On This Day in Music for January 28

Events in Music

  • 1830 Opera "Fra Diavolo" premieres in Paris
  • 1916 Opera "Goyescas" premieres (NYC)
  • 1936 Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch's "Lady Macbeth" opera

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1956 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1957 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • 1965 The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
  • 1967 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  • 1979 "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
  • 1981 "5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 12 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

1985 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win

  • 1986 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 1988 "Saratina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 18th American Music Awards: M C Hammer & Janet Jackson

  • 1996 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1627 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, born in London (d. 1681) baptismal date
  • 1645 Gottfried Vopelius, composer
  • 1691 Johann Balthasar Konig, composer
  • 1693 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer
  • 1722 Johann Ernst Bach, composer
  • 1756 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer
  • 1757 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer
  • 1832 Franz Wullner, composer
  • 1841 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer
  • 1868 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer
  • 1868 Julian Aguirre, composer
  • 1875 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer
  • 1878 Walter Kollo [Kollodziepski], German composer (Der Juxbaron)
  • 1887 Artur Rubinstein, Lodz Poland, pianist
  • 1887 Lily Theresa Strickland, composer
  • 1891 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer
  • 1893 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1898 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • 1899 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • 1900 Michael Dewar Head, composer
  • 1907 Constantin Regamey, composer
  • 1908 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Peter Crossley-Holland, composer
  • 1927 Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner
  • 1929 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Luis de Pablo, composer
  • 1935 Leonid Grabovsky, composer
  • 1936 Jack Scott, vocalist (My True Love)
  • 1936 Robert Suderburg, composer
  • 1943 Dick Taylor, rock vocalist (Pretty Thing-Cry on Me)
  • 1944 Arnold Muhren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • 1944 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (Chamber Bros-Time Has Come Today), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 John Tavener, composer (The Whale), (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Martin Fried, rocker (Cyrkle-Red Rubber Ball)
  • 1945 José Luis Perales, Spanish singer
  • 1945 Robert Wyatt, English musician
  • 1946 Rick Allen, Ark, rock bassist (Box Tops-Letter)
  • 1950 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician
  • 1951 William Nelson Jr, US bassist (Connections & Disconnections)
  • 1954 Shawn Murray, rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • 1956 Peter Schilling, rocker, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1959 Dave Sharp, rock guitarist (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • 1959 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-born composer
  • 1962 Sam Phillips, singer/actress (Die Hard with a Vengeance)
  • 1963 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
  • 1968 Sarah McLachlan, folk singer (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy)
  • 1968 DJ Muggs, American musician (Cypress Hill)
  • 1968 Rakim, born William Michael Griffin Jr., American rapper
  • 1970 Donald Tardy, US, death metal drummer (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1975 Lee Latchford-Evans, English singer
  • 1976 Jarrod Montague, American drummer (Taproot)
  • 1977 Matt DeVries, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • 1977 Joey Fatone, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • 1980 Nick Carter, singer (Backstreet Boys)

Deaths in Music

  • 1768 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1813 Jan Joseph Rosler, composer, dies at 41
  • 1817 Friedrich Ludwig Emilius Kunzen, composer, dies at 55
  • 1869 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, composer, dies at 72
  • 1873 Henry Hugo Pierson, composer, dies at 57
  • 1896 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • 1898 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1903 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer, dies at 55
  • 1903 Jean Robert Planquette, composer, dies at 54
  • 1910 Jose Garcia Robles, composer, dies at 74
  • 1932 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1935 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • 1942 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Reynaldo Hahn, composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1960 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • 1965 Jef van Durme, composer, dies at 57
  • 1976 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1992 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • 2005 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 2015 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), dies at 81
  • 2016 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies at 74