On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 15

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1785 Mozart's string quartet opus 10 premieres

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1915 Sydney, Kern & Smith's musical "Love o' Mike" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes first premier of Poland
  • 1945 "Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Dmitri Shostakovich's "From Jewish Folk Poetry" premieres in Leningrad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Berry Gordy signs The Supremes with Motown Records

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy
Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1965 Rock group Who releases first album "I Can't Explain"

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1967 Rolling Stones appear for the fifth time on the Ed Sullivan Show, reluctantly agree to alter lyrics of "Let's Spend The Night Together" [1] [2]

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1971 "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1971 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1989 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1730 John Malchair, German-born English artist, violinist and composer, born in Cologne (d. 1812)
  • 1733 Joseph Lederer, German composer, born in Swabia (d. 1796)
  • 1742 Eugene Godecharle, Belgian violinist & composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1845 Heinrich Vogl, German operatic heldentenor, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1900)
  • 1871 Bertram Shapleigh, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1878 Johanna Muller-Hermann, Austrian composer (Lied der Erinnerung), born in Vienna (d. 1941)
  • 1892 Frank Hutchens, New Zealand-born composer working in Australia, born in Leeston, New Zealand (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1951)
  • 1896 Jacobo Ficher, Argentine composer, born in Odesa, Ukraine (d. 1978)
  • 1905 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Tylertown, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1962)
  • 1908 Roberta Bitgood, American organist & composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1909 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, "Sing, Sing, Sing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1913 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1927 Francis Routh, British composer, born in Worcestershire, England
  • 1929 "Queen" Ida [Lewis], Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1929 Eva Badura-Skoda, German-Austrian composer, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1929 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, born in Dole, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), born in Quitman County, Mississippi (d. 1970)
  • 1931 Murad Kazhlayev, Soviet and Dagestani composer, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1932 Enrique Raxach, Dutch composer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1935 Malcolm Frager, American concert pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Christopher Steel, British composer ("Changing Moods"; "The Morning Stars Sang Together"), born in London (d. 1992)
  • 1941 Captain Beefheart [Don Van Vliet], American singer-songwriter (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast), born in Glendale, California (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Edward "Sonny" Bivins, American singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1947 Pete Waterman, English record producer (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Stoke Heath, Coventry
  • 1948 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1977)
  • 1950 David Lynn Jones, American country singer (Bonnie Jean), born in Bexar, Arkansas

Person of interestCharo

1951 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat), born in Murcia, Spain

Actress Charo
  • 1951 Peter Collins, British sound engineer and record producer (Rush; October Project; Jermaine Stewart), born in London
  • 1952 Melvyn Gale, English cellist (Electric Light Orchestra, 1975-79 - "Livin' Thing"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1952 Boris Blank, Swiss artist & musician (Yello, Tranceonic), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1953 Bob Clearmountain, American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer (Bruce Springsteen; Crowded House), and record producer (Brayn Adams; Bon Jovi), born in Connecticut
  • 1953 Chris D. [Desjardins], American punk rock singer, and poet (The Flesh Eaters), born in Riverside, California
  • 1959 Pete Trewavas, British bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws), born in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer, born in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Conrad Lant, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer, born in Suomussalmi, Finland
  • 1965 Derek B, British rapper (Bullet from a Gun), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2009)
  • 1967 Lisa Lisa [Velez], American rock vocalist (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Shahab Tolouie, Iranian Persian-Falmenco fusion guitarist, composer, and singer, born in Shahsavar, Mazandaran Province, Iran
  • 1979 Young Dro [D'Juan Hart], American rapper (Shoulder Lean), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1979 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor & taichi champ, born in Taiwan
  • 1981 Pitbull [Armando Christian Perez], American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1981 Howie Day, American singer, born in Bangor, Maine
  • 1987 Aria C Jalali, American rock musician, born in California

Deaths in Music

  • 1744 Charles-Hubert Gervais, French baroque composer, dies at 72
  • 1755 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer, dies at 83
  • 1765 Carlmann Kolb, German composer and priest, dies at 61
  • 1775 Giovanni Battista Sammartini, composer, dies
  • 1788 Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
  • 1812 Johannes Herbst, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1816 Henry Harington, composer, dies at 88
  • 1844 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1864 Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
  • 1904 Eduard Lassen, Belgian-Danish composer, dies at 73
  • 1909 Ernest Reyer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1911 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1915 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 63
  • 1924 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, dies at 74
  • 1926 Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 42
  • 1934 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), dies at 70
  • 1953 Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, dies at 76
  • 1961 Francesco Maria Saraceni, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • 1967 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1970 Vytautas Bacevičius [Bacewicz], Lithuanian avant garde composer (Della Guerra Symphony), dies at 64
  • 1973 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • 1974 Karel Salmon, Israeli composer, dies at 76
  • 1978 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, dies at 71
  • 1987 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • 1987 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • 1992 (David) Dee Murray [Oates], British bassist (Elton John backing band), dies after a stroke at 45
  • 1993 Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1994 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • 1994 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; "One"; "Without You"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1994 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1995 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), dies at 61
  • 1996 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), dies at 73
  • 1998 Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), dies at 63
  • 2003 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter ("Tutti Frutti"; You Always Hurt the One You Love": "Tampico"), dies at 87
  • 2005 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, dies at 81
  • 2005 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies of complications from pneumonia at 88
  • 2013 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), dies at 90
  • 2013 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, dies at 73 [1]
  • 2013 Mario Kuri-Aldana, Mexican composer, and teacher, dies at 81
  • 2015 Kim Fowley, US record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • 2018 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries, Zombie, Linger), drowns in the bath at 46
  • 2018 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer (Oh Happy Day), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2019 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97