On This Day

January 2011 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, closes on Broadway after 463 performances and 3 Tony awards
  • Jan 17 "Sure Thing" single released by Miguel (Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 24 "21" 2nd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2012, Brit Award for British Album of the Year, 2011 Billboard Album of the Year)

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Jan 2 Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer (34) weds author Neil Gaiman (50) in Berkley, California

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer & conductor, dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Charles Fambrough, American jazz bassist (Jazz Messengers), dies at 60
  • Jan 4 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), dies at 63
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Liana Alexandra, Romanian composer, dies at 63
  • Jan 14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • Jan 17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Jan 26 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes), dies at 65
  • Jan 30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77