On This Day

January 1944 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Concert

Jan 18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time - performers include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, and Benny Goodman, via remote hook-up. [1]

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Music History

Jan 23 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music History

Jan 28 Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah" premieres in Pittsburgh

Conductor and Composer Leonard Bernstein
Conductor and Composer
Leonard Bernstein

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Péter Eötvös, Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher ("Chinese Opera"), born in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania)
  • Jan 3 David Atherton, English conductor
  • Jan 4 Volker Hornback, German saxophone player and violinist (Tangerine Dream, 1967-69)
  • Jan 7 Mike McGear, English singer (Paul McCartney's brother), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 8 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

Jimmy Page

Jan 9 Jimmy Page, English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • Jan 10 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleader, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Jan 11 York Georg Holler, composer
  • Jan 12 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 12 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), (d. 1995)
  • Jan 16 Jim Stafford, American singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill), born in Eloise, Florida
  • Jan 17 Françoise Hardy, French pop singer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 18 Larry "Legs" Smith, British rocker (Bonzo Dog Band - "Urban Spaceman"), born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Al Perkins, American steel guitarist (Triple Play), born in De Kalb, Texas
  • Jan 19 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), born in Saltvik, Åland Islands, Finland (d. 2008)
  • Jan 19 Laurie London, English singer
  • Jan 21 (Frank) Neely Bruce, American composer (Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Jerry Lawson, American musician (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 24 Klaus Nomi, German singer, born in Immenstadt, Germany (d. 1983)
  • Jan 27 Kevin Coyne, English musician, born in Derby (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Nick Mason, British progressive rock drummer (Pink Floyd), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 28 Arnold Mühren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats - "One Way Wind"), born in Volendam, Holland
  • Jan 28 John Tavener, British composer (The Whale), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 28 Marty Fried, American rock drummer (The Cyrkle - "Red Rubber Ball"), born in Wayside, New Jersey
  • Jan 30 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in New York City, New York (d. 2020)
  • Jan 31 Charlie Musselwhite, American blues harmonica player (Stand Back!; Get Up!), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 19 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71