On This Day

January 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 6 "Happy as Larry" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 7 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 14 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • Jan 17 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Jan 20 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances
  • Jan 21 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • Jan 2 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist, born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 3 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jan 3 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • Jan 5 Chris Stein, American rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 7 Juan Gabriel [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, born in Michoacan state (d. 2016)
  • Jan 9 David Johansen [Buster Poindexter], American singer-songwriter & actor (Hot! Hot! Hot!), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jan 9 Rio Reiser, German rock musician & singer (Ton Steine Scherben), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Jan 15 David Lynn Jones, American country singer (Bonnie Jean), born in Bexar, Arkansas
  • Jan 16 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 16 (Kemji) "Damo" Suzuki, Japanese rock singer (Can; Damo Suzuki's Network), born in Japan
  • Jan 18 Claudia de Colombia, Colombian singer (Yo Creo En Ti), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Jan 21 Billy Ocean [Leslie Charles], Trinidadian-British pop and R&B singer ("Caribbean Queen"; "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"), born in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jan 21 Richie Ranno, American rock guitarist (Starz), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Jan 23 Bill Cunningham, American rock bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 23 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rock organisst, accordion and glockenspieler (E Street Band), born in Flemington, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Jan 23 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health), born in Prestatyn, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2012)
  • Jan 28 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician (Squalls; Jolly Beggars), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan t
  • Jan 29 Max Carl [Gronenthal], American rock singer and musician ( Grand Funk Railroad, 2000-present; 38 Special, 1987-92), born in Platte Center, Nebraska

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 12 Koos van de Griend, Dutch composer, dies at 44