On This Day

January 1984 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 9 John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 9 Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album "1984"

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 16 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar and Michael Jackson win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Jan 27 "Milk & Honey" album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released, featuring un-released recordings made during the 1980 "Double Fantasy" sessions, including "Grow Old With Me"
  • Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 16 Jared Slingerland, Canadian rock guitarist and electronic musician, born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Jan 17 Calvin Harris, Scottish DJ, singer-songwriter and producer (We Found Love), born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • Jan 18 Benji Schwimmer, American dancer, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jan 18 Maarja Kivi, Estonian singer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Jan 18 Kristy Lee Cook, American country singer (American Idol season 7), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 20 Toni Gonzaga, Filipino singer and actress, born in Rizal, Philippines
  • Jan 24 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated), born in Krosno, Poland (d. 2007)
  • Jan 30 Kid Cudi [Scott Mescudi], American rapper (Man on the Moon: The End of Day), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), dies at 55
  • Jan 11 Fritz Geissler, German composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 14 Paul Ben Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 17 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 21 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"), dies at 49
  • Jan 23 Samuel Gardner, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 23 Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, dies at 67