January 1959 in Music

Events in Music

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Jan 5 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Jan 17 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances

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Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 24 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 30 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Rusty Golden, rocker (Boys Band)
  • Jan 4 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 6 Kathy Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Kathy Valentine, rocker (Go-Go's-We Got the Beat)
  • Jan 8 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician
  • Jan 10 Don Letts, rocker (Big Audio Dynamite)
  • Jan 10 Kirk & Curtwood, musician (Meat Puppets)
  • Jan 12 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love)
  • Jan 12 Blixa Bargeld, German singer and musician (Einst├╝rzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
  • Jan 13 James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • Jan 14 Carl Chas Smash Smyth, rock bassist (Madness-Our House)
  • Jan 14 Geoff Tate, vocalist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • Jan 15 Pete Trewavas, Middlesbrough, bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • Jan 16 Sade [Helen Folasade Adu], Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer (Soldier of Love, Smooth Operator), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • Jan 17 Susanna Hoffs, actress/rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • Jan 17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • Jan 18 Bob Rosenberg, rocker (Will To Power)
  • Jan 23 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Jan 28 Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Jan 28 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-born composer
  • Jan 30 Jody Watley, Chic, dancer (Solid Gold)/singer (Looking For a New Love)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 6 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 9 Paul Malengreau, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 21 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 28 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer, dies at 85