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January 1944 in Music History

Events in Music


Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 18 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Peter Eotvos, composer
  • Jan 3 David Atherton, English conductor
  • Jan 4 Volker Hornback, rocker (Tangerine Dream)
  • Jan 7 Mike McGear, English singer (Paul McCartney's brother), born in Liverpool, England

Person of interestJimmy 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 & bandleader (Golddigers), 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 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, composer
  • Jan 19 Laurie London, English singer
  • Jan 21 Neely Bruce, American composer
  • 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, English drummer (Pink Floyd), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 28 Arnold Muhren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • Jan 28 John Tavener, British composer (The Whale), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 28 Martin Fried, rocker (Cyrkle-Red Rubber Ball)
  • Jan 30 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in New York City, New York (d. 2020)
  • Jan 31 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)

Deaths in Music

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