1960 in music

Events

*January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army
*February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. Belvin was the co-author of "Earth Angel," the Penguins' classic from 1954
*February 17 - The Everly Brothers sign a 10-year, $1 million contract with Warner Bros. Records.
*March - UK music trade publication "Record Retailer" launches its own singles, albums and EP charts.
*First performance of Lionel Bart's "Oliver!"
*March 5 - Elvis Presley returns home from serving in the US Army.
*March 15 - Jussi Björling suffers a heart attack before a performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He goes on to perform, but dies six months later in Sweden.
*Spring - "Skokiaan" by Bill Haley & His Comets becomes the band's final single to make it onto the American sales charts (with the exception of a 1974 reissue of "Rock Around the Clock").
*April 1 - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Mitch Miller film "Sinatra's Timex Special" for ABC at Miami, Florida's Fountainbleu Hotel
*April 2 - The National Association of Record Merchants presents its first annual awards in Las Vegas, Nevada
*April 4 - RCA Victor Records announces that it will release all pop singles in mono and stereo simultaneously, the first record company to do so. Elvis Presley's single, "Stuck on You," is RCA's first mono/stereo release.
*April 17 - Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Cochran's girlfriend Sharon Sheeley are injured in a car accident near Chippenham, Wiltshire. Cochran dies in a hospital in Bath, England, from severe brain injuries.
*April 20 - Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood, California for the first time since coming home from Germany to film "G.I. Blues"
*May 2 - The Drifters' Ben E. King leaves the group and signs a solo record contract with ATCO Records.
*August 1 - The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, Germany. The band at the time included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums.
*August 27 - The Louisiana Hayride put on its final radio show.
*November 5 - Country singer Johnny Horton dies in an automobile accident in Milano, Texas.
* November 13 - Sammy Davis, Jr. and May Britt wed.
*Ian Lake launches the "Music of our Time Festival" for unknown composers.
*Dalida receives the Radio Monte Carlo Oscar and the Grand Prix for best Italian song.
*The Beatles' musical career begins.
*Patti LaBelle's musical career begins
*Carla Thomas' musical career begins
*Hank Williams Jr.'s musical career begins
*Van Morrison's musical career begins
*The Supremes' musical career begins
*Renato Carosone announces his retirement

Albums released

*"Alone With Dion" - Dion DiMucci
*" At Newport" - Muddy Waters
*"Around Midnight" - Julie London
*"Bill Haley & The Comets" - Bill Haley & His Comets
*"Bill Haley's Jukebox" - Bill Haley & His Comets
*"Bo Diddley In the Spotlight" - Bo Diddley
*"Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger" - Bo Diddley
*"Boss Tenor" - Gene Ammons
*"Broadway Playbill" - The Hi-Lo's
*"" - Ella Fitzgerald
*"Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from Let No Man Write My Epitaph" - Ella Fitzgerald
*"Elvis Is Back!" - Elvis Presley
*"Everything Goes!!!" - The Four Lads
*"For the Young at Heart" - Perry Como
*"The Genius Hits the Road" - Ray Charles
*"G.I. Blues" (OST) - Elvis Presley
*"Giant Steps" - John Coltrane
*"Have Guitar Will Travel" - Bo Diddley
*"Hello, Love" - Ella Fitzgerald
*"His Hand in Mine" - Elvis Presley
*"It's Everly Time" - Everly Brothers
*"Jo + Jazz" - Jo Stafford
*"Joan Baez" - Joan Baez
*"Julie...At Home" - Julie London
*"Les enfants du Pirée" - Dalida
*"Me and My Shadows" - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
*"More Songs by Ricky" - Ricky Nelson
*"Nice 'n' Easy" - Frank Sinatra
*"No Cover, No Minimum" - Billy Eckstine
*"Now, There Was a Song!" - Johnny Cash
*"Once More with Feeling - Billy Eckstine
*"Ride This Train - Johnny Cash
*"Show Time - Doris Day
*"Sketches of Spain" - Miles Davis
*"Sings Hank Williams" - Johnny Cash
*"String Along" - The Kingston Trio
*"Swingin' On the Moon" - Mel Tormé
*"This Is Brenda" - Brenda Lee
*"What Every Girl Should Know - Doris Day
*"Where The Boys Are" - Connie Francis
*"Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas" - Ella Fitzgerald
*"Wish Upon A Star With Dion & The Belmonts" - Dion DiMucci & The Belmonts

Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest [http://tsort.info/music/yr1960.htm chart positions] in 1960.

