January 1956 in Music

Events in Music


Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 8 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

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 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter (Sunny Came Home), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • Jan 14 √Čtienne Daho, French singer and songwriter
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian singer
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • 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-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian singer
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American drummer
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
  • Jan 24 Loun√®s Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, rock guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray, [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • Jan 28 Peter Schilling, rocker, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jan 31 Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/US composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies