Year 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 8 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
  • Jan 27 RCA records releases Elvis Presley's single "Heartbreak Hotel", his first million-seller (written by Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Durden)

Music Awards in 1956

  • May 24 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano

Musicians Married in 1956

  • Mar 19 British "The Doors of Perception" author Aldous Huxley (62) weds American musician and author Laura Archera (45)
  • May 22 Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy; divorce in 1959
  • Aug 5 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor-singer Jack Cassidy (29)

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