On This Day

January 1942 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 24 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Country Joe McDonald, California, rock guitarist/vocalist (& the Fish)
  • Jan 1 George Couroupos, composer
  • Jan 1 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • Jan 4 John McLaughlin [Mahavishnu], American rock guitarist (Sentimental Journey/Clouds of Joy), born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • Jan 5 Maurizio Pollini, Italian classical pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 8 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Jan 11 Clarence Clemons, American rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band), born in Norfolk County, Virginia (d. 2011)
  • Jan 15 Edward "Sonny" Bivins, American singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Jan 16 Barbara Lynn, American singer (You'll Lose a Good Thing), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jan 16 Billy Francis, American rocker (Dr Hook), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jan 16 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2016)
  • Jan 17 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist, born in Kitzingen, Germany
  • Jan 19 Michael Crawford [Michael Patrick Smith], British Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • Jan 20 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Jan 21 Edwin Starr [Charles Hatcher], American singer (War)
  • Jan 21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty), born in Lubbock, Texas (d, 2020)
  • Jan 27 Petr Kotik, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • Jan 29 Claudine Longet, French former Mrs Andy Williams/singer
  • Jan 30 Dries Holten, Dutch singer (Sandra & Andres), born in Cimahi, Indonesia
  • Jan 30 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Jan 31 Gerald Chanberlain, rocker

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Jaroslav Ježek, Czechoslovakian composer, dies at 35
  • Jan 4 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), dies at 70
  • Jan 6 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • Jan 8 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, dies at 44
  • Jan 17 Frederick Jerome Work, African American composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 21 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Eugène Samuel-Holeman, Belgian composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 28 Pablo Luna, Spanish composer (De España vengo), dies at 61
  • Jan 29 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72