On This Day

November 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 2 "Girls against the Boys" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 13 The Academy of St Martin in the Fields' first professional concert takes place in London
  • Nov 14 "Girls against the Boys" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 16 "The Sound of Music" musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 1443 performances

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
Comedian Jack Benny
Jack Benny
  • Nov 23 "Fiorello!" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • Nov 25 "Once Upon a Mattress" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Nov 29 2nd Grammy Awards: Mack The Knife, Bobby Darin wins

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 Eddie MacDonald, Welsh rocker (The Alarm-Knocking on Heaven's Door), born in St. Asaph, Wales

Person of interestBryan Adams

Nov 5 Bryan Adams, Canadian singer (Heaven), born in Kingston, Ontario

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
  • Nov 9 Thomas Quasthoff, German singer, born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • Nov 10 Frank Maudsley, English rock bassist and vocalist (Flock Of Seagulls), born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 14 Annie Schilder, Dutch singer (BZN)
  • Nov 18 Cindy Blackman Santana, American jazz and rock session and touring drummer (Lenny Kravitz; Santana), born in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Nov 25 Steve Rothery, British progressive rock guitarist, (Marillion - Clutching at Straws), born in Brampton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 27 Charlie Burchill, Scottish pop guitarist (Simple Minds-Breakfast Club)
  • Nov 30 Randy Gane, American keyboardist, born in Mount Clemens, Michigan

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 3 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer (Buechfinkeliedli; Nach dem Regen), dies at 83
  • Nov 9 Frederick Preston Search, American cellist, composer and conductor (Bridge Builders), dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Lupino Lane, English actor (Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • Nov 17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), dies at 72
  • Nov 26 Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (In a Monastery Garden), dies at 84
  • Nov 29 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81