Top hits on record

*"Alley Oop" - Hollywood Argyles
*"Apache" - The Shadows
*"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" - Elvis Presley
*"As Long As He Needs Me" - Shirley Bassey
*"Beyond the Sea" - Bobby Darin
*"Burning Bridges" - Jack Scott
*"But Not For Me" - Ella Fitzgerald
*"Calcutta" - Lawrence Welk
*"Cathy's Clown" - The Everly Brothers
*"Chain Gang" - joel erwin
*"Corinna, Corinna" - Ray Peterson
*"Dance With Me" - The Drifters
*"Dreamin' " - Johnny Burnette
*"El Paso" - Marty Robbins
*"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" - Connie Francis
*"Exodus" - Ferrante & Teicher
*"Georgia On My Mind" - Ray Charles
*"Good Timin'" - Jimmy Jones
*"Greenfields" - Brothers Four
*"I'll Stay Single" - Jerry Lordan
*"I'm Sorry" - Brenda Lee
*"Itsi Bitsi Petit Bikini" - Dalida
*"It's Now Or Never" - Elvis Presley
*"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" - Brian Hyland
*"I Want To Be Wanted" - Brenda Lee
*"L'Arlequin de Tolède" - Dalida
*"Les Enfants du Pirée" - Dalida
*"Mission Bell" - Donnie Brooks
*"Mule Skinner Blues" - The Fendermen
*"North To Alaska" - Johnny Horton
*"Only The Lonely" - Roy Orbison
*"Ooh Poo Pah Doo" - Jessie Hill
*"'O Sole Mio" - Dalida
*"Over You" - Aaron Neville
*"Paper Roses" - Anita Bryant
*"Please, Mr. Custer" - Larry Verne
*"Romantica" - Dalida
*"Rubber Ball" - Bobby Vee
*"Running Bear" - Johnny Preston
*"Save the Last Dance for Me" - The Drifters
*"She's My Baby" - Johnny O'Keefe
*"Shop Around" - The Miracles
*"Sink the Bismarck" - Johnny Horton
*"Sixteen Reasons" - Connie Stevens
*"Starry Eyed" - Michael Holliday
*"Stay" - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
*"T'Aimer Follement" - Dalida
*"Tall Oak Tree" - Dorsey Burnette
*"Teen Angel" - Mark Dinning
*"Tell Laura I Love Her" - Ray Peterson
*"A Thousand Stars" - Kathy Young with The Innocents
*"Today's Teardrops" - Roy Orbison, written by Gene Pitney
*"True Love Ways" - Buddy Holly
*"The Twist" - Chubby Checker
*"Walk, Don't Run" - The Ventures
*"Walking to New Orleans" - Fats Domino
*"Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" - Freddy Cannon
*"What In the World's Come Over You" - Jack Scott
*"Where or When" - Dion and the Belmonts
*"Why" - Frankie Avalon
*"Wild Cat" - Gene Vincent
*"Wild One" - Bobby Rydell
*"You're Sixteen" - Johnny Burnette
*"You Talk Too Much" - Joe Jones

See also: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1960 (USA)

