Year 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera
  • Jul 9 Bill Haley & His Comets "Rock Around the Clock" tops the billboards chart, one of the best-selling singles ever
  • Nov 5 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens after it was destroyed in World War II, with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio"
  • Nov 22 RCA Records make its best investment, paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract
  • Dec 15 "Folsom Prison Blues" single released by Johnny Cash (Billboard Song of the Year 1968)
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Musicians Married in 1955

  • Apr 5 American musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard
  • Aug 29 American "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds American trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33); divorce 1961
  • Sep 18 American actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds American singer Eddie Fisher (27); divorce in 1959