January 1953 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Alpha Blondy [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer ("Jerusalem")
  • Jan 1 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • Jan 5 Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers), born in Mojave, California
  • Jan 6 Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist (AC/DC - "Highway to Hell"), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2017)
  • Jan 7 Earl Lindo, Jamaican reggae keyboardist (Bob Marley & the Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • Jan 10 Pat Benatar [Andrezejewski], American rock singer ("Hit Me with Your Best Shot"; "Love Is A Battlefield"; "We Belong"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 15 Bob Clearmountain, American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer (Bruce Springsteen; Crowded House), and record producer (Bryan Adams; Bon Jovi), born in Connecticut
  • Jan 15 Chris D. [Desjardins], American punk rock singer, and poet (The Flesh Eaters), born in Riverside, California
  • Jan 19 Desi Arnaz Jr., American actor (Here's Lucy - "Craig"; Fakeout; Joyride), and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Michael Boddicker, American session synthesizer player (Michael Jackson; Lionel Richie; Chicago), and film composer (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Jan 19 Stanley Grill, American composer (Afterwards, there were no more wars; Dreaming of a Better World), born in NYC
  • Jan 22 Myung-Whun Chung, South Korean pianist and conductor (Chung Trio), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 23 Robin Zander, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Cheap Trick - "Dream Police"; "I Want You To Want Me"), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Jan 24 James Hutchinson, American session and touring bassist Bonnie Raitt, Ivan Neville, Boz Scaggs), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Jan 24 Nigel Glockler, British heavy metal drummer (Saxon), born in Hove, East Sussex, England
  • Jan 25 Malcolm Green, English-born drummer (Split Enz, 1976-81 - "I Got You"), born in United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Bert Heerink, Dutch rock vocalist, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jan 26 Lucinda Williams, American roots singer-songwriter ("Passionate Kisses"; "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 27 Bob Mintzer, American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, and big band leader (Yellowjackets), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Jan 29 Louie F. Pérez, Jr., American lyricist, percussionist, guitarist, and jarana player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 29 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, born in Baozhong Township, Yunlin, Taiwan
  • Jan 31 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2015)

Deaths in Music

Hank WilliamsHank Williams (1923-1953)

Jan 1 American country singer-songwriter ("Cold Cold Heart"; "Hey, Good Lookin'"; "Your Cheatin' Heart"), dies of an alcohol and painkiller fueled heart attack at 29

  • Jan 1 Ludomir Różycki, Polish composer and conductor (Eros i Psyche; Pan Twardowski), dies at 69
  • Jan 8 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 12 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, dies at 76