On This Day

January 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

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Jan 5 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

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Jan 12 American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy
  • Jan 17 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances

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Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow

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Jan 30 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
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Paul Hindemith

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Rusty Golden, American pop, country, and gospel singer-songwriter and musician (The Boys Band; The Goldens), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • Jan 4 Vanity [Denise Matthews] Canadian-American pop and R&B singer, Prince protégé , and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 6 Kathy Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Kathy Valentine, American musician (Go-Go's - "We Got the Beat"), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 8 Paul Hester, Australian drummer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • Jan 10 Curt Kirkwood, American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (Meat Puppets), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Jan 12 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • Jan 12 Blixa Bargeld, German singer & musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin
  • Jan 13 James Lomenzo, American heavy metal bassist (White Lion; David Lee Roth; Megadeth, 2006-10), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 14 Chas Smash, English rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Madness - "Our House"), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • Jan 14 Geoff Tate, German-born American singer & musician (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jan 15 Pete Trewavas, British bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws), born in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Sade [Helen Folasade Adu], Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer (Soldier of Love, Smooth Operator), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • Jan 17 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 18 Bob Rosenberg, American musician (Will To Power - "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Meriden, England
  • Jan 28 Dave Sharp, British rock guitarist (The Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; "68 Guns"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Jan 28 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-Australian film and television score composer (The Truman Show) born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
  • Jan 28 Bill Ware III, American jazz vibraphonist (The Jazz Passengers), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jan 30 Jody Watley, American R&B singer (Shalamar; "Looking For a New Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 6 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 21 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 28 Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, dies at 85