On This Day in Music for January 3

Events in Music

  • 1914 Kelman/Cushing/Heath' musical "Sari," premieres in NYC
  • 1941 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
  • 1964 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"

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
  • 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 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin

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 "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

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, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 1884 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer
  • 1895 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, composer
  • 1895 Mihail Andricu, composer
  • 1900 Maurice Jaubert, French composer, born in Nice (d. 1940)
  • 1904 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • 1909 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Jean Louvel, Flemish pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1916 Antonio Estevez, composer
  • 1916 Maxene Andrews, American singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Bernard Greenhouse, US cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning)
  • 1923 Dragutin Gostuski, composer
  • 1924 Nell Rankin, American singer (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1926 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Ernst Mahle, Brazilian composer
  • 1934 Bryan George Kelly, composer
  • 1936 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, born in Roermond (d. 1996)
  • 1941 Van Dyke Parks, Alabama, actor/musician (Bonino, Billy Crystal Hour)
  • 1944 David Atherton, English conductor
  • 1945 Stephen Stills, songwriter/guitarist (Cosby Stills & Nash), 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
Musician
John Paul Jones
  • 1948 Larry McNeeley, banjo player (Glen Campbell Hour), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1950 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1954 Ross The Boss [Ross Friedman], American guitarist (The Dictators), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Palmolive, English musician (The Slits, The Raincoats)
  • 1959 Rusty Golden, rocker (Boys Band)
  • 1961 Erwin Blom, Dutch singer/guitarist (Eton Crop)
  • 1966 Martin Galway, Northern Ireland composer
  • 1969 Nikki Nelson, Topaz Lake Nev, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • 1972 Jacques Wildberger, composer
  • 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

  • 1987 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

2018 Actress Ellen Page reveals she has married dancer Emma Portner

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page

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, composer, dies at 64
  • 1761 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • 1785 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  • 1829 Robert Archibald Smith, composer, dies at 48
  • 1836 Friedrich Witt, composer, 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, composer, dies at 75
  • 1873 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), dies at 71
  • 1875 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buff), dies at 68
  • 1900 Edwin George Monk, composer, dies at 80
  • 1907 Josef Foerster, composer, 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/US composer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1975 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • 1976 Malcolm "Mal" Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, dies in a confrontation with the police at 40
  • 1976 Mateusz Glinski, composer, dies at 83
  • 1980 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • 1985 Lucien Cailliet, composer, 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, 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
  • 2012 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found this date)
  • 2014 Phillip "Phil" Everly, American musician ("The Everly Brothers")
  • 2018 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet and political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79