Category Archives: Popular Music 1950s

Paul McCartney debuts with John Lennon’s Quarrymen 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 18 1957)


Image: 'The Quarry Men 23 November 1957 - Saturday New Clubmoor Hall Broadway Liverpool '

(Friday, October 18, 1957) — Musicians John Lennon, 17, and Paul McCartney, 15, performed onstage together for the first time today as McCartney (playing lead guitar) debuted with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmoor Hall in Norris Green, Liverpool, England. Continue reading Paul McCartney debuts with John Lennon’s Quarrymen 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 18 1957)

‘Jailhouse Rock’ premieres in Memphis 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1957)


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(Thursday, October 17, 1957) — Elvis Presley’s third film, Jailhouse Rock, an American musical drama about a young man who becomes a rock ‘n’ roll sensation after learning to play the guitar in prison, premiered tonight at Loews State Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. Continue reading ‘Jailhouse Rock’ premieres in Memphis 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1957)

The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1957)


Video: 'The Everly Brothers "Wake Up Little Susie" on The Ed Sullivan Show'

(Sunday, October 6, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — The Everly Brothers performed “Wake Up Little Susie” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1957)

‘West Side Story’ musical opens on Broadway 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 26 1957)


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(Thursday, September 26, 1957, 7:45 p.m. EST)West Side Story, a musical play (music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) that explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City, opened tonight on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Continue reading ‘West Side Story’ musical opens on Broadway 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 26 1957)