of 1966, Norway 5 – Jul 1966, Scrobulate 6 of swing, Australia 9 of 1966, US BB 29 of 1966, POP 29 of 1966, RYM 42 of 1966, Germany 48 of the 1960s, RIAA 275, Acclaimed 1681
2 The Beatles We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper 1966 United Kingdom CAN CHUM Chart 1 - UK Singles Chart 1 - Dec 1965, US Billboard Hot 100 1 - Jan 1966
3 The Beatles Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby 1966 United Kingdom UK 1 – Aug 1966, Canada 1 – Aug 1966, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1966, Norway 1 – Aug 1966, Germany 1 – Sep 1966, Éire 1 – Aug 1966, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Sep 1966, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Aug 1966, Australia Goset 1 – Oct 1966, US BB 2 – Aug 1966, US BB 7 of 1966, POP 7 of 1966, RYM 22 of 1966, Italy 29 of 1966, Scrobulate 47 of classic rock, US CashBox 83 of 1966, Germany 141 of the 1960s
4 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations 1966 United States UK 1 – Nov 1966, US BB 1 – Oct 1966, France 1 – Jul 1976, DDD 1 of 1966, Canada 2 – Oct 1966, Norway 2 – Dec 1966, Australia Goset 2 – Dec 1966, RYM 3 of 1966, Acclaimed 3, Netherlands 4 – Nov 1966, Rolling Stone 6, Germany 8 – Jan 1967, Scrobulate 8 of oldies, Europe 12 of the 1960s, US BB 14 of 1966, POP 14 of 1966, Australia 15 of 1966, RIAA 24, 31 in 2FM list, WXPN 57, OzNet 58, Italy 69 of 1967
5 The Beatles Paperback Writer / Rain 1966 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jun 1966, US BB 1 – Jun 1966, Canada 1 – May 1966, Netherlands 1 – Jun 1966, Norway 1 – Jun 1966, Éire 1 – Jun 1966, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Jul 1966, Germany 2 – Jul 1966, RYM 2 of 1966, France 9 – Mar 1976, US BB 12 of 1966, POP 12 of 1966, Scrobulate 22 of British, US CashBox 43 of 1966, Italy 45 of 1966, DDD 53 of 1966, Germany 181 of the 1960s, Acclaimed 195, WXPN 765

Top American hits on record[edit]

