On This Day

January 1947 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 4 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances
  • Jan 4 Revival of Victor Herbert's operetta "The Red Mill" closes at 46th Street Theater, NYC, after 531 performances
  • Jan 9 "Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 148 performances
  • Jan 9 Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony premieres in San Francisco with Pierre Monteux conducting the San Francisco Symphony,
  • Jan 10 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 725 performances
  • Jan 21 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances

Music Premiere

Jan 21 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel, Switzerland


Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Gary "BB" Coleman, American blues record producer, singer, and guitarist ("If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair)"), born in Paris, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Jan 1 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong Canto-pop singer, born in Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Jan 3 James Mtume [Forman], American Grammy Award-winning jazz and R&B percussionist, songwriter, record producer (Mile Davis; "Juicy Fruit"), social activist, and radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)
  • Jan 4 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • Jan 4 John King, American rock drummer (Steve Miller Band, 1972-74), born in Kingsport, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Jan 6 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention - "If You Gotta Go"), born in London, England
  • Jan 6 Jacques Bolognesi, French jazz trombonist and accordion player (Hermetotico), born in Gap, France
  • Jan 7 David Porcelijn, Dutch composer & conductor, born in Achtkarspelen, Netherlands

David Bowie

Jan 8 David Bowie [Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"; "Heroes"), mime, and actor (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence; Labyrinth))born in London, England (d. 2016)

  • Jan 8 Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies, 1969-81 - "YHe Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother";"Lomg Cool Woman In A Black Dress"), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2009) [1]
  • Jan 13 John Lees, British progressive rock guitarist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, England
  • Jan 13 Drew Abbott, American rock guitarist (Silver Bullet Band, 1974-83), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Jan 13 Chris Thomas, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Pink Floyd; Procol Harem; Elton John; The Pretenders), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England
  • Jan 15 Pete Waterman, English record producer (Stock Aitken & Waterman - "Road Block"), born in Stoke Heath, Coventry
  • Jan 16 James "Sandy" Pinkard, American country music songwriter, born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • Jan 17 Ulysses Dove, American dancer & choreographer, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Jan 19 Roderic "Rod" Evans, English rocker (The Maze, Deep Purple), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Jan 20 George Grantham, American drummer and vocalist (Poco - "Crazy Eyes"), born in Cordell, Oklahoma
  • Jan 21 Jimmy Ibbotson, American country and folk-rock singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 (Julian) "Pye" Hastings, British singer and musician (Caravan - "In The Land of Grey and Pink"), born in Tomnavoulin, Banffshire, Scotland
  • Jan 21 Michel Jonasz, French pop and jazz singer-songwriter, and composer, born in Drancy, France
  • Jan 24 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter & musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 Michel Sardou, French pop singer and songwriter, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 27 Nedra Telley, American pop and Christian music vocalist (Ronettes - "Be My Baby"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)
  • Jan 27 Calvin "Cal" Schenkel, American illustrator, graphic designer, and album cover designer (Frank Zappa; Captain Beefheart; Tom Waits), born in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 29 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), born in Epping, England (d. 1985)
  • Jan 29 Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • Jan 30 Martin Christoph Redel, German composer, born in Detmold, Germany
  • Jan 30 Steve Marriott, British rock guitarist, singer & songwriter (Small Faces, 1965-68, 75-78); Humble Pie, 1969-75, 79-83 - Eat It), born in Manor Park, London (d. 1991)
  • Jan 31 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 31 Earl Okin, British jazz guitarist, songwriter and comic (Musical Genius and Sex Symbol), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born vaudeville and film singer and entertainer dies at 68
  • Jan 26 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • Jan 28 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, dies at 72