1962 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Jan 13 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances
  • Jan 17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in SF
  • Jan 20 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Jan 24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • Jan 26 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 27 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Feb 1 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Feb 11 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
  • Feb 16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 17 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
  • Feb 24 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 24 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Mar 7 Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
  • Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • Mar 15 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances
  • Mar 18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 19 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Mar 22 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances
  • Mar 25 "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story", Sophia Loren & Maximillian Schell win

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • May 5 West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
  • May 8 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • May 19 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • May 19 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • May 25 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • May 26 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 29 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero wins
  • Jun 6 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 9 Tony Bennett debuts in concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC

Singer Tony Bennett
Singer
Tony Bennett
  • Jun 23 "Subways Are after Sleeping" closes at St James NYC after 205 performances
  • Jul 12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 13th Symphony
  • Aug 11 Beach Boys release "Surfin' Safari"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Aug 28 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)"
  • Sep 4 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • Sep 11 Beatles cut "Love Me Do" & "PS I Love You" with Andy White on drums
  • Sep 11 Drummer Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best of the Beatles
  • Sep 15 "Bravo, Giovanni" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Bob Dylan plays NYC Carnegie Hall

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 29 "Green Onions" by Booker T & MG's peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "My Fair Lady" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 2,715 performances
  • Sep 29 "You Can't Judge A Book By Cover" by Bo Diddley peaks at #48
  • Oct 1 Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)
  • Oct 1 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977
  • Oct 3 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"
  • Oct 13 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway, with Uta Hagen
  • Oct 18 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"
  • Oct 20 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Oct 26 The Beatles record "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • Oct 27 "Beyond the Fringe" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances
  • Nov 10 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 17 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 17 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 257 performances
  • Nov 26 Fab Four have their first recording session under name The Beatles
  • Dec 8 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Dec 17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
  • Dec 18 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Dec 26 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 160

  • Jan 1 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits)
  • Jan 4 Martin McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • Jan 4 Patrick Cassidy, American actor and composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Peter Steele, American musician (Type O Negative)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), born in Boone, North Carolina (d. 2002)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Jan 8 Chris Marion, American musician
  • Jan 14 Patrica Morrison, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • Jan 15 Conrad Lant, English musician
  • Jan 16 Jan Koster, Dutch drummer (Sleeze Beez-Powertool)
  • Jan 16 Paul Webb, rocker (TalkTalk)
  • Jan 16 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 Tom Keifer, rock guitarist/vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • Jan 27 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • Jan 27 Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer
  • Jan 28 Sam Phillips, singer/actress (Die Hard with a Vengeance)
  • Jan 31 Sophie Muller, Music video director
  • Feb 1 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist
  • Feb 4 Clint Black, American country vocalist (Killin' Time, A Better Man), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Feb 5 Tommy Skeoch, rock guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • Feb 6 Axl Rose, [William Bailey], Lafayette In, vocalist (Guns & Roses)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 7 Garth Brooks, American country singer (No Fences, Double Live), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Feb 7 David Bryan, rock keyboardist (Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad Name)
  • Feb 9 Anik Bissonnette, Quebec ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)
  • Feb 10 Cliff Burton, bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11 Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter (All I Want to Do-Grammy 1995), born in Kennett, Missouri

