1959 in British music
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This is a summary of 1959 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.
- 21 April - Ballerina Margot Fonteyn is jailed for 24 hours in Panama on suspicion of planning a coup against the government of president Ernesto de la Guardia.
- 1 June - The first edition of Juke Box Jury, presented by David Jacobs, is broadcast on BBC television. The first panel consists of Pete Murray, Alma Cogan, Gary Miller and Susan Stranks.
- 10 June - On the opening day of a 'Pageant of Magna Carta', Benjamin Britten's Fanfare for St Edmundsbury is given its first performance in the precincts of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
- 30 October – Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club opens in the Soho district of London.
The Official UK Singles Chart
Classical music: new works
- Benjamin Britten - Missa Brevis in D
- Francis Jackson - Diversion for Mixtures
- Grace Williams - All Seasons shall be Sweet
Film and Incidental music
- Richard Rodney Bennett - The Man Who Could Cheat Death directed by Terence Fisher, starring Anton Diffring.
- James Bernard - The Hound of the Baskervilles directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing.
- Expresso Bongo, starring Laurence Harvey and Cliff Richard
- Follow a Star, starring Norman Wisdom and June Laverick
- The Lady Is a Square, starring Anna Neagle and Frankie Vaughan
- Tommy the Toreador, starring Tommy Steele
- 14 January - Chas Smash (Madness)
- 28 January - Dave Sharp (The Alarm)
- 25 February - Mike Peters, singer/songwriter (The Alarm)
- 17 March - Mike Lindup, singer/keyboard player (Level 42)
- 10 April - Brian Setzer, singer/guitarist (The Stray Cats)
- 21 April - Robert Smith, singer (The Cure)
- 27 April - Sheena Easton, singer
- 22 May - Morrissey, singer (The Smiths, solo)
- 28 May - Steve Strange, singer
- 24 June - Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
- 9 July - Jim Kerr, singer
- 29 August - Eddi Reader, singer
- 4 October - Chris Lowe, keyboard player (Pet Shop Boys)
- 10 October - Kirsty MacColl, singer/songwriter (d. 2000)
- 7 November - Richard Barrett, composer
- 27 November - Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds)
- 1 December - Billy Childish
- 30 December - Tracey Ullman, actress and singer
- 11 March - Haydn Wood, violinist and composer (born 1882)
- 25 March - Billy Mayerl, pianist and composer (born 1902)
- 9 June - Sonnie Hale, actor and singer (born 1902)
- 6 September - Kay Kendall, musical comedy actress (born 1926) (leukaemia)
- 11 September - Ann Drummond-Grant, operatic contralto (born 1905)
- 21 September - Agnes Nicholls, operatic soprano (born 1877)
- 28 September - Gerard Hoffnung, German-born artist, musician and humorist (born 1925) (cerebral haemorrhage)
- 19 October - Stanley Bate, pianist and composer (born 1911) (suicide)
- 26 November - Albert Ketèlbey, pianist, conductor and composer (born 1875)
- 29 December - Robin Milford, composer (born 1903)
- 30 December - G. W. Briggs, hymn-writer (born 1875)
- ""1959: Dame Margot Fonteyn released from jail", BBC On This Day". BBC News. 1959-04-22. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Reed, Philip; Cooke (eds), Mervyn (2010). Letters From A Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Vol. 5 1958-1965. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-1-84383-591-2., p. 85
- The Guide to Musical Theatre. Accessed 20 June 2014