On This Day in Music for January 25

Events in Music

  • 1817 Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome
  • 1835 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Puritani" premieres in Paris
  • 1902 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1908 John Blockx's opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
  • 1915 Giordano, Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gêne" premieres in NYC
  • 1964 Beatles 1st US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music awardsMusic Awards

1982 9th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Kenny Rogers win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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1993 20th American Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 1994 Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court
  • 1998 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • 1998 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC

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1998 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged


Birthdays in Music

  • 1750 Johann Gottfried Vierling, composer
  • 1834 Pablo Hernandez Salces, composer
  • 1844 Frederick E Kitziger, composer
  • 1851 Jan Blockx, Belgium, opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg)
  • 1858 Giuseppi Radiciotti, composer
  • 1880 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, born in Hawick, Roxburghshire (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer
  • 1884 Edward Kilenyi, composer
  • 1886 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Vladimir Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer
  • 1899 "Sleepy" John Estes, blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1910 Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck, composer
  • 1911 Julia Frances Smith, composer
  • 1915 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician and songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Antonio Carlos Jobim, composer
  • 1931 Stikkan, Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur
  • 1938 Etta James [Jamesette Hawkins], singer (Roll with Me, At Last), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Ronnie Brandon, rocker (McCoys)
  • 1950 Michael Cotton, rocker (Tubes)
  • 1952 Sara Mandiano, French singer and songwriter
  • 1953 Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • 1954 Richard Finch, rock bassist (KC & Sunshine-That's the Way I Like It)
  • 1956 Andy Cox, rock guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • 1957 Edmund Theodore Sylvers, rocker (Sylvers)
  • 1958 Gary Brian Tibbs, rock bassist (Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • 1963 Carl Fysh, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • 1969 Heidi Wolfgramm, rocker (Jets)
  • 1969 Jesse Harte, Rome Ga, heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1969 Kina [Cosper], American singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Ana Ortiz, American actress and singer
  • 1974 Jonathan Bryan Colling, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1981 Tose Proeski, Macedonian Singer (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Alicia Keys [Cook], singer-songwriter (Fallin, Where Do We Go From Here), born in New York City

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • 1982 Sho Sakurai, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1983 Andrée Watters, Canadian singer
  • 1985 Tina Karol, Ukrainian singer
  • 1989 Sheryfa Luna, French singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1744 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer, dies at 64
  • 1820 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austria violin cellist, dies at 79
  • 1829 William Shield, composer, dies at 80
  • 1875 Leopold Jansa, composer, dies at 79
  • 1882 Peter Singer, composer, dies at 71
  • 1921 Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, composer, dies at 43
  • 1942 Eugene Samuel-Holeman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1949 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1960 Rutland Boughton, composer, dies at 82
  • 1965 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees, composer, dies at 63
  • 1965 Staff Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), dies at 63
  • 1969 Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • 1987 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • 1992 Vernon William Reed Sr, singer, dies after a long illness at 73
  • 1996 Jonathan Larson, composer, dead Aortic aneurysm at 35
  • 1999 Robert Shaw, American conductor (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Ray Peterson, American singer (b. 1935)
  • 2008 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • 2012 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • 2015 Demis Roussos, Greek singer, dies at 68