On This Day

June 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 22 "Along Came Jones" by Coasters peaks at #9

Music History

Jun 22 "Class" the first hit by Chubby Checker peaks at #38 in the US

Theatrical Finale

Jun 27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances


Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Alan Wilder, British rock vocalist and musician (Depeche Mode, 1982-85 - "People Are People"; Recoil), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Jun 2 Lydia Lunch, American singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • Jun 4 Paul Taylor, American rock keyboardist (Winger - "Seventeen; "Can't Get Enuff"), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 4 John Bickerton, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jun 5 Michael Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 6 Jimmy Jam [James Harris], American songwriter and record producer (Janet Jackson), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 9 Gregg Bissonette, American session and touring drummer (David Lee Roth; Ringo's All-Starr Band), born in Detroit Michigan
  • Jun 12 John Linnell, American musician (They Might Be Giants), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 14 Marcus Miller, American jazz and session bassist, record producer (Miles Davis; Luther Vandross; David Sanborn), and jazz and film score composer (Marshall), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 19 Mark DeBarge, American rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 21 Kathy Mattea, American country and bluegrass singer ("Love At The Five and Dime"; "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses"), born in South Charleston, West Virginia
  • Jun 22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • Jun 24 Andy McClusky, British electronic singer-songwriter, and bassist (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark - "Maid Of Orleans"; "(Forever) Live and Die"), born in Heswall, Wirral, England
  • Jun 27 Lorrie Morgan, American country singer (Out of Your Shoes), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 27 Khadja Nin, Burundian singer (Sambolera), born in Burundi

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 3 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian conductor (Brooklyn's Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra, 1913-39), pianist and composer, dies after a heart attack at 73
  • Jun 23 Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 23 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • Jun 30 Lazare Saminsky, Russian-American composer, dies at 76