On This Day in Music for January 20

Events in Music

  • 1950 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1962 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 1964 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
  • 1965 The Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1971 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1987 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"
  • 1991 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, LA
  • 1991 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances
  • 1991 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1995 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 276 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1586 Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Fontana d'Israel)
  • 1681 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer
  • 1703 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, composer
  • 1743 Pascal Boyer, composer
  • 1761 Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer
  • 1762 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, composer
  • 1783 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
  • 1809 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (La Paloma)
  • 1844 Johan Peter Selmer, composer
  • 1855 Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer
  • 1867 Yvette Guilbert [Emma Laure Esther Guilbert], French singer and actress, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, composer
  • 1876 Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1877 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey

Person of interestLead Belly

1888 Lead Belly, American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1891 Mischa Elman, Talnoye Ukraine, US violinist
  • 1894 Walter Hamor Piston, Rockland Maine, composer (Incredible Flutis)
  • 1895 Eva Jessye, American singer, actress, songwriter (Hallelujah) and 1st black woman to receive international distinction as a choral conductor, born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • 1896 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • 1896 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1899 Alexander Tcherepnin, composer
  • 1900 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer
  • 1904 Alexandra Danilova, Peterhof Russia, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • 1908 Wilfred Conwell Bain, composer
  • 1910 Ennio Porrino, composer
  • 1910 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher
  • 1919 Royalton Kisch, British(?) conductor
  • 1919 Stepan Lucky, composer
  • 1920 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Ray Anthony, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)
  • 1923 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • 1923 Slim Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Yvonne Loriod, Houilles France, pianist
  • 1926 David Eugene Tudor, composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • 1933 Ron Townson, American rock vocalist (The 5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1940 Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Quebec singer and television host
  • 1942 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1943 Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician
  • 1945 Eric Stewart, rock guitarist (10cc-I'm Not in Love)
  • 1950 Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
  • 1951 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor
  • 1952 Ian Hill, bass guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law)
  • 1952 Paul Stanley, [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)
  • 1955 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
  • 1965 Greg Kriesel, American bassist (The Offspring)
  • 1965 John Michael Montgomery, American singer
  • 1966 Tracii Guns, rock guitarist (LA Guns-It's Over Now)
  • 1967 Joe Pasquale, rocker (Prey)
  • 1969 Nicky Wire, British Musician (Manic Street Preachers)
  • 1970 Mitch Benn, UK comedian, songwriter, actor
  • 1971 Gary Barlow, English singer (Take That)
  • 1971 "?uestlove" Ahmir Thompson, American DJ, producer and music journalist (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Melody, Belgian singer
  • 1979 Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1979 Will Young, British singer
  • 1980 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine)
  • 1983 Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • 1984 Toni Gonzaga, Filipina Actress and Singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1691 Christian de Placker, composer, dies at 77
  • 1789 Johann Christoph Oley, composer, dies at 50
  • 1798 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master, dies at 66
  • 1830 Michal Bogdanowicz, composer, dies at 50
  • 1838 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer, dies at 64
  • 1857 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, composer, dies at 32
  • 1859 Bettina Brentano, composer, dies at 73
  • 1859 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), dies at 73
  • 1890 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, dies at 86
  • 1905 Stanislaw Pilinski, French pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1914 Emil Liebling, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • 1914 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer, dies at 80
  • 1943 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer, dies at 57
  • 1952 Arthur Farwell, composer, dies at 74
  • 1964 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1975 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • 1979 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  • 1985 Jo Juda, Dutch musician, dies at 75
  • 1990 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • 1990 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • 1996 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • 2002 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • 2009 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2012 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • 2013 Bob Engemann, American singer, (The Lettermen), dies at 77
  • 2015 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70