On This Day in Music for January 1

Events in Music

  • 1770 Date of action in the opera "Madeleine"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1863 Franz Schubert's "Missa Solemnis," premieres in Leipzig

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert

Music concertMusic Concert

1960 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 1962 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful
  • 1966 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • 1972 "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • 1972 "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1972 "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 performances
  • 1976 "Musical Jubilee" closes at St James Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 1978 "Your Arm's Too Short..." closes at Lyceum NYC after 429 performances
  • 1983 'New age music' radio program "Hearts of Space" makes its national syndication debut on U.S. National Public Radio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1991 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide
  • 1994 "Flying Karamzov Brothers" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • 1994 "Grand Night after Singing" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • 1995 "Glass Menagerie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 57 performances
  • 1995 "Shadow Box" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1995 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1628 Christoph Bernhard, German composer
  • 1652 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, born in Nuremberg (d. 1735)
  • 1697 Johann Pfeiffer, composer
  • 1723 Christian Friedrich Gregor, composer
  • 1748 Giovanni Furno, composer
  • 1777 Micah Hawkins, composer
  • 1784 William Beale, composer
  • 1800 Sydney Nelson, composer
  • 1800 Vaclav Horak, composer
  • 1831 William Joseph Westbrook, composer
  • 1843 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer
  • 1853 Hans Koessler, composer
  • 1865 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer
  • 1868 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 1874 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer
  • 1878 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer
  • 1885 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Alexander Smallens, conductor, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1889 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer
  • 1892 Artur Rodzinski, Spalato, Dalmatia, Polish conductor/composer
  • 1892 Miklos Radnai, composer
  • 1895 Nathaniel Shilkret, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • 1896 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • 1898 Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
  • 1899 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer
  • 1899 Raymond Loucheur, composer
  • 1900 Xavier Cugat, Spanish American bandleader (married Abbe Lane, Charo), born in Girona, Catalonia (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Erich Schmid, composer
  • 1911 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Dec 27]
  • 1916 Earl Wrightson, Balt Md, singer (Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue)
  • 1919 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • 1920 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1923 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • 1926 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • 1930 Werner Heiden, composer
  • 1931 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • 1933 Anders Bo Leif Linde, composer
  • 1935 Harold Martina, Netherland Antilles, pianist/conductor
  • 1936 Eve Queler, American conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in GyƑrasszonyfa
  • 1940 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • 1942 Country Joe McDonald, California, rock guitarist/vocalist (& the Fish)
  • 1942 George Couroupos, composer
  • 1942 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • 1947 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer
  • 1947 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
  • 1949 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • 1950 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • 1953 Alpha Blondy, [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • 1953 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • 1953 Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • 1953 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • 1954 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • 1958 Grandmaster Flash, [Joseph Saddler], American rocker (Message), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits)
  • 1967 Tim Dog, American rapper
  • 1968 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer
  • 1972 DJ Shadow, American DJ and songwriter
  • 1978 Tarik O'Regan, British composer
  • 1979 Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • 1987 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 2004 Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2011 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

HeartWedding of Interest

2011 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • 2015 Singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus

Deaths in Music

  • 1701 Pietro Sanmartini, composer, dies at 64
  • 1753 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer, dies at 55
  • 1768 Jean-Laurent Krafft, composer, dies at 73
  • 1777 Emanuele Barbella, composer, dies at 58
  • 1782 Johann Christian Bach (English Bach), German composer, 11th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at 46
  • 1789 Christleib Siegmund Binder, composer, dies at 65
  • 1816 Francois Alexander Sallantin, composer, dies at 60
  • 1818 Fedele Fenaroli, composer, dies at 87
  • 1850 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), dies at 76
  • 1906 Joseph Miroslav Weber, composer, dies at 51
  • 1907 Cyrill Kistler, composer, dies at 58
  • 1942 Jaroslav Jezek, composer, dies at 35
  • 1945 Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, dies at the front during WWII at 33
  • 1948 Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • 1948 Willem Louis Frederic Landre, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953 Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1958 David Broekman, musican (Think Fast), dies at 55
  • 1964 Otto Emanuel Olsson, composer, dies at 84
  • 1965 Juan Bautista Plaza-Alfonzo, composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 Moon Mullican, rocker, dies at 58
  • 1972 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • 1981 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)
  • 1984 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (b. 1928)
  • 1992 Constantin Poustochkine, jazz critic, dies
  • 1992 Corky Geil, dancer, dies in Long Beach CA at 64
  • 1995 Jess Stacy, US jazz pianist (Great Gatsby), dies at 90
  • 1995 Ted Hawkins, US blues singer (Watch Your Step), dies at 58
  • 1996 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic, dies at 55
  • 1997 Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52
  • 1997 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Hugh Davies, English composer, dies at 61
  • 2006 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks) (b. 1956)
  • 2007 Julius Hegyi, American conductor (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Del Reeves, American country singer (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian (b. 1952)
  • 2011 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2012 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2013 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American pop singer, dies at 85

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page