On This Day in Music for January 30

Events in Music

  • 1858 Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
  • 1952 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony, premieres

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1959 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres
  • 1965 "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis hits #3
  • 1969 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London
  • 1971 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1981 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Music awardsMusic Awards

1989 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • 1995 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
  • 1995 Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "Tonight Show"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1505 Thomas Tallis, English composer (d. 1585)
  • 1563 Franciscus Gomarus, [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist/opera singer
  • 1647 Konrad Hoffler, German composer (d. 1705)
  • 1694 Joseph Joachim Benedict Munster, composer
  • 1697 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist/composer
  • 1710 Vigilio Blasio Faitello, Italian composer (d. 1768)
  • 1724 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, composer
  • 1752 Joseph Matthias Kracher, composer
  • 1756 Josef Preindl, composer
  • 1760 Franz Xaver Partsch, composer
  • 1789 George Augustus Kollmann, composer
  • 1861 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, Mulhouse Alsace, composer
  • 1862 Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer
  • 1892 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, composer
  • 1900 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1909 Mihaly Hajou, composer
  • 1911 Roy Eldridge, Pitts, Pennsylvania, American jazz trumpeter (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw)
  • 1915 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
  • 1919 Robert Suter, composer
  • 1920 George Skibine, Russ/US dancer/choreographer (Tragedy in Verona)
  • 1921 Bernie Leighton, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime), born in West Haven, Connecticut
  • 1922 Pal Jardanyi, composer
  • 1926 Lizbeth Webb, Reading, UK, soprano, (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)
  • 1928 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Richard Dufallo, clarinetist/conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1934 Tammy Grimes, American actress (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1940 David Johnson, composer
  • 1941 Joe Terranoua, rocker (Danny & The Juniors)
  • 1942 Andres, [Dries Holten], Dutch singer (Sandra & Andres)
  • 1942 Marty Balin, singer (Jefferson Starship-Miracles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1943 Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Robert Wittinger, composer
  • 1947 Martin Christoph Redel, composer
  • 1947 Steve Marriott, rock guitarist/vocalist (Humble Pie-Eat It, Faces)
  • 1951 Clifford Leon Anderson, rocker (Cure)
  • 1951 Marv Ross, rocker (Quarterflash)
  • 1951 Phil Collins, England, singer/drummer (Genesis-Against All Odds)
  • 1954 Alides Hidding, singer/guitarist (Time Bandits)
  • 1955 Michael Thompson, guitarist (Afterburn, Fresh, Sahara, Gridlock'd)
  • 1958 Rob van Zandvoort, Dutch rock vocalist/keyboardist (Jack of Hearts)
  • 1959 Jody Watley, Chic, dancer (Solid Gold)/singer (Looking For a New Love)
  • 1967 Bill Leverty, guitarist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1967 Jay Gordon, American musician
  • 1968 Trevor Dunn, American musician (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3)
  • 1975 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi)
  • 1981 Josh Kelley, American musician
  • 1986 Sam Duckworth, British singer-songwriter
  • 1989 Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper
  • 1990 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress/singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1934 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 2016 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • 1774 Frantisek Ignac Antonin Tuma, composer, dies at 69
  • 1774 Jean-Pierre Guignon, composer, dies at 71
  • 1797 Johann Abraham Sixt, composer, dies at 40
  • 1827 Johann Philipp Christian Schulz, composer, dies at 53
  • 1860 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, composer, dies at 44
  • 1881 Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
  • 1890 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), dies at 53
  • 1925 Jakab Gyula Major, composer, dies at 66
  • 1927 Friedrich Ernst Koch, composer, dies at 64
  • 1929 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)
  • 1942 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72
  • 1945 William Busch, composer, dies at 43
  • 1963 Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)
  • 1972 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer, dies at 81
  • 1975 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • 1976 Mance Lipscomb, rocker, dies at 80
  • 1980 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • 1982 Lightning Hopkins, rocker, dies of cancer at 69
  • 1982 Riccardo Nielsen, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1982 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1986 Ticker Freeman, pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74
  • 1994 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • 1994 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1995 George Richard James, saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Bob Thiele, record producer, dies at 73
  • 1998 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • 2011 John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)
  • 2013 Patty Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 94
  • 2015 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88