On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 10

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1833 Felix Mendelssohn's cantata "Die erste Walpurgisnacht" premieres in Berlin

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1897 Vincent d'Indy's "Istar" premieres in Amsterdam & Brussels

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1928 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1932 "Mickey Mouse" & "Silly Symphony" comics syndicated
  • 1938 Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall
  • 1947 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 725 performances
  • 1948 "Call Me Mister" closes at National Theater NYC after 734 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956 Elvis Presley records single "Heartbreak Hotel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Music release#1 in the Charts

1958 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1964 Vee-Jay Records releases "Introducing the Beatles", the 1st Beatles album released in the US
  • 1971 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 1972 Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
  • 1988 "Don't Get God Started" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • 1990 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • 1993 "My Favorite Year" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 37 performances
  • 1993 "Sea Gull" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1997 "Rehearsal" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • 1999 Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Lady Gaga apologises for working with R. Kelly in light of docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly"

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Birthdays in Music

  • 1683 Gasparo Visconti, Italian composer & violinist, born in Cremona, Italy (d. ~1713)
  • 1701 Johann Caspar Simon, German organist & composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1776)
  • 1760 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, German composer & conductor, born in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany (d. 1802)
  • 1766 Louis Massonneau, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1848)
  • 1797 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer & composer, born in Havixbeck, Germany (d. 1848)
  • 1854 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1884 James Philip Dunn, American composer, born in New York (d. 1936)
  • 1886 Jose Antonio de Donostia, Basque musicologist & composer, born in Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1956)
  • 1888 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1897 Albert Moeschinger, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Pauline Starke, American actress (Dante's Inferno, Dance Magic), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Jean Morel, French-born American conductor, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Jesus Garcia Leoz, Spanish composer, born in Olite, Spain (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Ray Bolger, American dancer, actor, and singer (Wizard of Oz - "Scarecrow"; Partridge Family - "Grandpa Renfrew"), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, born in Ostrava, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1910 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1976)
  • 1913 Haywood Frank Henry, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Dean Dixon, American conductor, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1917 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2021)
  • 1924 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-born Canadian ballet dancer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Max Roach, American jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Wallace Berry, Canadian-American composer (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, American blues singer, born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, born in Clevelnad, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Akira Miyoshi, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Georg Katzer, German composer (electro-acoustic music), born in Habelschwerdt, Silesia (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Sherrill Milnes, American operatic baritone, born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1935 Ronnie Hawkins, American-Canadian rock musician, born in Huntsville, Arkansas
  • 1935 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), born in Macon, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Scott McKenzie, American singer (San Francisco), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter ("Time in a Bottle"; "Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1944 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleader, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)

Person of interestRod Stewart

1945 Rod Stewart, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I'm Sexy), born in London, England

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1946 Aynsley Dunbar, English drummer (Journey, Jefferson Starship), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Bob Lang, English bassist (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders), born in Manchester, United Kingdom

Person of interestDonald Fagen

1948 Donald Fagen, American rock vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter (Steely Dan - "Reelin' In The Years"), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Singer Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen
  • 1948 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948 Fayette Pinkney, American pop-soul singer (The Three Degrees - "When Will I See You Again?"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1952 Scott Thurston, American guitarist & keyboardist (Motels - "Only the Lonely"), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1953 Pat Benatar [Andrezejewski], American singer ("Hit Me with Your Best Shot";"Love Is A Battlefield"; "We Belong"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Michael Schenker, German heavy metal guitarist (MSG; UFO; Scorpions), born in Sarstedt, Germany
  • 1956 Don Letts, British film director & musician (Big Audio Dynamite), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Sunny Came Home"), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • 1959 Curt Kirkwood, American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (Meat Puppets), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1960 Samira Said, Moroccan pop singer, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • 1961 Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg, Italian concert violinist, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1964 Brad Roberts, Canadian rock singer (Crash Test Dummies - "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1965 Nathan Moore, English pop singer (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep A Secret?"), and actor, born in Stamford Hill, London
  • 1967 Micky Michelle [Ingrid Hankers], Dutch dancer (Josephine, Sound of Motown)
  • 1974 Akari Kaida, Japanese composer, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • 1974 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor & musician (Flight of the Conchords), born in Masterton, New Zealand
  • 1974 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor & dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1975 Shannon Kavanaugh, American rocker (Ivory Soul), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1978 Brent Smith, American rock singer (Shinedown), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1978 Matt Roberts, American rock guitarist (3 Doors Down - "When I'm Gone"), born in Escatawpa, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1979 Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith, American rapper (Kris Kross - "Jump"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Brian Joo, Korean-American K-pop and R&B singer ("Fly to the Sky"), born in Absecon, New Jersey

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 "The Black Eyed Peas" singer Fergie (33) weds actor Josh Duhamel (36) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California

Singer Fergie

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1981 Singer James Brown (47) divorces Deidre Jenkins after 10 years of marriage

Singer James Brown
James Brown

Deaths in Music

  • 1780 Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1792 Jean-Louis Laruette, composer, dies at 60
  • 1800 Johan Wikmanson, composer, dies at 46
  • 1833 António da Silva Leite, Portuguese composer, dies at 73
  • 1876 Charles EH de Coussemaker, Belgian musicologist/historian, dies at 70
  • 1889 Martin Andreas Udbye, composer, dies at 68
  • 1892 Heinrich Ludwig Egmont Dorn, composer, dies at 91
  • 1895 Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, composer, dies at 45
  • 1905 Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (b. 1835)
  • 1931 Oscar Fetrás [Otto Faster], German composer (Mondnacht auf der Alster), dies at 76
  • 1939 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Missa Austriaca), dies at 64
  • 1941 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer (Sea), dies at 61
  • 1951 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, dies at 59
  • 1953 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • 1954 Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, dies at 53
  • 1963 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), dies at 66
  • 1967 Vilem Petrzelka, composer, dies at 77
  • 1968 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer, dies at 85
  • 1968 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90
  • 1969 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57) dies at 69
  • 1972 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • 1972 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • 1976 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues musician (Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor), dies of complications during kidney surgery at 65
  • 1978 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • 1978 Don Gillis, American composer (Symphony 5½ - A Symphony for Fun), dies at 65
  • 1982 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, dies at 84
  • 1985 Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • 1986 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • 1987 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 67
  • 1989 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • 1993 Diana Adams, ballerina, dies
  • 1997 Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • 1999 (Elbert) "Sonny" Forriest, American guitarist (The Coasters; Ray Charles; Hank Crawford), dies at 64
  • 1999 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), dies at 95
  • 2000 Sam Jaffe, American music and film producer (Born Free, The Fighting Sullivans), dies at 98
  • 2005 Margherita Carosio, Italian soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2010 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • 2011 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), dies at 86
  • 2011 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, dies at 75
  • 2011 Liana Alexandra, Romanian pianist and composer, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 63
  • 2015 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, dies at 74

Person of interestDavid Bowie

2016 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust", dies of cancer at 69

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 2017 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • 2018 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), dies from pneumonia at 67