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September 1957 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 9 "Diana" by Paul Anka reaches #1
  • Sep 10 "Mask & Gown" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 20 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 23 "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets reaches #1

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

Film PremierJailhouse Rock Premieres

Sep 24 "Jailhouse Rock" single released by Elvis Presley (Billboard Song of the Year 1957)

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 26 Leornard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim
  • Sep 28 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie F. Rodgers hits #1
  • Sep 29 Buddy Holly & Crickets released 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"

Birthdays in Music

Person of interestGloria Estefan

Sep 1 Gloria Estefan [Fajardo], Cuban-American singer (Miami Sound Machine - "Conga"), born in Havana, Cuba

  • Sep 2 Steve Porcaro, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Toto, 1977-87, 2010-19 - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 6 Joe Smyth, American country singer ("Betty's Bein' Bad"), born in Portland, Maine
  • Sep 6 Paul Harrhy, Welsh actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), born in South Wales (d. 1996)
  • Sep 7 Margot Chapman, American singer (Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Sep 9 Pierre-Laurent Aimard, French concert pianist, born in Lyon, France
  • Sep 10 Siobhan Fahey, Irish rock singer and musician (Bananarama - "Venus"; Shakespears Sister - "Stay"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 10 Carol Decker, British rock singer (T'Pau - "China In Your Hand"), born in Huyton, Merseyside, England
  • Sep 11 Jon Moss, English rock drummer (Culture Club - "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"), born in Wandsworth, South London
  • Sep 12 Hans Zimmer, German film score composer (The Lion King), born in Frankfurt
  • Sep 13 Vinny Appice, American rock drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 20 Alannah Currie, New Zealander rock xylophone player and vocalist (Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 22 Johnette Napolitano, American rocker (Concrete Blonde), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestNick Cave

Sep 22 Nick Cave, Australian singer-songwriter (Bad Seeds-Murder Ballads), born in Warracknabeal, Victoria

Singer and Songwriter Nick Cave
Singer and Songwriter
Nick Cave
  • Sep 22 Pete Jones, English rocker (Public Image Ltd.), born in Watford, England
  • Sep 23 Kumar Sanu, Indian playback singer
  • Sep 29 Mari Wilson, British singer
  • Sep 29 Sokratis Malamas, Greek singer and composer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 1 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), killed in a car wreck at 38
  • Sep 11 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, dies at 80

Person of interestJean Sibelius

Sep 20 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), dies at 91

Composer Jean Sibelius
Composer
Jean Sibelius
  • Sep 28 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, Uruguayan composer, dies at 67