On This Day

Events in Music in January 1959

Plane Crash

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

Music History

Jan 12 American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records

  • Jan 17 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances

Music History

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

Music Premiere

Jan 30 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres