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January 1934 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 22 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" debuts in Leningrad

  • Jan 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" is performed in Moscow; roundly criticized by the Communist Party, it was banned in the Soviet Union until 1961

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Bryan George Kelly, composer
  • Jan 5 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), born in Cape Town
  • Jan 6 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • Jan 9 Julian B Coco, Dutch guitarist (Princess Christina), born in Willemstad, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • Jan 16 Marilyn Horne, American mezzo-soprano, born in Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 16 Richard Wernick, American composer (1977 Pulitzer Prize: Visions of Terror and Wonder), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • Jan 17 Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer ("Mosaic"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Jan 26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American R&B pianist ("Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu"; "Having a Good Time"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Noel Harrison, British singer ("The Windmills of Your Mind"), and actor (Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - "Mark Slate"), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 29 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • Jan 31 Ron Weatherburn, British jazz pianist, born in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England (d. 1995)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 30 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 12 Pawel Kochanski, Polish violinist, composer and arranger (b. 1887)
  • Jan 15 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), dies at 70
  • Jan 16 Annie Patterson, Irish organist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 65
  • Jan 19 Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70