On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 2

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1843 Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" premieres in Dresden

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1881 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres
  • 1952 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1958 Dmitri Shostakovich' 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
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
  • 1989 "Superwoman" single released by Karyn White (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • 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
  • 2011 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, closes on Broadway after 463 performances and 3 Tony awards [1]

Birthdays in Music

  • 1732 František "Franz" Xaver Brixi, Czech classical composer and kapellmeister, born in Prague (d. 1771)
  • 1807 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, Polish composer, born in Studzianka, West Galicia, (now Poland) (d. 1852)
  • 1809 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1888)
  • 1837 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1910)
  • 1846 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer and son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1900)
  • 1879 Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), born in Sudbury, England (d. 1938)
  • 1896 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, German composer, and music educator, born in Eitorf, Germany (d, 1973)
  • 1901 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • 1904 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), born in Moultrie, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 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, Canadian concert pianist and composer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Gardner Read, composer, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1915 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, born in Millbury, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • 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
  • 1928 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Frank Marocco, American jazz and classical accordionist, arranger and composer, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2012)

Person of interestRoger Miller

1936 Roger Miller, American country singer-songwriter ("King of the Road"; "Dang Me"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1992)

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1936 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Péter Eötvös, Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher ("Chinese Opera"), born in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania)
  • 1946 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1949 Michael "Chick" Churchill, British blues-rock keyboardist (Ten Years After - "I'm Going Home"), born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
  • 1950 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist, born in Queens, New York
  • 1952 Graeme Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • 1958 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian concert pianist (Tchaikovsky Prize, 1982; Leeds, 1987), born in Belebey, Bashkir ASSR (now Bashkortostan)
  • 1961 Orrett Rhoden, Jamaican concert pianist, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1970 Robert Fertitta, American operatic countertenor, born in New York City
  • 1970 Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian pop singer ("I Admit"), born in Târgu Mureș, Transylvania, Romania.
  • 1972 Christopher Lennertz, American television, film and video game composer, born in Methuen, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Chris Cheney, Australian rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Living End - "The Second Solution"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1975 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank - "The Reason"), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • 1986 Trombone Shorty [Troy Andrews], American jazz musician and producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1987 Syesha Mercado, American pop and soul singer, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

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, Italian organist & composer, dies at 37
  • 1740 Johann Georg Weichenberger, Austrian composer, dies at 63
  • 1780 Johann Ludwig Krebs, German musician & composer, dies at 66
  • 1789 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer & organist, dies at 68
  • 1803 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1915 Karl Goldmark, Austria-Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • 1924 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer & novelist, dies at 89
  • 1941 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist & composer (The Enchanted Nymph), dies of a heart attack 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
  • 1973 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1974 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67

Person of interestErroll Garner

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

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1980 Larry Williams, American singer-songwriter, dies at 44
  • 1981 David Lynch, American singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • 1983 Bernard George Stevens, British composer, dies at 66
  • 1986 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), dies at 78
  • 1986 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), dies at 79
  • 1990 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • 1997 Randy California, American rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • 2000 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • 2002 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer, dies at 43
  • 2002 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • 2003 Eric Jupp, British-born musician, dies at 80
  • 2012 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist & composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, American rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • 2013 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 71
  • 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
  • 2018 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • 2019 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together") dies of kidney failure at 76