On This Day

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

  • 1946 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy
  • 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 first in the 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
Barry Manilow
Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress and Singer Hilary Duff
Actress and Singer
Hilary Duff
  • 2019 Missy Eliot is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

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, German bassoonist and composer, born in Barum, Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg (now Germany) (d. 1793)
  • 1737 Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, born in Massalom-barda, Ravenna, Papal State (d. 1838)
  • 1804 Hippolyte Monpou, French organist and opera composer, born in Paris (d. 1841)
  • 1821 Nikolai Afanisev, composer
  • 1837 Adolf Jensen, German pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Königsberg, Prussian (now Kaliningrad, Russia) (d. 1879)
  • 1837 Carlos Troyer, American composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1870 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian),Czech operatic tenor, born in Rousínov, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1876 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1948)
  • 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, born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Vaino Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1904 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind), born in Murvaul, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1916 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916 William Pleeth, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Walter Hendl, American conductor & composer, born in West New York, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1925 Laurentiu Profeta, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston; Rothko Chapel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1926 Ray Price, American country singer (Good Times), born in Perryville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Salvatore Martirano, American composer, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Ruth Brown, American actress & singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Glenn Yarborough, American folk singer & guitarist (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, born in Stepney, London (d. 2020)
  • 1932 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1935 William Lee Gloden, American country music singer (Oak Ridge Boys), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1937 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1940 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1941 "Long" John Baldry, English blues vocalist ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll"), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1944 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), (d. 1995)
  • 1945 Maggie Bell, Scottish rock vocalist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946 Cynthia Robinson, American musician (Sly & Family Stone - "Everyday People"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2015)
  • 1946 George Duke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk keyboard player, and composer, born in San Rafael, California (d. 2013)
  • 1948 John Etheridge, British guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Lambeth, England
  • 1949 Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance), born in Hong Kong
  • 1949 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1951 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Larry Hoppens, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1959 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • 1959 Blixa Bargeld, German singer & musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin
  • 1965 Mark Moore, British dance music record producer & DJ (S'Express-Winter Course), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Rob Zombie [Cummings], American musician & filmmaker, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1970 Raekwon [Corey Woods], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Zack de la Rocha, American rock musician (Rage Against the Machine), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1973 Dan Haseltine, American singer (Jars of Clay), born in Hampton, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Matt Wong, American musician (Reel Big Fish), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • 1973 Hande Yener, Turkish singer, born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey

Person of interestMel C

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

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Mel C
  • 1975 Chase Hampton, American pop-rocker (The Party - "Rodeo", "That's Why"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1975 Jason Freese, American musician, born in Orange County, California
  • 1976 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1978 Amerie, American singer & songwriter, born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • 1978 Jeremy Camp, American musician, born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1978 Kris Roe, American musician (The Ataris), born in Anderson, Indiana

Person of interestZayn Malik

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

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
  • 1995 Laurel McGoff, American singer, born in Medford, Massachusetts

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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, Dutch composer, dies at 44
  • 1953 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, dies at 82
  • 1956 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 61
  • 1958 Arthur Shepherd, composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • 1983 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (b. 1944)
  • 1990 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer, dies at 96
  • 2001 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, dies at 84

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

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

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
  • 2004 Randy VanWarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), dies of leukemia at 48
  • 2007 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda) dies of respiratory failure at 69
  • 2012 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 2015 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • 2018 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), dies at 75
  • 2018 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 2019 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95