- Grandmaster Flash aka Joseph Saddler born (Bridgetown, Barbados) American hip hop DJ.
- John Coltrane rejoins Miles Davis’s group for a series of shows at Birdland, New York after kicking his drug habit
- Danny & the Juniors have the Billboard number one single for the first of seven weeks with At the Hop
- Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Vergilii Aeneis [Virgil’s Aeneid], lib. Malipiero after Virgil, premiered in Venice
- The Gibson Guitar Company patent the Flying V guitar
- Steve Garvey born (Manchester) English rock bass guitarist, record producer. Member of Buzzcocks from 1977 to 1981 and from 1989 to 1992.
- Vicki Peterson born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Bangles. Sister of Debbi Peterson (b.1961).
- Arthur Shepherd (77) dies in Cleveland, OH following surgery
- Pierre Boulez’s Improvisation sur Mallarmé I: Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd’hui [Improvisation on Mallarmé I: The virgin, vivid and beautiful today] for soprano, harpsichord, tubular bells, vibraphone and percussion & Improvisation sur Mallarmé II: Une dentelle s’abolit [Improvisation on Mallarmé II: A lace is abolished] for soprano, cello, harpsichord, piano, tubular bells, vibraphone and percussion premiered in Hamburg
- Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa premiered in New York, lib. G.C. Menotti
- The Ahmad Jamal Trio play the Pershing Hotel in Chicago and record two hit albums – But Not For Me (released April 1958) and Poinciana (released September 1963). Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernel Fournier (d)
- Ataúlfo Argenta (44) dies in Madrid of accidental carbon monoxide inhalation
- Jools Holland born (London) English rock and jazz pianist, television presenter, bandleader. Founder member of Squeeze and the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
- Ernst Krenek’s Kette, Kreis und Spiegel [Chain, circle and mirror] op.160 for orchestra premiered in Basel
- Bohuslav Martinu’s cantata The Epic of Gilgamesh premiered in Basel
- Christophe Coin born (Caen, France) French cellist, viola da gamba player, conductor.
- Ernst Krenek’s Harp Sonata premiered in New York
- William Walton’s Partita for Orchestra premiered in Cleveland
- Mose Allison – Parchman Farm / Don’t Get Around Much Any More (Prestige)
- Johnny Cash – Big River / Ballad of a Teenage Queen (Sun)
- Champs – Tequila / Train To Nowhere (Challenge). Studio musicians from Challenge Records
- Chantels – Maybe / Come My Little Baby (End). Female vocal group formed in New York in 1953 led by Arlene Smith
- Sam Cooke – (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / Desire Me (Keen)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Sitting on Top of the World / Poor Boy (Chess)
- Elmore James – Cry for Me Baby / Take Me Where You Go (Vee Jay)
- Royal Teens – Short Shorts / Planet Rock (ABC-Paramount)
- Ronnie Self – Bop-a-Lena / I Ain’t Going Nowhere (Columbia)
- Silhouettes – Get A Job / I Am Lonely (Ember). Vocal group formed in Philadelphia in 1956 led by Bill Horton
- Muddy Waters – I Live the Life I Love (And I Love the Life I Live) / Evil (Chess)
- Sonny Boy Williamson – Born Blind / Ninety-Nine (Checker)
- Count Basie – Basie aka The Atomic Mr Basie (Roulette)
- Kenny Burrell / Jimmy Raney – Two Guitars (Prestige)
- Sam Cooke (Keen)
- The Everly Brothers (Cadence)
- Lee Konitz – Very Cool (Verve)
- Sonny Rollins – Rollins Plays For Bird (Prestige)
- Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me (Capitol) Orchestra conducted by Billy May
- Sonny Stitt – New York Jazz (Verve)
- Elvis Presley makes his final pre-army recordings for RCA in Hollywood
- Chou Wen-Chung’s The Willows are New for piano premiered in New York
- (& 4 Mar 1958) The Miles Davis Sextet record two sessions for Columbia in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Cannonball Adderley (as) John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d). Tracks cut appear on the album Milestones
- Champion Jack Dupree records the album Blues From The Gutter for Atlantic in New York. Pete Brown (as) Champion Jack Dupree (p, vo) Ennis Lowery (g) Wendell Marshall (b) Willie Jones (d)
- Michael Tippett’s Symphony no.2 premiered in London
- John Coltrane and the Red Garland Trio record a session for Prestige in Hackensack, NJ. John Coltrane (ts) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d). Tracks cut appear on the album Soultrane
- Bill Evans born (Clarendon Hills, IL) American jazz soprano and tenor saxophonist, composer, record producer.
- The first issue of Disc magazine is issued in Britain. It merges with Music Echo in 1966, and ceases publication in 1975 when it is incorporated into Record Mirror
- Ornette Coleman makes his first recordings for Contemporary in Los Angeles, the first of three sessions for the album The Music Of Ornette Coleman – Something Else!!!! (also 22 Feb & 24 Mar 1958). Don Cherry (cor) Ornette Coleman (as) Walter Norris (p) Don Payne (b) Billy Higgins (d)
- Grant McLennan born (Rockhampton, Australia) Australian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Go-Betweens and solo artist. Died 2006
- David Diamond’s symphonic suite The World of Paul Klee premiered in Portland, OR
- Darius Milhaud’s ballet La rose des vents [the compass] premiered in Paris
- (to 16 Feb) Billie Holiday records the album Lady In Satin for Columbia in New York. Mel Davis, Billie Butterfield, Bernie Glow (tp) Urbie Green (tb) Gene Quill (as) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (d) Billie Holiday (vo) plus Ray Ellis Orchestra and Choir
- Frank Sinatra has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Come Fly with Me
- Ice-T aka Tracey Marrow born (Newark, NJ) American rapper, actor, songwriter. Founder member of Body Count and solo artist.
- Francis Poulenc’s Elégie for horn and piano premiered on BBC Radio
- Steve Nieve born (London) English rock keyboard player, songwriter. Worked with Elvis Costello and solo.
- Jaroslav Kvapil (65) dies in Brno, Czech Rep
- Bohuslav Martinu’s Sinfonia Concertante for two orchestras premiered in Basel
- Virgil Thomson’s ballet Filling Station premiered in New York
- Sven-Erik Bäck’s opera Tranfjädrarna [The Crane Feathers], lib. Junji Konoshita, premiered in Stockholm
- Isidor Philipp (94) dies in Paris following a fall on the Métro
- Jake Burns born (Belfast) Irish rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Stiff Little Fingers.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter born (Princeton, NJ) American folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- The Silhouettes have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Get a Job
- David Sylvian aka David Batt born (Beckenham) English rock, pop, electronica and avant-garde singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player. Founder member of Japan, Rain Tree Crow and solo artist. Brother of Steve Jansen (b.1959).
