On This Day

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

1976 RCA releases "Station to Station", David Bowie's 10th studio album, recorded in Los Angeles; it peaks in the U.S. charts at No.3, and No. 5 in the U.K.

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

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 from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

Birthdays in Music

  • 1752 Muzio Clementi, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1832)
  • 1813 Franz Commer, German composer & musicologist, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1820 Alexander Serov, Russian composer & music critic, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1871)
  • 1837 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, born in Long Green, Maryland (d. 1915)
  • 1843 Bolko von Hochberg, German diplomat & composer, born in Castle Fürstenstein, Silesia (d. 1926)
  • 1867 Herbert Bedford, English author and composer, born in Holborn, London (d. 1945)
  • 1868 Juventino Rosas, Mexican composer & violinist, born in Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, Mexico (d. 1894)
  • 1869 Felice Boghen, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 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 & organist, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1904 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer & pedagogue, born in Telč, Czech Republic (d. 1969)

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, English singer-songwriter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1925 Marty Paich, American jazz pianist, 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, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1939 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist & saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1940 Johnny Russell, American country singer, born in Moorhead, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Jimmy Castor, American pop & 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, American musician (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1948 Anita Pointer, American pop vocalist (Pointer Sisters - "He's So Shy"; "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1950 Bill Cunningham, American rock bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rock organisst, accordion and glockenspieler (E Street Band), born in Flemington, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • 1950 John Greaves, English musician (Henry Cow, National Health), born in Prestatyn, United Kingdom
  • 1950 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian 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"; "I Want You To Want Me"), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • 1954 Edward Ka-spel, English singer-songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1954 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1954 Richard Finch, American disco and rock bassist, songwriter and producer (KC and the Sunshine Band - "Shake Your Booty"; "i'm Your Boogie Man"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1955 Reginald Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1956 Lazar Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), born in Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia (d. 2007)
  • 1956 Larysa Kuzmenko, Canadian concert pianist, and composer, of Ukrainian heritage (Memoriam for the Victims of Chornobyl; Golden Harvest), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Meriden, England
  • 1963 Guido Karp, German music photographer, born in Mayen, West Germany
  • 1971 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress & singer, born in Alor Setar, Malaysia
  • 1979 Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • 1987 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden

Person of interestXXXTentacion

1998 XXXTentacion [Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy], American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Plantation, Florida (d. 2018)

Rapper XXXTentacion

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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, Italian organist and composer (father of Giacomo), dies at 50
  • 1879 Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • 1893 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), dies at 57
  • 1898 W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, dies at 66
  • 1908 Edward Alexander MacDowell, American 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, Bulgarian composer, dies at 65
  • 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, American 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
  • 1990 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1993 Thomas A Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • 1993 Charles "Majeed" Greenlee, American jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), dies at 65
  • 1995 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 65
  • 1997 Charles Craig, English opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997 Richard Berry, African-American singer and musician (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • 1997 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (Acid Bath), killed by a drunk driver at 26
  • 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
  • 2001 Lou Levy, American jazz pianist (Woody Herman, Stan Getz), and accompanist (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2002 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educatordies of renal cancer at 71
  • 2009 George Perle, American composer (12 Tone Tonality), dies at 93
  • 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
  • 2019 Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean singer and musician (Tuku music), dies at 66