1958 – Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where he lip-synched “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat”. It would be Holly’s last major TV appearance.
1958 – Simon LeBon is born in Herts, England. He is he lead singer for Duran Duran.
1958 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “It’s All In The Game,” Tommy Edwards. The lyrics are written by Carl Sigman to a 1912 melody by Charles Gates Dawes, who later served as vice president of the U.S.
1958 – In a New York studio, Buddy Holly & the Crickets record “True Love Ways,” “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” “Moondreams,” and “Raining in My Heart.” It’s the Texas rocker’s last session.
1958 – Level 42 bass player Mark King, reputed to have one of the fastest thumbs in the Western Hemisphere, is born in Cowes, England.
1958 – Electro pioneer – well, he seemed like one at the time – Thomas Dolby is born in Cairo, Egypt. In 1983 he went to No. 5 with “She Blinded Me With Science.” He also recorded the soundtrack to Howard the Duck. Whoops.
1958 – In today’s issue of Billboard, there’s an article on new hit-makers the Teddy Bears. According to the magazine, “18-year-old Phil Spector, who wrote and arranged their hit ‘To Know Him Is to Love Him,’ is studying to be a court reporter.”
1958 – Country singer Tanya Tucker is born.
1958 – Barbara MacDonald of Timbuk 3 is born.
1958 – At a press conference in Germany, a reporter asks Elvis if he is afraid of being forgotten by music fans while he is in the Army. Presley responds “It makes you wonder, but if people forget me, I can’t complain. I had it once.”
1958 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “It’s All in the Game,” Tommy Edwards.