On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 25

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1817 Gioachino Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) premieres in Rome

  • 1835 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Puritani" premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1858 Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1885 Vincent d'Indy's "Saugefleurie" premieres

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy
  • 1895 New Haven Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut performs its first concert
  • 1902 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1909 Richard Strauss' premier of "Elektra" in Dresden

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1915 Giordano, Sardou & Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gêne" premieres in NYC
  • 1946 Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosis" premieres in Zurich
  • 1964 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music awardsMusic Awards

1982 9th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Kenny Rogers win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker; Paul Simon; & Whitney Houston win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 20th American Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • 1994 Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

Music releaseMusic Single

1994 "Bump n' Grind " single released by R. Kelly (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 1998 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • 1998 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Football Player David Beckham
Football Player
David Beckham
  • 2019 Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

Birthdays in Music

  • 1750 Johann Gottfried Vierling, German organist & composer, born in Metzels, Germany (d. 1813)

Person of interestRobert Burns

1759 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • 1834 Pablo Hernández Salces, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Frederick E. Kitziger, German composer, born in Altenburg, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1851 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Sea Bride, Princess of Herberg), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • 1858 Giuseppi Radiciotti, Italian musicologist & composer, born in Iesi, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1880 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, born in Hawick, Roxburghshire (d. 1958)
  • 1884 Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], Hungarian composer & teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), born in Békésszentandrás, Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1886 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1922-45, 1952-54), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer & professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1952)
  • 1899 "Sleepy" John Estes, American blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Ewan MacColl, Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1921 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Rusty Draper, American country & pop singer, born in Kirksville, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician & songwriter, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1926 James Erb, American composer, arranger, and musicologist (Shenendoah), born in La Junta, Colorado (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Benny Golson, American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, and composer ("I Remember Clifford"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Harold Lloyd Jr., American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd, Sr. (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1971)
  • 1931 Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, Swedish music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), born in Union Church, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • 1938 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer ("Roll With Me"; "At Last"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Sara Mandiano [Françoise Castellani], French singer & songwriter, born in France
  • 1952 Peter Garland, American composer, and musicologist, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1953 Malcolm Green, English-born drummer (Split Enz, 1976-81 - "I Got You"), born in United Kingdom
  • 1956 Andy Cox, British guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Edmund Theodore Sylvers, American singer-songwriter & musician (Sylvers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1958 Gary Brian Tibbs, British rock bassist (Adam & The Ants; Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • 1963 Carl Fysh, British pop-rocker (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?")
  • 1963 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), born in Augusta, Sicily (d. 2019)
  • 1968 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor & musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969 Jesse Harte, American heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1969 Kina Cosper, American rock and R&B singer (Brownstown), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Ana Ortiz, American actress (Ugly Betty - "Hilda"), and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1974 Jonathan Bryan Colling, American pop singer (4 Fun - Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1981 Toše Proeski, Macedonian pop-rock singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)

Person of interestAlicia Keys

1981 Alicia Keys [Cook], American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, and pianist ("Girl On Fire"; 'No One"), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
  • 1982 Sho Sakurai, Japanese J-pop and hip-hop singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1983 Andrée Watters, Canadian pop-country-rock singer, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1985 Tina Karol [Tetyana Hryhorivna Liberman], Ukrainian pop singer, born in Orotukan, Russia
  • 1989 Sheryfa Luna, French R&B singer, born in Évreux, France

Deaths in Music

  • 1744 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer, dies at 64
  • 1820 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', dies at 79
  • 1829 William Shield, composer, dies at 80
  • 1849 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1875 Leopold Jansa, Bohemian violinist, composer, and teacher, dies at 79
  • 1882 Peter Singer, composer, dies at 71
  • 1921 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer, dies at 43
  • 1933 William Faulkes, English organist, transcriber and composer, dies at 59
  • 1942 Eugène Samuel-Holeman, Belgian composer, dies at 78
  • 1949 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1960 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), dies at 82
  • 1965 Staf Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), dies at 63
  • 1969 Irene Castle, American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, and animal rights activist, dies at 75
  • 1970 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, dies at 92
  • 1980 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56
  • 1987 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • 1992 Vernon William Reed Sr, singer, dies after a long illness at 73
  • 1996 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 35
  • 1997 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, dies at 68
  • 1998 Attila Zoller, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist, educator (Vermont Jazz Center, 1974-98), and inventor (bi-directional pickup), dies at 70
  • 1999 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2005 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), dies at 65
  • 2008 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • 2012 Paavo Berglund, Finnish violinist and conductor (Helsinki Chamber Orchestra; Finnish RSO, 1956-72) dies aged 82
  • 2015 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68
  • 2016 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), dies at 94
  • 2016 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 101
  • 2018 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91