January 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars at San Quentin Prison, California; Merle Haggard among the inmate audience

  • Jan 2 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, in honor of the Minnesota Centennial, premieres by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Antal Doráti

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Bernard Fowler, American session and touring rock and R&B vocalist (Rolling Stones; Tackhead; Steven Seagal), and songwriter, born in NYC
  • Jan 4 Michael Stipe, American rock vocalist and songwriter (R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"; "Everybody Hurts"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Jan 5 Philip Thornalley, English songwriter, producer, and bassist (The Cure; Johnny Hates Jazz; Bryan Adams), born in Worlington, Suffolk, England
  • Jan 9 Haukur Tómasson, Icelandic classical composer (Gudruns 4th Song; Strati), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Jan 10 Samira Said, Moroccan pop singer, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • Jan 15 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer, born in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 16 Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Michael HutchenceMichael Hutchence (1960-1997)

Jan 22 Australian rock vocalist (INXS - "Devil Inside": "New Sensation"), and actor (Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, Australia

  • Jan 26 Charlie Gillingham, American rock Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, piano, and keyboard player (Counting Crows - "Accidentally In Love"), born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 29 Cho-Liang Lin, American classical violinist (Queen Sophia prize, 1977), and teacher (Juilliard, 1991-present), born in Hsinchu, Taiwan [1]
  • Jan 29 James "JG" Thirlwell, Australian musician, composer and record producer, born in Melbourne

Weddings in Music

Adolph Green

Jan 31 American songwriter Adolph Green weds (for 3rd and final time) American actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

Deaths in Music

  • 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