On This Day

January 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

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)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music History

Jan 9 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast live, for a 2nd time, on NBC as part of "Producers' Showcase" series

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin

Music Single

Jan 14 Little Richard releases single "Tutti Frutti"

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Appointment of Interest

Jan 15 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia

Music Recording

Jan 20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

Theatrical Finale

Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Bernard Sumner [Albrecht], English rock guitarist, vocalist (Joy Division and New Order), born in Salford, England
  • Jan 4 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • Jan 10 Don Letts, British film director & musician (Big Audio Dynamite), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Sunny Came Home"), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter (What I Really Mean), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, British rock bassist (Pretenders, 1984-89; Simple Minds, 1989-95), born in Hereford, England
  • Jan 14 Étienne Daho, French singer-songwriter, born in Oran, Algeria
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor, and broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, British rock and blue-eyed soul vocalist ("Every Time You Go Away"; Band-Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"), born in Luton, England
  • Jan 17 Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • Jan 18 George Mark Collie, American country singer (Another Old Soldier), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • Jan 18 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist & keyboardist (Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now", "Doctor! Doctor!"), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jan 20 Adrian Vernon Fish, British classical composer, born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin - "You Take My Breath Away"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American rock drummer (L.A. Guns; W.A.S.P.), born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Lazar Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 23 Larysa Kuzmenko, Canadian concert pianist, and composer, of Ukrainian heritage (Memoriam for the Victims of Chornobyl; Golden Harvest), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jan 24 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist, born in of Taourirt Moussa, Algeria (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, British guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch jazz singer ("Lovers Until the End"), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Jan 28 [Pierre] "Peter" Schilling, German synthpop musician ("Major Tom (Coming Home)"), born in Stuttgart, Germany

John Lydon

Jan 31 Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], English singer-songwriter & musician (Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen), born in Holloway, United Kingdom

Musician John Lydon
Musician
John Lydon

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/American composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 3 Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian-American composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 80
  • Jan 9 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian-Argentine conductor (Teatro Colón, 1937-49; NBC Symphony, 1947-48), dies at 65