On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 13

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1882 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1903 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killing 170

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1904 Bela Bartok's symphonic poem "Kossuth" premieres in Budapest

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1914 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
  • 1945 Sergei Prokofiev's 5th Symphony premieres by the USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Prokofiev, in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
  • 1948 1st country music TV show, "Midwestern Hayride", premieres on WLW-T in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1949 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • 1962 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

1962 Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot

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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
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  • 1968 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • 1968 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • 1971 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1973 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1976 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • 1980 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • 1998 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

Music awardsMusic Awards

2003 30th American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5M re-shoot fee for the film "All The Money In The World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams was only paid $1000

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actress Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams

Birthdays in Music

  • 1683 Johann Christoph Graupner, German harpsichordist and Baroque composer, born in Hartmannsdorf, Saxony (d. 1760)
  • 1690 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and librettist, born in Grünstädtel, Saxony (d. 1749)
  • 1727 Johann Christoph Schmügel, German organist and composer (baptized in Pritzier, Swedish Powerania (now Germany) (d. 1798)
  • 1734 Luca Sorkocevic, composer
  • 1778 Anton Fischer, composer
  • 1788 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer
  • 1824 Ignacy Marceli Komorowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1857)
  • 1850 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • 1866 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer
  • 1870 Henryk Opieński, Polish violinist, conductor, choral director, composer (Zygmunt August and Barbara), and musicologist (Moniuszko), born in Kraków (d. 1942)
  • 1884 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", born in Tulchyn, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1893 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), born in Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • 1898 Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, born in Yokkaichi, Oita Prefecture (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Louis "Putney" Dandridge American jazz pianist and singer (Heatin' Up Harlem), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1946)
  • 1904 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • 1905 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Maxime Jacob, composer
  • 1909 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • 1917 Felix Guerro Diaz, composer
  • 1918 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • 1923 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • 1925 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1999) [1]
  • 1929 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Ami Maayani, Israeli composer and conductor, born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • 1936 Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1938 Paavo Johannes Heininen, composer
  • 1943 William Duckworth, American composer (Time Curve Preludes), teacher (Bucknell, 1973-2011), and internet pioneer (PitchWeb), born in Morganton, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • 1947 John Lees, British progressive rock guitarist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, England
  • 1947 Drew Abbott, American rock guitarist (Silver Bullet Band, 1974-83), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1947 Chris Thomas, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Pink Floyd; Procol Harem; Elton John; The Pretenders), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England
  • 1949 Frank Ricotti, British jazz and session vibraphonist and percussionist, born in London, England
  • 1952 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, born in Helsinki (d. 2008)
  • 1955 Fred White, American drummer (Earth Wind & Fire, 1974-84 - "Shining Star"; "September"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Trevor Rabin, South African-American rock guitarist (Yes, 1983-94 - "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"), and film score composer (National Treasure), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1955 Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter (The Messengers), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1956 Malcolm Foster, British rock bassist (Pretenders, 1984-89; Simple Minds, 1989-95), born in Hereford, England
  • 1957 Don Snow, British session and touring Hammond organ and keyboard player (Squeeze; Van Morrison), born in London, England
  • 1958 Sandy Stewart, American songwriter, singer, and keyboardist (Cat Dancer), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1959 James Lomenzo, American heavy metal bassist (White Lion; David Lee Roth; Megadeth, 2006-10), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Suggs [Graham McPherson], English singer-songwriter (Madness), born in Hastings, England
  • 1962 Trace Adkins, American country singer ("Ladies Love Country Boys"; "You're Gonna Miss This"), born in Sarepta, Louisiana
  • 1963 Tim Kelly, American rock guitarist (Slaughter), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1967 George Paterson, Scottish rock singer-songwriter (Donaldson, Moir and Paterson (DMP) - Natural Anthems)
  • 1968 Chara [Miwa Watabiki], Japanese singer and actress (Swallowtail Butterfly), born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
  • 1980 Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist, born in Poznan, Poland
  • 1981 Jason James, Welsh heavy metal bassist (Bullet for My Valentine, 2003-15)
  • 1989 Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian pop singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Viljandi, Estonia

Deaths in Music

  • 1762 Leonhard Trautsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1795 Francois-Joseph Krafft, composer, dies at 73
  • 1828 Abbé Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, French composer and painter, dies at 80
  • 1838 Ferdinand Ries, German composer dies at 53

Person of interestStephen Foster

1864 Stephen Foster, American composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in New York

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • 1892 Charles Albert White, composer, dies at 62
  • 1901 Carlo Angeloni, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1914 Valentin Zubiaurre Spanish composer (Ferdinand Set), and educator, dies at 76
  • 1954 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1961 Blanche Ring, American singer ("In The Good Old Summer Time"), and stage and screen actress, dies at 89
  • 1971 Robert Still, English composer, dies at 60
  • 1971 Henri Tomasi, French conductor, classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), dies at 69
  • 1974 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1979 Donny Hathaway, American rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • 1979 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1980 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • 1993 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, dies at 85
  • 1994 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1998 Mihovil Logar, Serbian composer (A Would-be Lady), dies at 95
  • 2001 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2005 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • 2007 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), dies at 70
  • 2008 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • 2009 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), dies of respiratory failure at 59
  • 2010 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • 2015 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • 2015 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), dies at 99
  • 2021 Tim Bogert, American rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge; Jeff Beck), dies at 76