1955 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

  • 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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • 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 15 "Folsom Prison Blues" single released by Johnny Cash (Billboard Song of the Year 1968)
  • Dec 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 151

  • Jan 3 Palmolive, English musician (The Slits, The Raincoats)
  • Jan 4 Kathy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • Jan 4 Mark Hollis, English pop musician (Talk Talk, Dum Dum Girl)
  • Jan 8 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 10 Luci Martin, rocker vocalist (Chic)
  • Jan 10 Michael Schenker, German rock guitarist (MSG-Coming on Strong, Scorpions), born in Sarstedt, Germany
  • Jan 13 Fred White, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • Jan 13 Trevor Rabin, rocker (Yes)
  • Jan 13 Paul Kelly, Australian singer
  • Jan 17 Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 19 Simon Rattle, England, orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symph Orch)
  • Jan 20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
  • Jan 23 Robin Zander, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police)
  • Jan 26 Lucia Mendez, Mexican actress and singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno), born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 26 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen-Jump, 1984), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • Jan 27 Richard Young, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • Jan 30 Michael Thompson, guitarist (Afterburn, Fresh, Sahara, Gridlock'd)
  • Feb 12 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
  • Feb 13 Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • Feb 13 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • Feb 16 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • Feb 23 Howard Jones, rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)
  • Feb 24 Bob Abrams, Ohio, rocker (Buckinghams)
  • Feb 27 Garry Christian, rocker
  • Feb 27 Peter Christopherson, English musician and video director
  • Feb 28 Randy Jackson, guitarist (Zebra-Tell Me What You Want), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 1 Jimmy Fortune, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Mar 2 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 Jay Osmond, American singer and drummer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Mar 9 Fernando Bujones, ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 10 Bunny DeBarge, rocker (Debarge), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Mar 10 Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
  • Mar 14 Boon Gould, rock guitarist (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Mar 15 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American sincer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • Mar 17 Paul Overstreet, Van Cleave Miss, country singer (Daddy's Come Around)
  • Mar 26 Dean Dillon, country singer (Chair), born in Lake City, Tennessee
  • Mar 28 Reba McEntire, McAlester Ok, country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues)
  • Mar 30 Randy Vanwarmer, vocalist (Just When I Needed You Most), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Mar 31 Angus Young, Glascow Scotland, rock guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)
  • Apr 10 Lesley Garrett, British soprano
  • Apr 13 Louis Johnson, rock bassist/vocalist (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 17 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • Apr 22 Arthur Baker, rock producer (Afrika Banbaataa-Planet Rock)
  • Apr 28 Edwin "Eddie" Jobson, British rock violinist (Zappa, UK, Roxy Music-For Your Pleasure), born in Bilingham, England
  • Apr 29 Gino Quilico, Canadian baritone
  • May 1 Nick Feldman, English musician
  • May 2 Jo Callis, English rocker (The Human League), born in Rotherham, Kent
  • May 3 Timmy Cappello, rock & sax player (played with Tina Turner, Ringo Starr & The Lost Boys)
  • May 4 Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer
  • May 9 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • May 11 Jos Haagmans, Dutch singer (Frank Boeijen Group)
  • May 11 Mark Herndon, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • May 16 Hazel O'Connor, Coventry England, singer/actress (Breaking Glass)
  • May 20 Steve George, rock keyboardist (Mr Mister)
  • May 20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • May 21 John Glavin, rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet
  • May 21 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • May 22 Iva Davies, rock guitarist/vocalist (Icehouse)
  • May 22 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band), born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 23 Dean Friedman, American singer-songwriter (Ariel), born in Paramus, New Jersey

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 24 Rosanne Cash, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash
  • May 29 Jerry Dengler, Colo Springs, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around)
  • May 29 Mike Porcaro, rock bassist (Toto-Roseanna, Africa)
  • May 30 Nicky "Topper" Headon, English drummer (Clash-Complete Control)
  • May 31 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitarist CGP
  • Jun 1 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • Jun 7 Joey Scarbury, Ontario California, singer (Greatest American Hero)
  • Jun 8 James Jonathan Sylvers, rocker
  • Jun 8 Greg Ginn, American guitarist (Black Flag)
  • Jun 23 Glenn Danzig, American musician (The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • Jun 26 Mick Jones, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM), born in London, England
  • Jun 28 Thomas Hampson, American baritone
  • Jul 1 Keith Whitley, Sandy Hook Ky, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes)
  • Jul 3 Neil Clar, rock guitarist (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
  • Jul 3 Marc Bonilla, American guitarist (Keith Emerson Band), born in Contra Costa, California
  • Jul 4 John Waite, vocalist (Babies/Bad English-Forget Me Not, Missing You)
  • Jul 5 Michael Gismondi, rock saxophonist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • Jul 9 Fred Norris, comedy writer/singer (Howard Stern Show)
  • Jul 21 Henry Preistman, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • Jul 21 Tacho Ocheriski, singer (Putting on the Ritz)
  • Jul 21 Howie Epstein, American musician (d. 2003)
  • Jul 21 Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer
  • Jul 29 "Country" Jem Finer, English banjo player (Pogues-Straight to Hell)
  • Jul 30 Rat Scabies [Chris Miller], British rock drummer (the Damned), born in Surrey, England
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Lowe, country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 5 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister, Scarecrow), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 8 Ali Score, rock drummer (Flock Of Seagulls)
  • Aug 8 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • Aug 12 Heintje, [Hendrik Simons], Dutch singer (Mama)
  • Aug 17 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
  • Aug 17 Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
  • Aug 20 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • Aug 22 Chiranjeevi [Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad], Telugu film actor, dancer and producer, born in Mogalthur, India
  • Aug 27 Laura Fygi, Dutch singer
  • Aug 29 Diamanda Galas, composer
  • Aug 30 Martin Jackson, rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
  • Sep 1 Bruce Foxton, rock guitarist (Jam)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 3 Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • Sep 10 Pat Mastelotto, rock drummer (Mr Mister, King Crimson)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 5 Musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • Aug 29 "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)
  • Sep 18 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Dominicus Johner, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Francois Rasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Charles Cuvillier, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • Feb 25 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • Mar 16 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer, dies at 68
  • May 2 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66
  • May 4 Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • May 17 Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • May 31 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95
  • Jun 1 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 11 Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 18 Walter Rein, German composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 18 Willy Burkhard, composer, dies at 55
  • Jul 6 Paolo Gallico, composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 7 Franco Casavola, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 17 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 25 Ilmari Hannikainen, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 5 Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
  • Aug 9 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Kattnigg, composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 15 Fumio Hayasaka, composer, dies at 41
  • Oct 20 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 26 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 17 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • Nov 22 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, dies at 91 (b. 1864)
  • Nov 27 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Nov 27 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 30 Josip Slavenski, composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 3 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • Dec 8 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
  • Dec 11 Franz Adolf Syberg, composer, dies at 51