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January 1977 in Music History

Events in Music

Sex Pistols' Break Up

Jan 6 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • Jan 9 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • Jan 12 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances

Album Release

Jan 14 RCA releases David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Music Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Tim Wheeler, Irish pop-rock singer-songwriter (Ash - "Shining Light"), born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 11 Nadia Turner, American singer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 18 Richard Archer, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hard-Fi), born in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Jan 19 Nicole, Chilean singer, born in Chile
  • Jan 19 Cocco, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • Jan 20 Melody [Nathalie Lefebvre], Belgian pop singer, born in Ronse, Belgium
  • Jan 20 Sid Wilson, American musician (Slipknot), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jan 21 Rick Ross, American rapper
  • Jan 26 Leandro Fresco, Argentine ambient-electronic musician, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 28 Matt DeVries, American heavy metal guitarist (Chimaira)
  • Jan 28 Joey Fatone, American pop singer (NSYNC - "Bye Bye Bye"), dancer, actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 31 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor & singer (SMAP), born in Yokohama, Japan

Deaths in Music

Erroll Garner

Jan 2 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jan 9 Alexey Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Russian composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 21 John Vincent, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), dies at 93