- Joaquin Rodrigo’s Música para un jardín [Music for a garden] for piano and orchestra premiered in Valencia
- Henryk Górecki’s Songs of Joy and Rhythm op.7 for two pianos and chamber orchestra; Concerto for five instruments and string quartet op.11; Toccata op.2 for two pianos; Variations for violin and piano op.4; Sonata for two violins op.10 & Quartettino op.5 for two flutes, oboe and violin premiered in Katowice
- Peter Mennin’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered in Cleveland
- Milton Babbitt’s essay “Who Cares If You Listen” aka “The Composer As Specialist” (his preferred title) published in High Fidelity magazine
- Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen / Reeling And Rocking (Chess)
- Crickets – Maybe Baby / Tell Me How (Brunswick)
- Buddy Holly – I’m Gonna Love You Too / Listen to Me (Coral)
- John Lee Hooker – You Can Lead Me, Baby / Unfriendly Woman (Vee-Jay)
- Jerry Lee Lewis – Breathless / Down the Line (Sun)
- Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly / Hey Hey Hey Hey (Specialty)
- Jimmy McCracklin – The Walk / I’m To Blame (Checker)
- Gene Summers – School of Rock ‘n’ Roll / Straight Skirt (Jan)
- Muddy Waters – I Won’t Go On / She’s Got It (Chess)
- Mose Allison – Local Color (Prestige)
- Chet Baker & Art Pepper – Playboys (World Pacific)
- Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – A Night In Tunisia (Vik)
- Miles Davis – Ascenseur Pour L’échafaud (Fontana France)
- Duke Ellington – Ellington Indigos (Columbia)
- Dizzy Gillespie – Birks’ Works (Verve)
- Buddy Holly (Coral)
- Cliff Jordan – Cliff Craft (Blue Note)
- Lee Konitz Plays with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet (World Pacific)
- Bud Powell Trio – Blues In The Closet (Verve)
- The Art Tatum – Ben Webster Quartet (Verve)
- Alison Statton born (Cardiff) Welsh rock and pop singer, chiropractor. Founder member of Young Marble Giants and Weekend.
- Buddy Holly begins his only UK tour at the Trocadero in London, the first of 52 shows in 25 days
- Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera Assassinio nella cattedrale [the murder in the cathedral], lib. T.S. Eliot, premiered in Milan
- Andy Gibb born (Manchester) English pop singer. Brother of Barry (b.1946), Maurice (1949-2003) and Robin (b.1949) Gibb. Died 1988
- Aaron Copland’s Orchestral Variations premiered in Louisville, KY
- Joaquin Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre [Fantasia for a Gentleman] for guitar and orchestra premiered in San Francisco
- The Everly Brothers record All I Have to Do Is Dream & Claudette for Cadence in Nashville
- Henry Barraud’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Boston
- Kenneth Leighton’s Piano Concerto No.1 premiered in Glasgow
- Gary Numan aka Gary Webb born (London) English rock and pop singer, songwriter, electronic musician. Founder member of Tubeway Army and solo artist.
- Martin Fry born (Manchester) English pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of ABC
- Cannonball Adderley’s Five Stars record a session for Blue Note in Hackensack, NJ. Miles Davis (tp) Cannonball Adderley (as) Hank Jones (p) Sam Jones (b) Art Blakey (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Somethin’ Else
- Ernst Krenek’s Sestina op.161 for soprano and instrumental ensemble premiered in New York
- Frankie Ruiz born (Paterson, NJ) Puerto Rican salsa singer, songwriter. Died 1998
- Billie Holiday is given a year’s probation after being convicted of drug possession in Philadelphia
- John Cage’s Variations I for any number of players and any sound producing means premiered in Greensboro, NC
- The Champs have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with Tequila
- Pierre Boulez’s Doubles for orchestra premiered in Paris
- The Coasters record their first session for Atco in New York with a new line up of Carl Gardner, Cornelius Gunter (tenor) Billy Guy (baritone) Dub Jones (bass). Tracks cut include Yakety Yak
- Joshua Logan’s film South Pacific opens, starring Rossano Brazzi & Mitzi Gaynor. Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
- Douglas Moore’s opera Gallantry, lib. Arnold Sundgaard, premiered in New York
- Dorothy Ashby makes her first recordings as leader with the Frank Wess Quartet for Prestige in Hackensack, NJ. Frank Wess (fl) Dorothy Ashby (harp) Herman Wright (b) Art Taylor (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Hip Harp
- Pete Wylie born (Liverpool) English rock and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Wah! and solo artist.
- Elvis Presley is drafted into the US Army
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen no.6 for three orchestras premiered in Cologne
- Tom Brown (69) dies in New Orleans
- György Ligeti’s Artikulation for four-track tape premiered on Westdeutsche Radio
- Malcolm Arnold’s music for David Lean’s film The Bridge on the River Kwai wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 30th Academy Awards
- Henry Cowell’s Ongaku for Orchestra premiered in Louisville, KY
- Witold Lutoslawski’s Funeral Music for strings premiered in Katowice
- CBS announces the development of an improved form of stereophonic record that is compatible with existing mono players
- W.C. Handy (84) dies in New York of pneumonia
- The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show package tour begins a 61 date sojourn in Brooklyn with Chuck Berry, the Chantels, Danny & the Juniors, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and others
- Paul Ferguson born (England) English rock drummer. Member of Killing Joke from 1979 to 1987 and from 2008.
