Events in Music in 1960

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jan 2 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres
  • Feb 4 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
  • Feb 10 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances
  • Feb 13 "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 13 "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Feb 25 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" premieres

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Mar 5 Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 8 "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • Mar 18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • Mar 19 "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances
  • Mar 29 Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres
  • Apr 3 Elvis Presley records ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Apr 14 "Bye Bye Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances
  • Apr 20 "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances

  • Apr 28 "Christine" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 3 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
  • May 7 "Christine" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • May 7 "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 performances
  • May 7 "From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • May 12 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
  • May 14 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances

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May 15 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • May 23 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 23 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24
  • May 28 "Greenwillow" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • May 29 Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" hits #1
  • Jun 1 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances

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Jun 6 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 13 "Alley-Oop" by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59
  • Jun 18 "Destry Rides Again" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 472 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 19 Loretta Lynn records "Honky Tonk Girl"

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Jul 2 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

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Aug 1 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Aug 8 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
  • Aug 18 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
  • Sep 2 William Walton's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • Sep 12 "Vintage '60" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Sep 17 "Vintage '60" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Sep 19 Chubby Checker's "Twist" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Sep 28 "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" by Connie Francis hits #1
  • Sep 29 "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valance peaks at #1 in UK
  • Sep 29 "lrma La Douce" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 527 performances
  • Oct 10 "Laughs & Other Events" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 15 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 17 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 27 Singer Ben E. King records "Spanish Harlem" & "Stand By Me"
  • Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • Nov 3 Tammy Grimes' "Unsinkable Molly Brown" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 532 performances

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Nov 14 Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

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Dec 1 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 3 "Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 11 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • Dec 16 "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 172 performances
  • Dec 17 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 performances
  • Dec 17 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 26 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC