On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 20

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922 Arthur Honegger's ballet "Skating Rink" premieres, Paris

Composer Arthur Honegger
Arthur Honegger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Bela Bartok's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1950 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1954 Dmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow
  • 1962 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 1964 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1971 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseMusic Single

1971 Single "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye about police brutality is released

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye

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

Film release premierFilm Release

2006 TV movie "High School Musical" released starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hugdens, becomes Disney Channel's most successful TV movie

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale

Birthdays in Music

  • 1586 Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Fontana d'Israel), born in Grünhain, Saxony (d. 1630)
  • 1681 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Italian composer and mandolin player, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1732)
  • 1703 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Flemish composer, born in Brussels (d. 1741)
  • 1743 Pascal Boyer, French composer, born in Tarascon, Provence, France (d. 1794)
  • 1761 Giovanni Domenico Perotti, Italian composer, born in Vercelli (d. 1855)
  • 1762 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, Belgian French composer, born in Philippeville, Belgium (d. 1842)
  • 1783 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
  • 1809 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish-Basque composer (La Paloma), born in Lanciego, Álav, Spain (d. 1865)
  • 1844 Johan Peter Selmer, Norwegian composer, born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1910)
  • 1855 Ernest Chausson, French Romantic composer (Poème; Solitude dance le bois), born in Paris, France (d. 1899)
  • 1867 Yvette Guilbert [Emma Laure Esther Guilbert], French singer and actress, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Guillaume Lekeu, Belgian composer (Épithalame), born in Heusy, Belguim (d. 1894)
  • 1876 Józef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist, composer, educator (Curtis Institute, 1924-38), and inventor, born in Podgórze, Austro-Hungarian Galicia (now Poland) (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Ruth St. Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1968)

Person of interestLead Belly

1888 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], 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, Russian-American concert violinist, born in Talnoye, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now Talne, Ukraine (d. 1967)
  • 1894 Walter Hamor Piston, Jr., American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1876)
  • 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 poet and composer (Janne Kubik), born in Helsinki (d. 1961)
  • 1896 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God; Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1961)
  • 1908 Wilfred Conwell Bain, American music educator, born in Shawville, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Ennio Porrino, Italian composer, born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1959)
  • 1910 Nina Verchinina, Russian-Brazilian dancer & choreographer, born in Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1918 [Juan Garcia] Esquivel!, Mexican musician ("The King of Space Age Pop"), born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Royalton Kisch, British conductor, born in Marylebone, London (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Žilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Connie Haines [Yvonne Jasme], American big-band vocalist (Harry James; Tommy Dorsey), born in Savannah, Georgia, (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Ray Anthony [Antonini], American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show; "Peter Gunn Theme"), born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
  • 1923 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian pop and jazz singer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1923 (Ottis) "Slim" Whitman, American country singer (Rose Marie), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer (Mélopées africaines), and teacher, born in Houilles, France (d. 2010)
  • 1926 David Tudor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1929 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese jazz pianist and songwriter, born in Tsingtao, Republic of China to (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland), born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 1933 Ron Townson, American rock vocalist (The 5th Dimension - "Up, Up And Away"), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1936 Luther Tucker, American blues guitarist, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1940 Jorge Peixinho, Portuguese pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Montijo, Portugal (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer and television host, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1942 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays - "Love Train"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1943 Farhad [Mehrad], Iranian pop, rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Jomeh"), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Eric Stewart, English rock singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer (10cc - "I'm Not in Love"), born in Droylsden, United Kingdom
  • 1947 George Grantham, American drummer and vocalist (Poco - "Crazy Eyes"), born in Cordell, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Mel Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1952 Ian Hill, English rock bassist (Judas Priest - "Breakin the Law"), born in West Bromwich, United Kingdom
  • 1952 Paul Stanley [Stanley Eisen], American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer (KISS - "Rock and Roll All Nite"), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1955 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese pop singer (Momen no handkerchief), born in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1956 Adrian Vernon Fish, British classical composer, born in Bristol, England
  • 1963 Mark Ryden, American Pop Surrealist painter, album cover art creator (Micheal Jackson; Aeroasmith; 4 Non-Blondes), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1965 Greg K. [Kreisel], American rock bassist (The Offspring, 1984-2018), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 John Michael Montgomery, American country music singer, born in Danville, Kentucky
  • 1966 Tracii Guns [Tracy Ulrich], American rock guitarist and songwriter (L.A. Guns - "It's Over Now"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Joe Pasquale, American pop-rock singer and songwriter (Prey)
  • 1968 Fantastic Negrito [Xavier Dphrepaulezz], American blues singer-songwriter (The Last Days of Oakland; Please Don't Be Dead), born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Nicky Wire [Jones], Welsh rock bassist and lyricist (Manic Street Preachers), born in Llanbadoc, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1970 Mitch Benn, English comedian and musician, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Gary Barlow, English pop singer (Take That), born in Frodsham, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Questlove [Ahmir Thompson], American DJ, producer and music journalist (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Melody [Nathalie Lefebvre], Belgian pop singer, born in Ronse, Belgium
  • 1979 Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park), born in Calabasas, California
  • 1979 Asaka Kubo, Japanese singer (A+Jyuc), born in Japan
  • 1979 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1984 Toni Gonzaga, Filipino singer and actress, born in Rizal, Philippines
  • 1986 Kevin Parker, Australian singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer (Tame Impala - The Slow Rush), born in Sydney

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2020 Actor Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus divorce after a year of marriage

Actor Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth
Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus

Deaths in Music

  • 1691 Christiaan de Placker, Flemish poet and composer, dies at 77
  • 1789 Johann Christoph Oley, German 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, French cellist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1857 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, English composer, dies at 32
  • 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, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1964 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1965 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", dies at 42
  • 1975 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • 1979 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer, dies at 53
  • 1985 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 75
  • 1989 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • 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 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 82
  • 1996 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • 1996 Gerry Mulligan, American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, and band leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), dies of complications from a knee infection at 68
  • 2001 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, dies at 46
  • 2002 Henry Cosby, American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), dies at 73
  • 2002 Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, dies at 57
  • 2009 David "Fathead" Newman, American jazz saxophonist (Ray Charles - "The Right Time"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 75
  • 2012 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • 2013 Bob Engemann, American singer, (The Lettermen), dies at 77
  • 2014 Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), dies of stomach cancer at 80
  • 2015 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • 2018 James "Jim" Rodford, English rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), dies after a fall at 76