On This Day

January 1979 in Music History

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 6 The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK #1 single. At its peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day.
  • 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
Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • Jan 26 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
  • Jan 28 "The Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater in NYC after 1,672 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • Jan 4 Jeph Howard, American musician (The Used), born in Orem, Utah
  • Jan 7 Ryan Tedder, American singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 9 Tomiko Van, Japanese singer, born in Yamato, Japan
  • Jan 10 Chris H. E. Smith [Daddy Mack], American 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 [D'Juan Hart], American rapper (Shoulder Lean), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 15 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor & taichi champ, born in Taiwan
  • Jan 16 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jan 16 Rashawn Ross, American trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band), born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Jan 18 Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer & producer, born in New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Jan 19 Wiley, English Rapper (Grime), born in Bow, London
  • Jan 20 Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park), born in Calabasas, California
  • Jan 20 Asaka Kubo, Japanese singer (A+Jyuc), born in Japan
  • Jan 20 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Spider Loc, American rapper, member of G-Unit
  • Jan 23 Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi), born in Vantaa, Finland

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 8 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 9 Avery Claflin, composer, 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, Spanish Filipino composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer, dies at 53
  • Jan 31 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43