On This Day

Events in Music in 1958

Music Concert

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

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

#1 in the Charts

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

  • 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; runs 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
  • Apr 3 Abe Burrows, Richard and Marian Bissell's comedy "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs 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

Music History

Jun 13 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California

  • Jun 16 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46

Album Release

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

  • Jun 30 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24

Film Premiere

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

Television Premiere

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

  • Jul 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 693 performances

Music Premiere

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

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

#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

  • Aug 23 "Musical Marie" Ashton completes playing piano at the Plaza-Central cinema in England - a female record 133 hours

Music History

Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles

Music 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 in US; #18 in UK
  • Oct 2 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • Oct 11 "Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances

Music History

Oct 16 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres

  • Nov 5 Gian Carlo Menotti's musical drama "Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances
  • Nov 8 Gian Carlo Menotti's musical drama "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; runs 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 Yheater, NYC; runs for 38 performances
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1