On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 24

Events in Music

  • 1874 Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1914 Opera "Madeleine" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Noël Coward's "Design for Living" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" is performed in Moscow; roundly criticized by the Communist Party, it was banned in the Soviet Union until 1961

Music releaseMusic Recording

1936 Benny Goodman and orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1942 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC
  • 1948 "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • 1959 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • 1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow

AgreementContract of Interest

1962 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal

Music releaseAlbum Release

2011 "21" 2nd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2012, Brit Award for British Album of the Year, 2011 Billboard Album of the Year)

Singer-songwriter Adele

Birthdays in Music

  • 1758 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, German composer, born in Epfenhausen, Bavaria (d. 1801)
  • 1774 Karl Moser, German composer and violinist, born in Berlin (1851)
  • 1776 Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer (Undine)
  • 1796 Nicholas Mori, Anglo-Italian violinist & conductor, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • 1828 Karol Studzinski, Polish violinist & composer, born in Krakow; (d. 1883)
  • 1829 William Mason, American pianist, pedagogue and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • 1859 Alexander Alexandrovich Ilyinsky, Russian composer (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray), born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1879 Stanislaw Lyudkevich, Ukranian composer, born in Jaroslaw, Habsburg Empire (now Poland) (d. 1979)
  • 1909 Tiny Winters, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), born in New York City, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Vitezslava Kapralova, Czech composer, born in Brno, Czechia (d. 1940)
  • 1918 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Don Saddler, American choreographer & dancer (Holiday Hotel), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 2014)
  • 1920 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), born In St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1923 Simeon ten Holt, Dutch minimalist composer (Canto Ostinato), born in Bergen, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1924 David Craighead, American organist and educator, born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

Person of interestMaria Tallchief

1925 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief
  • 1931 Ib Norholm, Danish composer & organist, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1936 Daniel Goode, American composer, born in New York
  • 1936 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Julius Arthur Hemphill, American saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1939 Ray Stevens, American singer (Ahab the Arab, Streak), born in Clarkdale, Georgia
  • 1941 Aaron Neville, American singer & keyboardist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1941 Michael Chapman, English musician (Looking for 11), born in Leeds, England

Person of interestNeil Diamond

1941 Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter ("Sweet Caroline"; "I'm A Believer"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
  • 1944 Klaus Nomi, German singer, born in Immenstadt, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1947 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter & musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1948 Michael Des Barres, British actor & rock singer, born in Hove, United Kingdom
  • 1949 John Belushi, American comedian & actor (SNL: Animal House: Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1956 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist, born in of Taourirt Moussa, Algeria (d. 1998)
  • 1957 Vladimir "Vlatko" Stefanovski, Macedonian guitarist, born in Prilep
  • 1958 Jools Holland, British rock keyboardist (Squeeze), and TV presenter (Later...), born in Blackheath, London
  • 1967 John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Michael Kiske, German musician, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1972 Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer, born in Kōchi
  • 1972 Beth Hart, American singer-songwriter (LA Song, Screamin' for My Supper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Yamandu Costa, Brazilian guitarist & composer (Os Fronteiriços), born in Passo Fundo
  • 1984 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated), born in Krosno, Poland (d. 2007)
  • 2003 Johnny Orlando, Canadian pop singer-songwriter ("Waste My Time"), born in Mississauga, Ontario

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1981 Singer Davy Jones (35) weds Anita Pollinger

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

Deaths in Music

  • 1473 Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies
  • 1666 Johann Andreas Herbst, composer, dies at 77
  • 1728 Johann Philipp Käfer, German composer, 55
  • 1805 Giacomo Conti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1812 Eligio Celestino, composer, dies at 72
  • 1851 Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Italian opera composer and conductor (La Vestale), dies at 76
  • 1864 Otto Jonas Lindblad, Swedish composer (Kungssången - Royal Anthem), dies at 54
  • 1883 Friedrich von Flotow, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1884 Johann Christian Gebauer, Danish composer, dies at 75
  • 1901 Simon Hassler, German-American composer, dies at 68
  • 1904 Franz Coenen, composer, dies at 77
  • 1911 Carl Eilhardt, German composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1913 Gustav Luders, German-American composer, dies at 47
  • 1940 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • 1960 Edwin Fischer, Swiss concert pianist and conductor, dies at 73
  • 1969 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • 1970 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • 1986 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1998 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 62
  • 1998 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2001 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • 2005 June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • 2009 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), dies at 88
  • 2011 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), dies at 88
  • 2012 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • 2016 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • 2017 Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), dies at 69
  • 2018 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), dies after a long illness at 60