January 1972 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • Jan 1 "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances

Musical Finale

Jan 1 Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical "Promises, Promises", based on the 1960 Billy Wider film "The Apartment", closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 1281 performances, winning a Grammy and 2 Tony Awards

  • Jan 2 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances

Music Premiere

Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Jan 10 Geoge Harrison and Friends' triple live album set "The Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
  • Jan 17 "My Hang-Up Is You" single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

Album Release

Jan 24 Columbia Records releases "Paul Simon", the second solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon; it includes singles "Mother and Child Reunion" and "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"

Music Premiere

Jan 27 World premiere of Scott Joplin's rediscovered opera "Treemonisha" at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Music History

Jan 31 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral


Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 DJ Shadow [Joshua Davis], American hip-hop DJ and songwriter (Endtroducing.....), born in San Jose, Clifornia
  • Jan 2 Christopher Lennertz, American television, film and video game composer, born in Methuen, Massachusetts
  • Jan 3 Nichole Nordeman, American pop and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jan 5 Sakis Rouvas, Greek pop-rock singer and musician ("Shake It"), born in Corfu Island, Greece
  • Jan 6 Nek [Filippo Neviani], Italian singer-songwriter, born in Sassuolo, Modena
  • Jan 14 Predrag Gosta, Serbian-American conductor (Makris Symphony Orchestra, 2015-present), harpsichordist, and baritone, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • Jan 16 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 17 Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Higashi-osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 17 Stéphane Escoms, French jazz keyboard and accordion player, born in France
  • Jan 21 Cat Power [Charlyn "Chan" Marshall], American indie rock-folk singer-songwriter (Jukebox), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 21 Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese video game and film composer (Inazuma Eleven), born in Tokuyama, Japan
  • Jan 24 Beth Hart, American singer-songwriter (LA Song, Screamin' for My Supper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 24 Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer, born in Kōchi
  • Jan 27 Mark Owen, English pop singer
  • Jan 28 Tunde Jegede, Nigerian-British cellist, kora player, and composer of contemporary classical, African and pop music, born in London, England

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Maurice Chevalier, French actor (Can Can; Gigi) and singer ("Thank Heaven For Little Girls"), dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 7 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist (b. 1893)
  • Jan 10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 David Seville [Ross Bagdasarian], American songwriter ("Come On A-My House"), singer (Alvin & The Chipmunks - "Witch Doctor"), and actor (Rear Window), dies at 52
  • Jan 18 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35
  • Jan 23 Big Maybelle [Mabel Smith], American R&B singer (A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On; Candy), dies from complications of diabetes at 47

Mahalia JacksonMahalia Jackson (1911-1972)

Jan 27 American gospel singer ("Whole World In His Hands"), dies of a heart failure at 60

  • Jan 30 Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech composer and pedagogue, dies at 81
  • Jan 31 Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • Jan 31 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67