November 1957 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 6 Ernest G. Schweikert and Frank Reardo's musical "Rumple", starring Eddie Foy, Jr opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances

Music Single

Nov 11 Sun Record's release single "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis; sells a million copies in first ten day

  • Nov 16 "Copper & Brass" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances

All Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll

Nov 16 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the "Six-Five Special", is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

Theater Premiere

Nov 20 Morton Wishengrad's dramatic play "Rope Dancers", starring Art Carney, Siobhán McKenna, and Theodore Bikel, premieres at Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 189 performances

Music Concert

Nov 22 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Musical Finale

Nov 30 Harold Karr and Matt Dubey's musical "Happy Hunting", starring Ethel Merman and Fernando Lamas, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 413 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1988)

Lyle LovettLyle Lovett (65 years old)

Nov 1 American singer-songwriter (Joshua Judges Ruth; The Road To Ensenada), actor (The Player; The Bridge), and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, born in Houston, Texas

  • Nov 2 Carter Beauford, American drummer (Dave Matthews Band), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Nov 4 Elena Kats-Chernin, Russian-Australian classical pianist and composer (Wild Swans), born in Tashkent, USSR (now Uzbekistan)
  • Nov 4 Najee [Jerome Najee Rasheed], American smooth jazz saxophonist and flute player, born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 5 David Moyse, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply - "All Out Of Love"), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Nov 5 Michael "Mike" Score, British rock guitarist (A Flock Of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)"), born in Beverly, Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 6 Siobhán McCarthy, Irish stage and screen actress (Bad Girls - "Roisin Connor"), and singer (Mamma Mia!), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Nov 7 John "Jellybean" Benitez, American musician, songwriter, club DJ, remixer and music producer (The Mexican), born in South Bronx, New York
  • Nov 8 Pearl Thompson, British rock guitarist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Surrey, England
  • Nov 10 Chris Joyce, British drummer (Simply Red), born in Chorlton, Manchester
  • Nov 13 David Frank, American electronic dance musician (The System), songwriter, and record producer, born in Weston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 14 Frank Affolter, Dutch pianist, songwriter and singer ("If Nobody Does"), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Nov 14 Sean Slade, American sound engineer, record producer (Radiohead; Hole), and music educator, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Nov 15 Kevin Eubanks, American jazz bandleader and composer (The Tonight Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 17 Jim Babjak, American guitarist and songwriter (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), born in Salzburg, Austria
  • Nov 18 Jenny Burton, American R&B singer ("Nobody Loves Me Like You Do": "Bad Habits"), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 19 Ofra Haza, Yemeni-Israeli singer, born in Tel Aviv, Israel (d. 2000)
  • Nov 19 Phil Spalding, English new wave and progressive rock bass player (Tovah; GTR; Mike Oldfield), and hepatitis patient support group founder, born in London, England
  • Nov 20 Jimmy Brown, British rock-reggae drummer (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Nov 22 Sharon Bailey, British ska-pop rocker (Amazulu - "Excitable"; "Too Good to Be Forgotten"), born in England
  • Nov 23 Mark Radice, American session and touring musician (Donovan; Aerosmith; Cheap Trick), singer, songwriter, and producer (The Muppets; Sesame Street), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 24 Chris Hayes, American rock guitarist (Huey Lewis & The News, 1980-2001 - “I Want A New Drug”), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 27 Edda Heiðrún Backman, Icelandic stage and screen actress, singer, theater director, and painter (born in Akranes, Iceland (d. 2016)
  • Nov 29 Jennifer Batten, American session and touring rock and jazz guitarist (Michael Jackson; Jeff Beck), born in New York City
  • Nov 30 Andrew Calhoun, American musician
  • Nov 30 John Ashton, English guitarist (Psychedelic Furs)
  • Nov 30 Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)

Weddings in Music

June Carter Cash

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

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 4 Joseph Canteloube, French composer and musicologist (collected French folksongs), dies at 78
  • Nov 9 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian classical pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 20 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • Nov 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • Nov 30 Beniamino Gigli, Italian lyric tenor (La Gioconde - "Enzo"; Metropolitan Opera, 1920-32),dies of pneumonia at 67
  • Nov 30 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, dies at 52