Events in Music in 1957

Music History

Jan 1 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London

TV Show Appearance

Jan 6 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Sports History

Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Jan 16 Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of many performances by The Beatles
  • Jan 20 Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 26 Francis Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres at La Scala, in Milan

Television Premiere

Jan 28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)

  • Feb 2 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances

Music Concert

Feb 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Piano Concert

  • Feb 23 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances

Music History

Feb 25 Buddy Holly and the Crickets record their smash hit "That'll Be the Day" in Clovis, New Mexico

  • Mar 1 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances
  • Mar 3 2nd Eurovision Song Contest: Corry Brokken for Netherlands wins singing "Net als toen" in Frankfurt
  • Mar 8 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • Mar 22 "All Shook Up" single released by Elvis Presley

Television Premiere

Mar 31 Rodgers & Hammerstein's live television musical "Cinderella", starring Julie Andrews, with Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley, premieres on CBS-TV

  • Apr 4 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris

Music History

Apr 9 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

  • Apr 13 Musical "Shinbone Alley", starring Eartha Kitt, opens at Broadway Theater NYC; runs for 49 performances
  • May 4 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
  • May 10 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto premieres, played by his son Maxim at his graduation concert at Moscow's conservatory
  • May 14 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 432 performances
  • May 25 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • May 27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format
  • Jun 15 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances
  • Jun 17 "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra peaks at #2

Music Concert

Jul 6 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at St. Peter's, Woolton's Parish Church in Liverpool, introduced by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn

  • Jul 27 St James' Theatre in London closes

TV Show Appearance

Jul 28 Rock and roll piano player-singer Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance with a raucous rendition of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" on the "Steve Allen Show"

Music Premiere

Aug 11 Paul Hindemith's opera "Harmonie der Welt" premieres in Munich

  • Aug 20 "Simply Heavenly" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • Sep 8 Jackie Wilson, releases his 1st solo single "Reet Petite"
  • Sep 9 "Diana" by Paul Anka reaches #1
  • Sep 10 "Mask & Gown" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances

Music Premiere

Sep 20 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco

Music Premiere

Sep 26 Leornard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 732 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

  • Sep 28 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie F. Rodgers hits #1
  • Sep 29 Buddy Holly & the Crickets release 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"
  • Oct 12 "Mask & Gown" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Oct 12 "Simply Heavenly" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 62 performances

#1 in the Charts

Oct 14 Everly Brothers' single "Wake Up Little Susie" reaches #1

  • Oct 17 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Oct 17 Musical film "Jailhouse Rock" starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 19 "Damn Yankees" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,022 performances
  • Oct 30 Dmitri Shostakovich's 11th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Oct 31 Yip Harburg, Fred Saidy, and Harold Arlen's musical "Jamaica", starring Lena Horne, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 558 performances
  • Nov 6 Ernest G. Schweikert and Frank Reardo's musical "Rumple", starring Eddie Foy, Jr opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances
  • Nov 11 Sun Record's release single "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis; sells a million copies in first ten day
  • Nov 16 "Copper & Brass" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances

All Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll

Nov 16 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the "Six-Five Special", is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

Theater Premiere

Nov 20 Morton Wishengrad's dramatic play "Rope Dancers", starring Art Carney, Siobhán McKenna, and Theodore Bikel, premieres at Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 189 performances

Music Concert

Nov 22 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC

  • Nov 30 "Happy Hunting" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 413 performances
  • Dec 1 Seminal rock band Buddy Holly & The Crickets make their "Ed Sullivan Show" debut, performing "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue"; singer Sam Cooke also performs after getting bumped due to time constraints on November 3rd - he sings "You Send Me" and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” [1] [2]
  • Dec 2 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • Dec 6 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston with Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony

Music History

Dec 8 CBS broadcasts "The Sound of Jazz", live from NYC: an all-star program featuring swing era and contemporary jazz artists, including Count Basie, Red Allen, Ben Webster;, Thelonious Monk, and Gerry Mulligan;, highlight is the last collaboration of Billie Holiday and Lester Young on "Fine and Mellow"

  • Dec 14 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • Dec 14 "Rumple" musical closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music History

Dec 17 Last episode of "The Nat King Cole Show" airs on NBC, cancelled due to lack of national sponsorship

  • Dec 19 Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1375 performances, wins 5 Tony and a Grammy Award
  • Dec 20 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service

Music History

Dec 25 Richard Starkey (later better known as Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set