June 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 1 Revival of Burton Lane and Yip Harburg's musical "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 12 performances

Finale of the Steve Allen Show

Jun 6 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Only the Lonely

Jun 9 Roy Orbison releases single "Only the Lonely"; it becomes his 1st major hit - peaking at #2 in the US and topping the UK charts

  • Jun 13 "Alley-Oop" by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59
  • Jun 18 "Destry Rides Again" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 472 performances

I'm a Honky Tonk Girl

Jun 19 Loretta Lynn records "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl"

A Raisin in the Sun

Jun 25 Lorraine Hansberry's stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, closes at the Belasco Theatre, NYC, after 530 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Jesse Johnson, American funk-rock guitarist (The Time), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Jun 1 Simon Gallup, British rock bassist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Duxhurst, Surrey, England
  • Jun 2 Tony Hadley, English pop-rock vocalist (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in Islington, North London. England
  • Jun 6 Pelle Alsing, Swedish drummer (Roxette - "Listen to Your Heart"), born in Vantörs Församling, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • Jun 6 Steve Vai, American rock guitarist, and composer (Frank Zappa; David Lee Roth Band; Whitesnake), born in Carle Place, New York
  • Jun 7 Aldo Brizzi, Italian conductor, and contemporary classical-world fusion composer, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • Jun 8 Mick Hucknall, English singer-songwriter (Simply Red "If You Don't Know Me by Now"), born in Manchester, England
  • Jun 11 Nick Hallam, British DJ and producer (Stereo MCs - "Connected"), born in Nottingham, England
  • Jun 18 West Arkeen, American guitarist and songwriter (for Guns N' Roses - "It's So Easy,"; "The Garden"), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1997)
  • Jun 19 Luke Morley, British rock guitarist (Thunder), born in Chamberwell, London
  • Jun 20 John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran), born in Solihull, Warwickshire
  • Jun 22 Arturo O’Farrill, Mexican Latin jazz musician (Four Questions), born in Mexico City
  • Jun 23 Donald Harrison, American jazz saxophonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 23 Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese arcade game musician and programmer, born in Japan
  • Jun 25 Zorica Kondža, Croatian pop singer (Stijene), born in Split, Yugoslavia
  • Jun 26 Richard Cottle, Welsh session and touring keyboardist (Alan Parsons Project, Tina Turner), and television composer, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jun 26 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Jun 29 "The Caveman" Kevin Shirley, South African music producer and mixer (Journey, Iron Maiden, Europe, Led Zeppelin), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jun 30 Brendan O'Brien, American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer and record producer (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Chris Cornell, and Bruce Springsteen), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 30 Murray Cook, Australian children's singer (The Wiggles), born in Cowra, New South Wales, Australia

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 14 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • Jun 30 Clarence Cameron White, American concert violinist, and composer (Elegy; Ouanga!), dies from cancer at 79