January 1968 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 22 "Lady Soul" 14th studio album by Aretha Franklin is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1968)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer
  • Jan 5 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss singer, born in Kölliken
  • Jan 5 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer
  • Jan 9 Al Schnier, American rock guitarist (moe.)
  • Jan 11 Tom Dumont, American musician
  • Jan 12 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer
  • Jan 13 Chara, Japanese singer and actress

Person of interestLL Cool J

Jan 14 LL Cool J, American rapper (Bigger & Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Jan 19 Whitfield Crane, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
  • Jan 22 Heath [Hiroshi Morie], Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan), born in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
  • Jan 24 Michael Kiske, German musician
  • Jan 25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor and musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 27 Mike Patton, Eureka Ca, rocker (Faith No More-The Real Thing)
  • Jan 27 Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)
  • Jan 27 Tricky, English rapper
  • Jan 28 Sarah McLachlan, folk singer (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy)
  • Jan 28 DJ Muggs, American musician (Cypress Hill)
  • Jan 28 Rakim, born William Michael Griffin Jr., American rapper
  • Jan 30 Trevor Dunn, American musician (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90