- Ernst Krenek’s Pentagram for wind quintet premiered in Los Angeles
- Roy Brown – Hip Shakin’ Baby / Be My Love Tonight (Imperial)
- Monotones – Book Of Love / You Never Loved Me (Argo). Vocal group formed in Newark, NJ in 1955
- Dwight Pullen – Sunglasses After Dark / Teen Age Bug (Carlton)
- Shirelles – I Met Him on a Sunday / I Want You to Be My Boyfriend (Decca). Female vocal group formed in Passaic, NJ in early 1958. Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Beverly Lee & Addie ‘Micki’ Harris
- Larry Williams – Dizzy Miss Lizzy / Slow Down (Specialty)
- Link Wray – Rumble / The Swag (Cadence)
- Cannonball Adderley – Sophisticated Swing (EmArcy)
- Chuck Berry – One Dozen Berrys (Chess)
- Sonny Clark – Sonny’s Crib (Blue Note)
- John Coltrane – Blue Train (Blue Note)
- Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige)
- Gil Evans & Ten (Prestige)
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (Verve)
- Stan Getz / Gerry Mulligan – Getz Meets Mulligan In Hi-Fi (Verve)
- Dizzy Gillespie – Duets (Verve)
- Johnny Griffin – The Congregation (Blue Note)
- Machito – Kenya: Afro-Cuban Jazz (Roulette)
- Lee Morgan – The Cooker (Blue Note)
- Ken Nordine – Son Of Word Jazz (Dot)
- Sonny Rollins – A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note)
- Sonny Rollins – Tour De Force (Prestige)
- Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith – The Lion Roars (Dot)
- Dennes Dale ‘D.’ Boon born (Napa, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Minutemen. Died 1985
- Pete Seeger quits the Weavers
- The BBC Radiophonic Workshop is set up at Maida Vale, London by Desmond Briscoe, Daphne Oram and Dick Mills
- Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 9 premiered in London
- David Roback born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Rain Parade, Opal and Mazzy Star. Brother of Steven Roback (b.1960).
- Chuck Willis (30) dies in Chicago of peritonitis
- Irvin Feld’s Greatest Show of Stars package tour begins an 80 date sojourn in Norfolk, VA with Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers, Clyde McPhatter and Jimmy Reed
- Yefim Bronfman born (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) Israeli-American concert pianist.
- Cleo Laine marries John Dankworth in London
- Stuart Adamson born (Manchester) Scottish rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Skids and Big Country. Died 2001
- Will Sergeant born (Liverpool) English rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Echo & the Bunnymen.
- Katharine Goodson (85) dies in London
- Mariam Doumbia born (Bamako, Mali) Malian singer. Blind from age 5 after contracting measles. Worked with Amadou Bagayoko as Amadou and Mariam.
- Benjamin Zephaniah born (Birmingham) English dub poet, writer, novelist, broadcaster.
- Ernest Bloch’s Piano Quintet no.2 premiered in Berkeley, CA
- Les Pattinson born (Ormskirk) English rock bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Echo & the Bunnymen from 1979 to 1993 and from 1997 to 1999.
- Alberto Ginastera’s String Quartet No.2 op.26 premiered in Washington, DC
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.15 premiered in Washington, DC
- Leonard Bernstein’s incidental music for C. Fry’s play The Firstborn premiered in New York
- Mike Barson born (Edinburgh) Anglo-Scottish rock and pop keyboard player, songwriter. Founder member of Madness.
- Darius Milhaud’s Symphony No. 8 premiered in San Francisco
- Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson aka HÖH born (Reykjavik) Icelandic composer, electronic musician.
- Thea Musgrave’s String Quartet premiered in Glasgow
- Monty Norman, David Heneker, Julian More and Wolf Mankowitz’s musical Expresso Bongo opens in London starring Paul Scofield.
- Fish aka Derek Dick born (Edinburgh) Scottish rock singer, songwriter. Member of Marillion from 1981 to 1988 and solo artist.
- Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Modificata for cello, percussion and orchestra premiered in Helsinki
- Virgil Thomson’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry for chorus and orchestra premiered in Brooklyn, NY
- Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode / Around & Around (Chess)
- Ray Charles – Yes Indeed / I Had a Dream (Atlantic)
- Elias & His Zig Zag Jive Flutes – Tom Hark / Ry-Ry (EMI Columbia UK)
- Everly Brothers – All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette (Cadence)
- Bobby Freeman – Do You Want to Dance / Big Fat Woman (Josie)
- Buddy Holly – Rave On / Take Your Time (Coral)
- Johnny Otis – Willie and the Hand Jive / Ring-A-Ling (Capitol)
- Platters – Twilight Time / Out of My Mind (Mercury)
- Chuck Willis – Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes / What Am I Living For (Atlantic)
- Lavern Baker Sings Bessie Smith (Atlantic)
- Paul Chambers Quintet (Blue Note)
- At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Epic)
- Ahmad Jamal Trio – But Not For Me (Argo) Recorded live in Chicago on 16 Jan 1958
- Jackie McLean – McLean’s Scene (New Jazz)
- Paul Schütze born (Melbourne) Australian composer, electronic musician, video artist, photographer.
- Stan Tracey makes his first recordings as leader for Vogue in London (playing vibes). Stan Tracey (vib) Ike Isaacs (g) Kenny Napper (b) Phil Seaman (d)
- Shannon aka Brenda Shannon Greene born (Washington, DC) American R&B singer.
- Edgard Varèse’s Poème électronique for tape premiered at the Brussels World’s Fair
- Charles Ives’s Largo risoluto nos.1 & 2 for string quartet and piano premiered in Washington, DC
- Alan John born (Sydney) Australian composer.
- György Ligeti’s String Quartet no.1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes” premiered in Vienna
- John Cage’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered at ‘The 25-Year Retrospective Concert of the Music of John Cage’ at Town Hall, New York. The concert is recorded for an album of the same name
- Vicente Minnelli’s film Gigi opens, starring Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan & Maurice Chevalier. Music by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner
- Alan Rankine born (Edinburgh) Scottish pop multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer, teacher. Member of the Associates from 1979 to 1982
- Luciano Berio’s Allelujah II concerto for two pianos premiered in Rome
- The Everly Brothers have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with All I Have To Do Is Dream
- Toyah Willcox born (Birmingham) English rock singer, songwriter, actress, broadcaster.
- Glenn Gregory born (Sheffield) English pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Heaven 17.
- Richie Valens makes his first recordings for Del-Fi in Los Angeles. Tracks cut include Come On, Let’s Go & Framed
- Judy Kuhn born (New York) American musical theatre singer, actress.
- Irma Baltuttis (37) dies after a fall from her apartment window in Leipzig. The official ruling was suicide, but suspicions about the involvement of her husband Max Herricht have been voiced
- Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in the UK for his first tour outside of the US accompanied by his 13 year old wife and cousin Myra Gale
- Paul Weller born (Woking) English rock and pop singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Jam and the Style Council and solo artist.
- John Cage’s Solo for Voice I premiered in New York
- Howard Goodall born (Bromley, Kent) English composer, broadcaster.
