January 1938 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall

Music Concert

Jan 16 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall, performed by Benny Goodman and his band

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor, born in Greco
  • Jan 7 Paul Revere [Dick], American rock organ player and pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders - "Kicks": "Indian Reservation"), born in Harvard Nebraska, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 7 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], British rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), born in Stoneycroft, Liverpool, England (d. 1972)
  • Jan 8 Jørn Elniff, Danish bebop jazz drummer (Music for Mice and Men; Bud Powell), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1991)
  • Jan 13 Paavo Heininen, Finnish contemporary classical composer (Tritopos; Veitsi - The Knife), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2022)
  • Jan 13 Shiv Kumar Sharma, Indian santoor (100-string dulcimer-like instrument) master, and composer, born in Jammu, British India (d. 2022)

Allen ToussaintAllen Toussaint (1938-2015)

Jan 14 American pianist, songwriter and producer ("Mother-In-Law"; "Working In A Coal Mine"; "Southern Nights"), born in Gert Town, Louisiana

  • Jan 14 Jack Jones, American singer (Love Boat Theme), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 18 Hargus “Pig” Robbins, American Nashville session piano player (Patsy Cline; Charlie Rich; Roger Miller; Bob Dylan; Ween), born Spring City, Tennessee (d. 2022) [1]
  • Jan 19 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), born in Stockholm (d. 2004)
  • Jan 24 Julius Arthur Hemphill, American saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas

Etta JamesEtta James (1938-2012)

Jan 25 American singer ("Roll With Me"; "At Last"), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 26 Bill Wurtzel, American jazz and classical guitarist (Count Basie), born in Forestburgh, New York
  • Jan 31 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)

Deaths in Music

Zitkála-ŠáZitkála-Šá (1876-1938)

Jan 26 [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, dies at 61