November 1955 in Music

Events in Music

  • 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

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Nov 22 RCA Records make its best investment paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract

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  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Beth Leavel, American musical theatre actress
  • Nov 2 Frank Gilligan, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 2 Chris Burnett, American musician and composer, born in Olathe, Kansas
  • Nov 7 RenĂ© Marie, American jazz singer (Sound of Red), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • Nov 12 Leslie McKeown, rock vocalist (Bay City Rollers-Saturday Night)

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Nov 13 Whoopi Goldberg [Caryn Johnson], American actress, comedian and singer (Color Purple, Burglar), born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 15 Joe Leeway, British instrumentalist and songwriter (Thompson Twins), born in Islington, London, England
  • Nov 15 Georgie Born, English academic, anthropologist and musician (Henry Cow)
  • Nov 17 Peter Cox, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • Nov 18 Carter Burwell, American composer
  • Nov 18 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo and the Bunnymen), born in Borneo (d. 2009)
  • Nov 23 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian composer and pianist
  • Nov 24 Clement Burke, rock drummer (Blondie)
  • Nov 24 Elvis Ramone, American drummer (The Ramones)
  • Nov 25 Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
  • Nov 30 Billy Idol, [William Broad], rocker (White Wedding)

Deaths in Music

  • 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