- Neil Finn born (Te Awamutu, New Zealand) New Zealand rock singer, songwriter, musician. Member of Split Enz from 1977 to 1984, Crowded House from 1985 to 1996 and from 2006 and solo artist. Brother of Tim Finn (b.1952).
- Shirley Scott makes her first recordings as leader for Prestige in Hackensack, NJ. Shirley Scott (org) George Duvivier (b) Arthur Edgehill (d). Tracks cut appear on the albums Great Scott! and Shirley’s Sounds
- Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský (77) dies in Bratislava
- All the composers condemned by the 1948 Zhdanov Decree are formally rehabilitated by the Soviet Central Committee
- Bela Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 premiered in Basel
- Johnny Cash – Guess Things Happen That Way / Come In Stranger (Sun)
- Coasters – Yakety Yak / Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart (Atco)
- Dion & The Belmonts – I Wonder Why / Teen Angel (Laurie)
- Fats Domino – Sick and Tired / No, No (Imperial)
- Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser / Stalkin’ (Jamie)
- Lightnin’ Hopkins – My Little Kewpie Doll / Lightnin’ Don’t Feel Well (Herald)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ for My Baby / I Didn’t Know (Chess)
- Jerry Lee Lewis – High School Confidential / Fools Like Me (Sun)
- Jack Scott – Leroy / My True Love (Carlton)
- Sonny Boy Williamson – Your Funeral and My Trial / Wake Up, Baby (Checker)
- Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk – Jazz Connection (Atlantic)
- Bobby Bland & Junior Parker – Blues Consolidated (Duke)
- Sonny Clark Trio (Blue Note)
- Peggy Lee – Jump For Joy (Capitol) Orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle
- Henry Mancini – Touch of Evil OST (Challenge)
- Bud Powell Trio – Swingin’ With Bud (RCA Victor)
- Horace Silver – Further Explorations (Blue Note)
- Karl Gottfried Brunotte born (Frankfurt) German composer, teacher, theorist, philosopher.
- Booker Little makes his first recordings as a member of the Max Roach Quintet for Mercury in Chicago. Booker Little (tp) George Coleman (ts) Eddie Baker (p) Bob Cranshaw (b) Max Roach (d)
- Selwyn Brown born (London) English reggae keyboard player. Member of Steel Pulse from 1978.
- (to 29 June) The first Festival dei Due Mondi takes place in Spoleto, Italy, an opera and music festival founded by Gian Carlo Menotti
- Prince aka Prince Rogers Nelson born (Minneapolis, MN) American R&B, rock and pop singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, actor, record producer.
- William Walton’s Façade Suite for orchestra premiered in London
- Thomas Hengelbrock born (Wilhelmshaven, Germany) German violinist, musicologist, conductor.
- Cecil Taylor records the album Looking Ahead for Contemporary in New York. Earl Griffith (vib) Cecil Taylor (p) Buell Neidlinger (b) Dennis Charles (d)
- Barry Adamson born (Manchester) English rock bassist, singer, composer. Member of Magazine from 1977 to 1981 and from 2009 to 2011 and the Bad Seeds from 1983 to 1986 and solo artist.
- Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls are involved in a car crash in Arkansas. Cooke escapes with minor injuries, but Rawls is pronounced dead at the scene. He isn’t but spends a week in a coma. Their chauffeur is killed
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Zeitmaße [Time Measures] for five woodwinds premiered in Strasbourg
- ITV broadcasts the first episode of pop television show Oh Boy! In the UK. Marty Wilde headlines the first show. The last is broadcast in May 1959
- José Pablo Moncayo (45) dies in Mexico City
- Jello Biafra aka Eric Boucher born (Denver, CO) American rock singer, songwriter, activist, politician, public speaker, founder of Alternative Tentacles records. Founder member of the Dead Kennedys and Lard.
- Benjamin Britten’s song suite Songs from the Chinese premiered in Great Glemham, Suffolk
- Benjamin Britten’s miracle play Noye’s Fludde premiered in Orford, Suffolk
- Eduard Erdmann (62) dies in Hamburg following a heart attack
- Thea Musgrave’s opera The Abbot of Drimock premiered in London. Lib. Maurice Lindsay
- Armas Järnefelt (88) dies in Stockholm
- Lisa Germano born (Mishawaka, IN) American rock singer, songwriter, violinist, multi-instrumentalist.
- Magnus Lindberg born (Helsinki) Finnish composer, pianist.
- Jeffrey Lee Pierce born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Gun Club. Died 1996
- Marie Sundelius (74) dies in Boston, MA
- Esa-Pekka Salonen born (Helsinki) Finnish composer, conductor.
- Buddy Guy makes his first recordings in Chicago for Cobra subsidiary Artistic
- Crickets – Think It Over / Fool’s Paradise (Brunswick)
- Bobby Darin – Splish Splash / Judy Don’t Be Moody (Atco)
- Bobby Day – Rockin’ Robin / Over and Over (Class)
- Connie Francis – Stupid Cupid / Carolina Moon (MGM)
- John Lee Hooker – I Love You Honey / You’ve Taken My Woman (Vee-Jay)
- Ricky Nelson – Poor Little Fool / Don’t Leave Me This Way (Imperial)
- Jody Reynolds – Endless Sleep / Tight Capris (Demon)
- Little Richard – Ooh! My Soul / True, Fine Mama (Specialty)
- Poni-Tails – Born Too Late / Come On Joey Dance With Me (ABC-Paramount). Female vocal group formed in Lyndhurst, OH in 1957. Toni Cistone, Karen Topinka & Patti McCabe
- Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe / I’ll Try (MGM)
- Mose Allison – Young Man Mose (Prestige)
- Dorothy Ashby – Hip Harp (Prestige)
- Jacques Brel 3 aka Au Printemps (Philips)
- Bo Diddley (Checker)
- Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio (Verve)
- Johnny Griffin Sextet (Riverside)
- Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin (Columbia)
- BB King – The Blues (Crown)
- The Kingston Trio (Capitol)
- Hank Mobley (Blue Note)
- Lee Morgan – City Lights (Blue Note)
- Sonny Rollins – Freedom Suite (Riverside)
- Sonny Stitt – Only The Blues (Verve)
- Dang Thai Son born (Hanoi) Vietnamese-Canadian concert pianist.