Published popular music

*"Ain't That A Kick In The Head?" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jimmy Van Heusen
* "Alley-Oop" w.m. Dallas Frazier
* "Apache" m. Jerry Lordan
* "Artificial Flowers" w. Sheldon Harnick m. Jerry Bock from the musical "Tenderloin"
* "Because They're Young" w. Aaron Schroeder & Wally Gold m. Don Costa
* "Bellyup To The Bar, Boys" w.m. Meredith Willson
* "Bonanza!" w.m. Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
* "Calcutta" w. Lee Pockriss & Paul Vance m. Heino Gaze
* "Calendar Girl" w. Howard Greenfield m. Neil Sedaka
* "Camelot" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe
* "Cathy's Clown" w.m. Don Everly & Phil Everly
* "Chain Gang" w.m. Sam Cooke
* "Corinna, Corinna" adapt with new w. Mitchell Parish
* " 'D' In Love" Sid Tepper, Joeseph C. Bennett
* "Dis-Donc, Dis-Donc" w. (Eng) Julian Moore, David Heneker & Monty Norman (Fr) Alexandre Breffort m. Marguerite Monnot
* "Do You Mind" w.m. Lionel Bart
* "Dolce Far Niente" w.m. Meredith Willson
* "Eee-o-Eleven" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jimmy Van Heusen
* "Emotions" w.m. Mel Tillis & Ramsey Kearney
* "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" w. Howard Greenfield m. Jack Keller
* "Exodus" w. Charles E. (Pat) Boone m. Ernest Gold
* "Faraway Boy" w.m. Frank Loesser
* "Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be" w.m. Lionel Bart
* "Follow Me" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe
* "Footsteps" w.m. Barry Mann & Hank Hunter
* "Give A Little Whistle" w. Carolyn Leigh m. Cy Coleman
* "Good Timin' " w.m. Fred Tobias & Clint Ballard, Jr.
* "Goodness Gracious Me" D. Lee, H. Kretzmer
* "The Green Leaves Of Summer" w. Paul Francis Webster m. Dimitri Tiomkin
* "Happy-Go-Lucky Me" w.m. Paul Evans
* "He Will Break Your Heart" w.m. Jerry Butler, Calvin Carter & Curtis Mayfield
* "Hennesey" m. Sonny Burke. Theme music to the television series "Hennesey" starring Jackie Cooper.
* "Hey, Look Me Over!" w. Carolyn Leigh m. Cy Coleman
* "Hey You with the Crazy Eyes" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jimmy Van Heusen. Introduced by Frankie Vaughan in the film "Let's Make Love"
* "How To Handle A Woman" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe. Introduced by Richard Burton in the musical "Camelot"
* "I Ain't Down Yet" w.m. Meredith Willson. Introduced by Tammy Grimes and Harve Presnell in the musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". Performed in the 1964 film version by Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell.
* "I Can See It" w.Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "I Gotta Know" w.m. Paul Evans & Matt Williams
* "I Loved You Once In Silence" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe
* "I Want To Be Wanted" w. (Eng) Kim Gannon (Ital) A. Testa m. Pino Spotti
* "I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe
* "I'd Do Anything" w.m. Lionel Bart
* "If Ever I Would Leave You" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe
* "I'll Be There" w.m. Bobby Darin
* "I'm Sorry" w.m. Ronnie Self & Dub Allbritten
* "Irma La Douce" w. (Eng) Julian More, David Heneker & Monty Norman (Fr) Alexandre Breffort m. Marguerite Monnot
* "It Depends On What You Pay" w.Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "It's Now Or Never" w.m. adapt. Aaron Schroeder & Wally Gold
* "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" w. Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss m. Brian Hyland
* "Jump Over" w.m. Frank C. Slay Jr & Bob Crewe
* "Just Come Home" w. (Eng) Carl Sigman (Fr) Édith Piaf m. Marguerite Monnot
* "Kids" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse
* "Last Date" m. Floyd Cramer
* "Let's Think About Living" w.m. Boudleaux Bryant
* "Little Boy Lost" w.m. Johnny Ashcroft & Tony Withers
* "A Lot Of Livin' To Do" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse
* "The Lusty Month Of May" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe
* "The Magnificent Seven" m. Elmer Bernstein
* "Make Someone Happy" w. Betty Comden & Adolph Green m. Jule Styne
* "A Million To One" w.m. Phil Medley
* "Mission Bell" w.m. William Michael
* "Mister Custer" w.m. Fred Darian, Al De Lory & Joseph Van Winkle
* "Money (That's What I Want)" w.m. Janie Bradford & Berry Gordy, Jr.
