On This Day

January 1936 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Noël Coward's "Astonished Heart" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Jan 24 Benny Goodman & orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records

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Jan 26 Joseph Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" but he and his officials leave early and the play is denounced in state press

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer
Dmitri Shostakovich

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Jan 28 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth"


Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Eve Queler, American conductor, born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRoger Miller

Jan 2 Roger Miller, American country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1992)

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • Jan 3 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, born in Roermond (d. 1996)
  • Jan 7 Eldee Young, US jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio; Young-Holt Unlimited Soulful Strut), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Jan 8 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor, born in Bmo, Czech Republic
  • Jan 9 Peter Fletcher, British orchestral conductor & music teacher
  • Jan 11 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Jan 13 Ami Maayani, Israeli composer and conductor, born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Jan 13 Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • Jan 14 Clarence Carter, American singer (Thread the Needle), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jan 19 Elliott Schwartz, composer, born in New York City
  • Jan 24 Daniel Goode, American composer, born in New York
  • Jan 24 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • Jan 28 Robert Suderburg, composer
  • Jan 29 Malcolm Binns, concert pianist
  • Jan 29 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • Jan 31 Marvin Junior, American singer (the Dells - Oh What a Nite), born in Harold, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 7 Guy d'Hardelot [Helen Rhodes], French composer (Because), dies at 78
  • Jan 22 Louis Glass, Danish composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 23 Dame Clara Butt, alto singer (Country of Hope & Glory), dies at 62