On This Day

January 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful

Music History

Jan 5 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

  • Jan 13 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

The Twist Dance Craze

Jan 13 Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot

  • Jan 17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
  • Jan 20 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances

Contract of Interest

Jan 24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

Music History

Jan 26 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

  • Jan 26 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 27 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits)
  • Jan 3 Guy Pratt, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 4 Martin McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • Jan 4 Patrick Cassidy, American actor and composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)

Michael Houser

Jan 6 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), born in Boone, North Carolina (d. 2002)

  • Jan 8 Chris Marion, American musician, born in Belton, Texas
  • Jan 13 Trace Adkins, American country singer ("Ladies Love Country Boys"; "You're Gonna Miss This"), born in Sarepta, Louisiana
  • Jan 14 Patricia Morrison [Rainone], American punk rock bassist (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 15 Conrad Lant, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Paul Webb, English rocker (Talk Talk - ''It's My Life"), born in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 Tom Keifer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Cinderella - "Coming Home"), born in Springfield, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 27 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • Jan 27 Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer
  • Jan 28 (Leslie Ann) "Sam" Phillips, American singer-songwriter (Martinis & Bikinis; Gilmore Girls; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 30 María Granillo, Mexican classical composer (Breathing Music; Mousai), and educator, born in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
  • Jan 31 Sophie Muller, English music video director, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Lena Bloch, Russian-American jazz saxophonist, born in Moscow, Russia

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Leroy Shield [Shields], American pianist, composer (Laurel & Hardy; Our Gang; Union Pacific Suite), and orchestra leader, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 12 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 18 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), dies at 86