On This Day in Music for January 11

Events in Music

  • 1940 Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad
  • 1963 Beatles release single "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why"; peaks at #2 in UK, and #3 in US
  • 1964 "She Loves Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 302 performances
  • 1964 The Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • 1969 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • 1976 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 193 performances, wins 2 Tony and 2 Drama Desk Awards
  • 1979 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 1981 "Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
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Weddings in Music

  • 1911 American actress Hattie McDaniel (16) weds pianist Howard Hickman (30) in Denver, Colorado
  • 1924 German-Swiss poet and novelist Hermann Hesse (36) weds Swiss soprano and painter Ruth Wenger (26); divorce in 1927
  • 2003 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Musicians Who Died on Jan 11

  • 1641 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1650 Paul Hallman, composer, dies at 49
  • 1784 Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • 1791 William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)
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