On This Day in Music for January 22

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1575 English queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1910 Opera "Germania" premieres in NYC
  • 1934 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Lady MacBeth" premieres in Leningrad
  • 1949 "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • 1969 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

1990 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

Birthdays in Music

  • 1649 Pascal Collasse, composer
  • 1707 Carl Hockh, German composer and violinist (d. 1773)
  • 1709 Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, born in Rainbach im Mühlkreis (d. 1782)
  • 1727 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer
  • 1729 Giuseppe Luigi Tibaldi, composer
  • 1748 Lewis Edson, early American composer, born in Woodstock, New York (d. 1820)
  • 1756 Vincenzo Righini, composer
  • 1779 Stefano Pavesi, composer
  • 1781 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer
  • 1815 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer
  • 1824 Josef Leopold Zvonar, composer
  • 1842 Charles Henri Marechal, composer
  • 1855 Ernst Kullak, composer
  • 1861 Karel Stecker, composer
  • 1870 Charles Arnold Tournemire, composer
  • 1871 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), born in Stettin (d. 1942)
  • 1882 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1886 John Joseph Becker, composer
  • 1890 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Josef Stanislav, composer
  • 1897 Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • 1897 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • 1898 Alexander Abramsky, composer
  • 1898 Gustaf Paulson, composer
  • 1900 Franz Salmhofer, composer
  • 1901 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Sonata Ritmica)
  • 1903 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1904 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, born in St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire (d. 1983) [OS=Jan 9]

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • 1911 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian bandleader/chancellor (1970-83)
  • 1911 Roberto Garcia Morillo, composer
  • 1911 Suzanne Danco, Belgian opera singer
  • 1913 Verdina Shlonsky, composer
  • 1914 Dimitri Dragatakis, composer
  • 1916 Henri Dutilleux, Angers France, composer
  • 1917 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • 1920 William Warfield, singer (Show Boat)
  • 1921 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • 1923 Friedrich Zehm, composer
  • 1923 Leslie Bassett, classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924 J J Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist (d. 2001)
  • 1931 Sam Cooke, soul singer (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1940 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1940 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • 1946 Malcolm McLaren, British band manager (the Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1948 Gilbert Levine, American conductor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 James P Pennington, rocker (Exile)
  • 1949 Steve Perry, Hanford California, vocalist (Journey-Open Arms, Oh Sherry)
  • 1952 Teddy Gentry, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • 1953 Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)
  • 1956 Steve Riley, American drummer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist/actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • 1961 Daniel Johnston, American musician and artist ("Hi, How Are You"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 Jazzy Jeff Townes, rapper (Parents Just Don't Understand)
  • 1965 Ray Mayhew, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • 1965 Steven Adler, drummer (Guns & Roses-Sweet Child), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Heath, Japanese bass guitarist (X Japan)
  • 1980 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence)
  • 1980 Lizz Wright, American jazz and gospel singer, born in Hahira, Georgia
  • 1981 Willa Ford, American singer
  • 1998 Silentó [Ricky Hawk] American rapper "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • 1599 Cristofano Malvezzi, composer, dies at 51
  • 1700 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, composer, dies at 39
  • 1781 Johann Siebenkas, composer, dies at 66
  • 1796 Bernhard Hupfeld, composer, dies at 78
  • 1847 Georges-Julien Sieber, composer, dies at 71
  • 1852 George Rodwell, composer, dies at 51
  • 1868 Moritz Ganz, composer, dies at 61
  • 1893 Vincenz Lachner, composer, dies at 81
  • 1895 Edward Solomon, composer, dies at 39

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1900 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), dies at 68

  • 1914 Frederik Rung, composer, dies at 60
  • 1916 Iwan Knorr, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1936 Louis Glass, Danish composer, dies at 71
  • 1945 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer, dies a day before 76th birthday
  • 1951 Eastwood Lane, composer, dies at 71
  • 1964 Marc Blitzstein, US composer (Cradle Will Rock), dies at 58
  • 1994 Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • 1995 Christopher Francis Palmer, orchestrator/Author, dies at 48
  • 1997 Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • 1997 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • 1997 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 1997 Billy Mackenzie, Scottish musician (Associates) (b. 1957)
  • 2002 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2004 Billy May, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 87
  • 2004 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter (b. 1924)