Events in Music in 1958

  • Jan 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY
  • Jan 6 Gibson patents 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 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
  • Apr 3 "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances
  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • 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"

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
  • Jul 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater NYC after 693 performances
  • Jul 19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances
  • 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
  • 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 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 23 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • Dec 25 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1