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On This Day in Music for January 14

Events in Music

  • 1690 The musical instrument, the clarinet is invented in Nürnberg, Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1785 Amadeus Mozart completes his "Dissonanzenquartett / "Dissonance quartet" (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
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 "The Boy Friend" opens at Wyndham's Theatre, in London's West End
  • 1955 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Carnegie Hall, New York City

Music releaseMusic Single

1956 Little Richard releases single "Tutti Frutti"

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
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Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Music releaseMusic Single

1967 Sonny & Cher release single "Beat Goes On"

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • 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 ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

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

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1989 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 "Anna Christie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 54 performances, starring Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson,

  • 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, Italian music composer, born in Lodi, Italy (d. 1522)
  • 1566 Angelo Notari, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1663)
  • 1655 Angelo Predieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1731)
  • 1722 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, German organist & composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1806)
  • 1751 Corona Schröter, German musician, born in Guben, Germany (d. 1802)
  • 1780 François Joseph Dizi , Belgian composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1840)
  • 1800 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works), born in Krems an der Donau, Austria (d. 1877)
  • 1804 John Park, Scottish composer & minister, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire (d. 1865)
  • 1812 Carl Gradener, German composer, born in Rostock, Germany (d. 1883)
  • 1814 Johannes Josephus Viotta, Dutch physician & composer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1859)
  • 1819 Fabio Campana, Italian composer, born in Livorno, Italy (d. 1882)
  • 1824 Vladimir Stasov, Russian art & music critic, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1906)
  • 1834 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, Irish governor and musical composer, born in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland (d. 1897)
  • 1839 Emil Bohn, German musician, born in Bielau, Germany (d. 1909)
  • 1844 Clara Kathleen Rogers, American composer, born in Cheltenham, London (d. 1931)
  • 1850 Jean de Reszke, Polish tenor, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1925)
  • 1889 Vincenzo Davico, Italian composer, born in Monaco (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Walter Knape, German conductor & composer, born in Bernburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 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, Belgian composer, born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1911 George Amadee Tremblay, Canadian pianist & composer, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Helmut Degen, German composer, born in Aglasterhausen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1923 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), born in Pernica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (now Slovenia) (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Louis Quilico, Canadian opera singer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & Holocaust survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Gerald Arpino, American dancer & choreographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Billy Walker, American country music singer and guitarist ("Charlie's Shoes"), born in Ralls, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Edgar Hovhannisyan, Armenian composer, born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Juraj Pospisil, Czech composer, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 1932 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Clarence Carter, American blues singer-songwriter ("Patches"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1937 Billie Jo Spears, American country singer, born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1938 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer ("Mother-In-Law"; "Working In A Coal Mine"; "Southern Nights"), 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, Venezuela
  • 1943 Mariss Jansons, Latvian conductor (Bavarian RSO (2003-2019); Royal Concertgebouw (2004-2015), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer and administrator, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, American musician and producer (Los Lobos; Sam Philips: BoDeans), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1949 Lamar Williams, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Gulfport, Mississippi (d. 1983)
  • 1949 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1956 Étienne Daho, French singer-songwriter, born in Oran, Algeria
  • 1956 Ben Heppner, Canadian tenor, and broadcaster, born in Murrayville, British Columbia
  • 1957 Steve Jordan, American session and touring drummer (Blues Brothers; The World's Most Dangerous Band; X-pensive Winos; John Mayer Trio), songwriter, and record producer, born in New York City
  • 1959 Chas Smash, English rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Madness - "Our House"), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • 1959 Geoff Tate, German-born American singer & musician (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1961 Mike Tramp [Trempenau], Danish heavy metal rocker (White Lion - "Mane Attraction"), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1962 Patricia Morrison [Rainone], American punk rock bassist (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Zakk Wylde [Jeffrey Wielandt], American rock guitarist (Ozzy Osbourne; Black Label Society), born in Bayonne, New Jersey

Person of interestLL Cool J

1968 LL Cool J [James Todd Smith], American rapper (Bigger and Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J

Person of interestDave Grohl

1969 Dave Grohl, American drummer, singer-songwriter (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), born in Warren, Ohio

Singer-Songwriter and Musician Dave Grohl
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Dave Grohl
  • 1972 Predrag Gosta, Serbian-American conductor (Makris Symphony Orchestra, 2015-present), harpsichordist, and baritone, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • 1981 Rosa López, Spanish pop singer, born in Láchar, Spain
  • 1982 Caleb Followill, American alternative-rock vocalist & musician (Kings of Leon), born in Mount Juliet, Tennessee
  • 1983 James Vincent McMorrow, Irish singer-songwriter, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1988 Jordy [Lemoine], French singer, youngest singer (4 years) to have a #1, born in Paris, France
  • 1988 Mikalah Gordon, American pop singer, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1990 Grant Gustin, American actor & singer (The Flash), born in Norfolk, Virginia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

LoveWedding 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 (Auguste Vestris), dies at 59
  • 1817 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, French composer, dies at 87
  • 1830 Johann Georg Repsold, German instrument maker and astronomer, dies at 59
  • 1888 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • 1890 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1907 Karl von Perfall, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1935 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, dies at 66
  • 1943 Adolf Sandberger, German composer and musicologist, dies at 78
  • 1945 Sándor Vándor, Hungarian Jewish composer, murdered in the Holocaust at 43 [1]
  • 1949 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • 1952 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, dies at 73
  • 1961 Henry Geehl, English composer, dies at 79
  • 1965 Jeanette MacDonald, American soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • 1967 Renato Lunelli, Italian composer and musicologist, 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-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33
  • 1987 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), dies of brain tumor at 44
  • 1995 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • 1996 Pamelo Mounk'a, Congolese musician, dies at 50
  • 2004 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal musician (Windir), dies in a snowstorm at 25
  • 2011 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • 2014 Flavio Testi, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 91
  • 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
  • 2018 François Morel, Canadian pianist, conductor, and composer (Antiphonie; Me duele España), dies at 91
  • 2021 Sylvain Sylvain [Mizrahi], Egyptian-American rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies of cancer at 69