* "Mountain Of Love" w.m. Harold Dorman
* "Mr Lucky" m. Henry Mancini
* "Much More" w. Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own" w. Howard Greenfield m. Jack Keller
* "My Home Town" w.m. Paul Anka
* "My Old Man's A Dustman" Lonnie Donegan, P. Buchanan, B. Thorn, R. Beaumont
* "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" L. Ross, Bob Wills
* "Never On Sunday" w. (Eng) Billy Towne (Greek) Manos Hadjidakis m. Manos Hadjidakis
* "Nice 'N' Easy" w. Marilyn Keith & Alan Bergman m. Lew Spence
* "North To Alaska" w.m. Mike Phillips
* "O Dio Mio" w.m. Al Hoffman & Dick Manning
* "One Boy" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse
* "One Last Kiss" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse
* "One Of Us (Will Weep Tonight)" w.m. Clint Ballard Jr & Fred Tobias
* "Only The Lonely" w.m. Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
* "La Pachanga" w. (Eng) Jeanne Pollack (Sp) Eduardo Davidson m. Eduardo Davidson
* "Pepe" H. Wittstatt, D. Langdon
* "Plant A Radish" w. Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "Please Don't Tease" B. Welch, P. Chester
* "Please Help Me I'm Falling" w.m. Don Robertson & Hal Blair
* "Poetry In Motion" w.m. Paul Kauffman & Mike Anthony
* "Portrait Of My Love" w. David West m. Cyril Ornadel
* "Puppy Love" w.m. Paul Anka
* "Put On A Happy Face" w. Lee Adams m. Charles Strouse
* "Round And Round" w.Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "Rubber Ball" w.m. Anne Orlowski & Aaron Schroeder
* "Run Samson Run" w. Howard Greenfield m. Neil Sedaka
* "Sailor" w. (Eng) Alan Holt (Ger) Fini Busch m. Werner Scharfenberger
* "Save The Last Dance For Me" w.m. Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
* "The Second Time Around" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jimmy Van Heusen. Introduced by Bing Crosby in the film "High Time".
* "Shazam!" w.m. Duane Eddy & Lee Hazlewood
* "She Wears My Ring" w.m. Felice & Boudleaux Bryant
* "She's My Baby" Turnbull, Moffat, Finch
* "Sink The Bismarck" w.m. Tillman Franks & Johnny Horton
* "Sixteen Reasons" w.m. Bill Post & Doree Post
* "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" w.m. Don Everly
* "Soon It's Gonna Rain" w. Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "Spanish Harlem" Jerry Leiber, Phil Spector
* "Stairway To Heaven" w. Howard Greenfield m. Neil Sedaka
* "Starbright" w.m. Lee Pockriss & Paul Vance
* "Stay" w.m. Maurice Williams
* "Stuck On You" w.m. Aaron Schroeder & J. Leslie McFarland
* "Swingin' School" w. Kal Mann m. Bernie Lowe & Dave Appell
* "T.L.C. Tender Love And Care" Lehman, Lebowsky, Clarke
* "A Taste Of Honey" w. Ric Marlow m. Bobby Scott
* "Tell Laura I Love Her" w.m. Jeff Barry & Ben Raleigh
* "Theme from "A Summer Place"" m. Max Steiner
* "Theme from "The Apartment"" m. Charles Williams
* "Theme from "The Unforgiven"" w. Ned Washington m. Dimitri Tiomkin
* "They Were You' w.Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" w.m. Rolf Harris
* "Togetherness" w.m. Russell Faith
* "Try To Remember" w. Tom Jones m. Harvey Schmidt
* "The Twist" w.m. Hank Ballard
* "Twistin' USA" w.m. Kal Mann
* "Two Of A Kind" w.m. Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer
* "The Village Of St. Bernadette" w.m. Eula Parker
* "Wake Me When It's Over" w. Sammy Cahn m. Jimmy Van Heusen
* "Walk, Don't Run" w.m. Johnny Smith
* "Walking Away Whistling" w.m. Frank Loesser
* "Walking To New Orleans" w.m. Antoine "Fats" Domino
* "What Do The Simple Folk Do?" w. Alan Jay Lerner m. Frederick Loewe
* "What Takes My Fancy" w. Carolyn Leigh m. Cy Coleman
* "When Will I Be Loved?" w.m. Phil Everly
* "Who Will Buy?" w.m. Lionel Bart
* "Wild One" w.m. Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann & Dave Appell
* "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" Carole King, Gerry Goffin
* "Wings Of A Dove" Robert B. "Bob" Ferguson, Sr.
* "Wonderful World" w.m. B. Campbell
* "Wooden Heart" w.m. adapt. Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey & Bert Kaempfert
* "(In The Summertime) You Don't Want My Love" w.m. Roger Miller
* "You Talk Too Much" w.m. Joe Jones & Reginald Hall
* "Young Emotions" w. Mack David m. Jerry Livingston
* "You're Sixteen" w.m. Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

