On This Day

September 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 8 Harry Belafonte's album "Calypso" goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Sep 9 Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 4 Blackie Lawless [Steven Duren], American heavy metal singer and guitarist (W.A.S.P.), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Sep 5 Roine Stolt, Swedish guitarist (The Flower Kings), born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Sep 7 Michael Feinstein, American jazz pianist, singer and Gershwin-ophile ("Isn't It Romantic"), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Diane Warren, American songwriter ("Music of My Heart"; "If I Could Turn Back Time"), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Sep 8 Frank Tovey, British musician (Fad Gadget), born in London (d. 2002)
  • Sep 8 "Wild" Mick Brown, American rock drummer (Dokken; Ted Nugent), born in San Mateo, California
  • Sep 10 Johnny Fingers [John Moylett], Irish rocker (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 10 Johnny Hickman, American rock guitarist (Cracker), born in Redlands, California
  • Sep 12 Barry Andrews, British rock musician (XTC; League of Gentlemen; Shreikback), born in West Norwood, London
  • Sep 12 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • Sep 13 [Joan] Joni Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Sep 13 David Mansfield, American session and touring fiddler, guitarist, mandolin player (Bob Dylan; The Alpha Band; Buce Hornsby and The Range), and film score composer, born in Leonia, New Jersey
  • Sep 15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter ("Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 15 Ned Rothenberg, composer and multi-instrumentalist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 15 Maggie Reilly, Scottish folk singer, born in Moodiesburn, Scotland
  • Sep 16 Charles Fearing, American rock guitarist (Raydio)
  • Sep 16 Peter Zaremba, American rocker (Fleshtones), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 16 Dave Blood [Schulthise], American rock bassist (The Dead Milkmen -"Punk Rock Girl"), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Sep 22 Debby Boone, American singer (You Light Up My Life), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Sep 22 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • Sep 22 David Krakauer, American Grammy Award-winning klezmer, jazz and classical clarinetist (Klezmer Madness!), born in New York City
  • Sep 23 June Forester, American country singer (Forester Sister - "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"; "Men"), born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • Sep 29 Suzzy Roche, American singer (The Roches), writer and actress, born in Park Ridge, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 6 Felix Borowski, British-American composer, educator (Chicago Musical College, 1896-1925), and musicologist (Chicago Symphony, 1908-56), dies at 84
  • Sep 15 Henry Clough-Leiter, American composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis