On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 18

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 Composer and musician Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Polish Prime Minister

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930 Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad

Music concertMusic Concert

1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1947 "Red Mill" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 performances
  • 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 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

1980 Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" hits #1

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1981 Punk singer Wendy O. Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity (later cleared)
  • 1986 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For" hits #1
  • 1998 "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Brandon Boyd announces his new band, Sons of the Sea

Musician Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd

Birthdays in Music

  • 1543 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, born in Bologna (d. 1588)
  • 1732 Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer
  • 1751 Ferdinand Kauer, composer
  • 1793 William Henry Havergal, composer
  • 1817 Jacques Gregoir, composer
  • 1835 Caesar A Cui, fort architect/composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1840 Ernst Rudorff, composer
  • 1841 Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier, French composer (España, Joyeuse marche, Le Roi Malgré Lui), born in Ambert, Puy-de-Dôme (d. 1894)
  • 1856 John Hyatt Brewer, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1931)
  • 1861 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer
  • 1893 John Lawrence Seymour, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1903 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British opera composer (Beatrice Cenci), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • 1911 Gabor Darvas, Hungarian composer, born in Satu Mare, Romania (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer & songwriter, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 1984)
  • 1919 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1920 Constance Moore, American singer & actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Bobby Goldsboro, American singer (Honey), born in Marianna, Florida
  • 1941 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), born in Whynot, Mississippi (d. 1991)
  • 1944 Larry "Legs" Smith, British rocker (Bonzo Dog Band-Urban Spaceman), born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1944 Al Perkins, American steel guitarist (Triple Play), born in De Kalb, Texas
  • 1950 Claudia de Colombia, Colombian singer (Yo Creo En Ti), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1952 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1956 George Mark Collie, American country singer (Another Old Soldier), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • 1956 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist & keyboardist (Thompson Twins-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • 1959 Bob Rosenberg, American musician (Will To Power), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 MC Tab [Sharon Richard], American rapper, born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Jesse L. Martin, American actor & singer (Rent, The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • 1970 DJ Quik [David Marvin Blake], American rapper (Quik Is the Name), born in Compton, California
  • 1971 Jonathan Davis, American singer (Korn), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1973 Crispian Mills, English singer-songwriter & guitarist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • 1974 Christian Burns, English musician (BBMak), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Damien Leith, Irish-Australian singer-songwriter (Australian Idol 2006), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1977 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi), born in Staines, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer & producer, born in New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 1980 Estelle Swaray, English singer, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1983 Samantha Mumba, Irish singer & actress, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1983 Katie White, British musician (the Ting Tings), born in Lowton, England
  • 1983 Carl McCoy, American singer (Fields of the Nephilim), born in London
  • 1984 Benji Schwimmer, American dancer, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1984 Maarja Kivi, Estonian singer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1984 Kristy Lee Cook, American country singer (American Idol season 7), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1988 Ronnie Day [Ronald Guglielmone Jr.], American singer-songwriter (Nine Sleepless Nights), born in Redwood City, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1996 Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Deaths in Music

  • 1580 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of John), dies at 63
  • 1659 Benedikt Lechler, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1760 Claudio Casciolini, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1875 Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer, dies at 55
  • 1902 Filippo Marchetti, composer, dies at 70
  • 1918 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • 1946 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1962 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • 1972 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1977 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
  • 1977 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • 1978 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • 1979 Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
  • 1982 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), dies at 93
  • 1983 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), dies at 69
  • 1984 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1990 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • 1994 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), dies at 83
  • 1995 Charles Baskerville, vocalist, dies at 54
  • 1996 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • 2007 Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)
  • 2008 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
  • 2014 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • 2015 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66

Person of interestGlenn Frey

2016 Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter (The Eagles), dies at 67

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 2017 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86