On This Day in Music for January 4

Events in Music

  • 1881 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau
  • 1923 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • 1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
  • 1947 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1947 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances
  • 1947 Revival of Victor Herbert's operetta "The Red Mill" closes at 46th Street Theater, NYC, after 531 performances
  • 1954 Elvis Presley records his 1st demo for Sun Records at a recording studio in Memphis, "It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You" and "I'll Never Stand In Your Way"
  • 1969 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
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Weddings in Music

  • 1926 American songwriter Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress and writer Ellin Mackay (23) in a simple civil ceremony
  • 1997 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas
  • 2012 Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry (66) weds PR executive Amanda Sheppard (29) in Turks and Caicos Island

Divorces in Music

  • 2004 Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2008 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (32) and "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (28) announce their divorce stating "we have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together"

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Musicians Who Died on Jan 4

  • 1765 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, Swiss composer, dies at 39
  • 1809 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer, dies at 67
  • 1864 Mateo Ferrer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1883 Nicolás Ledesma, Spanish organist and composer, dies at 91
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