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow
  • Feb 16 Tony Kiley, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • Feb 16 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter (Triffids)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • Feb 20 Joel Ellis, American rocker (Heavy Bones)
  • Feb 23 Michael Wilton, American rock guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Michelle Shocked, singer/musician
  • Feb 25 Foster Emerson Sylvers, rocker
  • Mar 1 Bill Leen, rocker (Gin Blossoms)
  • Mar 2 Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville NJ, rocker (Bon Jovi-Give Love a Bad Name)
  • Mar 5 Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish musicians (The Proclaimers)
  • Mar 7 Taylor Dayne, [Leslie Wunderman], NY, vocalist (I'll Always Love You)
  • Mar 10 Gary Clark, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • Mar 10 Seiko Matsuda, Japanese pop singer
  • Mar 13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) and film score composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 15 Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 15 Terrence Trent D'Arby, American rock vocalist (Wishing Well), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 17 Clare Grogan, rocker (Altered Images-Happy Birthday)
  • Mar 17 Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • Mar 17 Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • Mar 24 Angèle Dubeau, Canadian violinist
  • Mar 26 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards-Don't Leave Me This Way), born in Northampton
  • Mar 28 Ged Grimes, Scottish rocker (Simple Minds), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Mar 30 M C Hammer, [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 2 Billy Dean [William Harold Dean Jr], American country singer (Young Man, Fire in the Dark), born in Quincy, Florida
  • Apr 3 Mike Ness, rocker (Social Distortion)
  • Apr 6 Stan Cullimore, bassist (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • Apr 7 Alain Robert, French rock and urban climber
  • Apr 8 Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • Apr 12 Art Alexakis, American musician
  • Apr 13 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born guitarist (d. 1988)
  • Apr 15 Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer
  • Apr 16 Ian MacKaye, rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • Apr 18 Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)
  • Apr 18 Shirlie Hollman, rocker (Pepsi & Shirley-All Right Now)
  • Apr 26 Graham "Skin" Skinner, rocker (Hipsway)
  • Apr 26 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • May 4 Oleta Adams, American singer
  • May 5 Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
  • May 6 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • May 9 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • May 9 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • May 9 Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • May 12 Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
  • May 14 C C Deville, rocker (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me)
  • May 14 Ian Astbury, Merseyside, rock vocalist (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • May 17 Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • May 18 Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • May 18 Sandra Cretu, German singer
  • May 19 Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
  • May 26 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)
  • May 31 Corey Hart, Canadian vocalist (Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 1 Jesse Johnson, rocker (Time)
  • Jun 4 John P. Kee, American Gospel singer
  • Jun 7 Paddy McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • Jun 7 Michael Cartellone, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Jun 8 Nick Rhodes, [Bates], keyboardist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • Jun 8 Kristine W, American musician
  • Jun 9 Eddie Lundon, rocker (China Crisis-Christian)
  • Jun 12 Paul Clark, English musician (The Bolshoi)
  • Jun 15 Andrea Rost, Hungarian soprano
  • Jun 16 Femi Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat Musician
  • Jun 17 Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 19 Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up) and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Jun 21 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician
  • Jun 22 Ruby Turner, rocker (No Where to Run)
  • Jun 23 Chuck Billy, American vocalist (Testament)
  • Jun 30 Julianne Regan, rocker (All About Eve-All About Scarlet)
  • Jul 7 Clive "Doctor" Jackson, rocker (Dr & Medics-Laughing at Pieces)
  • Jul 13 Rhonda Vincent, American singer
  • Jul 14 Jeff Olson, American musician
  • Jul 18 Jack Irons, American drummer
  • Jul 22 Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac)
  • Jul 22 Martine St. Clair, Canadian singer
  • Jul 27 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum) (d. 2005)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 Musician and member of the Beatles, John Lennon weds Cynthia Powell

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 9 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 18 Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Singer Tina Turner (23) weds Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 28 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 LeRoy B Shield, US pianist/composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • Jan 12 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 18 Raymond Moulaert, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 5 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • Feb 19 Albert Israel Elkus, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 26 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 6 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 16 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 24 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born musician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 3 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 10 Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 20 Arthur Harmat, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 22 Solomon Pimsleur, composer, dies at 61
  • May 31 Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 12 John N Ireland, English composer/pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • Jun 13 Eugene Goossens, British composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Alfred Cortot, French pianist, dies at 84
  • Jun 18 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
  • Aug 23 Irving Fine, composer (Toccata), dies at 47
  • Aug 24 Henry George Ley, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Hanns Eisler, composer (N Vietnam/E German National Anthem), dies at 64
  • Sep 14 Marcel Delannoy, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer
  • Oct 28 Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48
  • Oct 29 Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 1 Winter Haynes Watts, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Felice Lattuada, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • Dec 13 Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)
  • Dec 20 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75