On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 31

Events in Music

  • 1679 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres at the Palais-Royal in Paris
  • 1955 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer

Music releaseMusic Recording

1963 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1970 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges

Music release#1 in the Charts

1971 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin

Music releaseMusic Single

1975 Barry Manilow's single "Mandy" goes gold

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1976 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1

Music awardsMusic Awards

1976 3rd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1977 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win
  • 1978 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
  • 1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1
  • 1985 "Harrigan 'n Hart" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1993 "St Joan" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1994 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 Mexican telenovela "Marimar" starring Thalia and Eduardo Capetillo premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
  • 2010 52nd Grammy Awards: Use Somebody, Zac Brown Band wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

2012 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen

Birthdays in Music

  • 1517 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer
  • 1573 Ambrosius Metzger, composer
  • 1614 Nicolas Saboly, French composer and poet, born in Monteux (d. 1675)
  • 1734 Julien-Amable Mathieu, composer
  • 1759 Francois Devienne, French composer, born in Joinville, France (d. 1803)
  • 1784 Carl Wilhelm Henning, composer

Person of interestFranz Schubert

1797 Franz Peter Schubert, Austrian composer (Unfinished Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1828)

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1798 Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer
  • 1836 Henryk Szulc, composer
  • 1891 Max Drischner, composer
  • 1894 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1901 Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1906 Benjamin Frankel, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine folk musician, born in Pergamino, Argentine (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Hector Iglesias Villoud, composer
  • 1915 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • 1917 José Maceda, Filipino composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 1921 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1928 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)
  • 1932 Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
  • 1934 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • 1935 Bojidar Dimov, composer
  • 1936 Marvin Junior, singer (Dells-Oh What a Night)
  • 1937 Philip Glass, American minimalist composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1942 Gerald Chanberlain, rocker
  • 1944 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • 1945 Noah Creshevsky, composer
  • 1946 Terry Kath, American musician & songwriter (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1947 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Harry Wayne Casey [K.C.], American musician (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It), born in Opa-locka, Florida
  • 1951 Phil Manzanera, English musician & record producer (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Dave Benton, Aruban-born musician, born in Oranjestad, Aruba
  • 1954 Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch rock guitarist (Whitesnake), born in the Hague, Netherlands

Person of interestJohn Lydon

1956 Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], English singer-songwriter & musician (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen), born in Holloway, United Kingdom

Musician John Lydon
John Lydon
  • 1958 Tom Schuman, American pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1961 Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • 1962 Sophie Muller, English music video director, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Remi Bouchard, Canadian composer (1989 India Open), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • 1964 Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • 1966 Al Jaworsky [Alan Doughty], English musician & bassist (Jesus Jones), born in Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Fat Mike [Michael Burkett], American musician (NOFX), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Minnie Driver, British actress & singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • 1977 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor & singer (SMAP), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1980 Ryan Kienle, American musician, born in Poughkeepsie, New York

Person of interestJustin Timberlake

1981 Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter & actor (Sexyback, My Love), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
  • 1982 Elena Paparizou, Swedish-born Greek singer, born in Borås, Sweden
  • 1987 Tyler Hubbard, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Monroe, Georgia
  • 1987 Marcus Mumford, British singer-songwriter (Mumford and Sons), born in Orange County, California

Weddings in Music

  • 1960 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • 2009 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City

Deaths in Music

  • 1783 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, dies at 72
  • 1788 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1918 Daniël de Lange, Dutch composer, dies at 76
  • 1922 Heinrich Reinhardt, Austrian composer, dies at 56
  • 1969 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • 1970 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1972 Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • 1972 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
  • 1979 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1985 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56
  • 1989 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • 2006 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • 2007 Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)
  • 2009 Erland von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 98
  • 2010 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • 2015 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • 2017 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2017 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72