On This Day

January 1940 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 23 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in Győrasszonyfa
  • Jan 1 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 5 Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • Jan 6 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • Jan 6 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2017)
  • Jan 8 Cristy Lane, American country music & gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Jan 9 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, American singer & actor (Howard-Bachelor Father), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Jan 9 Al Downing, American singer, born in Oklahoma, United States (d. 2005)
  • Jan 11 Mark DeVoto, America Musicologist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 20 Jorge Peixinho, Portuguese composer & conductor, born in Montijo, Portugal
  • Jan 22 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 23 Johnny Russell, American country singer, born in Moorhead, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Jan 30 David Johnson, American composer, born in Batavia, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 24 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52