Single – Artist Composer
Winter
"The Sound of Silence" – Simon & Garfunkel ------ w.m. Paul Simon
"We Can Work It Out" – The Beatles w.m. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" – James Brown w.m. James Brown
"Over and Over" – The Dave Clark Five w.m. Robert James Byrd
"Let's Hang On!" – The Four Seasons w.m. Bob Crewe, Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell
"Fever" – The McCoys w.m. Eddie Cooley and John Davenport (a pseudonym for Otis Blackwell)
"Ebb Tide" – The Righteous Brothers w. Carl Sigman, m. Robert Maxwell
"England Swings" – Roger Miller w.m. Roger Miller
"Make the World Go Away" – Eddy Arnold w.m. Hank Cochran
"She's Just My Style" – Gary Lewis and the Playboys w.m. Gary Lewis, Leon Russell, Snuff Garrett, Al Capps
"Flowers on the Wall" – The Statler Brothers w.m. Lew DeWitt
"Help Me Girl" – Eric Burdon
"Five O'Clock World" – The Vogues w.m. Allen Reynolds
"Day Tripper" – The Beatles w.m. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"The Men In My Little Girl's Life" – Mike Douglas w.m. Gloria Shain, Eddie Dean and Mary Candy
"No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" – The T-Bones m. Granville Burland
"A Must to Avoid" – Herman's Hermits w.m. Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan
"You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" – The Lovin' Spoonful w.m. John Sebastian and Steve Boone
"Barbara Ann" – The Beach Boys w.m. Fred Fassert
"My Love" – Petula Clark w.m. Tony Hatch
"Jenny Take a Ride" – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels w.m. Richard Penniman, Enotris Johnson and Bob Crewe
"Lightnin' Strikes" – Lou Christie w.m. Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert
"Crying Time" – Ray Charles w.m. Buck Owens
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" – Stevie Wonder w.m. Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder and Sylvia May
"My World Is Empty without You" – The Supremes w.m. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
"Don't Mess with Bill" – The Marvelettes w.m. Smokey Robinson
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" – Nancy Sinatra w.m. Lee Hazlewood
"Ballad of the Green Berets" – Sgt. Barry Sadler w.m. Robin Moore and Barry Sadler
"California Dreamin'" – The Mamas & the Papas w.m. John Phillips and Michelle Phillips
"Elusive Butterfly" – Bob Lind w.m. Bob Lind
"Working My Way Back to You" – The Four Seasons w.m. Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell
"Listen People" – Herman's Hermits w.m. Graham Gouldman
"Nowhere Man"The Beatles w.m. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"I Fought the Law" – Bobby Fuller Four w.m. Sonny Curtis
"Homeward Bound" – Simon & Garfunkel w.m. Paul Simon
"Daydream" – The Lovin' Spoonful w.m. John Sebastian
"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" – The Righteous Brothers w.m. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
.
Spring
"Sure Gonna Miss Her" – Gary Lewis and the Playboys w.m. Bobby Russell
"Secret Agent Man" – Johnny Rivers w.m. P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" – B. J. Thomas w.m. Hank Williams
"Don't Bring Me Down" – The Animals
"Inside-Looking Out" – The Animals w.m. Eric Burdon
"Time Won't Let Me" – The Outsiders w.m. Tom King and Chet Kelley
"Good Lovin'" – The Young Rascals
"Kicks" – Paul Revere & the Raiders w.m. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
"Sloop John B" – The Beach Boys w.m. Traditional
"Monday, Monday" – The Mamas & the Papas w.m. John Phillips
"Leaning on the Lamp Post" – Herman's Hermits w. L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, m. Noel Gay
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" – Bob Dylan w.m. Bob Dylan
"Gloria" – Shadows of Knight w.m. Van Morrison
"How Does That Grab You, Darlin'" – Nancy Sinatra
"Message to Michael" – Dionne Warwick w. Hal David, m. Burt Bacharach
"When a Man Loves a Woman" – Percy Sledge w.m. Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright
"A Groovy Kind of Love" – The Mindbenders w.m. Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine
"Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" – The Supremes w.m. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
"Paint It, Black" – The Rolling Stones w.m. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
"I Am a Rock" – Simon & Garfunkel w.m. Paul Simon
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" – The Lovin' Spoonful w.m. John Sebastian
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" – James Brown w.m. James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome
"Green Grass" – Gary Lewis and the Playboys
"Strangers in the Night" – Frank Sinatra w.m. Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Bert Kaempfert
"Barefootin'" – Robert Parker
"Cool Jerk" – The Capitols
"Red Rubber Ball" – The Cyrkle
"Paperback Writer" – The Beatles w.m. John Lennon, Paul McCartney
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" – Dusty Springfield
"Sweet Talkin' Guy" – The Chiffons
.
Summer
"Hanky Panky" – Tommy James and the Shondells
"Wild Thing" – The Troggs Chip Taylor
"Little Girl" – Syndicate of Sound
"Along Comes Mary" – The Association
"Lil' Red Riding Hood" – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
"Hungry" – Paul Revere & the Raiders
"The Pied Piper" – Crispian St. Peters
"I Saw Her Again" – The Mamas & the Papas
"Sweet Pea" – Tommy Roe
"Summer in the City" – The Lovin' Spoonful w. John Sebastian and Mark Sebastian, m. John Sebastian and Steve Boone
"Somewhere, My Love" – Ray Conniff and the Singers w. Paul Francis Webster, m. Maurice Jarre
"They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" – Napoleon XIV
"Sunny" – Bobby Hebb
"See You in September" – The Happenings
"Sunshine Superman" – Donovan w.m. Donovan
"You Can't Hurry Love" – The Supremes w.m. Holland-Dozier-Holland
"Yellow Submarine" – The Beatles w.m. Lennon–McCartney
"Summertime" – Billy Stewart
"The Land of 1000 Dances" – Wilson Pickett w.m. Chris Kenner
"Working in the Coal Mine" – Lee Dorsey w.m. Allen Toussaint
"Blowin' in the Wind" – Stevie Wonder w.m. Bob Dylan
"Bus Stop" – The Hollies w.m. Graham Gouldman
"Guantanamera" – The Sandpipers
"Cherish" – The Association
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" – The Beach Boys w.m. Brian Wilson, Tony Asher, Mike Love
"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" – The Temptations
"Black Is Black" – Los Bravos w.m. Michelle Grainger, Tony Hayes, Steve Wadey
"96 Tears" – Question Mark & the Mysterians
"Reach Out I'll Be There" – Four Tops w.m. Holland-Dozier-Holland
"Cherry Cherry" – Neil Diamond
.
Autumn
"Born Free" – Roger Williams w.m. John Barry, Don Black
"Dandy" – Herman's Hermits
"Devil With A Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly" – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
"Good Thing" – Paul Revere & the Raiders
"Good Vibrations" – The Beach Boys w.m. Brian Wilson, Mike Love
"Hooray for Hazel" – Tommy Roe
"I'm a Believer" – The Monkees w.m. Neil Diamond
"I'm Ready for Love" – Martha and the Vandellas
"I'm Your Puppet" – James & Bobby Purify
"I've Got You Under My Skin" – The Four Seasons
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" – The Temptations
"If I Were a Carpenter" – Bobby Darin w.m. Tim Hardin
"Lady Godiva" – Peter and Gordon
"Last Train to Clarksville" – The Monkees w.m. Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
"Mellow Yellow" – Donovan w.m. Donovan
"A Place in the Sun" – Stevie Wonder w.m. Ronald Miller, Bryan Wells
"Poor Side of Town" – Johnny Rivers
"Psychotic Reaction" – Count Five
"Rain on the Roof" – The Lovin' Spoonful
"See See Rider" – Eric Burdon and the Animals
"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" – The Royal Guardsmen
"Sugar Town" – Nancy Sinatra
"Tell It Like It Is" – Aaron Neville w.m. George Davis and Lee Diamond
"That's Life" – Frank Sinatra w.m. Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon
"Walk Away Renee" – The Left Banke
"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" – Jimmy Ruffin w.m. William Witherspoon, Paul Riser, James Dean
"Winchester Cathedral" – The New Vaudeville Band w.m. Geoff Stephens
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" – The Supremes w.m. Holland-Dozier-Holland

British number one hits not included above[edit]

Winter

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Other significant recordings[edit]

(Not all of these were necessarily released as singles.)

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Musical television[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Leeds International Piano Competition[edit]

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Top 10 Singles Charts 1955–2000 (2001)