Classical music

*William Alwyn - Piano Concerto No. 2
*Malcolm Arnold - Symphony No. 4
*Mario Davidovsky - "Contrastes No. 1" for string orchestra and electronic sounds
*Jakov Gotovac - "Plesovi od Bunjevaca"
*Krzysztof Penderecki - "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima"
*Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No.7 in E flat major, Op.108
*Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op.110
*William Walton - Symphony No. 2
*Mieczyslaw Weinberg - Sinfonietta No. 2

Opera

*Du Mingxin - "Women Generals of the Yangs"
*Lukas Foss - "Introductions and Goodbyes" (a nine minute opera, libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, premiered on May 5, 1960)

Musical theater

* "Bye Bye Birdie" (Lee Adams and Charles Strouse) - Broadway production opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on April 14 and ran for 607 performances
* "Camelot" (Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe) - Broadway production opened at the Majestic Theatre on December 3 and ran for 873 performances
* "Do-Re-Mi" Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre on December 26 and ran for 400 performances
* "The Fantasticks" off-Broadway production opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3 and ran for 17,162 performances
* "Flower Drum Song" (Rodgers & Hammerstein) - London production opened at the Palace Theatre on March 24 and ran for 464 performances
* "From A to Z" Broadway revue opened at the Plymouth Theatre on April 20 and ran for 21 performances
* "Greenwillow" Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on March 8 and ran for 97 performances
* "Irma La Douce" Broadway production opened at the Plymouth Theatre on September 29 and ran for 524 performances
* "Oh, Kay!" Off Broadway revival opened at the East 74th Street Theatre on April 16 and ran for 119 performances.
* "Oliver!" (Lionel Bart) - London production opened at the New Theatre on June 30 and ran for 2618 performances
* "Parade" Broadway revue opened at the Players Theatre on January 20 and ran for 95 performances
* "Tenderloin" Broadway production opened at the 46th Street Theatre on October 17 and ran for 216 performances.
* "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (Meredith Willson) - Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 3 and ran for 532 performances
* "Valmouth" Off-Broadway production opened at the York Playhouse on October 6 and ran for 14 performances

Musical films

*"Bells Are Ringing" starringJudy Holliday, Dean Martin and Eddie Foy Jr.
*"Can-Can" starring Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan and Juliet Prowse
* "Cinderfella" starring Jerry Lewis
* "G.I. Blues" starring Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse
* "High Time" released September 16, starring Bing Crosby, Fabian, Tuesday Weld and Yvonne Craig.
* "Let's Make Love" starring Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand and Frankie Vaughan
*"Ocean's Eleven"

