On This Day

December 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 7 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Dec 14 The album "Time Out" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet is released, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and becomes the first jazz album to sell a million copies.

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 15 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me", an English translation of by Gilbert Bécaud's French song "Je t'appartiens"; reaches No. 7 on the charts

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Billy Childish, English painter, writer and musician
  • Dec 8 Marty Raybon, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • Dec 8 Paul Rutherford, British rock vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Dec 12 Belouis Some, British rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People), born in England
  • Dec 14 Franco [Iglesias], Cuban Latin pop singer ("Toda la Vida"; "María"), born in Cuba
  • Dec 16 Stephen Irvine, Scottish rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions), born in Scotland
  • Dec 17 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements - Please To Meet Me), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • Dec 28 Ana Torroja, Spanish pop singer (Mecano), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 29 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • Dec 30 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • Dec 30 Paul Milton Jackson Jr., American session and jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 31 Paul Westerberg, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Replacements), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Dec 31 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician, born in Boe District, Nauru

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 29 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer, dies at 56