On This Day

November 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 10 Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer's musical "Li'l Abner" premieres in NYC

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Nov 15 "Li'l Abner" opens at St James Theater NYC for 693 performances
  • Nov 16 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, named Musical Director of La Scala, Milan
  • Nov 24 "Pajama Game" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1063 performances
  • Nov 29 "Bells Are Ringing" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 925 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 4 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Pretenders), born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England (d. 1982)
  • Nov 4 Jordan Rudess, American progressive rock keyboardist (Dream Theater), born in New York
  • Nov 5 Jeff Watson, American rock guitarist (Night Ranger), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 5 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, England (d. 1999)
  • Nov 5 Helen O'Hara [Bevington], British rock violinist (Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Bristol, England
  • Nov 7 Denise Jannah [Zeefuik], Suriname-Dutch jazz singer (Farmer's Market), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Nov 9 Kevin Savigar, British session and touring keyboard player, songwriter, and record producer (Rod Stewart), born in London, England
  • Nov 9 Eve de Castro-Robinson, New Zealand classical composer (Other Echoes; A Chaos Of Delight), and educator, born in London, England
  • Nov 11 Billy Smith, American country singer (Billy & Terry Smith), born in Reidsville, North Carolina
  • Nov 11 Ian Craig Marsh, English, rocker (The Human League, Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • Nov 13 Aldo Nova, Canadian rocker (Blood on the Bricks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 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, Canadian singer (Styx)
  • Nov 28 Kristine Arnold, American country singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo - "Midnight Girl"), born in Torrance, California
  • Nov 28 David Van Day [David Paul Day], British pop singer (Dollar - "Loves Gotta Hold On Me"), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 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 [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • Nov 7 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40
  • Nov 11 Victor Young, American composer and orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • 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

Person of interestTommy Dorsey

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

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey