On This Day

June 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 13 "Shangri-La" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Jun 14 "New Faces of 1956" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 10 years, and 16 films

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • Jun 23 "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 30 "Pipe Dream" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • Jun 30 "Shangri-La" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 21 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Lisa Hartman Black, American singer and actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 3 Danny Wilde [Thomas], American rock singer-songwriter (The Rembrandts - "I’ll Be There For You"), born in Houlton, Maine
  • Jun 4 Reeves Gabrels, American rock guitarist, songwriter and producer (Tin Machine/David Bowie;, 1987-99; The Cure, 2012-), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jun 5 Kenny G [Gorelick], American smooth jazz saxophonist (Duotones; Breathless), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 5 Richard Butler, English rock singer (Psychedelic Furs - "Pretty In Pink"), born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England
  • Jun 8 Uri Caine, American classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 10 Mickey Curry, American session and touring drummer (Bryan Adams; Hall & Oates; Sam Phillips), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jun 10 Stefania de Kenessey, Hungarian-American composer (Autumn Elegy), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 11 Jamaaladeen Tacuma [Rudy McDaniel], American jazz bassist (Ornette Coleman), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Jun 14 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Danish heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate; King Diamond), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jun 18 John Scott, English organist and choirmaster, born in Wakefield, England (d. 2015)
  • Jun 19 Doug Stone, American singer
  • Jun 22 Derek Forbes, rocker (Simple Minds-Water Front)
  • Jun 22 Green [Gartside], rock vocalist (Scritti Politti-Flesh & Blood)
  • Jun 23 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Person of interestChris Isaak

Jun 26 Chris Isaak, American rock singer-songwriter ("Wicked Game"), born in Stockton, California

Singer Chris Isaak
Singer
Chris Isaak
  • Jun 30 [Philip] Adrian Wright, British composer and keyboard player (Human League - "Don't You Want Me"; "Human"), born in Wakefield, England
  • Jun 30 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 4 Max Kowalski, German singer, composer, singing teacher, and concentration camp survivor, dies at 73
  • Jun 13 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 26 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25