December 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

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

  • Dec 19 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" for Sun Records at Memphis Recording Service studio

Catholic Encyclical

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

Music History

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

  • 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 [née Fowlkes], American jazz singer-songwriter, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec 6 Bill Lloyd, American singer (Foster & Lloyd - "Crazy Over You"), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Dec 6 Bright Sheng, Chinese-American concert pianist, composer (Never Far Away; Hot Pepper), conductor, and music teacher born in Shanghai, China.
  • Dec 6 Rick Buckler, British 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 8 Kasim Sulton, American session and touring bass guitarist (Utopia; Todd Rundgren; Meatloaf), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Dec 8 Nathan East, American jazz, R&B, and rock session and touring bass player (Fourplay; Phil Collins), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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, British rock bassist (The Clash; Havana 3 AM), and visual artist, born in Thornton Heath, Surrey, England
  • 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 Syberg, Danish organist and composer, dies at 51