On This Day in Music for January 16

Events in Music

  • 1938 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (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
  • 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 & C Twitty

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1984 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis
  • 1992 "Two Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 29 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1672 Francesco Mancini, composer
  • 1728 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Buona Figliuola)
  • 1804 Karl August Krebs, composer
  • 1815 Adolph Trube, composer
  • 1868 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, composer
  • 1872 Henri-Paul Busser, composer
  • 1893 Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Evelyn Danzig [Levine], American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Max Vredenburg, composer
  • 1905 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish composer and conductor
  • 1914 Roger Wagner, American choral musician (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • 1922 Ernesto Bonino, Italian singer (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • 1928 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Tage Nielsen, composer
  • 1934 Marilyn Horne, Bradford, Pa, mezzo-soprano
  • 1934 Richard Wernick, composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • 1937 Conny Vandenbos, Dutch singer (My rose, my little rose)
  • 1938 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality
  • 1942 Barbara Lynn, US singer (You'll Lose a Good Thing),
  • 1942 Bill Francis Mobile Al, rocker (Dr Hook)
  • 1942 William Francis, rocker
  • 1943 Brian Ferneyhough, composer
  • 1943 Gavin Bryars, composer
  • 1943 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • 1944 Jim Stafford, Eloise Fla, singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill)
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can)
  • 1951 Richard Thompson, American rocker (B. T. Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • 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 musician (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
  • 1962 Jan Koster, Dutch drummer (Sleeze Beez-Powertool)
  • 1962 Paul Webb, rocker (TalkTalk)
  • 1962 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1971 Josh Evans, actor (Ricochett, The Doors)
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor
  • 1979 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1979 Rashawn Ross, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band)
  • 1980 Lin Manuel Miranda, American actor, composer, lyricist (In The Heights)
  • 1981 Nick Valensi, American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • 1982 Samuel Preston, British singer (The Ordinary Boys)
  • 1984 Jared Slingerland, Canadian musician

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 Antonin Josef Alois Volanek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1864 Anton Schindler, German violinist/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 Jeremias, composer, dies at 19
  • 1920 Reginald De Koven, American composer, dies at 60
  • 1934 Annie Patterson, Irish composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 Richard Wetz, composer, dies 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
  • 1979 Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71
  • 1994 Harry Nilsson, singer/Songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1995 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • 1997 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • 1998 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • 2000 Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • 2012 Gustav Leonhardt, Master 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