On This Day

January 1948 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston by the Boston Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Serge Koussevitzky; wins 1947 Pulitzer Prize
  • Jan 10 "Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances
  • Jan 13 1st country music TV show, "Midwestern Hayride", premieres on WLW-T in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 24 "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Jan 29 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Larry McNeeley, banjo player (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Jan 7 Kaz Lux, Dutch singer, born in Oosterhout, Netherlands
  • Jan 7 Kenny Loggins, American singer (Loggins and Messina-This is it, Footloose), born in Everett, Washington
  • Jan 7 Rick Marotta, American session drummer (Carly Simon; Steely Dan; Warren Zevon), and composer, born in New York City
  • Jan 9 Bill Cowsill, American singer & musician (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "The Rain, The Park, And Other Thing"), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2006)

Person of interestDonald Fagen

Jan 10 Donald Fagen, American rock vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter (Steely Dan - "Reelin' In The Years"), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Singer Donald Fagen
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Donald Fagen
  • Jan 10 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • Jan 10 Fayette Pinkney, American pop and disco singer (The Three Degrees, 1963-76 - "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"; "When Will I See You Again?"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Jan 11 Terry Williams, Welsh rock drummer (Dire Straits), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jan 12 John Etheridge, British guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Lambeth, England
  • Jan 14 Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, American musician and producer (Los Lobos; Sam Philips: BoDeans), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 15 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1977)
  • Jan 17 Mick Taylor, British rock guitarist (John Mayhall' Bluesbreakers, 1967-69; Rolling Stones, 1969-74 - "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Woman"), born in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 Anne Queffélec, French concert pianist, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 19 Harvey Hinsley, British musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Mel Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2004)
  • Jan 22 Gilbert Levine, American orchestral conductor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 23 Anita Pointer, American pop vocalist (Pointer Sisters - "He's So Shy"; "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 24 Michael Des Barres, British actor & rock singer, born in Hove, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Laurence "Corky" Laing, Canadian rock drummer and songwriter (Mountain, Cork), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 27 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in London (d. 2001)
  • Jan 27 Chuck Larsen, American country-rockabilly singer and banjo player (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • Jan 27 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-American ballet dancer,and choreographer (American Ballet Theater), and actor (The Turning Point; Sex In The City), born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • Jan 29 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • Jan 29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Hermann Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart, Die Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 Willem Landré, Dutch composer, and music educator, dies at 73
  • Jan 8 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Jan 9 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65