On This Day in Music for January 21

Events in Music

  • 1904 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno
  • 1927 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)
  • 1946 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1947 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances
  • 1947 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel
  • 1950 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 1956 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • 1961 "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1981 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
  • 1982 "Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1983 First supertitles for a live opera performance: "Elektra" at Canadian Opera Company, English titles by Sonya Friedman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1987 B.B. King is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1987 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1993 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder

Birthdays in Music

  • 1735 Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer
  • 1751 Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch Classical era violinist and composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1828)
  • 1762 Giuseppe Antonio Silvani, composer
  • 1775 Manuel Garcia, composer
  • 1801 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer
  • 1814 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer
  • 1823 Alexandre Edouard Goria, composer
  • 1848 Henri Duparc, French composer
  • 1859 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer
  • 1887 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, born in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer
  • 1891 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Avery Claflin, composer
  • 1909 Todor Skalovski, composer
  • 1910 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • 1916 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • 1918 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1920 Torsten Nilsson, composer
  • 1921 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Garden City New Jersey, (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • 1926 Brian Brockless, English organist (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Placido Domingo, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1941 Richie Havens, American folk singer (Here Comes the Sun), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Edwin Starr, [Charles Hatcher], US singer (War)
  • 1942 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1944 Neely Bruce, American composer
  • 1945 Chris Britton, rocker (Troggs-Rock & Roll Goldmine)
  • 1947 Jimmy Ibbotson, Penn, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • 1947 Pye Hastings, English singer and musician (Caravan)
  • 1947 Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • 1950 Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • 1950 Richie Ranno, American rocker (Starz), born in The Bronz, New York
  • 1956 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Cordell Crockett, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
  • 1970 Mark Trojanowski, American musician (Sister Hazel)
  • 1972 Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese composer
  • 1972 Cat Power (Chan Marshall), American musician

Person of interestEmma Bunton

1976 Emma Bunton [Baby Spice], English singer (Spice Girls), born in London

Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
  • 1977 Rick Ross, American rapper
  • 1978 Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, American Singer
  • 1979 Spider Loc, American rapper, member of G-Unit
  • 1980 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1981 Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • 1981 Andy Lee, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • 1981 Alex Ubago, Spanish-Basque singer-songwriter
  • 1986 Coffin Joe, English drummer (The Horrors)
  • 1988 William Johansson, Swedish composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1966 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Deaths in Music

  • 1626 John Dowland, English composer (In Darkness We Dwell), dies at 62
  • 1638 Ignazio Donati, Italian composer (c. 1570)
  • 1665 Domenico Mazzocchi, composer, dies at 72
  • 1746 Gottfried Kirkhoff, composer, dies at 60
  • 1851 Gustav Albert Lortzing, composer, dies at 49
  • 1882 Anton Emil Titl, composer, dies at 72
  • 1883 Jacopo Tomadini, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1884 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1888 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • 1891 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), dies at 48
  • 1894 Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, composer, dies at 24
  • 1931 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • 1942 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1943 Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1948 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72
  • 1959 Lamar Stringfield, composer, dies at 61
  • 1961 John Joseph Becker, composer, dies a day before 75th birthday
  • 1975 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1977 John Vincent, composer, dies at 74
  • 1977 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1984 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), dies at 49
  • 1989 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1991 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • 1992 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, dies at 81
  • 1993 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • 1999 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), dies at 94
  • 1999 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2017 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2017 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, dies at 86