Births

*January 4 - Michael Stipe, lead singer for the rock band R.E.M.
*January 8 - Dave Weckl
*January 12 - Charlie Gillingham, Counting Crows
*January 20 - Scott Thunes, Frank Zappa
*January 22 - Michael Hutchence, vocalist for INXS (d. 1997)
*January 31 - George Benjamin, composer
*February 3 - Tim Chandler, Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies, others
*February 19 - William Holly Johnson, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
*February 20 - Kee Marcello, former guitarist Europe
*February 27 - Paul Humphries, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
*March 13 - Adam Clayton, bassist for rock band U2
*April 4 - Jane Eaglen, Wagnerian soprano
*April 23 - Steve Clark, Def Leppard
*May 6 - John Flansburgh, They Might Be Giants
*May 10 - Bono, lead singer for rock band U2
*June 1 - Simon Gallup, bassist for The Cure
*June 2 - Tony Hadley, vocalist for Spandau Ballet
*June 6 - Steve Vai, American guitarist
*June 8 - Mick Hucknall, vocalist for Simply Red
*June 10 - Mark-Anthony Turnage, composer
*June 14 - Gary Husband, drummer for Level 42
*June 20 - John Taylor, bassist for Duran Duran
*July 28 - Chris Reece, drummer of The Lewd and Social Distortion (1985-1995)
*August 1 - Chuck D, Public Enemy
*August 7 - Jacqui O'Sullivan, Bananarama
*August 26 - Branford Marsalis, jazz musician
*August 31 - Chris Whitley, singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
*September 4 - Kim Thayil, Soundgarden
*September 8 - David Steele, Fine Young Cannibals
*September 22 - Joan Jett, The Runaways
*October 7 - Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer (Boøwy)
*October 19 - Daniel Woodgate, Madness
*October 22 - Cris Kirkwood, Meat Puppets
*October 30 - Joey Belladonna, Anthrax
*October 30 - Alfred Hill, composer
*November 19 - Matt Sorum, The Cult
*November 25 - Amy Grant
*December 2 - Rick Savage, Def Leppard
*Greg Flesch - Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies

Deaths

*January 18 - Gladys Bentley, blues singer
*January 24 - Edwin Fischer, pianist and conductor
*January 25 - Rutland Boughton, composer
*February 2 - Jenő Huszka, composer of operettas
*February 3
**Ace Brigode, bandleader
**Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer, musician and songwriter
*February 6 - Jesse Belvin, car accident
*February 9 - Ernő Dohnányi, pianist, conductor and composer
*February 12 - Bobby Clark, US comedian and singer
*March 4 - Leonard Warren, baritone
*March 16 - Billy Garland, blues guitarist, singer and songwriter
*March 30 - Fabian Andre, composer
*April 10 - Arthur Benjamin, composer
*April 17 - Eddie Cochran, car accident
*April 24 - Carl Braun, operatic bass
*May 8 - Hugo Alfvén, violinist, conductor and composer
*May 12 - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, composer
*May 14 - Lucrezia Bori, operatic soprano
*July 24 - Hans Albers, actor and singer
*August 23 - Oscar Hammerstein II, librettist and director of many musicals
*September 3 - Joseph Lamb, ragtime composer
*September 8 - Oscar Pettiford, jazz musician and composer
*September 9 - Jussi Björling - Swedish tenor
*September 13 - Leo Weiner, music teacher
*September 24 - Mátyás Seiber, composer
*October 20 - Denise Orme, music hall performer
*October 30 - Alfred Hill, composer and conductor
*November 2 - Dimitris Mitropoulos, pianist, conductor and composer
*November 5 - Johnny Horton, American country singer, car accident
*December 7 - Clara Haskil, pianist
*December 10 - Mado Robin, singer
*"date unknown"
**Lawrence Duhé, jazz musician
**Louis Cahuzac, clarinettist and composer
**Oliphant Chuckerbutty, organist and composer
**Walter Goehr, composer
**Lorenzo Herrera, singer and composer
**Leila Megane, mezzo-soprano
**Günter Raphael, composer
**Gid Tanner, country music star
**Jakob van Domselaer, composer

Awards

Grammy Awards

*Record of the Year: "Theme From A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
*Album of the Year: "Button Down Mind" - Bob Newhart
*Song of the Year: - "Theme From Exodus" - Ernest Gold, songwriter

Eurovision Song Contest

*Eurovision Song Contest 1960


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