- Martha Boswell (53) dies in Peekskill, NY
- Michael Curtiz’s film musical King Creole opens starring Elvis Presley. Music by Walter Scharf
- Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Munich
- The Ballad of John Axon, the first of Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker’s ‘Radio Ballads’ is broadcast by the BBC. Seven more follow between 1959 and 1964
- Alex North’s ballet Le Mal de Siècle [Souvenirs of Another Generation] premiered in Brussels
- The Duke Ellington Orchestra play the Newport Jazz Festival. Cat Anderson, Harold Baker, Francis Williams (tp) Clark Terry (tp, fl) Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo) Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts) Russell Procope (cl, as) Johnny Hodges (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Jimmy Woode (b) Sam Woodyard (d) Lil Greenwood, Ozzie Bailey (vo). A live album, Newport 58, is issued, but all but two of the tracks are re-recordings done in New York on 21 Jul 1958. The live set was issued by Columbia as Live at Newport 1958 in 1994
- (to 6th) The 1958 Newport Jazz Festival takes place. Acts appearing include Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Benny Goodman, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington and Louis Armstrong.
- The Miles Davis Sextet play the Newport Jazz Festival. Miles Davis (tp) Cannonball Adderley (as) John Coltrane (ts) Bill Evans (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d). The set is recorded and released by Columbia as Miles and Coltrane in 1988
- Paul Daniel born (Birmingham) English conductor.
- Ray Charles records plays a set at the Newport Jazz Festival that is recorded and released by Atlantic as Ray Charles At Newport. Marcus Belgrave, Lee Harper (tp) David Newman (ts, as) Hank Crawford (bars) Ray Charles (p, as, vo) Edgar Willis (b) Richie Goldberg (d) Marjorie Hendricks, The Raelets (vo)
- The Everly Brothers have the UK number one single for the first of seven weeks with the double A side All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
- Mahalia Jackson plays a set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival accompanied by Mildred Falls (p) Lilton Mitchell (org) and Tom Bryant (b). The results are released as the Live at Newport 1958 album released in November 1958
- Michael Tippett’s Four Songs from the British Isles for chorus premiered in Seine-et-Oise, France
- The soundtrack album to the film Oklahoma! is the first to be certified gold in the US for sales worth $1 million
- Michala Petri born (Copenhagen) Danish recorder player.
- Johnny Cash signs to Columbia Records
- David Diamond’s Woodwind Quintet premiered in Lenox, MA
- Seiichi Yamamoto born (Amagasaki, Japan) Japanese rock and avant-garde guitarist, composer. Founder member of the Boredoms. Worked solo and with many collaborators.
- Carlisle Floyd’s opera Wuthering Heights, lib. Floyd after Emily Bronte, premiered in Santa Fe, NM
- Bent Sørensen born (Borup, Denmark) Danish composer, teacher.
- Erwin Stein (72) dies in London
- David Robertson born (Malibu, CA) American conductor.
- The Coasters have the Billboard number one single for one week with Yakety Yak
- Mick MacNeil born (Glasgow) Scottish rock keyboard player, songwriter. Member of Simple Minds from 1978 to 1990.
- Iannis Xenakis’s Achorripsis for orchestra premiered in Buenos Aires
- Eve Beglarian born (Ann Arbor, MI) American composer.
- Iva Bittová born (Bruntál, Czech Rep) Czech composer, violinist, singer, actress.
- Miles Davis records the first of four sessions for the album Porgy and Bess for Columbia in New York. Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tp) Miles Davis (flh, tp) Joe Bennett, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak (tb) Dick Hixson (btb) Willie Ruff, Gunther Schuller, Julius Watkins (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque (fl) Danny Bank (bcl) Cannonball Adderley (as) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) Gil Evans (arr, cond). The other three take place on 29 Jul, 4 & 18 Aug 1958.
- Mick Karn aka Andonis Michaelides born (Nicosia) Anglo-Cypriot rock bassist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of Japan and Rain Tree Crow and solo artist. Died 2011
- Cliff Richard makes his first recordings for EMI in London. Tracks cut include Move It & Schoolboy Crush. Cliff Richard (vo) Ernie Shears (g) Frank Clarke (b) Terry Smart (d)
- Thurston Moore born (Coral Gables, FL) American rock and avant-garde singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and solo artist.
- Michael Tippett’s cantata Crown of the Year premiered in Bristol
- Dietmar Bonnen born (Cologne) German classical and avant-garde composer, pianist
- Kate Bush born (Bexleyheath) English rock and pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer.
- Bill Berry born (Duluth, MN) American rock drummer. Member of REM from 1980 to 1997.
- Eugène Goossens (91) dies in London
- Elegants – Little Star / Getting Dizzy (Apt)
- Jerry Butler & The Impressions – For Your Precious Love / Sweet Was The Wine (Abner). Vocal group formed in Chicago in 1957. 1958 line-up: Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Arthur Brooks & Richard Brooks
- Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues / Love Again (Liberty)
- Buddy Holly – Early in the Morning / Now We’re One (Coral)
- Peggy Lee – Fever / You Don’t Know (Capitol)
- Dean Martin – Volare (Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu) / Outta My Mind (Capitol)
- Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe / I’ll Try (MGM)
- Pepper Adams Quintet – 10 to 4 at the 5 Spot (Riverside)
- Bernard Herrman – Vertigo OST (Mercury)
- Little Richard (Specialty)
- Robert Buck born (Jamestown, NY) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of 10,000 Maniacs. Died 2000
- Paul Gray born (Rochford, Essex) English rock bass guitarist, music administrator. Member of Eddie & the Hot Rods from 1976 to 1980, the Damned from 1980 to 1983 and UFO from 1983 to 1987.
- Billboard magazine introduces its “Hot 100” singles chart
- Joseph Holbrooke (80) dies in London
- Bruce Dickinson born (Worksop, Nottinghamshire) English rock singer, songwriter, author, pilot. Member of Samson from 1979 to 1981 and Iron Maiden from 1981 to 1993 and from 1999.
- Thelonious Monk plays a date at the Five Spot Café, New York which is recorded for the Riverside album Thelonious In Action. Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d)
- Harry Crosby born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock bass guitarist, actor, banker. Son of Bing Crosby. Member of Swans in 1984.
- Feargal Sharkey born (Derry) Irish rock and pop singer, music industry figure. Member of the Undertones from 1976 to 1983 and solo artist.
- Big Bill Broonzy (60) dies in Chicago of throat cancer
- Buddy Holly marries Maria Santiago in Lubbock, TX
- Madonna aka Madonna Louise Ciccone born (Bay City, MI) American pop singer, songwriter, actress.
