January 1948 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

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 Harold Rome's musical "Call Me Mister", starring Betty Garrett closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 734 performances
  • Jan 10 J.B Priestley's stage drama "An Inspector Calls" closes at the Booth Theatre, NYC, after 95 performances
  • Jan 13 1st country music TV show, "Midwestern Hayride", premieres on WLW-T in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 15 Richard Lewine, Hassard Short, and Arnold Horwitt's musical comedy revue "Make Mine Manhattan", featuring Broadway debut of Sid Caesar opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 429 performances
  • Jan 24 Henry Duffy's musical "Music in My Heart", based on life and work of Piotr Tchaikovsky, 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, American bluegrass and session banjo player (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Jan 5 Rob Quist, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player (Mission Mountain Wood Band), born in Cut Bank, Montana
  • Jan 7 Kaz Lux, Dutch blues-rock guitarist and singer, born in Oosterhout, Netherlands
  • Jan 7 Kenny Loggins, American singer-songwriter (Loggins and Messina - "Danny's Song"; "Your Mama Don't Dance"; solo - "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 and musician (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "The Rain, The Park, And Other Things"), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2006)
  • Jan 9 Cassie Gaines, American rock singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Miami, Oklahoma (d. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Paul King, British rock guitarist and banjo player (Mungo Jerry, 1970-72), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • Jan 9 Tim Hart, British folk-rock singer, guitaist, mandolin and dulcimer player (Steeleye Span, 1969-82 - "All Around My Hat"; "Gaudete"), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)

Donald FagenDonald Fagen (75 years old)

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

  • 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 10 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • Jan 11 Terry Williams, Welsh rock drummer (Man; Rockpile; Dire Straits, 1982-88), 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 - "Gimme Three Steps"), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1977)
  • Jan 17 Anne Queffélec, French concert pianist, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 17 Mick Taylor, British rock guitarist (John Mayhall's Bluesbreakers, 1967-69; Rolling Stones, 1969-74 - "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Woman"), born in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
  • 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 and R&B singer (The Pointer Sisters - "He's So Shy"; "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California (d. 2022)
  • Jan 23 Glenn Wheatley, Australian rock bassist (The Masters Apprentices), and talent manager (Little River Band; John Farnham), born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia (d. 2022)
  • Jan 24 Charlie Souza, American session and touring bass player and vocalist (Mudcrutch), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 24 Michael Des Barres, British rock singer (Detective; Power Station), actor (MacGyver; The New WKRP in Cincinnati), and radio DJ, born in Hove, England
  • Jan 26 (Laurence) "Corky" Laing, Canadian rock drummer and songwriter (Mountain, Cork), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 27 Chuck Larsen, American country-rockabilly singer and banjo player (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • Jan 27 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 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, American R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On), born in Richmond, California (d. 2017)
  • Jan 29 Marc Singer, Canadian-American actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 29 American singer and comic actor Dennis Day (31) weds American Peggy Almquist (24) in San Juan Capistrano, California, until his death in 1988

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

Ermanno Wolf-FerrariErmanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948)

Jan 21 Italian light opera composer, dies at 72

  • Jan 26 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65