On This Day in Music for January 23

Events in Music

  • 1940 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1957 Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee disc (originally called the "Pluto Platter" until 1958)
  • 1958 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1965 "King Family Show" (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV
  • 1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1986 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 1992 "Visit" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Singer Neil Diamond retires after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

Birthdays in Music

  • 1752 Muzio Clementi, Italian composer
  • 1813 Franz Commer, composer
  • 1820 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer
  • 1837 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, born in Long Green, Maryland (d. 1915)
  • 1843 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer
  • 1867 Herbert Bedford, composer
  • 1868 Juventino Rosas, composer
  • 1869 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer
  • 1878 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (d. 1960)
  • 1885 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1944)
  • 1900 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor and organist (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1904 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, born in Telč (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Norman Fulton, composer

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

1910 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium (d. 1953)

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1911 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer
  • 1925 Marty Paich, American musician, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), (d. 1969)
  • 1933 Chita Rivera, American actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933 Joel Spiegelman, American composer
  • 1939 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist/saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1940 Johnny Russell, country singer
  • 1943 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1944 Jerry Lawson, US singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk)
  • 1948 Anita Pointer, rock vocalist (Pointer Sisters-She's So Shy), born in Oakland, California
  • 1950 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), born in Flemington, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • 1950 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health)
  • 1950 Luis Alberto Spinetta, rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2012)
  • 1953 Robin Zander, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • 1954 Edward Ka-spel, English singer/songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots)
  • 1954 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas
  • 1954 Rick Finch, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1954 Richard Finch, American composer, producer, engineer, and song arranger (KC and the Sunshine Band), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1955 Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1956 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • 1959 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1971 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
  • 1976 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1979 Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1987 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer
  • 1998 XXXTentacion [Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy], American rapper, singer, and songwriter, born in Plantation, Florida (d. 2018)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

1906 Composer Igor Stravinsky (23) weds Yekaterina Nosenko

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky

Deaths in Music

  • 1548 Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer, dies at 57
  • 1708 Thomas Bullis, English composer, dies at 80 (buried)
  • 1805 Vaclav Pichl, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 1837 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54
  • 1845 Francesco Ruggi, composer, dies at 77
  • 1864 Michele Puccini, composer, dies at 50
  • 1879 Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • 1898 W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, dies at 66
  • 1908 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • 1921 Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer, dies at 83
  • 1922 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 66
  • 1926 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), dies at 55
  • 1931 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49
  • 1936 Dame Clara Butt, alto singer (Country of Hope & Glory), dies at 62
  • 1941 Dobri Khristov, composer, dies at 65
  • 1946 Feliks Nowowiejski, composer, dies at 68
  • 1964 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Jaroslav Křička, Czech composer, dies at 86
  • 1973 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 1976 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • 1977 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), dies at 93
  • 1978 Terry Kath, American musician and songwriter (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • 1978 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • 1981 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

Person of interestSamuel Barber

1981 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
  • 1984 Samuel Gardner, American composer, dies at 92
  • 1984 Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, dies at 67
  • 1990 Allen Collins [Larkin Allen Collins Jr.], American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1993 Thomas A Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • 1995 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), dies at 65
  • 1997 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997 Richard Berry, African-American singer and musician (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • 1999 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
  • 2001 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 2016 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 2017 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • 2018 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • 2018 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52