On This Day

Year 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars at San Quentin Prison, California; Merle Haggard among the inmate audience
  • Apr 3 Elvis Presley records ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee

Music Awards in 1960

  • Mar 18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London

Musicians Married in 1960

  • Jan 31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • Jun 6 American chanteuse and actress Eartha Kitt (33) weds real estate investor Bill McDonald; divorce in 1965
  • Nov 13 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (34) marries Swedish actress May Britt (26) at Temple Israel of Hollywood, California; divorce in 1968

Musicians Divorces in 1960


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Musicians Who Died in 1960

  • Jan 7 Luiz Costa, Portuguese pianist, and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 24 Edwin Fischer, Swiss concert pianist and conductor, dies at 73
  • Jan 25 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 2 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84

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