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January 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jan 2 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
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Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Michael Stipe, American rock vocalist and songwriter (R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"; "Everybody Hurts"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 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 cover), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestMichael Hutchence

Jan 22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist (INXS - "Devil Inside": "New Sensation"), and actor (Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1997)

  • 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

  • Jan 31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 7 Luís Costa, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • 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