On This Day

January 1941 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 3 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 John Bennett Perry, singer/actor (Falcon Crest), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Jan 5 Grady Thomas, American rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Jan 7 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • Jan 8 Little Anthony [Anthony Gourdine], American rhythm and blues singer (Little Anthony and the Imperials-Goin' Out of My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 9 Joan Baez, American folk singer ("Diamonds & Rust"), and human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jan 12 "Long" John Baldry, English blues vocalist ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll"), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom (d. 2005)
  • Jan 15 Captain Beefheart [Don Van Vliet], American singer-songwriter (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast), born in Glendale, California (d. 2010)
  • Jan 17 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist, born in Martinborough, New Zealand
  • Jan 18 Bobby Goldsboro, American pop and country singer-songwriter ("Honey"), born in Marianna, Florida
  • Jan 18 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations ("My Girl"; "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"), born in Whynot, Mississippi (d. 1991)
  • Jan 20 Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer and television host, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Person of interestPlácido Domingo

Jan 21 Plácido Domingo, Spanish opera and Latin tenor, conductor and artistic director (Verdi's "Otello"), born in Madrid, Spain

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
  • Jan 21 Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist who opened the Woodstock Festival ("Freedom"; "Here Comes the Sun"), born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jan 24 Aaron Neville, American singer & keyboardist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 24 Michael Chapman, English musician (Looking for 11), born in Leeds, England

Person of interestNeil Diamond

Jan 24 Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter ("Sweet Caroline"; "I'm A Believer"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
  • Jan 27 Bobby Hutcherson, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player ("Little B's Poem"; SFJAZZ Collective), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jan 28 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1989)
  • Jan 31 Jerry Scheff, American session and touring bassist (Elvis Presley, 1969 to 1977), born in Denver, Colorado

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist & composer (The Enchanted Nymph), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Jan 10 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer (Sea), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Dobri Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Iver Holter, Norwegian conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 1886-1911), and composer (St. Hans Kveld), dies at 90