On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 26

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1790 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1833 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres in Milan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905 Arnold Schoenberg's "Pelleas und Melissande" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1911 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Pastoral Symphony" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Joseph Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" but he and his officials leave early and the play is denounced in state press

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer
Dmitri Shostakovich
  • 1957 Francis Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres at La Scala, in Milan

Music release#1 in the Charts

1961 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

1962 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
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  • 1962 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • 1963 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • 1969 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1979 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Music awardsMusic Awards

1987 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

  • 1988 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • 1989 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances
  • 1991 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances
  • 1992 "Little Hotel on the Side" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1996 "Les Miserables" opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • 1997 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1998 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Melanie Brown
Singer
Melanie Brown

Music releaseMusic Single

2009 "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" single released by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain (Billboard Song of the Year 2009)

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • 2009 "I Run to You" single by Lady Antebellum is released (Grammy Award Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal 2009, Billboard Song of the Year 2009)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2014 56th Grammy Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk win

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2020 62nd Grammy Awards: Billie Eilish wins 5 Grammys, including album, record and song of the year

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Singer-Songwriter
Billie Eilish

Birthdays in Music

  • 1613 Johann Jakob Wolleb, a Swiss organist , theologian and composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1667)
  • 1708 William Hayes, English composer and organist, born in Gloucester (d. 1777) baptismal date
  • 1742 Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German composer, born in Hanover (d. 1806)
  • 1748 Emmanuel Aloys Förster, Bohemian composer and music teacher, born in Niederstaina, Saxony (d. 1823)
  • 1852 Frederick Corder, British composer (The Nabob's Pickle), born in Hackney, London, England (d. 1932)
  • 1855 Arthur Hervey, Irish orchestral and operatic composer, and musicologist, born in Paris, France (d. 1922)
  • 1900 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor, born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1967)
  • 1905 Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer who inspired the "Sound of Music", born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Eddie Ballantine, American orchestra leader (Don McNeill TV Club), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Marijan Lipovsek, Slovenian pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia) (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Norbert Schultze, German composer, primarily of film scores, born in Brunswick, Saxony, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter ("All The Way"; "Love & Marriage"), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1916 Lothar Jensch, German composer (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Frantisek Chaun, Czech composer, born in Kaplice, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (now Czechia) (d. 1981)
  • 1921 Johannes Driessler, German organist and composer, born in Friedrichsthal, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), born in Antigua (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Warren Frank Benson, American composer (The Leaves Are Falling), and educator (Eastman School, 1967-1993), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Alice Babs [Nilson], Swedish jazz singer (The Swe-Danes; Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts), and actress (Swing It, Teacher!), born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-British classical flautist, broadcaster, composer, and wit, born in Zurndorf, Austria (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist, and composer, born in Curaçao (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Huey "Piano" Smith, American R&B pianist ("Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu"; "Having a Good Time"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1935 Peter Ronnefeld, German composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1935 Zbigniew Penherski, Polish composer (Little Music for the End of Century), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Bill Wurtzel, American jazz and classical guitarist (Count Basie), born in Forestburgh, New York
  • 1939 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1943 Jean Knight [Caliste], American soul, funk and R&B singer (Mr. Big Stuff), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943 Peter Kenton Winkler, American pianist, symphonic and theatrical composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist, born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 1987)
  • 1945 Ashley Hutchings, British folk-rock bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and record producer (Fairport Convention; Steeleye Span), born in Southgate, London England
  • 1945 Marti Caine [Lynne Stringer], British comedienne, singer and television host, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1947 Michel Sardou, French pop singer and songwriter, born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Laurence "Corky" Laing, Canadian rock drummer and songwriter (Mountain, Cork), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Derek Holt, British rock guitarist (Curved Air; Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England
  • 1951 Andy Hummell, American rock bassist (Big Star, 1971-73), born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1951 David Briggs, Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band, 1976-81 - "Lonesome Loser"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1951 Christopher North, American rock keyboardist (Ambrosia - "The Biggest Part Of Me"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953 Bert Heerink, Dutch rock vocalist, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1953 Lucinda Williams, American roots singer-songwriter ("Passionate Kisses"; "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1955 Lucia Mendez, Mexican actress & singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno), born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

1955 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 1956 Lisa Boray [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch jazz singer ("Lovers Until the End"), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1958 Anita Baker, American jazz and soul singer ("Giving You the Best That I Got"; "Sweet Love"), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1958 B. James Lowry, American country session guitarist and producer (The Boys Band), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1958 Norman Hassan, British reggae percussionist, and trombone player (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"; "I Got You Babe"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1960 Charlie Gillingham, American rock Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, piano, and keyboard player (Counting Crows - "Accidentally In Love"), born in Torrance, California
  • 1961 Neil Taylor, British touring and session guitarist (Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"; Robbie Williams), born in Bristol, England
  • 1962 Tom Keifer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Cinderella - "Coming Home"), born in Springfield, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Andrew Ridgeley, British pop guitarist, songwriter and producer (Wham - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"), born in Windlesham, Surrey, England
  • 1963 Jazzie B [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul - "Feel Free"), born in Hornsey, London, England
  • 1964 Susannah Melvoin, American songwriter and vocalist (The Revolution), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer, born in Thrissur, India
  • 1970 Kirk Franklin, American gospel singer, choir director, and 16 time Grammy Award winner, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1971 Benjamin Jaffe, American jazz tuba and double bass player, creative director (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1974 Rokia Traoré, Bambara Afro-beat and folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Tchamantché), born in Kolokani, Mali
  • 1976 Willie Adler, American rock guitar player (Lamb Of God), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1977 Leandro Fresco, Argentine ambient-electronic musician, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1981 Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan Spanish conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 1986 Matt Heafy, American-Japanese musician (Trivium), born in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1988 Mia Rose, British-Portuguese pop singer, born in Wimbledon, London

Deaths in Music

  • 1706 Guillaume Poitevin, composer, dies at 59
  • 1795 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at 62
  • 1798 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Ludwig van Beethoven, dies at 49
  • 1803 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • 1870 Cesare Pugni, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1922 Luigi Denza, Italian composer (Funiculì, Funiculà), dies at 77
  • 1938 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, dies at 61
  • 1947 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • 1948 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1962 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • 1974 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1975 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • 1991 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), dies at 39
  • 1995 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, piano accompnaist, dies at 65
  • 1996 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1996 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • 1998 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • 1998 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • 2003 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), dies at 69
  • 2011 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes- "Please Mr. Postman"; "Too Many Fish In The Sea"), dies at 65 [or 66]
  • 2012 Clare Fischer, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 83
  • 2013 Edwin London, American horn player, conductor (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra; Ineluctable Modality Choir), and composer (Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes), dies at 83
  • 2016 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • 2018 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I), dies at 88
  • 2018 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, dies at 80
  • 2019 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • 2019 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), dies at 93
  • 2020 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), dies at 85