On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 19

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1853 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premieres in Rome

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1884 Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet
  • 1971 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 "Born in the USA", single by Bruce Springsteen, peaks at #9

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1991 48th Golden Globes: Dances with Wolves, Jeremy Irons, & Kathy Bates wins

  • 1992 "City of Angels" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 878 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1613 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, born in Beaune (d. 1652)
  • 1676 John Weldon, English composer, born in Chichester, England (d. 1736)
  • 1679 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
  • 1760 Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer
  • 1806 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer
  • 1827 Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentina, conductor (Rafagas,)
  • 1832 Ferdinand Laub, composer
  • 1832 Salvador Giner y Vidal, composer
  • 1839 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer
  • 1883 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor
  • 1884 Albert Louis Wolff, composer
  • 1889 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • 1899 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • 1906 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1909 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Rudolf Maros, Hungarian composer (Sirato/Lament; Euphonies), and pedagogue, born in Stachy, Bohemia (d. 1982)
  • 1920 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident), born in Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2020) dies at 96
  • 1935 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, born in Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Elliott Schwartz, composer, born in New York City
  • 1938 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), born in Stockholm (d. 2004)

Person of interestPhil Everly

1939 Phil Everly, American singer and half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

Singer Phil Everly
Phil Everly
  • 1942 Michael Crawford [Michael Patrick Smith], British Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire

Person of interestJanis Joplin

1943 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1944 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), born in Saltvik, Åland Islands, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Laurie London, English singer
  • 1945 Charles Amirkhanian, American composer, born in Fresno, California

Person of interestDolly Parton

1946 Dolly Parton, American country singer-songwriter ("Jolene"; ""I Will Always Love You", "9 to 5"), actress, and literacy advocate, born in Sevierville, Tennessee

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
  • 1947 Roderic "Rod" Evans, English rocker (The Maze, Deep Purple), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1948 Harvey Hinsley, British musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1949 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), born in Batley, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • 1951 Martha Davis, American rock singer-songwriter (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1952 Dewey Bunell, British-American musician (America-Daisy Jane), born in Borough of Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Desi Arnaz Jr., American actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride) & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Katey Sagal, American actress & singer-songwriter (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Simon Rattle, English orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Carman Licciardello, American Christian music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1957 Mickael Virtue, American rock keyboardist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1963 Caron Wheeler, English singer (Soul II Soul-Keep on Movin'), born in Acton, London
  • 1964 Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer, born in Jocotenango, Guatemala
  • 1966 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer, born in Vetlanda, Sweden
  • 1968 Whitfield Crane [William Whitfield Crane IV], American rock musician (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1971 John Wozniak, American singer & songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • 1973 Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1975 Noah Georgeson, American musician & producer, born in Nevada City, California
  • 1977 Nicole, Chilean singer, born in Chile
  • 1977 Cocco, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • 1979 Wiley, English Rapper (Grime), born in Bow, London
  • 1979 Spider Loc [Curtis Williams], American rapper (G-Unit), and actor, born in Compton, California
  • 1980 Kotoko, Japanese singer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1982 Angela Chang, Taiwanese singer & actress, born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • 1983 Hikaru Utada, American-born Japanese singer & songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1985 Rika Ishikawa, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokosuka, Japan
  • 1992 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)

Deaths in Music

  • 1576 Hans Sachs, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1625 Erhard Buttner, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1795 Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer, dies at 74
  • 1805 Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1830 Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • 1833 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, dies from tuberculosis at 41
  • 1839 Georg Abraham Schneider, German horn player and composer, dies at 68
  • 1893 Julius Eichberg, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1913 David Emlyn Evans, British composer, dies at 69
  • 1934 Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70
  • 1944 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71
  • 1951 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • 1969 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, dies at 80
  • 1971 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • 1972 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35
  • 1980 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, dies at 69
  • 1982 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • 1983 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings, My Way), dies at 57
  • 1987 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1990 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • 1992 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), dies at 60
  • 1993 William LeMassena, actor (All that Jazz), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 1995 Gene MacLellan, Canadian composer and singer (b. 1938)
  • 1998 Carl Perkins, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), dies at 65

Person of interestWilson Pickett

2006 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), dies of a heart attack at 64

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 2007 Denny Doherty, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter (The Mamas and the Papas), dies from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at 66
  • 2007 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • 2008 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • 2012 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds) dies from lymphoma at 78
  • 2014 Udo Kasemets, Etonian-born Canadian composer, dies at 94
  • 2019 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 2019 Ted McKenna, Scottish drummer (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band; Rory Gallagher), dies from surgery complication at 68
  • 2020 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 93
  • 2020 Robert Parker, American saxophonist and soul singer (Barefootin'), dies at 89