1958 – Alan Freed organizes quite a Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular at Manhattan’s Loew’s State Theatre. Among the 17 acts are Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, the Moonglows, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Avalon, the Everly Brothers and headliner Johnnie Ray.
1958 – After just two weeks on the Billboard Pop chart, “The Chipmunk Song” was the number one tune in the US. It’s creator, David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian), named the Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore, after executives at Liberty Records.
1958 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “The Chipmunk Song,” The Chipmunks with David Seville. The song is the second No. 1 for Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian, alias David Seville. Before he created the Chipmunks, Seville hit in April 1958 with “Witch Doctor.”
1958 – F. M. Einheit of sonic savages Einsturzende Neubauten is born in Dortmund, Germany.
1958 – R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills is born in Orange, Calif.
1958 – Mike Mills of R.E.M. is born. The group’s best selling album is 1991’s “Out of Time,” which sells more than 3 million copies.
1958 – Motley Crue bassist and – some would say – mastermind, Nikki Sixx is born in Seattle. Although “mind” isn’t the first thing that comes to, er, mind when you think “Motley Crue.”
1958 – Psychedelic Furs bassist Tim Butler is born on this day in rock history!