January 1979 in Music

Events in Music


MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 2 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Jan 11 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 26 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
  • Jan 28 "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • Jan 4 Jeph Howard, American musician (The Used)
  • Jan 7 Ryan Tedder, American singer
  • Jan 9 Tomiko Van, Japanese singer
  • Jan 10 Chris H E Smith, [Daddy Mack], rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 11 Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer, born in Kampung Awah, Malaysia
  • Jan 15 Young Dro, American rapper
  • Jan 15 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ
  • Jan 16 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jan 16 Rashawn Ross, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band)
  • Jan 18 Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer and producer
  • Jan 19 Wiley, English Rapper (Grime)
  • Jan 20 Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • Jan 20 Will Young, British singer
  • Jan 21 Spider Loc, American rapper, member of G-Unit
  • Jan 23 Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Sara Carter, American vocalist, guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Donny Hathaway, American rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • Jan 13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • Jan 16 Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 31 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43