On This Day

January 1953 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Alpha Blondy [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Hangon, composer
  • Jan 1 Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • Jan 1 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • 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 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 (Brayn 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) & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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 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 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, born in Baozhong Township, Yunlin, Taiwan
  • 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 31 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2015)

Deaths in Music


Person of interestHank Williams

Jan 1 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 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