November 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

The Wizard of Oz

Nov 3 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" televised for 1st time - hosted by Bert Lahr and 10 year old Liza Minnelli, as the finale of the Ford Star Jubilee series (CBS-TV)

Television Debut

Nov 5 "The Nat King Cole Show" debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

Music Premiere

Nov 10 Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer's musical "Li'l Abner", based on the hillbilly comic strip, opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 693 performances

  • Nov 15 "Li'l Abner" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 693 performances

Film Premiere

Nov 15 "Love Me Tender" (The Reno Brothers) film with Elvis Presley in his debut premieres in the US

  • Nov 16 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan
  • Nov 24 Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical "The Pajama Game" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 1063 performances, and a Tony Award for Best Musical

Music Premiere

Nov 29 Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "Bells Are Ringing", starring Judy Holiday, opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 924 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 4 James Honeyman-Scott, British rock guitarist (The Pretenders - "Brass in Pocket"), born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England (d. 1982)
  • Nov 4 Jordan Rudess, American progressive rock keyboardist (Dream Theater), born in New York
  • Nov 5 Helen O'Hara [Bevington], British rock violinist (Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Bristol, England
  • Nov 5 Jeff Watson, American rock guitarist (Night Ranger, 1982–89 & 1996–2007 - "Sister Christain"), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 5 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes - "Always Something There to Remind Me"), born in Bath, England (d. 1999)
  • Nov 7 Denise Jannah [Zeefuik], Suriname-Dutch jazz singer (Farmer's Market), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Nov 7 Judy Tenuta, American stand-up comedienne and accordion player, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • Nov 9 Eve de Castro-Robinson, New Zealand classical composer (Other Echoes; A Chaos Of Delight), music director (Karlheinz Company), and educator (University of Auckland), born in London, England
  • Nov 9 Kevin Savigar, British session and touring keyboard player, songwriter, and record producer (Rod Stewart), born in London, England
  • Nov 10 Scott Columbus, American heavy metal drummer (Manowar, 1983–91 & 1994–2008), born in USA (d. 2011)
  • Nov 11 Billy Smith, American country singer (Billy & Terry Smith), born in Reidsville, North Carolina
  • Nov 11 Ian Craig Marsh, British rock keyboardist (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"; Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • Nov 13 Aldo Nova, Canadian rocker (Blood on the Bricks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 17 Enzo Favata, Italian jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
  • Nov 18 Laura Lynch, American bluegrass and country musician and songwriter (Dixie Chicks, 1989-95), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Nov 19 Ik-Hwan Bae, South Korean-American violinist (Bargemusic, 1982-95) and educator (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 1999-2014), born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2014)
  • Nov 20 Dan Powers, American rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band, 1983-87), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 22 Lawrence Gowan, Scottish-Canadian rock keyboard player and singer (Styx, 1999-), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Nov 28 David Van Day [David Paul Day], British pop singer (Dollar - "Loves Gotta Hold On Me"), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • Nov 28 Kristine Arnold, American country singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo - "Midnight Girl"), born in Torrance, California
  • Nov 29 Hinton Battle, American Tony Award-winning singer, dancer, and actor (The Wiz), born in Neubrücke, Hoppstädten, West Germany

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 2 Jacob Weinberg, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 5 Art Tatum, American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • Nov 7 Una Mae Carlisle, American jazz pianist and singer ("Walkin' By The River"), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • Nov 10 Victor Young, American violinist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer ("Street of Dreams"; "Love Letters"; "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You"), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • Nov 22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, dies in a plane crash at Orly Airport, Paris at 36

Tommy DorseyTommy Dorsey (1905-1956)

Nov 26 American trombonist and big band leader ("Opus No. 1"; "I'll Never Smile Again"; "Yes, Indeed!"), dies at 51