January 1984 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

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

Album Release

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

  • Jan 10 Conductor Eugene Ormandy leads his last concert, with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Music History

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

American Music Awards

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

Music History

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

  • Jan 27 Geffen Records releases "Milk & Honey" album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 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 10 Karen Souza, Argentinian jazz and bossa nova singer, songwriter, and producer (Essentials; Velvet Vault), born in La Pampa, Argentina
  • 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 and choreographer (So You Think You Can Dance), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 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 revivalist, guitar player (Blues Incorporated - "Please Please Please Please"), and radio broadcaster, dies of lung cancer 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, rebetiko and laïkó songwriter, and bouzouki player, dies on his 69th birthday
  • Jan 21 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"), dies from stroke complications at 49
  • Jan 23 Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 23 Samuel Gardner, American composer, dies at 92