On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 5

Events in Music

  • 1649 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone" premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century)
  • 1866 Bedřich Smetana's first opera "Branibori v Cechach" ("The Brandenburgers in Bohemia") premieres in Prague
  • 1875 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
  • 1896 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona

Film release premierFilm Premier

1933 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd
  • 1946 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1963 "Camelot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 873 performances
  • 1963 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • 1969 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album "Bayou Country", featuring singles "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Proud Mary"

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Tom Fogerty
  • 1975 Charlie Smalls' "Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1978 Start of the Sex Pistols final tour in Atlanta, Georgia

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • 1991 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1992 "6 Degrees of Separation" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 496 performances
  • 1992 "Crucible" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • 1992 "On Borrowed Time" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 99 performances
  • 1992 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1997 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • 1997 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1560 William Cobbold, composer
  • 1596 Henry Lawes, English composer, born in Dinton, United Kingdom (d. 1662)
  • 1661 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1700)
  • 1667 Antonio Lotti, Italian Baroque composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1740)
  • 1679 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1688 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist and composer, born in Cadolzburg, Bavaria (d. 1755)
  • 1710 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer
  • 1778 Fortunato Santini, Italian priest & composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1861)
  • 1788 Kaspar Ett, German organist & composer, born in Eresing, Germany (d. 1847)
  • 1810 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1889)
  • 1823 William Rockstro, English musicologist & composer, born in Cheam, Sutton (d. 1895)
  • 1835 Friedrich Richard Faltin, Finnish composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 1861 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, Austrian violinist and composer (Kaleidoscope), born in Graz (d. 1928)
  • 1871 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1880 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Russian composer, born in Surazh, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1893 Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik), born in Schlüchtern, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Elizabeth Cotten, American folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1897 Theo Mackeben, German pianist & composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami), born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist & organist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Leighton Lucas, English composer & conductor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Erica Morini, Austrian concert violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1915 Uta Graf, German-American soprano and teacher, born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Reginald Smith Brindle, British composer, born in Cuerden, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1919 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, born in Roccasecca, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Frederick Charles Tillis, American composer, born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1930 Richard Hayes, American actor & singer (Name That Tune), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist, born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • 1931 Alvin Ailey, African-American choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), born in Cape Town
  • 1940 Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • 1941 Grady Thomas, American rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1942 Maurizio Pollini, Italian classical pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1949 George Brown, American rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1950 Chris Stein, American rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers), born in Mojave, California
  • 1954 Bryan Hitt, American rock drummer (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You), born in Center, Texas
  • 1957 Vincent Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Arizona
  • 1963 Rick Ambrose, Dutch singer (Jewel)
  • 1964 Ted Harris Poley, American rocker (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1966 Kate Schellenbach, American musician (Luscious Jackson), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss singer, born in Kölliken
  • 1968 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer & choreographer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1969 Marilyn Manson, American musician & artist, born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1972 Sakis Rouvas, Greek pop-rock singer and musician ("Shake It"), born in Corfu Island, Greece
  • 1973 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1976 Matt Wachter, American bassist (30 Seconds to Mars), born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1986 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor & singer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1988 Pauline [Vasseur] French pop singer-songwriter ("Allô le monde"), born in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz

Deaths in Music

  • 1740 Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • 1746 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, German organist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1783 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer, dies on 73rd birthday
  • 1788 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, dies at 85
  • 1814 Johann Gottfried Krebs, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1848 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer, dies at 73
  • 1862 Franz Joseph Fröhlich, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1888 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • 1891 Emma Abbott, American soprano, dies at 40
  • 1946 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • 1956 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 80
  • 1970 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, dies at 73
  • 1974 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • 1976 Malcom "Mal" Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, dies in a confrontation at his home with Los Angeles police at 40
  • 1976 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • 1976 Georges Migot, French composer, and poet (Les Agrestide; L'Arche), dies at 84
  • 1979 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), dies at 56
  • 1989 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82
  • 1993 Leonce Gras, Flemish singer/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1994 Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
  • 1995 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), dies at 78
  • 1996 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, dies at 84
  • 1996 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • 1998 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1998 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, when he hits a tree at 62
  • 1998 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • 2003 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)
  • 2011 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • 2012 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), dies at 80
  • 2013 Sybil Michelow, South-African contralto and composer, dies at 87
  • 2016 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • 2016 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • 2016 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71
  • 2017 Géori Boué, French soprano, dies at 98
  • 2018 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, dies of lung cancer at 81