On This Day

January 1941 in Music History

Events in Music

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

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 & human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jan 12 Long John Baldry, English blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), 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 singer (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 & television host, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • Jan 21 Placido Domingo, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jan 21 Richie Havens, American folk singer (Here Comes the Sun), born in 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, born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond

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 composer, dies at 90