January 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

Top of the Pops

Jan 1 "Top of the Pops", British pop music television program premieres; acts performing include Dusty Springfield; The Rolling Stones; Dave Clark Five: The Hollies; Swinging Blue; and The Beatles

Music History

Jan 3 Jack Paar shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You", and says he understands that science was working on a cure for the phenomenon

  • Jan 6 Rolling Stones' 1st tour of England as headline act: The Ronettes and The Swinging Blue Jeans open for them
  • Jan 10 Vee-Jay Records releases "Introducing the Beatles", the 1st Beatles album released in the US

She Loves Me

Jan 11 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "She Loves Me", based on the film "The Shop Around the Corner", closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater, NYC, after 302 performances and a Tony Award for Jack Cassidy

  • Jan 11 The Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • Jan 16 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
  • Jan 18 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • Jan 20 Capitol Records releases "Meet The Beatles" album by the Beatles, in US

Music History

Jan 25 Dale Wasserman's stage play "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey, starring Kirk Douglas, Ed Ames; Joan Tetzel, and Gene Wilder, closes at Cort Theatre, NYC, after 82 performances

  • Jan 25 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
  • Jan 29 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Grant Young, American drummer (Soul Asylum, 1984-95), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jan 5 Ted Harris Poley, American rocker (Danger Danger - "Screw It"), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jan 6 Mark O'Toole, English musician (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 6 Yuri, Mexican actress and singer, born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • Jan 10 Brad Roberts, Canadian rock singer (Crash Test Dummies - "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jan 15 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer, born in Suomussalmi, Finland
  • Jan 17 Andy Rourke British rock bassist (The Smiths - "This Charming Man"; "Ask"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2023)
  • Jan 19 Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer, born in Jocotenango, Guatemala
  • Jan 26 Susannah Melvoin, American songwriter and vocalist (The Revolution), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 26 Wendy Melvoin, American Emmy Award-winning songwriter and guitarist (Wendy & Lisa - "Nurse Jackie Theme"; The Revolution, 1980-86), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 27 Migi [Miguel Drummond], English pop musician (Curiosity Killed Cat)
  • Jan 29 Roddy Frame, Scottish singer-songwriter (Aztec Camera-Stray), born in East Kilbride, Scotland
  • Jan 31 Jeff Hanneman, American rock guitarist (Slayer), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • Jan 31 Remi Bouchard, Canadian composer (1989 India Open), born in Manitoba, Canada

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Otto Olsson, Swedish organist (Gustaf Vasa Church, 1907-56), composer, and teacher (Royal Swedish Academy, 1908-45), dies at 84
  • Jan 4 (Arthur) "Artie" Bernstein, American jazz and session double bassist (The Dorsey Brothers), dies at 54
  • Jan 7 Colin McPhee, Canadian-American pianist, composer (Tabuh-Tabuhan; H2O; Mechanical Principles), and ethno-musicologist (Bali), dies at 63
  • Jan 7 Cyril Davies, American musician (b. 1932)
  • Jan 9 Frank "Big Boy" Goudie, American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, and upholsterer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 15 (Weldon Leo) "Jack" Teagarden, American jazz trombonist (Paul Whiteman, 1933-38; Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, 1946-51), singer ("Basin Street Blues"), and bandleader, dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • Jan 20 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • Jan 22 Marc Blitzstein, American opera and theater composer, librettist (The Cradle Will Rock), and translator (Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill works), killed by a sailor at 58
  • Jan 23 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65