On This Day

December 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Single

Dec 15 "Folsom Prison Blues" single released by Johnny Cash (Billboard Song of the Year 1968)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Dec 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 4 Brian Prout, American singer (Diamond Rio - "Meet In The Middle"), born in Troy, New York
  • Dec 4 Cassandra Wilson, American jazz singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec 6 Bill Lloyd, American singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Dec 6 Rick Buckler, English rock drummer (The Jam), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • Dec 6 Tish Hinojosa, American country singer (Something in the Rain), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec 6 Bright Sheng, Chinese-American concert pianist, composer, (Never Far Away; Hot Pepper), conductor, and music teacher born in Shanghai, China.
  • Dec 8 Kasim Sulton, American session and touring bass guitarist (Utopia; Todd Rundgren; Meatloaf), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Dec 9 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dec 10 Garth Smith [Davies], British punk rock bassist (Buzzcocks), born in Tyldesley, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 15 Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • Dec 20 Ed Kuepper, Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Saints), born in Bremen, Germany
  • Dec 21 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
  • Dec 29 Jan Pijnenburg, Dutch rock drummer (Doe Maar-Bomb), born in Vught, Netherlands
  • Dec 29 Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, American rock guitarist, arranger, and producer (Pat Benatar Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 30 Dindo Yogo [Mabeli], Congolese singer and musician, known as La Voix Cassée, born in Lokutu, Belgian Congo (d. 2000)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, dies of hardening of the arteries at 61
  • Dec 8 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), dies at 69
  • Dec 11 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, dies at 51