On This Day in Music for January 14

Events in Music

  • 1690 Clarinet invented, in Nurnberg, Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1785 Mozart completes "Dissonantenkwartet" (opus 10)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1900 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1905 Hubbell, Shubert & Smith's musical "Fontana" premieres in NYC
  • 1925 Alban Berg's atonale opera "Wozzeck" premieres in Berlin
  • 1950 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 420 performances
  • 1954 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • 1955 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres in Philadelphia

Music releaseMusic Single

1966 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1973 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California

Music concertMusic Concert

1973 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music concertMusic Concert

1978 Sex Pistols' final concert held in Winterland, San Francisco

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1989 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • 1993 "Anna Christie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 54 performances
  • 1996 "Holiday" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1996 "Swinging On a Star" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 97 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Birthdays in Music

  • 1451 Franchinus Gaffurius, composer
  • 1566 Angelo Notari, Italian composer, born in Padua (d. 1663)
  • 1655 Angelo Predieri, composer
  • 1722 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer
  • 1751 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, composer
  • 1780 Francois-Joseph Dizi, composer
  • 1800 Ludwig Alois Ferdinand Köchel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1877)
  • 1804 John Park, Scottish composer and minister, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, (d. 1865)
  • 1812 Carl Gradener, composer
  • 1814 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer
  • 1819 Fabio Campana, composer
  • 1822 Nicholas Mori, composer
  • 1824 Vladimir Stasov, Russian art and music critic (d. 1906)
  • 1834 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer
  • 1839 Emil Bohn, composer (d. 1909)
  • 1844 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer
  • 1850 Jean de Reszke, [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor
  • 1875 Albert Schweitzer, doctor/humanitarian/organist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1889 Vincenzo Davico, composer
  • 1906 Walter Knape, composer
  • 1908 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)
  • 1910 Renier van der Velden, composer
  • 1911 George Amadee Tremblay, composer
  • 1911 Helmut Degen, composer
  • 1921 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1925 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Billy Walker, Ralls Tx, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
  • 1930 Edgar Sergeyi Hovhanesyan, composer
  • 1931 Juraj Pospisil, composer
  • 1931 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 1932 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer and singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1936 Clarence Carter, US singer (Thread the Needle)
  • 1937 Billie Jo Spears, country singer
  • 1938 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Jack Jones, American singer (Love Boat Theme), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Jose Luis Rodriguez, Venezuelan singer (Dueno De Nada), born in Caracas
  • 1943 Mariss Jansons, Latvian conductor
  • 1945 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer and administrator
  • 1948 Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, American musician and producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951 William Risrook, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • 1956 Étienne Daho, French singer and songwriter
  • 1956 Ben Heppner, Canadian singer
  • 1959 Carl Chas Smash Smyth, rock bassist (Madness-Our House)
  • 1959 Geoff Tate, vocalist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • 1961 Mike Tramp [Trempenau], Danish heavy metal rocker (White Lion-Mane Attraction), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1962 Patrica Morrison, rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • 1967 Zakk Wylde, American musician (Black Label Society)

Person of interestLL Cool J

1968 LL Cool J, American rapper (Bigger & Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • 1969 Dave Grohl, drummer (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • 1972 Predrag Gosta, Yugoslav-born conductor
  • 1981 Rosa López, Spanish singer
  • 1982 Caleb Followill, American alternative-rock vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Mount Juliet, Tennessee
  • 1988 Jordy [Lemoine], French singer, youngest singer (4 years) to have a #1, born in Paris
  • 1988 Mikalah Gordon, American singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Rapper Eminem marries Kimberly Anne Scott for the 2nd time

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

Deaths in Music

  • 1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1786 Michael Arne, English composer (b. 1740 or 1741)
  • 1802 Marie Allard, French ballerina, dies at 59
  • 1817 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, composer, dies at 87
  • 1830 Johann Georg Repsold, German instrument maker and astronomer, dies at 59
  • 1868 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, dies at 66
  • 1888 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • 1890 Francesco D'Arcais, composer, dies at 59
  • 1907 Karl von Perfall, composer, dies at 82
  • 1943 Adolf Sandberger, composer, dies at 78
  • 1945 Sandor Vandor, composer, dies at 43
  • 1949 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • 1952 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (b. 1878)
  • 1961 Henry Geehl, English composer, dies at 79
  • 1965 Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • 1967 Renato Lunelli, composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • 1984 Paul Ben Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • 1986 Daniel Balavoine, French singer (b. 1952)
  • 1995 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • 1996 Pamelo Mounk'a, musician, dies at 50
  • 2004 Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • 2011 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • 2016 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, dies of throat cancer at 73
  • 2018 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84