On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • Jan 27 "Heartbreak Hotel" single released by Elvis Presley, his first million-selling single
  • Jan 28 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
  • Jan 30 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"

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
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • Jan 14 √Čtienne Daho, French singer & songwriter, born in Oran, Algeria
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor & broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • 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 music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American drummer, born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Lazar Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
  • Jan 24 Loun√®s Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (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 singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • Jan 28 Peter Schilling, rocker, born in Stuttgart, Germany

Person of interestJohn 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 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 12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies