1957 in Music

Events in Music


Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jan 6 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Jan 16 Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1st appearance
  • Jan 26 Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres
  • Jan 28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • Feb 2 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Feb 5 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert
  • Feb 23 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Mar 1 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances
  • Mar 3 2nd Eurovision Song Contest: Corry Brokken for Netherlands wins singing "Net als toen" in Frankfurt
  • Mar 8 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • Mar 22 "All Shook Up" single released by Elvis Presley
  • Mar 30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony
  • Apr 4 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Apr 13 "Shinbone Alley" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • May 4 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
  • May 10 Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow
  • May 14 "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances
  • May 14 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" premieres in NYC
  • May 25 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • May 27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format
  • Jun 15 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 6 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jul 28 Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Aug 11 Paul Hindemith's opera "Harmonie der Welt" premieres in Munich
  • Aug 20 "Simply Heavenly" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • Sep 9 "Diana" by Paul Anka reaches #1
  • Sep 10 "Mask & Gown" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Sep 23 "That'll Be Day" by Buddy Holly & Crickets reaches #1
  • Sep 24 "Jailhouse Rock" single released by Elvis Presley (Billboard Song of the Year 1957)
  • Sep 26 Bernstein & Sondheim's musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC
  • Sep 28 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie F. Rodgers hits #1
  • Sep 29 Buddy Holly & Crickets released 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"
  • Oct 12 "Mask & Gown" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Oct 12 "Simply Heavenly" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • Oct 14 Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" reaches #1
  • Oct 17 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Oct 19 "Damn Yankees" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,022 performances
  • Oct 21 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 30 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 11th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Oct 31 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances
  • Nov 6 "Rumple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Nov 16 "Copper & Brass" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Nov 20 Morton Wishengrad's "Rope Dancers" premieres in NYC

Music concertMusic Concert

Nov 22 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NY

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • Nov 30 "Happy Hunting" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 413 performances
  • Dec 1 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show
  • Dec 2 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • Dec 14 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • Dec 14 "Rumple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 19 "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances
  • Dec 20 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service
  • Dec 26 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
  • Dec 29 Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 178

  • Jan 4 Patty Loveless, [Ramey], singer (Blue Side of Town), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Vincent Calloway, Kentucky, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jan 8 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer and choreographer
  • Jan 9 Phil Lewis, English rock vocalist (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in London, England
  • Jan 13 Don Snow, rocker (Squeeze)
  • Jan 19 Mickael Virtue, rock keyboardist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Jan 24 Vladimir "Vlatko" Stefanovski, Macedonian guitarist, born in Prilep
  • Jan 25 Edmund Theodore Sylvers, rocker (Sylvers)
  • Jan 29 Irlene Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jan 29 Jac Bico, Dutch guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • Feb 4 Don Davis, American composer
  • Feb 6 Jerry Marotta, rocker (Orleans-Love Takes Time)
  • Feb 6 Simon Phillips, Drummer of Toto (band)
  • Feb 7 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 13 Doris King, vocalist (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb 14 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano
  • Feb 15 Jake E Lee, rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • Feb 17 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
  • Feb 19 Falco, [John Hoelcel], rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus)
  • Feb 19 Johann Hoelzel Falco, musician
  • Feb 25 Stuart "Woody" Wood, Scot, guitarist (Bay City Rollers-Saturday Night)
  • Feb 27 Adrian Smith, heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High)
  • Feb 28 Cindy Wilson, American rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Feb 28 Ian Stanley, keyboardist
  • Feb 28 Phil Gould, rock percussionist (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Feb 28 Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
  • Mar 1 Jon Carroll, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band-Afternoon Delight), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 5 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), born in Broughton, Lancashire, England (d. 2018)
  • Mar 6 Edward "Eddie" Deezen, American actor (Grease, I Wanna Hold Your Hand), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • Mar 8 Billy Childs, composer/pianist
  • Mar 8 Clive Burr, English drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Mar 9 Mark Mancina, American composer (Speed, Bad Boys, Moana), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 11 Cheryl Lynn, American singer
  • Mar 12 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 12 Steve Harris, hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden-Gypsy's Kiss), born in London, England
  • Mar 18 Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Mar 18 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)

Person of interestSpike Lee

Mar 20 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
  • Mar 22 Stephanie Mills, singer/actress (Wiz)
  • Mar 27 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • Apr 4 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • Apr 4 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Imbabah, Giza
  • Apr 4 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • Apr 7 Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter and producer (Climie Fisher - Love Changes), born in London
  • Apr 9 Ednita Nazario, Ponce PR, spanish singer
  • Apr 10 Steve Gustafson, American bass guitarist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Seville, Spain
  • Apr 12 Vince Gill, American country singer (When I Call Your Name), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • Apr 13 Wayne Lewis, keyboardist, (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 14 Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer
  • Apr 19 Belinda Lipscomb, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Apr 19 Bo[as] Watson, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Apr 20 Richenel [Hubertus Richenel Baars], Dutch singer and performer (Turn My Page), born in Amsterdam
  • Apr 23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • Apr 24 David J, British alternative rock musician, born in Northampton, England
  • Apr 24 Boris Williams, English drummer (The Cure), born in Versailles, France
  • Apr 28 Wilma Landkroon, Dutch singer
  • Apr 29 Richie C Robertson, rock bassist/vocalist (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Apr 29 Mark Kendall, American guitarist
  • May 1 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • May 1 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • May 3 [Michael] Cactus Moser, American country singer (Highway 101), born in Montrose, Colorado

Person of interestSid Vicious

May 10 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 1979)

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • May 18 Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)
  • May 23 Thereza Bazar, British-Canadian singer (Dollar-Love's Gotta Hold on Me), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 23 Jimmy McShane, singer (Baltimora-Tarzan Boy), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • May 26 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • May 27 Eddie Harsch [Edward Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog, The Black Crowes), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • May 30 Chris Van Jaarsveld, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)
  • Jun 2 King Lizzard, American entertainer and songwriter
  • Jun 6 Junior [Norman Giscombe], British R&B singer (Mama Used to Say), born in London, Endland
  • Jun 7 Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican musician
  • Jun 11 Jamaaladeen Tacuma, American jazz musician, born in Hempstead, New York
  • Jun 15 Brad Gillis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • Jun 17 Philip Chevron, English pop musician (Pogues-Peace & Love), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 17 Martin Dillon, American opera singer (d. 2005)
  • Jun 21 Mark Brzezicki, rock drummer (Big Country-Wonderland)
  • Jun 22 Garry Beers, Australian rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jun 22 John Ryder, rock bassist (Face To Face)
  • Jun 23 Lee John, [John L Mcgregor], English singer/actor (Body Talk)
  • Jun 24 Astro, [Terrence Wilson], England, rock vocalist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Jun 26 Patty Smyth, American rock vocalist (Scandal-Warrior), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 29 Robert Forster, Australian musician
  • Jul 2 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • Jul 3 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Berry Sakharof, Turkish-born Israeli guitarist (Minimal Compact)
  • Jul 9 Marc Almond, English vocalist (Soft Cell), born in Southport, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 11 Michael Rose, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jul 11 Peter Murphy, English singer and musician (Bauhaus), born in Northamptonshire, England
  • Jul 13 Cameron Crowe, American director, screenwriter, journalist (Rolling Stone), author, and actor (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Palm Springs, California
  • Jul 17 Bruce Crump, rock drummer (Molly Hatchet)
  • Jul 20 Merlina Defranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • Jul 24 Pam Tillis, American country singer (Melancholy Child), born in Plant City, Florida
  • Jul 24 Robbie Grey, English rocker (Modern English)
  • Jul 25 Roger Clinton, singer, President Clinton's half-brother
  • Jul 27 Gezina E "Liesbeth" van Apeldoorn, Dutch actress (Composer)
  • Jul 29 Alessandra Marc, American operatic soprano
  • Jul 31 Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus), born in Northampton, England
  • Aug 2 Mojo Nixon, American musician and actor
  • Aug 11 Richie Ramone [Richard Reinhardt], American rock drummer (Ramones), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Aug 16 Tim Farriss, Australian pop guitarist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 9 Actor Richard Harris (26) weds socialite Elizabeth Rees (20)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (41) weds mafia enforcer Louis McKay

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Country music legend Patsy Cline (25) weds linotype operator Charles Dick (23) in Winchester, England

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • Oct 24 Singer Bing Cosby marries second wife actress Kathryn Grant

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 11 Country singer June Carter Cash (28) weds former football player Edwin Nix

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 12 Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Dec 29 "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 5 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Mary Carr Moore, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • Feb 7 Rudolph Reti, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • Feb 25 Kurt von Wolfurt, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 8 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 25 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 23 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), dies at 89
  • Apr 29 Otallo Morales, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • May 2 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • May 5 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • Jun 9 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 12 James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
  • Jun 28 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), dies at 88
  • Jul 3 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • Jul 8 Henry Fevrier, French composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 9 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 20 Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
  • Jul 30 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Aug 18 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer, dies at 41
  • Aug 24 Albert Edward Sammons, composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 1 Dennis Brain, English musician (b. 1921)
  • Sep 9 Ettore Pozzoli, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 20 Jean Julius Christian Sibelius, Fin composer (Finlandia), dies at 91
  • Sep 28 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 14 Carl Natanael Berg, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 20 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • Nov 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American movie composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • Nov 30 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (b. 1890)
  • Dec 12 Robert Frank Kurka, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 21 Eric Coates, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 26 Artur Malawski, Polish composer, dies at 53