January 1980 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 6 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances

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Jan 11 Debut of first The Pretenders album "Pretenders"

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
Singer-songwriter and Musician Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter and Musician
Chrissie Hynde
  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances

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Jan 16 Paul McCartney is arrested at Tokyo International Airport for possession of marijuana; he is sent to jail for nine days before being deported

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 18 Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" hits #1

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

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Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 27 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Rob Arnold, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • Jan 13 Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist
  • Jan 16 Lin-Manuel Miranda, American composer and playwright (In The Heights, Hamilton), born in New York City
  • Jan 18 Estelle Swaray, English singer, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Jan 19 Kotoko, Japanese singer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Jan 20 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Jan 22 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 22 Lizz Wright, American jazz & gospel singer, born in Hahira, Georgia
  • Jan 24 Yamandu Costa, Brazilian guitarist and composer (Os Fronteiri├žos), born in Passo Fundo
  • Jan 28 Nick Carter, American singer (Backstreet Boys), born in Jamestown, New York
  • Jan 31 Ryan Kienle, American musician, born in Poughkeepsie, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • Jan 3 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (the Marvelettes), dies at 35 from lupus and sickle cell anemia
  • Jan 7 Larry Williams, American rocker (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), dies of a gunshot wound to the head at 44
  • Jan 7 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • Jan 13 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • Jan 19 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 25 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56
  • Jan 29 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85
  • Jan 30 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, dies from a heart attack at 61