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Year 1958 in Music History

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 2 Dmitri Shostakovich' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY

  • Jan 7 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 10 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jan 23 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 4 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • Feb 21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Feb 22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 12 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum
  • Mar 15 "Body Beautiful" musical closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances

USAElvis Presley in the Army

Mar 24 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)

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Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
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  • Apr 3 "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances
  • Apr 23 Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik", with libretto written by Abe Meeropol, premieres at the New York City Opera
  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • May 19 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

  • May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • Jun 9 "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1
  • Jun 16 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 24 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Jun 30 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 2 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Writer Harold Robbins
Harold Robbins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • Jul 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater NYC after 693 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 17 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Peter Shaffer
  • Jul 19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • Aug 23 Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

  • Sep 29 "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8
  • Oct 2 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • Oct 11 "Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres

  • Nov 5 "Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Nov 8 "Maria Golovin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Nov 11 "La Plume de Ma Tante" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 performances
  • Dec 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater NYC for 602 performances
  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 23 Musical Revue "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 191

  • Jan 1 Grandmaster Flash [Joseph Saddler], American rocker (Message), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 2 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian concert pianist (Tchaikovsky Prize, 1982; Leeds, 1987), born in Belebey, Bashkir ASSR (now Bashkortostan)
  • Jan 11 Vicki Peterson, rock guitarist/vocalist (Bangles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 13 Sandy Stewart, American songwriter, singer, and keyboardist (Cat Dancer), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 17 Jez Strode, British rock drummer (Kajagoogoo), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 24 Jools Holland, British rock keyboardist (Squeeze), and TV presenter (Later...), born in Blackheath, London
  • Jan 25 Gary Brian Tibbs, English rock bassist (Adam & The Ants; Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • Jan 26 Anita Baker, American jazz and soul singer ("Giving You the Best That I Got"; "Sweet Love"), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 26 B. James Lowry, American country session guitarist and producer (The Boys Band), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jan 26 Norman Hassan, British reggae percussionist, and trombone player (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"; "I Got You Babe"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 27 Charles Waltz, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • Jan 30 Rob van Zandvoort, Dutch rock vocalist & keyboardist (Jack of Hearts), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 Tom Schuman, American pianist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 3 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • Feb 7 (Manuel) Mijares, Mexican Latin-pop, folk, and Mariachi vocalist (Maria Bonita), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 10 Michael Weiss, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Rockhampton, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Marc Fox, British percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • Feb 13 Derek Riggs, British artist (Iron Maiden album covers), born in Portsmouth, England
  • Feb 16 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 18 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1999)
  • Feb 21 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, American country-pop singer-songwriter ("This Shirt"; "Shut Up And Kiss Me"), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Feb 21 Steve Nieve [Nason], British session and touring keyboard player and composer (Elvis Costello), born in Bishop’s Stortford, England
  • Feb 23 David Sylvian, British vocalist, and guitarist (Japan), born in Beckenham, England
  • Feb 23 Ria Brieffies, Dutch pop vocalist (Dolly Dots), born in Lutjebroek, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • Feb 24 Sammy Kershaw, American country vocalist (Cadillac Style), born in Kaplan, Louisiana
  • Feb 28 Jeanne Mas, French pop singer ("Toute première fois"), and actress, born in Alicante, Spain
  • Mar 1 Nik Kershaw, singer/songwriter (Wouldn't it be Good)
  • Mar 1 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor

Person of interestAndy Gibb

Mar 5 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, performer and teen idol (Bee Gees-I Just Want to Be Your Everything), born in Manchester, England (d. 1988)

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 8 Gary Numan [Gary Webb], Hammersmith England, vocalist (Replicas)
  • Mar 9 Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Stretford, Lancashire
  • Mar 14 Zbigniew Karkowski, Polish composer and experimental musician (Sensorband), born in Krakow, Poland (d. 2013)
  • Mar 21 [Jonathan] Butch Norton, American drummer (Eels), born in Inglewood, California
  • Mar 22 Pete Wylie, rocker (Sinful), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 23 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1997)
  • Mar 28 Oran "Juice" Jones, American rocker (Curiosity, Here I Go Again), born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 31 Pat McGlynn, Edinburgh, rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers)
  • Apr 1 D. Boon, American musician d. (1985)
  • Apr 4 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • Apr 7 Tony Aire, rocker (Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • Apr 10 Yefim Bronfman, Russian-born Israeli-American pianist, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Apr 11 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland), born in Manchester, England (d. 2001)
  • Apr 12 Will Sergeant, English rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen - Killing Moon), born in Liverpool
  • Apr 13 Randy Piper, American heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 15 Matt Reid, American rock keyboardist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • Apr 18 Lee Pattinson, English rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here), born in Ormskirk,
  • Apr 21 Mike Barson, rock keyboardist (Madness)
  • Apr 23 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Apr 24 Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer, born in Moscow
  • Apr 25 Fish [Derek William Dick], Scottish vocalist (Marillion-Sugar Mice), born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
  • Apr 29 Simon Edwards, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • May 6 Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • May 12 Eric Singer [Mensinger], American hard rock drummer (Kiss), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 16 Glenn Gregory, English rock vocalist (Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • May 17 Vincent Henar, Surinam bassist (Fra Fra Sound), born in Surinam
  • May 18 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 20 Jane Wiedlin, Wisc, singer, guitarist (GoGos, Fur, Rush Hour)
  • May 23 Shelly West, country singer (Red Hot, West by West), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 23 François Feldman, French singer
  • May 25 Paul Weller, English guitarist (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • May 27 Neil Finn, New Zealand musician (Split Enz, Crowded House), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • May 30 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), born in Össjö, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • Jun 1 Michael Landau, American session musician, engineer, and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestPrince Rogers Nelson

Jun 7 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

  • Jun 11 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 1999)
  • Jun 12 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 14 Brian David Willis, rock drummer (Quarterflash)
  • Jun 16 Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr)
  • Jun 17 Jello Biafra [Eric Reed Boucher], American musician and activist (Dead Kennedys), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Jun 17 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York
  • Jun 20 Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
  • Jun 22 Ruby Turner, Jamacaian-British rock singer (No Where to Run), born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Jun 27 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer and songwriter (The Gun Club), born in Montebello, California (d. 1996)
  • Jun 27 Magnus Lindberg, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jun 27 Lisa Germano, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Geek the Girl), born in Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Jun 29 Leslie Browne, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 30 Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish orchestral conductor (Giro), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 3 Aaron Tippin, American singer (You've Got to Stand for Something), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jul 4 Kirk Pengilly, Australian rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 5 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • Jul 8 Carlos Cavazo, rocker (Quiet Riot - Metal Health)
  • Jul 8 Fred Young, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • Jul 10 Béla Fleck, American banjo player, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 10 Fiona Shaw, Irish actress and theatre and opera director, born in County Cork, Munster, Ireland
  • Jul 11 Ray Dodds, rocker (Fairground Attraction-You Send Me)

Person of interestMichael Flatley

Jul 16 Michael Flatley, Irish choreographer (Lord of Dance), born in Chicago, Illinois

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley
  • Jul 18 Nigel Twist, British rock drummer (Alarm-In the Summertime), born in Manchester
  • Jul 19 David Robertson, American symphony orchestra conductor, born in Malibu, California
  • Jul 20 Mick MacNeil, Scottish keyboardist (Simple Minds - "Don't You Forget About Me"), born on the Isle of Barra
  • Jul 24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • Jul 25 Henk Wanders, Dutch bassist (Frank Boeijen Group), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Jul 25 Thurston Moore, American guitarist and songwriter (Sonic Youth), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jul 26 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jul 30 Kate Bush, English singer-songwriter (Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights), born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England
  • Jul 30 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • Jul 31 Bill Berry, American drummer (R.E.M.), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • Aug 1 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 1 "Michael Penn, American singer, songwriter, and composer (No Myth), born in Greenwich Village, New York City
  • Aug 3 Cindy Nixon, American singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

Jan 1 Sammy Davis Jr.marries Loray White

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Blues musician B.B. King (32) weds his second wife Sue Hall

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 15 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 David Broekman, Dutch musician (Think Fast), dies at 55
  • Jan 11 Alec Rowley, English composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 12 Arthur Shepherd, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist and composer (In Tempore Belli), dies at 64
  • Mar 25 Emerson Whithorne, American composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 25 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 69

Person of interestW. C. Handy

Mar 28 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • Apr 7 Judge Jackson, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 7 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, dies at 58
  • Apr 10 Chuck Willis, rocker, dies at 30
  • May 19 Bruno Stürmer, German conductor, composer and educator dies at 65
  • May 28 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 6 Lily Strickland, American composer and artist, dies at 71
  • Jun 16 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), dies at 45
  • Jun 23 Edvard Armas Jarnefeldt, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 1 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
  • Jul 13 Karl Erb, German tenor, dies on 81st birthday
  • Jul 14 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), dies at 55
  • Jul 15 Julia Lennon, mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
  • Jul 30 Alexander Albrecht, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 5 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
  • Aug 17 Florent Schmitt, French composer and critic (Jardin Secret), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 21 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and film and television composer (Night Of The Hunter; Dragnet theme), dies at 44
  • Aug 24 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, dies at 28
  • Aug 24 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • Aug 26 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), dies at 85
  • Aug 28 Nikolay Golovanov, Soviet composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 11 Robert Lach, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 29 Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (12-tones music), dies at 65
  • Oct 13 Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik, Russian composer, dies at 59 (b. 1899)
  • Oct 14 Jean Poveigh, composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 24 Martin Shaw, English composer, dies at 83
  • Nov 2 Adam von Ahn Carse, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 3 Harry Revel, movie composer (Sitting Pretty, Gay Divorcee), dies
  • Nov 6 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 27 Artur Rodzinski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 1 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • Dec 6 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 26 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, dies on 89th birthday
  • Dec 29 Doris Humphrey, US dancer/choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, dies at 72