- Belinda Carlisle born (Los Angeles) American rock and pop singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist. Member of the Germs in 1977 and the Go-Gos from 1978 to 1985 and from 1999 and solo artist.
- Florent Schmitt (87) dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
- Morton Feldman’s Ixion for two pianos premiered in New London, CT
- Max Roach records the album Max Roach With The Boston Percussion Ensemble for EmArcy in Lenox, MA. Al Portch (frh) Max Roach (d) Irving Farberman, Everette Firth, Lloyd McCausland, Arthur Press, Charles Smith, Harold Thompson, Walter Tokarczyk (perc) Corinne Curry (soprano) Harold Faberman (cond, dir)
- Gian Carlo Menotti’s musical Maria Golovin premiered in Brussels, lib. Menotti
- Stevan Hristić (73) dies in Belgrade
- Walter Schumann (44) dies in Rochester, MN following open heart surgery
- Vernon Reid born (London) American rock guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of Living Colour.
- Junior Delgado born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer. Died 2005
- Leo Blech (87) dies in Berlin
- Ralph Vaughan Williams (85) dies in London
- Paul Roessler born (New Haven, CT) American rock keyboard player, record producer. Worked with the Screamers, Mike Watt and Nina Hagen. Brother of Kira Roessler (b.1962).
- Mick Harvey born (Rochester, Victoria) Australian rock multi-instrumentalist, session player, record producer. Founder member of the Birthday Party, the Bad Seeds and solo artist.
- Michael Jackson born (Gary, IN) American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Member of the Jackson Five and solo artist. Brother of Rebbie (b.1950) Jackie (b.1951) Tito (b.1953) Jermaine (b.1954) La Toya (b.1956) Marlon (b.1957) Randy (b.1961) and Janet (b.1966) Jackson. Died 2009
- Alexander Albrecht (73) commits suicide in Bratislava
- Adrian Sherwood born (London) English dub and reggae producer, On U Sound record label founder.
- Chuck Berry – Carol / Hey Pedro (Chess)
- Johnny Cash – The Ways of a Woman in Love / You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven (Sun)
- Duane Eddy – Ramrod / The Walker (Jamie)
- Esquerita – Rockin’ the Joint / Esquerita and the Voola (Capitol)
- Everly Brothers – Bird Dog / Devoted to You (Cadence)
- Little Anthony & The Imperials – Tears on My Pillow / Two People in the World (End). Vocal group formed in New York in 1957. 1958 line-up: Anthony Gourdine, Clarence Collins, Tracy Lord, Nathaniel Rodgers & Ernest Wright
- Cliff Richard – Move It / Schoolboy Crush (EMI Columbia UK)
- Teddy Bears – To Know Him Is To Love Him / Don’t You Worry My little Pet (Dore). Vocal group formed in Los Angeles in 1958. Phil Spector, Marshall Leib, Annette Kleinbard & Sandy Nelson
- Julie London – Julie Is Her Name Volume 2 (Liberty)
- I’m Jimmy Reed (Vee Jay)
- Jerry Augustyniak born (Sloan, NY) American rock drummer. Member of 10,000 Maniacs from 1983.
- BD Ackley (85) dies in Winona Lake, IN
- Christian Wolff’s Duo for Pianists II premiered in Darmstadt
- George Hurley born (Brockton, MA) American rock drummer. Founder member of the Minutemen and Firehose.
- The Country Music Association is founded in Nashville with an initial 233 members. Wesley Rose is the first chairman
- Nigel Westlake born (Perth, Western Australia) Australian composer, conductor
- Ernst Krenek’s Hexahedron op. 167 for chamber ensemble premiered in Darmstadt
- Luigi Nono’s Cori di Didone [Choirs of Dido] for chorus and percussion premiered in Darmstadt
- Kenneth Leighton’s The Light Invisible for choir premiered in Hereford
- Mick Talbot born (London) English rock and pop keyboard player. Member of the Merton Parkas from 1978 to 1980, Dexys Midnight Runners in 1980 and from 2003 to 2013 and the Style Council from 1983 to 1989.
- Yoritsune Matsudaira’s U-Mai for orchestra premiered in Darmstadt
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.16 premiered in Rio de Janeiro
- Dr Know aka Gary Miller born (Washington, DC) American rock and reggae guitarist. Founder member of Bad Brains.
- Herbie Fields (39) dies in Miami, FL from an overdose of sleeping pills
- Pierre Henry’s ballet Orphée premiered in Liège
- James Brown records Try Me at a session for Federal in New York
- Lita Ford born (London) Anglo-American rock singer, guitarist. Member of the Runaways from 1975 to 1979 and solo artist.
- Ralph Vaughan Williams’s funeral takes place in Westminster Abbey, London
- Andrea Bocelli born (Lajatico, Italy) Italian tenor singer, record producer. Blind from the age of 12.
- Joan Jett aka Joan Larkin born (Wynnewood, PA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, bandleader, actress. Member of the Runaways from 1975 to 1979 and solo artist.
- Danielle Dax born (Southend) English rock and avant-garde singer, songwriter, visual artist. Member of Lemon Kittens from 1977 to 1982 and solo artist.
- Paul Hindemith’s Octet for winds and strings & Suite französischer Tänze for orchestra premiered in Berlin
- Igor Stravinsky’s Threni: id est Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae for chorus and orchestra premiered in Venice
- Stanley Donen and George Abbott’s musical film Damn Yankees opens starring Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon. Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
- Darby Crash aka Jan Paul Beahm born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer. Founder member of the Germs. Died 1980
- Aarre Merikanto (65) dies in Helsinki of lung cancer
- Biggie Tembo born (Chinhoye, Zimbabwe) Zimbabwean jit singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Bhundu Boys. Died 1995
- Cozy Cole – Topsy II / Topsy I (Love)
- Crickets – It’s So Easy! / Lonesome Tears (Brunswick)
- Clyde McPhatter – A Lover’s Question / I Can’t Stand Up Alone (Atlantic)
- Ricky Nelson – Lonesome Town / I Got a Feeling (Imperial)
- Elvis Presley – King Creole (RCA Victor) Film soundtrack
- Richie Valens – Come On, Let’s Go / Framed (Del-Fi)
- Muddy Waters – Close to You / She’s Nineteen Years Old (Chess)
- Miles Davis – Milestones (Columbia)
- Lou Donaldson – Swing And Soul (Blue Note)
- Serge Gainsbourg – Du Chant À La Une! (Philips France) Orchestra arranged and conducted by Alain Goraguer
- Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (Capitol) Orchestra arranged by Nelson Riddle and conducted by Felix Slatkin
- Martin Cooper born (Liverpool) English pop and electronica keyboard player, saxophonist, painter. Member of Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark from 1980 to 1989 and from 2005.
