January 2019 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jan 3 "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries investigating sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly premieres on Lifetime in the US

Golden Globes

Jan 6 76th Golden Globes: "The Americans", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Green Book", Glenn Close and Rami Malek among the winners

Music History

Jan 10 Lady Gaga apologises for working with R. Kelly in light of docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly"

  • Jan 10 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 12 (Lodger), based loosely on David Bowie's 1979 album "Lodger" premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by John Adams, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California

Music History

Jan 12 Missy Elliott is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

Music History

Jan 15 American rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie tops US album chart with album "Hoodie SZN" selling a record low 823 copies of just digital sales

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Jan 25 Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festival


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (The Beach Boys (touring); Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together"), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Jan 5 Eric Haydock [Haddock], British rock bassist (The Hollies, 1962-66 - ""Look Through Any Window"), dies at 75
  • Jan 7 Clydie Mae King, American session and touring vocalist (Ray Charles; Bob Dylan; Humble Pie; Lynyrd Skynrd), dies of a blood infection at 75
  • Jan 7 John Joubert, British South African composer (The Raising of Lazarus; An English Requiem), and educator, dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Paul Gutama Soegijo, Indonesian composer working in Germany, dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (Ballet Society/New York City Ballet, 1946-51), and cookbook author (Pasta Italian Style), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • Jan 15 Carol Channing, American comic actress, and singer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • Jan 15 Steve Madaio, American session and touring trumpet player (Paul Butterfield; Stevie Wonder; Rolling Stones), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jan 16 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, dies at 94
  • Jan 17 Lajos Papp, Hungarian composer (Otoño (Autumn)), and educator, dies at 83
  • Jan 17 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), dies of heart failure at 82 [1]
  • Jan 19 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 19 Ted McKenna, Scottish drummer (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band; Rory Gallagher), dies from surgery complication at 68
  • Jan 21 Kaye Ballard, American stage and screen actress, comedienne, and singer (Mothers-in-Law - "Kaye"), dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), dies at 87
  • Jan 23 Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean Afro-Jazz and 'tuku' singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sarawoga; Tolerance; Tuku Music), dies of diabetes complications at 66
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film score arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42; "Windmills of Your Mind"), dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), dies at 93
  • Jan 29 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), dies of brain cancer at 66