On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 3

Events in Music

  • 1780 Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
  • 1843 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final opera "Iolanta", is first performed outside of Russia in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1914 Kelman/Cushing/Heath' musical "Sari," premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1920 Arthur Honegger's "Chant de Nigamon," premieres

Composer Arthur Honegger
Arthur Honegger
  • 1941 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1970 "Jimmy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 1970 "Mame" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1508 performances
  • 1971 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1987 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1987 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1987 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1993 "Catskills on Broadway" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 452 performances
  • 1993 "Christmas Carol" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • 1993 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 780 performances
  • 1993 Musical "Secret Garden" closes at St James Theater NYC after 706 performances
  • 1993 "Tommy Tune Tonite!" closes at Gershwin NYC after 10 performances
  • 1994 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1998 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries investigating sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly premieres on Lifetime in the US

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Birthdays in Music

  • 1757 Johann Abraham Sixt, composer
  • 1777 Louis Poinsot, French instrument worker
  • 1786 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor (d. 1853)
  • 1802 Feliks Ostrowski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Kraśnik, Russian Empire (d. 1860)
  • 1806 Henriette Sontag, German soprano (d. 1854)
  • 1823 Jaak-Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer
  • 1828 Karl Collan, Finnish composer
  • 1830 Alexander Ewing, composer
  • 1853 Iwan Knorr, German composer, born in Mewe (d. 1916)
  • 1865 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1869 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer
  • 1870 Henry Eichheim, American composer (Bali -Symphonic Variations), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1942)
  • 1884 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, Ukrainian composer and the father of modern Ukrainian music, born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Mihail Andricu, composer
  • 1900 Maurice Jaubert, French composer, born in Nice (d. 1940)
  • 1902 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)

Person of interestVictor Borge

1909 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1914 Jean Louvel, Flemish pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1916 Antonio Estévez, Venezuelan composer and conductor (Cantata Criolla), born in Calabozo, Guárico, Venezuela (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Maxene Andrews, American singer (Andrew Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), born in Born, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Dragutin Gostuški, Serbian composer, and musicologist (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Nell Rankin, American operatic mezzo-soprano (Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 1951-76), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist (40 Cups of Coffee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

Person of interestGeorge Martin

1926 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles; Jeff Beck; America), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 1929 Ernst Mahle, Brazilian composer
  • 1934 Bryan George Kelly, composer
  • 1936 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Van Dyke Parks, American songwriter/producer/arranger (Song Cycle; Orange Crate Art), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1943 Petras Bingelis, Lithuania conductor, founder and artistic director (Kaunas State Choir, 1969-2020), born in Mardasava, Lithuania (d. 2020)
  • 1943 HK Gruber, Austrian double bassist, conductor, and composer (Frankenstein!!), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1944 David Atherton, English conductor
  • 1945 Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestJohn Paul Jones

1946 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], English rock bassist and songwriter (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London

Musician John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
  • 1948 Larry McNeeley, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1950 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • 1954 Ross The Boss [Ross Friedman], American guitarist (The Dictators), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1959 Rusty Golden, American pop, country, and gospel singer-songwriter and musician (The Boys Band; The Goldens), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1961 Erwin Blom, Dutch singer/guitarist (Eton Crop)
  • 1962 Guy Pratt, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Martin Galway, Northern Ireland composer
  • 1969 Nikki Nelson, Topaz Lake Nev, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • 1972 Nichole Nordeman, American singer
  • 1978 Kimberley Locke, American singer
  • 1980 Rob Arnold, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • 1986 Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

2004 Singer Britney Spears (22) weds childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Actress Ellen Page reveals she has married dancer Emma Portner

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1628 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1761 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist and composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • 1767 Luca Antonio Predieri, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 78
  • 1785 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), dies at 68
  • 1829 Robert Archibald Smith, Scottish composer, dies at 48
  • 1836 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; , The Suffering Saviour), dies at 65
  • 1853 Theodor Uhlig, composer, dies at 30
  • 1858 Rachel Félix [Elisabeth "Eliza/Élisa"], French singer and actress (Muse), dies at 36
  • 1868 Moritz Hauptmann, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1873 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), dies at 71
  • 1900 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1907 Josef Foerster, Czech composer, and music teacher, dies at 73
  • 1914 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer, dies at 62
  • 1945 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, dies at 68
  • 1951 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1956 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/American composer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1973 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, dies at 72
  • 1975 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), dies of a heart attack at 87
  • 1975 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1976 Mateusz Glinski, Polish conductor, musicologist, and composer, dies at 83
  • 1980 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • 1985 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), dies at 93
  • 1986 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • 1990 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • 1992 Anthony Del Casino, band leader (Charlie Barnet Band), dies at 79
  • 1992 Lewis Michael Friedman, American pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • 1995 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • 1997 Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • 1997 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • 2002 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), dies at 81
  • 2009 Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer (Missa Mundi), dies at 77
  • 2010 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, dies at 79
  • 2012 Bob Weston, British guitarist & songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found this date)
  • 2013 M S Gopalakrishnan, Indian Carnatic violinist, dies at 81

Person of interestPhil Everly

2014 Phil Everly, American singer & half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

Singer Phil Everly
Phil Everly
  • 2018 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79
  • 2018 Colin Brumby, Australian composer (Fibonacci Variations), conductor (Queensland Opera, 1968-71), and educator, dies at 84
  • 2018 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 85
  • 2020 Bo Winberg, Swedish instrumental rock guitarist (The Spotnicks - "Hava Nagila"; "Amapola"; "Karelia"), dies at 80
  • 2021 Gerry Marsden, British rock vocalist and TV personality (Gerry & Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey), dies at 78 [1] [2]