On This Day in Music for January 18

Events in Music

  • 1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time - performers include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, and Benny Goodman, via remote hook-up. [1]
  • 1964 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • 1968 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • 1968 Hal Hester and Danny Appolinar's rock musical "Your Own Thing", loosely based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", premieres at the Orpheum Theater, NYC; runs for 933 performances
  • 1980 Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" hits #1
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Musicians Born on Jan 18

  • 1543 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, born in Bologna (d. 1588)
  • 1732 Jean-Guillain Cardon, French harpist, teacher, and composer, born in Mons, South Netherlands (d. 1803)
  • 1751 Ferdinand Kauer, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Klein-Thaya, South Moravia (now Dyjákovičky, Czech Republic) (d. 1831)
  • 1793 William Henry Havergal, British composer, hymn writer, and Anglican clergyman, born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1870)
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