- Dave Balfe born (Carlisle) English rock and pop keyboard player, guitarist, producer, founder of Zoo and Food records. Member of Big in Japan, Lori & the Chameleons and the Teardrop Explodes.
- Henryk Górecki’s Epitafium op.12 for chorus, piccolo, trumpet, viola and percussion premiered in Warsaw
- Darius Milhaud’s opera Fiesta premiered in Berlin, lib. B. Vian
- Humphrey Searle’s chamber opera The Diary of a Madman premiered in Berlin. Lib. Searle
- The Biggest Show of Stars for 1958 – Autumn Edition package tour begins an 19 date tour in Norfolk, VA with Frankie Avalon, the Coasters, Bobby Darin, Dion & the Belmonts, Buddy Holly & the Crickets and others
- Ernst Krenek’s Lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae for chorus premiered in Kassel
- Pierre Schaeffer’s Etude aux allures [Study resembling] & Etude aux sons animés [Study with animated sounds] for tape premiered in Brussels
- Iannis Xenakis’s Diamorphoses for tape premiered in Brussels
- Tim Mooney born (Las Vegas, NV) American rock drummer, record producer. Member of American Music Club from 1992 to 2007. Died 2012
- Michael Jarrell born (Geneva) Swiss composer.
- Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Ten Blake Songs for voice and oboe premiered on BBC Radio
- Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Three Vocalises for soprano and clarinet premiered in Manchester
- Al Jourgensen b0rn (Havana) American rock singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter. Founder member of Ministry.
- Tanya Tucker born (Seminole, TX) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Nino Rota’s incidental music for K. Frings’s play Veglia la mia casa, Angelo [Waking my house Angelo] premiered in Rome
- Alexander Veprik (59) dies in Moscow
- Thomas Dolby born (London) English pop and electronica singer, songwriter, record producer, music technologist
- Harry F. Olsen and Herbert Belar receive a patent for an electronic music synthesizer
- John Cage’s Music Walk for piano and orchestra premiered in Brussels
- Benjamin Britten’s Nocturne for tenor and orchestra premiered in Leeds
- Alan Jackson born (Newman, GA) American country singer, songwriter.
- Paul Hindemith’s Twelve Madrigals premiered in Vienna
- Harald Sæverud’s Symphony No.8 Minnesota premiered in Minneapolis
- Frank Sinatra has the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely
- Pierre Boulez’s Poésie pour pouvoir [Poetry for order] for five-track tape and orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
- Mark King born (Cowes, Isle of Wight) English pop and R&B singer, bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Level 42 from 1979.
- Ivo Pogorelić born (Belgrade) Croatian concert pianist.
- Abdel Rahman El Bacha born (Beirut) Lebanese composer, pianist.
- Martin Shaw (83) dies in London
- Artie Matthews (69) dies in Cincinnati, OH
- Leoš Janáček’s opera Osud [Fate] premiered in Brno, lib. F. Bartošová and Janáček
- Bohuslav Martinu’s cantata The Romance of the Dandelions premiered in Prague
- Manu Katché born (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Paris, France) French drummer, session player, composer.
- Simon Le Bon born (Bushey, Hertfordshire) English pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Duran Duran from 1980.
- Hans Werner Henze’s ballet Undine premiered in London
- William Reid born (Glasgow) Scottish rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Jesus & Mary Chain. Brother of Jim Reid (b.1961).
- Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers record the album Moanin’ for Blue Note in Hackensack, NJ. Lee Morgan (tp) Benny Golson (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey (d)
- Buddy Holly leaves the Crickets and also splits from manager Norman Petty
- Humphrey Searle’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Liverpool
- James Brown – Try Me / Tell Me What I Did Wrong (Federal)
- Martin Denny – Quiet Village / Llama Serenade (Liberty)
- Duane Eddy – Cannonball / Mason Dixon Lion (Jamie)
- Everly Brothers – Problems / Love of My Life (Cadence)
- BB King – Please Accept My Love / You’ve Been an Angel (Kent)
- Kingston Trio – Tom Dooley / Ruby Red (Capitol)
- Platters – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / No Matter What You Are (Mercury)
- Elvis Presley – One Night / I Got Stung (RCA Victor)
- Ritchie Valens – La Bamba / Donna (Del-Fi)
- Ray Charles – Yes Indeed (Atlantic)
- John Coltrane – Soultrane (Prestige)
- Lou Donaldson – Lou Takes Off (Blue Note)
- Kenny Dorham – This Is The Moment! (Riverside)
- Kenny Drew – Pal Joey: Jazz Impressions Of Rodgers And Hart (Riverside)
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook (Verve)
- Johnny Griffin – Way Out! (Riverside)
- Thelonious Monk – Thelonious In Action (Riverside)
- Ben Webster – Soulville (Verve)
- Adam Carse (80) dies in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
- Harry Revel (52) dies in New York of a cerebral haemorrhage
- Darius Milhaud’s Huit poèmes de Jorge Guillen op.371 [Eight poems by Jorge Guillen] for chorus premiered in Berlin
- David Newman makes his first recordings as leader for Atlantic in New York. Marcus Belgrave (tp) David Newman (ts, as) Hank Crawford (bars) Ray Charles (p) Edgar Willis (b) Milt Turner (d). Tracks cut appear on the album Ray Charles Presents David Newman – Fathead
- Don Byron born (New York, NY) American composer, clarinetist, saxophonist, banfdleader, session player, teacher. Worked in jazz, rock and other fields.
- Melody Maker publishes the first ever UK album chart. The South Pacific soundtrack tops a list that includes two LPs by Elvis Presley, and one each by Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como and Tom Lehrer
- Sven-Erik Bäck’s opera Gästabudet [the banquet], lib. Östen Sjöstrand, premiered in Stockholm
- Hilding Rosenberg’s String Quartet no.7 premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm
- Boris Blacher’s Two Poems for Jazz Quartet premiered in New York
- Benjamin Britten’s song suite Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente premiered on BBC radio
- The Kingston Trio have the Billboard number one single for one week with Tom Dooley
- East Bay Ray aka Raymond Pepperell born (Oakland, CA) American rock guitarist. Co-founder of Alternative Tentacles records. Founding member of the Dead Kennedys.
