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January 1928 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 10 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Tiberiu Olah, composer
  • Jan 2 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2017)
  • Jan 9 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Wallace Berry, Canadian-American composer (d. 1991)
  • Jan 12 Ruth Brown, American actress & singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 14 Gerald Arpino, American dancer & choreographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jan 16 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 16 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, born in El Gancho, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Jan 17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, born in Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1973)
  • Jan 19 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident), born in Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2020) dies at 96
  • Jan 20 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • Jan 27 Jean-Michel Damase, French pianist and composer, born in Bordueax (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2000)
  • Jan 30 Harold Prince, American producer & director (West Side Story, Evita), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jan 30 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jan 31 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer, dies at 61