January 1954 in Music

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 4 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 8 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • Jan 16 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 2 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • Jan 3 Ross The Boss [Ross Friedman], American guitarist (The Dictators), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 4 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • Jan 5 Bryan Hitt, American rock drummer (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You), born in Center, Texas
  • Jan 9 Lance Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • Jan 19 Katey Sagal, singer/actress (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 23 Edward Ka-spel, English singer/songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots)
  • Jan 23 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas
  • Jan 23 Rick Finch, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • Jan 23 Richard Finch, American composer, producer, engineer, and song arranger (KC and the Sunshine Band), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 28 Shawn Murray, rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • Jan 29 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators)
  • Jan 30 Alides Hidding, singer/guitarist (Time Bandits)
  • Jan 31 Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 10 Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jan 27 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71