On This Day in Music for January 12

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1723 George Frideric Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London

  • 1903 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killing 170
  • 1946 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • 1961 "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • 1963 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • 1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • 1969 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • 1969 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
  • 1971 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1974 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
  • 1977 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff

Birthdays in Music

  • 1674 Reinhard Keiser, German opera composer
  • 1711 Gaetano Latilla, composer
  • 1715 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, born in Rouen (d. 1789)
  • 1730 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer
  • 1737 Brizio Petrucci, composer
  • 1804 Hippolyte Monpou, composer
  • 1821 Nikolai Afanisev, composer
  • 1837 Adolf Jensen, composer
  • 1837 Carlos Troyer, composer
  • 1876 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, born in Venice, Italy
  • 1884 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • 1898 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer
  • 1899 Pierre Bernac, French baritone (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Vaino Hannikainen, composer
  • 1904 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist
  • 1906 Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)
  • 1908 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus)
  • 1916 Jay McShann, American musician (d. 2006)
  • 1916 William Pleeth, British cellist (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Walter Hendl, West New York NJ, conductor
  • 1921 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Laurentiu Profeta, composer
  • 1926 Morton Feldman, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Ray Price, country singer (Good Times), (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Salvatore Martirano, composer
  • 1928 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Glenn Yarborough, singer (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee)
  • 1935 William Lee Gloden, Brewton Al, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys)
  • 1937 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (d. 2002)
  • 1941 Long John Baldry, England, blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie)
  • 1944 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist
  • 1945 Maggie Bell, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946 Cynthia Robinson, rock trumpeteer (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)
  • 1948 John Etheridge, British guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Lambeth, England
  • 1949 Wayne Wang, director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance)
  • 1949 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)
  • 1951 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Larry Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, country musician
  • 1959 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love)
  • 1959 Blixa Bargeld, German singer and musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
  • 1965 Mark Moore, rocker (S'Express-Winter Course)
  • 1965 Rob Zombie, American musician
  • 1968 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer
  • 1970 Raekwon, American rapper
  • 1970 Zack de la Rocha, American musician (Rage Against the Machine)
  • 1973 Dan Haseltine, American singer (Jars of Clay)
  • 1973 Matt Wong, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1973 Hande Yener, Turkish singer

Person of interestMel C

1974 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
  • 1975 Chase Hampton, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1975 Jason Freese, American musician
  • 1976 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1978 Amerie, American singer and songwriter
  • 1978 Jeremy Camp, American musician
  • 1978 Kris Roe, American musician (The Ataris)

Person of interestZayn Malik

1993 Zayn Malik, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Bradford, England

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
  • 1995 Laurel McGoff, American singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson

Deaths in Music

  • 1674 Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (Jephta), dies at 68
  • 1735 John Eccles, English composer (b. 1668)
  • 1765 Johann Melchior Molter, composer, dies at 68
  • 1829 Michael Gottard Fischer, composer, dies at 55
  • 1921 Gervase Elwes, English tenor (b. 1866)
  • 1933 Václav Suk, Czech-born Russian composer and violinist, dies at 71
  • 1934 Pawel Kochanski, Polish violinist, composer and arranger (b. 1887)
  • 1950 Koos van de Griend, composer, dies at 44
  • 1953 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, dies at 82
  • 1956 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • 1958 Arthur Shepherd, composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • 1990 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer, dies at 96
  • 1992 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 1995 Francis Lopez, songwriter, dies at 77
  • 2001 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

2003 Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • 2004 Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2007 Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)
  • 2015 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62