On This Day in Music for January 2

Events in Music

  • 1843 Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premieres, Dresden
  • 1952 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
  • 1958 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY
  • 1960 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres
  • 1968 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1969 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1970 Dutch premiere of musical "Hair" in Amsterdam
  • 1972 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • 1978 Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"

MurderMurder of Interest

1979 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1982 "Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1983 "Annie" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 2,377 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC after 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1993 "Gypsy Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 55 performances
  • 1994 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 performances
  • 1994 "Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 266 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1732 Franz Xaver Brixi, composer
  • 1807 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, composer
  • 1809 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer
  • 1837 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1910)
  • 1846 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer,son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1900)
  • 1896 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer
  • 1899 Alexander Tcherepnin, composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1901 Torsten Ralf, Swedish tenor (Daphne)
  • 1904 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • 1905 Michael Kemp Tippett, English composer/conductor (A Child of Our Time), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Salvador Ley, composer
  • 1908 Janis Kepitis, composer
  • 1912 Andre Ameller, composer
  • 1912 Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg Canada, composer
  • 1913 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1917 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, born in Alkmaar (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Andry Maryanovich Nikodemovich, composer
  • 1928 Tiberiu Olah, composer
  • 1929 Art Prysock, jazz musician
  • 1930 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1943 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Peter Eotvos, composer
  • 1946 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1949 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • 1950 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, Grit Va, country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream)
  • 1952 Graeme Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • 1958 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist
  • 1970 Robert Fertitta, American opera singer
  • 1970 Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian singer
  • 1972 Christopher Lennertz, American composer
  • 1975 Chris Cheney, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • 1975 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank)
  • 1978 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing with the Stars), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 1987 Syesha Mercado, American singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2010 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas
  • 2011 Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer (34) weds author Neil Gaiman (50) in Berkley, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1726 Domenico Zipoli, composer, dies at 37
  • 1740 Johann Georg Weichenberger, composer, dies at 63
  • 1780 Johann Ludwig Krebs, composer, dies at 66
  • 1789 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, dies at 68
  • 1803 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, composer, dies at 69
  • 1915 Karl Goldmark, Austria-Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • 1924 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer and novelist (b. 1834)
  • 1941 Mischa Levitzki, composer, dies at 42
  • 1963 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • 1970 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • 1974 Tex Ritter, country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1977 Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1980 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • 1981 David Lynch, singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • 1983 Bernard George Stevens, composer, dies at 66
  • 1990 Vladimir Alexis Ussachevsky, Manchuria composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • 1997 Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • 2000 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • 2002 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • 2002 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • 2003 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • 2014 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • 2015 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94