On This Day

January 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 5 "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
  • Jan 5 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Jan 6 "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga

  • Jan 11 Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • Jan 12 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • Jan 16 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)
  • Jan 26 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • Jan 28 "Still" single released by Bill Anderson (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1963)

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Till Lindemann, German heavy metal singer (Rammstein), born in Leipzig, East Germany
  • Jan 5 Rick Ambrose, Dutch singer (Jewel)
  • Jan 6 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • Jan 7 Clint Mansell, English musician and composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom
  • Jan 13 Tim Kelly, American rock guitarist (Slaughter), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Jan 17 Kai Hansen, German singer & guitarist (Gamma Ray), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jan 17 Cyrus Chestnut, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 19 Caron Wheeler, English singer (Soul II Soul - "Keep on Movin'"), born in Acton, London
  • Jan 20 Mark Ryden, American Pop Surrealist painter, album cover art creator (Micheal Jackson; Aerosmith; 4 Non-Blondes), born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 23 Guido Karp, German music photographer, born in Mayen, West Germany
  • Jan 25 Carl Fysh, British pop-rocker (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?")
  • Jan 25 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), born in Augusta, Sicily (d. 2019)
  • Jan 26 Andrew Ridgeley, British pop guitarist, songwriter and producer (Wham - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"), born in Windlesham, Surrey, England
  • Jan 26 Jazzie B [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul - "Feel Free"), born in Hornsey, London, England
  • Jan 28 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax, 1983-95, 2005-08 - State of Euphoria), born in Rockland County, New York
  • Jan 30 Danny Wright, American new age pianist, and composer, born in Fort Worth, Texas

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 10 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), dies at 66
  • Jan 16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 30 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), dies of a heart attack at 64