On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 27

Events in Music

  • 1778 Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1895 Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov's revival of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres in St. Petersburg

  • 1945 S Romberg, H&D Fields' musical premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, 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, his first million-selling single

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli make their debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in "Il trovatore", final curtain call lasts 35 mins

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1972 World premiere of Scott Joplin's rediscovered opera "Treemonisha" at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 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 "Milk & Honey" album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released, featuring un-released recordings made during the 1980 "Double Fantasy" sessions, including "Grow Old With Me"

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

  • 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
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

Birthdays in Music

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

Person of interestWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1775 Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez Garcia, Spanish tenor/composer
  • 1784 Martin-Joseph Mengal, Belgian composer (d. 1851)
  • 1806 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (d. 1826)
  • 1823 Édouard Lalo, French composer (Symphonie Espagnole; Le roi d'Ys), born in Lille, France (d. 1892)
  • 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
  • 1879 Sven Holger Körling, Swedish organist, music teacher, and composer of children's songs, born in Ystad, Sweden (d. 1948)

Person of interestJerome Kern

1885 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • 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 screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Granville English, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1899 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, Finnish composer, born in Pyhtää (d. 1976)
  • 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, French pianist and composer, born in Bordueax (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian pop singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1937 John Ogdon, British pianist and composer, born in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1939 Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, composer
  • 1941 Bobby Hutcherson, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player ("Little B's Poem"; SFJAZZ Collective), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Petr Kotik, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1944 Kevin Coyne, English musician, born in Derby (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Nick Mason, British progressive rock drummer (Pink Floyd), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947 Nedra Telley, American pop and Christian music vocalist (Ronettes - "Be My Baby"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Björn Afzelius, Swedish singer (d. 1999)
  • 1947 Calvin "Cal" Schenkel, American illustrator, graphic designer, and album cover designer (Frank Zappa; Captain Beefheart; Tom Waits), born in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1948 Chuck Larsen, American country-rockabilly singer and banjo player (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • 1948 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-American ballet dancer,and choreographer (American Ballet Theater), and actor (The Turning Point; Sex In The City), born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • 1951 Brian Downey, Irish rock drummer (Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back in Town"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1951 Seth Justman, American rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 Bob Mintzer, American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, and big band leader (Yellowjackets), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1955 Richard Young, American country 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, Canadian rock singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • 1961 Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • 1961 Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • 1961 Tessa Niles, British session and touring singer (Eric Clapton; Duran Duran; Robbie Williams), born in Ilford, Essex, England
  • 1962 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • 1962 Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer
  • 1964 Migi [Miguel Drummond], English pop musician (Curiosity Killed Cat)
  • 1968 Mike Patton, American rocker (Faith No More - "The Real Thing"), born in Eureka, California
  • 1968 Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)
  • 1968 Tricky, English rapper
  • 1968 Éric Tanguy, French contemporary classical composer, born in Caen, France
  • 1969 Cornelius [Keigo Oyamada], Japanese musician and producer (Flipper's Guitar), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969 Michael Kulas, Canadian singer (James)
  • 1970 Emmanuel Pahud, French-Swiss flautist
  • 1972 Mark Owen, English pop singer
  • 1976 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1987 Katy Rose, American pop singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Musician Nat King Cole
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 (Rigoletto, La Traviata), dies at 77

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1904 Adam Minchejmer, composer, dies at 73
  • 1930 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1941 Iver Holter, Norwegian conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 1886-1911), and composer (St. Hans Kveld), dies at 90
  • 1945 Gideon Klein, Moravian pianist and composer, dies in a Nazi labor camp at 26 (date approximate)
  • 1949 Boris Asafiev, composer, dies at 64
  • 1954 Paul-Marie Masson, French musicologist (L’Opéra de Rameau), and 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
  • 1965 Theo Uden Masman Dutch big band leader (The Ramblers), dies at 64
  • 1969 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian 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), dies at 96
  • 2000 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), dies at 69
  • 2001 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • 2001 André Prévost, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • 2006 Gene McFadden, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now), dies of lung cancer at 56 [1]
  • 2014 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94
  • 2020 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, dies at 78