January 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Jan 5 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's debut album "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J."

  • Jan 7 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 8 Jerry Blatt and Lonnie Burstein's musical "Tricks", based on Molière's classic “The Pranks of Scapin” and starring René Auberjonois, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances
  • Jan 13 Jerry Blatt and Lonnie Burstein's musical "Tricks", based on Molière's classic “The Pranks of Scapin” and starring René Auberjonois, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 8 performances

Music Concert

Jan 14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

  • Jan 14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California
  • Jan 30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 7 Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish pop singer-songwriter, born in Forssa, Finland
  • Jan 8 Mark Knight, British musician, born in Brighton, England
  • Jan 9 Sean Paul, Jamaican dancehall singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 12 Brian Culbertson, American smooth jazz, funk, and funk keyboardist, composer, and producer ("Nice & Slow"; "Colors Of Love"), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Jan 12 Dan Haseltine, American singer (Jars of Clay), born in Hampton, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Hande Yener, Turkish singer, born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jan 12 Matt Wong, American musician (Reel Big Fish), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • Jan 18 Crispian Mills [Boulting], British singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • Jan 19 Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist, born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jan 20 Elisabetta Antonini, Italian jazz singer, born in Rome, Italy‎

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 3 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, dies at 72
  • Jan 11 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • Jan 15 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist, educator, and conductor (Collegium Musicum Antverpiense), dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Edward "Kid" Ory, American New Orleans style jazz trombonist, dies of pneumonia and a heart attack at 86
  • Jan 26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American swing jazz trombonist (Luis Russell'; Red Allen;, Benny Carter), dies at 67
  • Jan 29 Johannes Paul Thilman, German composer, dies at 67