On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 28

Events in Music

  • 1830 Opera "Fra Diavolo" by Daniel Auber, premieres in Paris
  • 1916 Opera "Goyescas" premieres in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1956 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on national TV on the Dorsey Brothers's "Stage Show"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar
  • 1963 "Still" single released by Bill Anderson (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles, 1963)
  • 1965 The Who make their 1st appearance on British television programme "Ready Steady Go!"
  • 1967 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  • 1979 "The Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater in NYC after 1,672 performances
  • 1981 "5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 12 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Music awardsMusic Awards

1985 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win

  • 1986 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 1988 South African Mbongeni Ngema's musical "Sarafina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 18th American Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson

  • 1996 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2018 60th Grammy Awards: Bruno Mars wins Best Song "That's What I Like," and Best Album "24K Magic"

Singer Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars

Birthdays in Music

  • 1627 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, baptized in London (d. 1681)
  • 1645 Gottfried Vopelius, German hymn composer, born in Herwigsdorf, Saxony (d. 1715)
  • 1691 Johann Balthasar König, German Baroque composer, mainly of hymn music, born in Cannstatt, Duchy of Württemberg (d. 1758)
  • 1693 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer
  • 1722 Johann Ernst Bach, composer
  • 1756 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer
  • 1757 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer
  • 1780 Giovanni Battista Velluti, Italian castrato singer 'the last great castrato', born in Pausula, Italy (d. 1861)
  • 1791 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, born in Paris (d. 1833)
  • 1832 Franz Wullner, composer
  • 1841 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer
  • 1868 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer
  • 1868 Julian Aguirre, composer
  • 1875 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer
  • 1878 Walter Kollo, German composer of operettas, Singspiele, and popular songs (Der Juxbaron), born in Neidenburg, Kingdom of Prussia. (d. 1940)
  • 1887 Artur Rubinstein, Polish-American concert pianist, born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland), (d. 1982)
  • 1887 Lily (Theresa) Strickland, American composer of art songs, piano, and silent film music, and ethnomusicologist (The Music Courier), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech composer and pedagogue, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1972)
  • 1893 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • 1899 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • 1900 Michael Dewar Head, composer
  • 1907 Constantin Regamey, composer
  • 1908 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Peter Crossley-Holland, British composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator (UCLA, 1969-83), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1927 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and club-owner, born in Aldgate, East London (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, born in Frackville, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1929 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset, England (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Luis de Pablo, Spanish composer, and musicologist, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1935 Leonid Grabovsky, Ukranian contemporary classical composer (Meditation and Pathetic Recitative), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1936 Robert Suderburg, American pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Spencer, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1941 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1989)
  • 1943 Dick Taylor, English rock guitarist (The Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Dartford, England
  • 1943 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1944 Arnold Mühren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats - "One Way Wind"), born in Volendam, Holland
  • 1944 John Tavener, British composer (The Whale), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Marty Fried, American rock drummer (The Cyrkle - "Red Rubber Ball"), born in Wayside, New Jersey
  • 1945 José Luis Perales, Spanish pop singer-songwriter ("Quisiera Decir tu Nombre" (I Would Like to Say Your Name)), born Castejón, Spain
  • 1945 Robert Wyatt, English progressive rock musician (Soft Machine), born in Bristol, England
  • 1946 Rick Allen, American rock bass player and keyboardist (The Box Tops - "Cry Like A Baby"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Gene McFadden, American singer, songwriter, and record producer (Philadelphia International Records; McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Olanta, South Carolina (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1949 Eddie Bayers, American session drummer, based in Nashville, born in Patuxent, Maryland
  • 1950 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician (Squalls; Jolly Beggars), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan t
  • 1951 William "Billy Bass" Nelson Jr, American funk-rock-soul bassist (Funkadelic), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1952 George Green, American songwriter ("Hurts So Good", "Rain On The Scarecrow"), born in Seymour, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Shawn Murray, American rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • 1955 Dan Higgins, American session saxophone and woodwind player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 [Pierre] "Peter" Schilling, German synthpop musician ("Major Tom (Coming Home)"), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1959 Dave Sharp, British rock guitarist (The Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; "68 Guns"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1959 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-Australian film and television score composer (The Truman Show) born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
  • 1959 Bill Ware III, American jazz vibraphonist (The Jazz Passengers), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1962 (Leslie Ann) "Sam" Phillips, American singer-songwriter (Martinis & Bikinis; Gilmore Girls; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Glendale, California
  • 1963 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax, 1983-95, 2005-08 - State of Euphoria), born in Rockland County, New York
  • 1968 Sarah McLachlan, Canadian folk singer-songwriter (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1968 DJ Muggs [Lawrence Muggerud], American DJ, and record producer (Cypress Hill), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1968 Rakim [William Michael Griffin, Jr.], American rapper, born in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York
  • 1970 Donald Tardy, American death metal drummer (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1972 Tunde Jegede, Nigerian-British cellist, kora player, and composer of contemporary classical, African and pop music, born in London, England
  • 1975 Lee Latchford-Evans, British pop singer (The Steps), born in Chester, England
  • 1976 Jarrod Montague, American rock drummer (Taproot), born in Linden, Michigan
  • 1976 Rick Ross [William Leonard Roberts II] American rapper and songwriter (Port Of Miami), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • 1977 Matt DeVries, American heavy metal guitarist (Chimaira)
  • 1977 Joey Fatone, American pop singer (NSYNC - "Bye Bye Bye"), dancer, actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1980 Nick Carter, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1998 Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1768 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1813 Ján Josef Rösler, Czech composer, dies at 41
  • 1817 Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1869 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1873 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, dies at 57
  • 1896 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • 1898 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1903 Augusta Holmes, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1903 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), dies at 54
  • 1910 Jose Garcia Robles, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1932 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1935 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and musician (Armenian Rhapsody), dies at 75
  • 1942 Pablo Luna, Spanish composer (De España vengo), dies at 61
  • 1947 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, dies at 72
  • 1949 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, dies at 85
  • 1960 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • 1965 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • 1976 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1983 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
  • 1983 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • 2004 Melvyn "Mel" Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2004 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), dies at 64 [1]
  • 2005 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), dies at 60
  • 2007 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • 2009 Arthur Jenkins, Jr., American jazz and pop session and touring keyboardist, composer, and arranger (Johnny Nash; Harry Belafonte; John Lennon; Roberta Flack), dies at 72
  • 2015 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), dies at 81
  • 2016 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • 2017 Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), dies from lung cancer at 72