On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 11

Events in Music

  • 1963 Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • 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 "Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • 1976 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures" premieres in NYC
  • 1979 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Debut of first The Pretenders album "Pretenders"

Musician Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon
Singer-songwriter and Musician Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter and Musician
Chrissie Hynde
  • 1981 "Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 1998 "Proposals" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1999 26th American Music Awards: Celine Dion & Eric Clapton win

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

Music concertMusic Concert

2014 During a concert in Maui, Mick Fleetwood announces that Christine McVie would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie
Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood

Birthdays in Music

  • 1703 Columban Praelisauer, German music director and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1753)
  • 1727 Franz Sebastian Haindl, composer
  • 1746 Frantisek Adam Mica, composer
  • 1750 Johann Jakob Walder, composer
  • 1801 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), born in Cheshire, England (d. 1873)
  • 1856 Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (Rustle of Spring), born in Konsberg, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1872 Paul Graener, composer
  • 1875 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • 1880 Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1894 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor (d. 1970)
  • 1900 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), born in Louviers (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer
  • 1909 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer
  • 1910 Izler Solomon, conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1918 Albert Weisser, composer
  • 1924 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), born in Lobdell, Louisiana (d. 1970)
  • 1927 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist
  • 1929 Wanda Wilkomirska, Polish violinist, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1930 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter ("I Was Made to Love Her"; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"), and mother of singer Stevie Wonder, born in Eufaula, Alabama
  • 1933 Goldie Hill, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Karnes County, Texas
  • 1935 Chuck Barksdale, American singer (Dells-I Can Sing a Rainbow)
  • 1936 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1940 Mark DeVoto, American composer (Hodayot; Pavane and Zortzico), and musicologist (Schubert), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1942 Clarence Clemons, American rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band), born in Norfolk County, Virginia (d. 2011)
  • 1943 William Albert Penn, composer
  • 1944 York Georg Holler, composer
  • 1946 Naomi Judd [Diana Ellen], American country singer (Judds - Why Not Me), born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1946 Tony Kaye [Anthony John Selvidge], English piano and organ player (Yes, 1968-71; 1983-94; 2018–19), born in Leicester, England
  • 1947 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2009) [1]
  • 1948 Terry Williams, Welsh rock drummer (Dire Straits), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1949 Tom Netherton, singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1949 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Daryl Braithwaite, Australian pop singer (Sherbert), born in Melbourne
  • 1952 Lee Ritenour, American jazz-fusion guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter (What I Really Mean), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Vicki Peterson, rock guitarist/vocalist (Bangles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Tom Dumont, American musician
  • 1970 Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer

Person of interestMary J. Blige

1971 Mary J. Blige, American R&B singer-songwriter (Be Without You) and actress (I Can Do Bad All By Myself), born in NYC, New York

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
  • 1977 Nadia Turner, American singer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1979 Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer, born in Kampung Awah, Malaysia
  • 1981 Jamelia Niela Davis, English singer, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1981 Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Rie fu [Rie Funakoshi], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985 Newton Faulkner, English singer-songwriter, born in Surrey, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1911 American actress Hattie McDaniel (16) weds pianist Howard Hickman (30)

LoveWedding of Interest

1924 Novelist Hermann Hesse (36) weds singer Ruth Wenger

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 2003 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

Deaths in Music

  • 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)
  • 1801 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto), dies at 51
  • 1843 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star Spangled Banner" dies at 63
  • 1870 Adolf Ganz, German composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • 1877 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 85
  • 1898 Gaetano Capocci, Italian organist and composer (Responsori), dies at 86
  • 1901 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer, dies at 34
  • 1947 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
  • 1952 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor, dies at 66
  • 1954 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • 1958 Alec Rowley, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1961 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • 1973 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • 1975 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • 1984 Fritz Geissler, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1987 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 1994 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz piano player/composer, dies at 80
  • 1995 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • 1996 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Cavan O'Connor, British singer (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond), dies at 97
  • 1998 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71
  • 1999 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 2002 [Charles Eugene] Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 65
  • 2002 George Jinda, Hungarian-American smooth jazz and world music percussionist (Special EFX), dies from multiple medical condition complications at 41
  • 2003 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • 2003 William Joseph Russo, American composer, dies at 74
  • 2005 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"; New Riders of the Purple Sage) dies of colon cancer at 66
  • 2005 James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Mick Green, British guitarist (b. 1944)
  • 2016 Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian composer, dies at 93
  • 2017 José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, dies at 83