Events in Music in 1959

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Jan 5 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Jan 17 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances

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Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 24 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 30 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres
  • Feb 2 Buddy Holly's last performance
  • Feb 3 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
  • Feb 5 "Redhead" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • Feb 7 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Feb 9 Coasters's "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2

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Feb 20 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle. He is fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Feb 28 "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Mar 7 "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • Mar 9 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 11 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes

  • Mar 15 Richard Rogers' "No Strings" opens on Broadway
  • Mar 19 "1st Impressions" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Mar 21 "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Apr 11 "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • Apr 16 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • Apr 23 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • Apr 24 Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 4 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • May 11 "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4
  • May 11 Rodgers & Barer's musical "Once upon a mattress" premieres in NYC

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May 12 "Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller
  • May 18 "Castin' My Spell" by Johnny Otis Show hits #52
  • May 18 "Judy" by David Seville hits #86
  • May 18 "Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91
  • May 21 "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
  • May 23 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • May 28 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters" premieres in London
  • May 30 "First Impressions" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • May 30 "Nervous Set" closes at Henry Miller's Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Jun 22 "Along Came Jones" by Coasters peaks at #9
  • Jun 22 "Class" by Chubby Checker peaks at #38
  • Jun 27 "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances

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Jul 31 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)

  • Aug 4 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Sep 11 "Duke" Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements
  • Oct 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 7 "Happy Town" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 5 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 7 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Oct 8 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 10 "Happy Town" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 17 "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Oct 22 Bob Merrill's musical "Take Me Along" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances
  • Oct 24 US premier of D Sjostakovitch's 1st Cello concert
  • Nov 2 "Girls against the Boys" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 14 "Girls against the Boys" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 16 "Sound of Music" musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II first opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, for 1443 performances

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Nov 21 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Nov 23 "Fiorello!" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • Nov 25 "Once Upon a Mattress" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Nov 29 2nd Grammy Awards: Mack The Knife, Bobby Darin wins
  • Dec 7 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances