On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 17

Events in Music

  • 1950 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1959 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances
  • 1962 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
  • 1972 "My Hang-Up Is You" single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)
  • 1974 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

1976 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1978 After a tumultuous final tour The Sex Pistols break up as a band, which is announced the following day

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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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  • 1983 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • 1988 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1990 The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, the Four Tops, Hank Ballard, the Platters, and The Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1995 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 27th American Music Awards: Shania Twain & Will Smith win

  • 2011 "Sure Thing" single released by Miguel (Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1517 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes), born in Bergamo, Republic of Venice (now Italy) (d. 1580)
  • 1545 Antonio Pace, Italian composer (d. 1581)
  • 1659 Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and Baroque composer, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1733)
  • 1712 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, born in London (d. 1786)
  • 1720 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, born in Ham, France (d. 1757)
  • 1728 Johann Gottfried Müthel, German keyboard virtuoso and composer, born in Mölln, Duchy of Lauenburg (now Germany) (d. 1788)
  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)
  • 1734 François-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs; Mirza), born in Vergnies, Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium) (d. 1829)
  • 1745 Nicolas Roze, composer
  • 1769 Ole Andreas Lindeman, composer
  • 1828 Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1835 Johan Filip von Schantz, composer
  • 1836 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer
  • 1850 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1857 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
  • 1863 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, born in Camborne, Cornwall (d. 1926)
  • 1873 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, born in Helchin (d. 1955)
  • 1877 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Zurich (d. 1936)
  • 1896 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1901 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer
  • 1907 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1951)
  • 1911 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1912 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • 1916 Joel Herron, American orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), born in Světlá nad Sázavou, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1920 George Handy [Hendleman], American bebop jazz arranger, pianist and composer (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias) (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, activist, and actress (Batman - "Catwoman"), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Jean Barraqué, French composer, born in Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Robert Ceely, composer
  • 1931 Frederick A. Fox, American classical composer (Nightscenes; Shaking The Pumpkin),and educator (Indiana University, 1974-94), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1987)
  • 1934 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • 1934 Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer ("Mosaic"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist, born in Martinborough, New Zealand
  • 1942 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist, born in Kitzingen, Germany
  • 1943 (Ezekiel Christopher) "Chris" Montez, American rock guitarist and singer ("Let's Dance"; "Call Me"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Françoise Hardy, French pop singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1945 William Hart, American singer (4 Gents; Delfonics - "I'm Sorry"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India
  • 1945 Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, born in Yalta, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine (d. 2002)
  • 1946 Frank Bey [Bass], American blues singer-songwriter (All My Dues Are Paid), born in Millen, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Ulysses Dove, American dancer & choreographer, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1948 Mick Taylor, British rock guitarist (John Mayhall' Bluesbreakers, 1967-69; Rolling Stones, 1969-74 - "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Woman"), born in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Anne Queffélec, French concert pianist, born in Paris, France
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academay Award-winning film composer (The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1955 Steve Earle, American roots-rock singer-songwriter (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955 Kazumasa Akiyama, Japanese jazz-fusion guitarist (Dig My Style), born in Tokyo
  • 1956 Paul Young, British rock and blue-eyed soul vocalist ("Every Time You Go Away"; Band-Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"), born in Luton, England
  • 1956 Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Jez Strode, British rock drummer (Kajagoogoo), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Kai Hansen, German singer & guitarist (Gamma Ray), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1963 Cyrus Chestnut, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician & reggae deejay (X-tra Naked), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • 1969 Tiësto [Tijs Michiel Verwest], Dutch DJ and record producer considered the "Godfather of EDM", born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1971 Kid Rock [Robert James Ritchie], American rapper, songwriter, musician and actor (Devil Without a Cause), born in Romeo, Michigan
  • 1971 Leonardo Ciampa, Italian-American musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Higashi-osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Stéphane Escoms, French jazz keyboard and accordion player, born in France
  • 1974 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician, born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1975 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher), born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter & producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1976 Aga Zaryan [Agnieszka Skrzypek], Polish jazz singer (A Book of Luminous Things), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1978 Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson, British singer-songwriter (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby"), born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1980 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1981 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1982 Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian country music singer, born in Belleville, Canada
  • 1982 Alex Varkatzas, American heavy metal singer (Atreyu), born in Orange County, California
  • 1983 Julie Budet, French musician (Yelle)
  • 1984 Calvin Harris, Scottish DJ, singer-songwriter and producer (We Found Love), born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • 1985 Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica), born in Hoensbroek, Netherlands
  • 1985 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1985 Kangin [Kim Young-woon], South Korean singer, dancer, actor and DJ (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea

Deaths in Music

  • 1103 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1604 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1625 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, dies at 50
  • 1738 Jean-Francois Dandrieu, composer, dies
  • 1751 Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (Adagio in G-minor), dies at 79
  • 1788 Alessio Prati, Italian composer, dies at 37
  • 1826 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (b. 1806)
  • 1856 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, English organist, composer and educator (Cathedral Music), dies at 41
  • 1869 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • 1890 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1891 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74
  • 1892 Alexandre Levy, Brazilian composer and pianist, dies at 27
  • 1913 Carl Baermann, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1942 Frederick Jerome Work, African American composer, dies at 61
  • 1946 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1969 Grazyna Bacewicz, Polish composer and violinist, dies at 59
  • 1970 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • 1970 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1984 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • 1992 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1994 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
  • 1996 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • 2000 Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 2003 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Zenobia Powell Perry, American composer (Tawawa House), educator, and civil rights activist, dies at 94
  • 2008 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2011 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • 2012 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), dies at 90
  • 2012 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2013 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86
  • 2016 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 2016 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies at 67
  • 2017 Tibor Fátyol, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • 2019 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), dies of heart failure at 82 [1]
  • 2021 (Julian) "Junior" Mance, American jazz pianist (Dinah Washington; Dizzy Gillespie), dies of a brain hemorrhage after a fall at 92