Events in Music in 1955

  • Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC)
  • Jan 14 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 27 "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances
  • Jan 31 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • Feb 12 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Feb 24 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances
  • Feb 26 "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances

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Mar 3 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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Mar 24 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Apr 6 "3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances
  • Apr 18 "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • Apr 20 "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Apr 23 "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
  • Apr 30 Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • May 5 "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances
  • May 21 "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • May 26 "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • Jun 18 "3 for Tonight" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 20 "Almost Crazy" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 16 performances

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Jun 21 Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!"

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jun 25 "Can Can" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances
  • Jul 2 "7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • Jul 2 "Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Jul 16 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
  • Aug 19 WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's)
  • Sep 6 "Catch a Star" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Sep 17 "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Sep 24 "Catch a Star" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Oct 20 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith
  • Nov 4 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio after it was totally destroyed in World War II.
  • Nov 5 New Vienna Opera house opens (Austria)
  • Nov 10 "Vamp" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Nov 22 RCA Records make its best investment paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract
  • Nov 25 Walter Piston's 6th Symphony premieres
  • Nov 26 "Boy Friend" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 483 performances
  • Nov 30 "Pipe Dream" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 245 performances
  • Dec 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music

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Dec 29 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 31 "Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances