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 Asylum Records releases "Court and Spark", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 6th studio album; features the songs "Help Me" and "Free Man In Paris", it becomes her biggest seller
  • 1974 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC
  • 1976 "I Write the Songs" cover by Barry Manilow hits #1
  • 1978 After a tumultuous final tour the Sex Pistols break up as a band, which is announced the following day
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Musicians Who Died on Jan 17

  • 1103 Frutolf of Michelsberg, German monk, musicologist, and 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, French Baroque organist, harpsichord player, and composer, dies at about 56 [birth date uncertain]
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