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Year 1961 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 21 The Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • Aug 2 The Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • Oct 28 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC starring Tom Bosley after 796 performances and a Pulitzer Prize
  • Dec 13 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
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Music Awards in 1961

  • Mar 18 6th Eurovision Song Contest: Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg wins "Nous les amoureux" in Cannes
  • Apr 12 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

Musicians Married in 1961

  • Apr 1 American televangelist Jim Bakker (21) marries Christian singer Tammy Faye (19)

Musicians Who Died in 1961

  • Jan 11 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 13 Blanche Ring, American singer ("In The Good Old Summer Time"), and stage and screen actress, dies at 89
  • Jan 14 Henry Geehl, English composer, dies at 79
  • Jan 15 Francesco Maria Saraceni, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • Jan 16 Janos Viski, Hungarian composer, dies at 54

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