On This Day

January 1952 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jan 1 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 5th string quartet

  • Jan 2 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
  • Jan 30 Paul Creston's 4th Symphony premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 (Graeme) "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks - "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word";"Jukebox in Siberia"), TV host (Shirl's Neighbourhood), and carpenter (Our House), born in Malvern, Victoria, Australia) (d. 2001)
  • Jan 8 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 10 Scott Thurston, American session and touring guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter (Iggy Pop, 1973-79; Motels, 1982-84; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1989-2017), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 11 Lee Ritenour, American jazz-fusion guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 12 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer ("Wild-Eyed Dream"), born in Danville, Virginia
  • Jan 13 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, born in Helsinki (d. 2008)
  • Jan 15 Melvyn Gale, English cellist (Electric Light Orchestra, 1975-79 - "Livin' Thing"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Boris Blank, Swiss artist & musician (Yello, Tranceonic), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jan 17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 18 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 19 Dewey Bunell, British-American musician (America - "Daisy Jane"), born in Borough of Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Ian Hill, English rock bassist (Judas Priest - "Breakin the Law"), born in West Bromwich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Paul Stanley [Stanley Eisen], American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer (KISS - "Rock and Roll All Nite"), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jan 22 Teddy Gentry, American country music bassist (Alabama - "Mountain Music"), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • Jan 22 Teresa Kaban, Polish classical pianist and co-director of the International Festival of Rediscovered and Forgotten Music, born in Gliwice, Poland
  • Jan 25 Sara Mandiano [Françoise Castellani], French singer & songwriter, born in France
  • Jan 25 Peter Garland, American composer, and musicologist, born in Portland, Maine
  • Jan 28 George Green, American songwriter ("Hurts So Good", "Rain On The Scarecrow"), born in Seymour, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Jan 29 Kenn Kweder, American rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Diablo"; "Suzy Said So"; "Mommy And Daddy"), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania [1]
  • Jan 30 Valery Khalilov, Russian military conductor and composer, born Termez, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan) (d. 2016)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 11 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor, dies at 66
  • Jan 14 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Arthur Farwell, American composer, dies at 74