1960 in music

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List of years in music (table)

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1960.

Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1960.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never 1960 United States UK 1 – Feb 2005, US BB 1 – Jul 1960, Canada 1 – Jul 1960, Norway 1 – Sep 1960, Australia 1 of 1960, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Feb 1960, South Africa 1 of 1960, US CashBox 2 of 1960, Germany 2 – Jan 1961, RYM 2 of 1960, US BB 9 of 1960, POP 9 of 1960, Italy 17 of 1960, DDD 19 of 1960, Germany 35 of the 1960s
2 Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1960 United States UK 1 – Jan 1961, US BB 1 – Nov 1960, Canada 1 – Nov 1960, Australia 1 for 8 weeks May 1960, US BB 3 of 1960, Sweden (alt) 3 – Nov 1980, Norway 3 – Jan 1961, POP 3 of 1960, Germany 4 – Feb 1961, RYM 4 of 1960, US CashBox 6 of 1961, Australia 9 of 1960, South Africa 12 of 1960, Netherlands 15 – Jan 1981, Italy 28 of 1961, DDD 29 of 1960, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1960, Scrobulate 79 of rock & roll, Germany 215 of the 1960s
3 Chubby Checker The Twist 1960 United States US BB 1 – Aug 1960, US BB 1 of 1960, US CashBox 1 of 1962, Canada 1 – Aug 1960, POP 1 of 1960, UK 5 – Nov 1975, South Africa 7 of 1961, DDD 9 of 1960, RYM 12 of 1960, RIAA 32, Italy 38 of 1962, Party 46 of 2007, Acclaimed 140, Germany 396 of the 1960s, Rolling Stone 451
4 The Drifters Save the Last Dance For Me 1960 United States US BB 1 – Sep 1960, Canada 1 – Sep 1960, Australia 1 for 3 weeks Apr 1960, UK 2 – Nov 1960, US CashBox 3 of 1960, Norway 3 – Dec 1960, South Africa 9 of 1960, RYM 9 of 1960, DDD 12 of 1960, Australia 13 of 1960, US BB 20 of 1960, POP 20 of 1960, Germany 46 of the 1960s, Rolling Stone 182, Acclaimed 512
5 Johnny Preston Running Bear 1960 United States UK 1 – Feb 1960, US BB 1 – Dec 1959, Canada 1 – Dec 1959, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Jul 1959, Norway 2 – Mar 1960, South Africa 3 of 1960, US CashBox 10 of 1960, Australia 16 of 1960, US BB 39 of 1960, POP 39 of 1960, DDD 54 of 1959, RYM 73 of 1959

Top hits on record[edit]

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

Published popular music[edit]

Other notable songs[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Arnold, Malcolm Symphony No. 4 1960-11-02 United Kingdom London BBC Symphony – Arnold [9]
Berio, Luciano Circles 1960-08-01 United States Lenox, MA (Berkshire Festival) Berberian / members of the Boston Symphony [10]
Berio, Luciano Momenti 1960-12-01 West Germany Hamburg (electronic sounds on tape) [11]
Carter, Elliott String Quartet No. 2 1960-03-25 United States New York City Juilliard Quartet [12]
Cowell, Henry Symphony No. 12 1960-03-28 United States Houston Houston SymphonyStokowski[13]
Farquhar, David Symphony No. 1 1960-08-13 New Zealand Wellington NZBC SymphonyJohn Hopkins [14]
Foss, Lukas Concerto for Improvising Solo Instruments and Orchestra 1960-07-10 United States Philadelphia Lukas Foss Ensemble / Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy [15]
Foss, Lukas Time Cycle 1960-10-20 United States New York City Addison, Lukas Foss Ensemble / New York PhilharmonicBernstein [16]
Ligeti, György Apparitions 1960-06-19 West Germany Cologne (ISCM Festival) NDR SymphonyBour [17] [18]
Messiaen, Olivier Chronochromie 1960-10-16 West Germany Donaueschingen (Musiktage) SWF SymphonyRosbaud [19]
Penderecki, Krzysztof Anaklasis 1960-10-16 West Germany Donaueschingen (Musiktage) SWF SymphonyRosbaud [20]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 7 1960-05-15 Soviet Union Leningrad Beethoven Quartet [21]
Shostakovich, Dmitri String Quartet No. 8 1960-10-02 Soviet Union Leningrad Beethoven Quartet [22]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Carré for four orchestras and four choirs 1960-10-28 West Germany Hamburg (Planten un Blomen) NDR Symphony Orchestra and ChoirGielen, Kagel, Markowski, Stockhausen.[23]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Kontakte for piano, percussion, and electronic sounds 1960-06-11 West Germany Cologne (ISCM Festival) Tudor, Christoph Caskel (de), four-channel electronic music.[24]
Stravinsky, Igor Movements for Piano and Orchestra 1960-01-10 United States New York City Weber / (unknown orchestra) – Stravinsky [25]
Walton, William Symphony No.2 1960-11-19 United Kingdom Edinburgh (Festival) Royal Liverpool PhilharmonicPritchard [26]
Weinberg, Mieczyslaw Sinfonietta No. 2 1960-11-19 Soviet Union Moscow Moscow Chamber OrchestraBarshai [27]

Compositions[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Pulitzer Prize for Music[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1960 - Elvis Presley stops off at Prestwick". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Tours & Performances". The Official Johnny Gentle Website. 2003. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  3. ^ McKay, George (2005). "New Orleans jazz, protest (Aldermaston) and carnival (Beaulieu)". Circular Breathing: the Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-3560-3. 
  4. ^ "The day when traditional jazz caused a riot". The Observer (London). 29 July 2012. p. 6 (The New Review). 
  5. ^ Hill, Tim (2007). Then There Was Music: The Beatles. London: Daily Mail. p. 13. ISBN 0-9545267-7-5. 
  6. ^ Paxman, Jon (2014). Classical Music 1600–2000: A Chronology. London: Omnibus. ISBN 978-1-84449-773-7. 
  7. ^ White, John (2004-09-07). "Ian Lake: Pianist and champion of modern composers". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  8. ^ "A dream fulfilled". Indian Express. 2000-04-30. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  9. ^ Malcolm Arnold: A Bio-Bibliography
  10. ^ Centro Studi Luciano Berio
  11. ^ Centro Studi Luciano Berio
  12. ^ Elliott Carter: A Guide to Research
  13. ^ Henry Cowell official website
  14. ^ Disgogs
  15. ^ New Music Box
  16. ^ New York Philharmonic Archives
  17. ^ Universal Edition
  18. ^ Ligeti's Stylistic Crisis: Transformation in His Musical Style, 1974-1985
  19. ^ IRCAM
  20. ^ IRCAM
  21. ^ Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts
  22. ^ Boosey & Hawkes
  23. ^ Michael Kurtz, Stockhausen: A Biography, translated by Richard Toop (London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992): 251. ISBN 0-571-14323-7 (cloth); ISBN 978-0-571-17146-0 (pbk).
  24. ^ Michael Kurtz, Stockhausen: A Biography, translated by Richard Toop (London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992): 103. ISBN 0-571-14323-7 (cloth); ISBN 978-0-571-17146-0 (pbk).
  25. ^ Stravinsky, the Composer and His Works
  26. ^ Hyperion Records
  27. ^ Melodiya