On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 16

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

1938 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall, performed by Benny Goodman and his band

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1949 "Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • 1954 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances
  • 1957 Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1st appearance
  • 1961 "Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1963 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)
  • 1964 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
  • 1965 "Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 125 performances
  • 1965 The Searchers' "Love Potion Number 9" peaks at #3
  • 1976 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Music awardsMusic Awards

1978 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & Conway Twitty

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul McCartney is arrested at Tokyo International Airport for possession of marijuana; he is sent to jail for nine days before being deported

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 John Lennon's single "Woman" is posthumously released in the UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music awardsMusic Awards

1984 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar and Michael Jackson win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You" tops the Billboard charts

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1992 "Two Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 29 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV "Unplugged" at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton's bestselling album, and the bestselling live album of all time

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

Birthdays in Music

  • 1672 Francesco Mancini, Neapolitan composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1737)
  • 1728 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Buona Figliuola)
  • 1804 Karl August Krebs, German conductor and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1880)
  • 1815 Adolph Trube, German organist, teacher and composer, born in Waldenburg, Saxony (d. 1857)
  • 1868 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rájec nad Svitavou, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1872 Henri-Paul Büsser, French composer and conductor, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1973)
  • 1893 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, born in Burra-Burra (now Burra), Australia (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Evelyn Danzig [Levine], American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Brussels, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Roger Wagner, French-American choral director, and educator, was born in Le Puy, France (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • 1922 Ernesto Bonino, Italian pop singer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, born in El Gancho, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Tage Nielsen, Danish composer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Marilyn Horne, American mezzo-soprano, born in Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Richard Wernick, American composer (1977 Pulitzer Prize: Visions of Terror and Wonder), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Conny Vandenbos [Jacoba Hollestelle], Dutch singer ("My Rose, My Little Rose"), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1938 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1939 Ramon "Ray" Philips, Welsh rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road"), born in Tiger Bay, South Wales
  • 1942 Barbara Lynn [Ozen], American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist ("You'll Lose A Good Thing"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1942 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of Rolling Stone"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1942 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Brian Ferneyhough, British composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Gavin Bryars, English composer, born in Goole, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • 1944 Jim Stafford, American singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill), born in Eloise, Florida
  • 1946 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano and actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1947 James "Sandy" Pinkard, American country music songwriter, born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 (Kemji) "Damo" Suzuki, Japanese rock singer (Can; Damo Suzuki's Network), born in Japan
  • 1951 Richard "Rick" Thompson, American funk-disco guitarist (B. T. Express - "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)")
  • 1959 Sade [Helen Folasade Adu], Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer (Soldier of Love, Smooth Operator), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • 1960 Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist (When a Man Loves a Woman cover), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1961 Paul Raven, English rock bassist (Killing Joke), born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter ("I Kissed a Girl"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1962 Paul Webb, English rocker (Talk Talk - ''It's My Life"), born in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1971 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1979 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1979 Rashawn Ross, American trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band), born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1980 Lin-Manuel Miranda, American composer and playwright (In The Heights, Hamilton), born in New York City
  • 1981 Nick Valensi, American rock guitarist (The Strokes), born in New York City
  • 1982 (Samuel) Preston, British pop singer (The Ordinary Boys), born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • 1984 Jared Slingerland, Canadian rock guitarist and electronic musician, born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1988 FKA Twiggs [Tahliah Barnett], English singer-songwriter (LP1), born in Cheltenham, England

Weddings in Music

  • 2016 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1703 Matteo Coferati, composer, dies at 64
  • 1817 Antonín Volánek, Czech organist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1864 Anton Schindler, German violinist and biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68
  • 1886 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
  • 1891 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia, Sylvia, Le roi l'a dit, Lakmé), dies at 54
  • 1901 Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • 1919 Jaroslav Jeremiáš, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 19
  • 1920 Reginald De Koven, American composer, dies at 60
  • 1934 Annie Patterson, Irish organist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 65
  • 1935 Richard Wetz, German composer (Requiem, Op. 50 in B minor), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 1957 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • 1961 Janos Viski, Hungarian composer, dies at 54
  • 1963 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • 1963 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • 1969 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1972 David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52
  • 1974 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • 1975 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cin Symph 1958), dies at 61
  • 1979 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Harald Søltoft Agersnap, Danish cellist, pianist, conductor, and composer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1931-66), dies at 82
  • 1991 Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, American jazz trumpet pioneer, dies at 82
  • 1995 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer dies from complications of Lupus, at 83 [1]
  • 1996 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • 1996 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), dies at 49
  • 1997 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • 1998 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • 2000 Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters), dies at 71
  • 2001 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2002 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • 2004 John Siomos, American rock drummer, dies at 56
  • 2007 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2012 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2012 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • 2016 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 70
  • 2017 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, dies at 70
  • 2018 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), dies at 69
  • 2019 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, dies at 94

Person of interestPhil Spector

2021 (Harvey) Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), and convicted murderer, dies of Covid-19 complications at 81 [1]

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector