On This Day

Events in Music in 1958

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 2 Dmitri Shostakovich' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY

  • Jan 7 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 10 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jan 23 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 4 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • Feb 21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Feb 22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 12 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum
  • Mar 15 "Body Beautiful" musical closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances

USAElvis Presley in the Army

Mar 24 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)

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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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  • Apr 3 "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances
  • Apr 23 Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik", with libretto written by Abe Meeropol, premieres at the New York City Opera
  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • May 19 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

  • May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • Jun 9 "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1
  • Jun 16 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 24 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Jun 30 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 2 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Writer Harold Robbins
Writer
Harold Robbins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • Jul 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater NYC after 693 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 17 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer
  • Jul 19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • Aug 23 Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

  • Sep 29 "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8
  • Oct 2 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • Oct 11 "Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres

  • Nov 5 "Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Nov 8 "Maria Golovin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Nov 11 "La Plume de Ma Tante" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 performances
  • Dec 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater NYC for 602 performances
  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 23 Musical Revue "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1