On This Day

January 1888 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 10 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • Jan 12 Claude Delvincourt, composer

Person of interestLead Belly

Jan 20 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • Jan 14 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83