On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1859 Johannes Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" debuts in Leningrad

  • 1949 "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1968 "Lady Soul" 14th studio album by Aretha Franklin is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1968)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1969 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1971 John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band record "Power to the People" at his Ascot Sound Studio

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)
  • 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 Zvonař, Czech organist and composer, born in Kublov, Bohemia (d. 1865)
  • 1842 Charles Henri Marechal, composer
  • 1855 Ernst Kullak, German pianist, and composer of parlor music, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1861 Karel Stecker, Czech organist, pedagogue, and composer of organ and sacred music, born on Kosmanos, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1870 Charles Arnold Tournemire, French organist and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1939)
  • 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, born in Vratišinec, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Josef Stanislav, Czech pianist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Rosa Ponselle [Ponzillo], American soprano opera diva ("Casta Diva"; La Forza del Destino - "Leonora"; Metropolitan Opera, 1918-37), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1897 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), born in Pendleton, Texas (d. 1945)
  • 1898 Alexander Abramsky, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Lutsk, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), born in Hälsingborg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Franz Salmhofer, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera, 1945-54), and composer (mostly of ballet and opera), born in Vienna (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Sonata Ritmica)
  • 1903 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

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
  • 1908 Hammie Nixon [Nickerson], American blues harmonica player (Sleepy John Estes), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Melle Weersma, Dutch jazz arranger and composer ("Penny Serenade"), born in Harlingen, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Suzanne Danco, Belgian operatic soprano singer, born in Brussels (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), born in Bangor, Wales (d. 1956)
  • 1913 Verdina Shlonsky, Israeli pianist and avant-garde composer, born in Kremenchug, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer, born in Platanoussa, Greece (d. 2001)
  • 1916 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), born in Angers, France (d. 2013)
  • 1917 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1996)
  • 1920 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), born in West Helena, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1921 André Hodeir, French classical and jazz violinist, and composer, born in Paris (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, born in Neusalz, Lower Silesia, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), and educator (University of Michigan, 1952-92), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924 J. J. Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • 1929 (Elijah) Doug Quattlebaum, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter (Softee Man Blues), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Sam Cooke [Cook], American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" ("You Send Me"; " A Change Is Gonna Come"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1933 Jean-Louis Viale, French jazz drummer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1984)
  • 1940 Addie "Micki" Harris, American pop singer (Shirelles - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Soldier Boy"), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 1982)
  • 1940 Tilo Medek, German composer, born in Jena, Germany

Person of interestMalcolm McLaren

1946 Malcolm McLaren, British band manager (the Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 2010)

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • 1948 Gilbert Levine, American orchestral conductor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 James "J.P." Pennington, American country-pop singer and guitarist (Exile), born in Berea, Kentucky
  • 1949 Steve Perry, American rock vocalist (Journey, 1977-87; 95-97 - "Don't Stop Believin'"; "Open Arms"), born in Hanford, California
  • 1949 Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, American drummer (E Street Band, 1972-74), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • 1951 Dick Sims, American Hammond B-3 organist (Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Teddy Gentry, American country music bassist (Alabama - "Mountain Music"), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1952 Teresa Kaban, Polish classical pianist and co-director of the International Festival of Rediscovered and Forgotten Music, born in Gliwice, Poland
  • 1953 Myung-Whun Chung, South Korean pianist and conductor (Chung Trio), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1956 Steve Riley, American rock drummer (L.A. Guns; W.A.S.P.), born in Revere, Massachusetts

Person of interestMichael Hutchence

1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist (INXS - "Devil Inside": "New Sensation"), and actor (Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1997)

  • 1961 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2019)
  • 1965 "DJ Jazzy" Jeff [Townes], American rapper (Parents Just Don't Understand), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Ray Mayhew, English new wave rock drummer (Sigue Sigue Sputnik, 1985-89 - "Love Missile F-111"), born in Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Steven Adler [Michael Coletti], American rock drummer and songwriter (Guns & Roses, 1985-90), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Heath [Hiroshi Morie], Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan), born in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1980 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1980 Elizabeth "Lizz" Wright, American jazz and gospel singer, born in Hahira, Georgia
  • 1980 Lizz Wright, American jazz and gospel vocalist (Dreaming Wide Awake), born in Hahira, Georgia
  • 1981 Willa Ford [Amanda Lee Williford], American pop singer, and actress, born in Ruskin, Florida
  • 1993 Netta Barzilai, Israeli singer (Eurovision song contest winner 2018), born in Hod HaSharon, Israel
  • 1998 Silentó [Ricky Hawk] American rapper "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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, Italian 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, French music publisher and composer, dies at 71
  • 1852 George Rodwell, English composer, dies at 51
  • 1861 Giovanni Battista Velluti, Italian castrato singer 'the last great castrato', dies at 80
  • 1868 Moritz Ganz, German composer and cellist, dies at 61
  • 1893 Vincenz Lachner, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1895 Edward Solomon, English composer, dies at 39
  • 1914 Frederik Rung, Danish composer, dies at 60
  • 1916 Iwan Knorr, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1936 Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1945 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer, dies a day before 76th birthday
  • 1951 Eastwood Lane, American composer, dies at 71
  • 1964 Marc Blitzstein, American composer (Cradle Will Rock), dies at 58
  • 1994 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 1994 Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • 1995 Christopher Francis Palmer, British composer, orchestrator, and musicologist, dies of AIDS complications 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 rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), committed suicide at 39
  • 2002 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2002 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • 2004 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), dies at 87
  • 2004 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), dies at 80
  • 2005 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, dies at 88
  • 2008 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, dies at 80
  • 2010 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 2017 Pete Overend Watts, English bass guitar player (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies from throat cancer at 69
  • 2017 Jaki Liebesit, German rock drummer (Can), dies at 78
  • 2021 James Purify, American R&B singer ("I'm Your Puppet"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 76