On This Day in Music for January 27

Events in Music

  • 1778 Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres in Paris
  • 1945 S Romberg, H&D Fields' musical premieres in NYC
  • 1951 "Peter Pan" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • 1955 "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1956 "Heartbreak Hotel" single released by Elvis Presley

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1962 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1967 The Beatles sign a 9 year worldwide contract with EMI records
  • 1968 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • 1974 "Lorelei" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • 1980 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1982 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" opens at Royale NYC for 747 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1984 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1985 "Doug Henning & His World..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1986 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1992 "Crazy He Calls Me" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1992 19th American Music Awards: C & C Music Factory, Michael Bolton win
  • 1994 "No Man's Land" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 1997 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" opens at Gershwin NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

1997 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette

Music releaseMusic Single

2004 "Yeah!" single released by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (Grammy Award Best Rap/Sung Collaboration 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

Birthdays in Music

  • 1592 Pierre de La Barre, composer
  • 1715 Vaclav Kalous [Simon à Scto Bartholomaeo], Czech composer, born in Solnice (d. 1786)

Person of interestWolfang Amadeus Mozart

1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian musical prodigy and composer (Figaro), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1791)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1775 Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez Garcia, Spanish tenor/composer
  • 1784 Martin-Joseph Mengal, composer
  • 1806 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (d. 1826)
  • 1823 Edouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo, French composer (Symphonie Espagnole)
  • 1828 Louis Schubert, composer
  • 1830 Georg Hellmesberger, composer
  • 1867 Claude Antoine Terrasse, composer
  • 1868 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano prima donna (Dutch Opera), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • 1869 Will Marion Cook, composer
  • 1885 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York
  • 1885 Eduard Künneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • 1892 Mitya Stillman, composer
  • 1895 Claudio Carneyro, composer
  • 1895 Joseph Rosenstock, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1936-41), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1895 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screen writer, born NYC, New York
  • 1899 Granville English, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1906 Radames Gnattali, composer
  • 1908 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • 1911 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Milton Adolphus, composer
  • 1913 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer
  • 1915 Jack Brymer, clarinetist
  • 1918 Elmore James, musician (Dust My Broom)
  • 1918 Skitch Henderson, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1919 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, born in Moscow (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Alexander Georgiyevich Chugayev, composer
  • 1928 Jean-Michel Damase, composer
  • 1930 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1937 John Ogdon, pianist/composer, born in Manchester, England
  • 1938 Kim Gardner, rocker (Byrds)
  • 1939 Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, composer
  • 1942 Petr Kotik, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1944 Kevin Coyne, English musician, born in Derby (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Nick Mason, English drummer (Pink Floyd), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1946 Kim Gardner, England, rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)
  • 1947 Nedra Telley, American vocalist (Ronettes-Be My Little Baby), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)
  • 1948 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That's Dancing)
  • 1951 Brian Downey, rock drummer (Thin Lizzy-Boys are Back in Town)
  • 1951 Seth Justman, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952 Peter Garland, composer
  • 1955 Richard Young, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1958 Charles Waltz, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • 1961 Gillian Gilbert, rocker (New Order-Round & Round), born in Manchester, England
  • 1961 Margo Timmins, singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • 1961 Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • 1961 Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • 1962 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • 1962 Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer
  • 1964 Migi, [Miguel Drummond, pop musician (Curiosity Killed Cat)
  • 1968 Mike Patton, Eureka Ca, rocker (Faith No More-The Real Thing)
  • 1968 Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)
  • 1968 Tricky, English rapper
  • 1969 Cornelius [Keigo Oyamada], Japanese musician and producer (Flipper's Guitar), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969 Michael Kulas, Canadian singer (James)
  • 1972 Mark Owen, English pop singer
  • 1974 ZP Theart, South African-born English singer (Dragonforce)
  • 1976 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1981 Jonny Lang, blues musician
  • 1987 Katy Rose, American pop singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1937 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • 1996 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware
  • 2006 Mexican Latin Grammy Award singer Ana Barbara (35) weds Jose Maria Fernandez in Mexico

Deaths in Music

  • 1629 Hieronymus Praetorius, composer, dies at 68
  • 1731 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, dies at 75
  • 1802 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, composer, dies at 42
  • 1850 Philipp Roth, composer, dies at 70
  • 1851 Karl Moser, German composer, dies at 77

Person of interestGiuseppe Verdi

1901 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, dies at 77

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1904 Adam Minchejmer, composer, dies at 73
  • 1930 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1941 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, dies at 90
  • 1949 Boris Asafiev, composer, dies at 64
  • 1954 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71
  • 1956 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies
  • 1964 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65
  • 1965 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
  • 1969 Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

1972 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • 1978 Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • 1994 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), dies from cancer at 86
  • 1995 Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65
  • 1997 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • 2000 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2001 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2014 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94