On This Day

November 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 5 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio after it was destroyed in World War II
  • Nov 10 "Vamp" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 60 performances

AgreementContract of Interest

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Nov 25 Walter Piston's 6th Symphony, composed to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Boston Symphony, premieres, led by Charles Munch
  • 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 Broadway actress and singer (Baby It's You; The Drowsy Chaperone), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Nov 2 Frank Gilligan, American 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 René Marie, American jazz singer (Sound of Red), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • Nov 8 Patricia Barber, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 9 Don Schiff, American guitarist, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Nov 12 Leslie McKeown, Scottish pop vocalist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2021)

Person of interestWhoopi Goldberg

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), born in Wheatley, England
  • Nov 17 Peter Cox, rocker (Go West-Call Me, Don't Look Down)
  • Nov 18 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo and the Bunnymen), born in Borneo (d. 2009)
  • Nov 21 Jacob Desvarieux, French zouk singer, and guitarist (Kassav'), born in Paris, France (d. 2021)
  • Nov 23 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian pianist, classical and film composer (Divenire), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy
  • Nov 24 Clem Burke [Clement Bozewski], American rock drummer (Blondie - "Heart Of Glass"), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Nov 24 Elvis Ramone [Clement Bozewski], American drummer (The Ramones, August 1987), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 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)

Person of interestArthur Honegger

Nov 27 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), dies of a heart attack at 63

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
  • Nov 27 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 30 Josip Slavenski, Croatian composer, dies at 59