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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
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  • 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, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Kathy Valentine, American musician (Go-Go's-We Got the Beat), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 8 Paul Hester, Australian drummer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • Jan 10 Curt Kirkwood, American musician (Meat Puppets), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Jan 12 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • Jan 12 Blixa Bargeld, German singer & musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin
  • Jan 13 James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • Jan 14 Chas Smash, English singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist (Madness-Our House), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • Jan 14 Geoff Tate, German-born American singer & musician (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jan 15 Pete Trewavas, British bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws), born in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  • 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, American musician (Will To Power), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Meriden, England
  • Jan 28 Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Jan 28 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-born composer
  • Jan 30 Jody Watley, American dancer (Solid Gold)/singer (Looking For a New Love), born in Chicago, Illinois

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 Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, dies at 85