On This Day

January 1924 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer (I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night), born in was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1997) (or Jan 2, 1929)
  • Jan 3 Nell Rankin, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 6 Earl Scruggs, American musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), born in Cleveland County, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Benjamin Lees [Lysniansky], American composer, born in Harbin, China (d. 2010)
  • Jan 8 Robert Starer, Austrian-born American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2001)
  • Jan 8 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Jan 10 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-born Canadian ballet dancer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1996)
  • Jan 10 Max Roach, American jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Jan 11 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), born in Lobdell, Louisiana (d. 1970)
  • Jan 20 Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, born in Houilles, France
  • Jan 22 J. J. Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2001)
  • Jan 24 David Craighead, American organist and educator, born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Jan 26 Warren Frank Benson, American composer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Jan 26 Alice Babs, Swedish singer and actress, born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • Jan 27 Alexander Georgiyevich Chugayev, composer
  • Jan 29 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Canonic Variations), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1990)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 11 Novelist Hermann Hesse (36) weds singer Ruth Wenger

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer & novelist, dies at 89
  • Jan 4 Alfred Grünfeld, Austrian pianist, composer (b. 1852)
  • Jan 15 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 29 Joseph Ludwig, composer, dies at 79