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Three Miniatures for clarinet and piano premiered in Kraków
- Joe Morris (36) dies in Phoenix, AZ of a brain haemorrhage
- Giulio Castagnoli born (Rome) Italian composer.
- Tiny Bradshaw (53) dies in Cincinnati, OH following a succession of strokes
- Tetsuya Komuro born (Tokyo) Japanese record producer, pop songwriter, singer, keyboard player.
- Artur Rodziński (66) dies in Boston of heart failure
- Darius Milhaud’s Concerto for viola and orchestra no.2 op.340 premiered in Cologne
- Michael Dempsey born (Harare) English rock bass guitarist. Member of the Cure from 1977 to 1979, the Associates from 1979 to 1983 and the Lotus Eaters from 1983 to 1985.
- The Kingston Trio have the Billboard number one album for one week with The Kingston Trio
- The Teddy Bears have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with To Know Him Is to Love Him
- Ray Charles – Rockhouse parts 1 and 2 (Atlantic)
- Eddie Cochran – C’mon Everybody / Don’t Ever Let Me Go (Liberty)
- Crests – 16 Candles / Beside You (Co-Ed)
- Fats Domino – Whole Lotta Loving / Coquette (Imperial)
- Buddy Holly – Heartbeat / Well All Right (Coral)
- Howlin’ Wolf – I’m Leaving You / Change My Way (Chess)
- Hank Mizell – Jungle Rock / When I’m in Your Arms (Eko)
- Little Junior Parker – Sweet Home Chicago / Sometimes (Duke)
- Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee / You Need Love (ABC-Paramount)
- Jackie Wilson – Lonely Teardrops / In The Blue Of Evening (Brunswick)
- Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else (Blue Note)
- Dave Brubeck – Jazz Impressions Of Eurasia (Columbia)
- Dave Brubeck – Newport 1958 (Columbia)
- Kenny Burrell – Blue Lights Vol 1 (Blue Note)
- The Fabulous Johnny Cash (Columbia)
- Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous (Sun) Compilation of Sun recordings
- Ray Charles At Newport (Atlantic)
- Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’ (Blue Note)
- Sam Cooke – Encore (Keen)
- Duke Ellington – Newport 58 (Columbia)
- Gil Evans – New Bottle Old Wine (World Pacific)
- Art Farmer – Modern Art (United Artists)
- Mahalia Jackson – Live at Newport 1958 (Philips)
- Max Roach – Max! (Argo)
- Max Roach + 4 At Newport (EmArcy)
- Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass (Metrojazz)
- Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre du printemps (Columbia) The New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein
- Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and J. Fields’s musical Flower Drum Song opens on Broadway (600 performances)
- Mikis Theodorakis’s suite Oedipus Tyrannus for orchestra premiered in Athens
- Nikki Sixx aka Frank Feranna born (San Jose, CA) American rock bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, writer, radio presenter. Member of Mötley Crüe from 1981.
- Julia Lee (55) dies in San Diego, CA following a heart attack
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s opera Izath premiered in Rio de Janeiro, lib. A. Júnior and Villa-Lobos (staged performance)
- Mike Scott born (Edinburgh) Scottish rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Another Pretty Face and the Waterboys and solo artist.
- Peter ‘Spider’ Stacy born (Eastbourne) English rock and folk singer, tin whistler, guitarist, session player. Founder member of the Pogues.
- Bill Evans records the album Everybody Digs Bill Evans for Riverside in New York. Bill Evans (p) Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
- Prenkë Jakova’s opera Mrika [Maria], lib. Llazar Siliqi, premiered in Shkodër, Albania, the first Albanian opera
- Penelope Houston born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Avengers, from 1977 to 1979 and from 2004 and solo artist.
- Mike Mills born (Orange County, CA) American rock bass guitarist, songwriter, singer , keyboard player. Member of REM from 1980 to 2011.
- F. M. Einheit aka Frank Martin Strauß born (Dortmund) German rock and avant-garde percussionist, electronic musician. Member of Abwärtz from 1979 to 1981 and Einstürzende Neubauten from 1981 to 1995.
- Kevin ‘Geordie’ Walker born (Chester-le-Street, Durham) English rock guitarist. Member of Killing Joke from 1978.
- Chou Wen-Chung’s Soliloquy of a Bhiksuni for trumpet, percussion and brass premiered in Urbana, IL
- Steven Isserlis born (London) English cellist
- Bobby Darin records Mack The Knife for Atco in New York
- Hilding Rosenberg’s String Quartet no.8 premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm
- Vivian Fine’s Second Solo for Oboe & Sonata for Violin and Piano premiered in New York
- Victoria Williams born (Shreveport, LA) American folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Charles “Doc” Cook (67) dies in Wurtsboro, NY
- Paul Grabowsky born (Lae, Papua New Guinea) Australian jazz and classical pianist, composer.
- Lavern Baker – I Cried A Tear / Dix-a-billy (Atlantic)
- Johnny Cash – Don’t Take Your Guns to Town / I Still Miss Someone (Columbia)
- Ray Charles – (Night Time Is) The Right Time / Tell All the World About You (Atlantic)
- Frankie Ford – Sea Cruise / Roberta (Ace)
- Skyliners – Since I Don’t Have You / One Night, One Night (Calico)
- Sonny Boy Williamson – Cross My Heart / Dissatisfied (Checker)
- Cannonball Adderley – Portrait Of Cannonball (Riverside)
- James Brown – Please Please Please (King)
- Ornette Coleman – Something Else!!!! (Contemporary)
- Elizabeth Cotten – Folksongs and Instrumentals With Guitar (Folkways)
- Henry Mancini – Music From Peter Gunn (RCA Victor)
- Lee Morgan – Candy (Blue Note)
- Max Roach – Deeds, Not Words (Riverside)
- Pete Seeger – Gazette (Folkways)
- Clark Terry with Thelonious Monk – In Orbit (Riverside)
- Josh White – Chain Gang Songs (Elektra)
- Phill Calvert born (Melbourne) Australian rock drummer. Member of the Birthday Party from 1977 to 1982 and Blue Ruin from 1985 to 1990.
- Mark Kramer aka Mark Bonner born (New York, NY) American rock producer, musician. Founder of Shimmydisc Records. Founder member of Shockabilly, Bongwater, and solo artist.
- The Rodgers and Hammerstein Songbook published in New York
- Pierre Henry – Mariage De La Feuille Et Du Cliché (Vega France) recorded 25/3/58