On This Day in Music for January 6

Events in Music

  • 1950 "Happy as Larry" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1951 "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1957 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1958 Gibson patents Flying V Guitar
  • 1963 "Oliver!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances
  • 1964 Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
  • 1968 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • 1969 Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"

Music concertMusic Concert

1971 Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1975 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an esimated $30,000 damage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • 1980 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances
  • 1991 "Gypsy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 477 performances
  • 1993 Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones
  • 1994 "The Government Inspector" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 1997 "It's a Slippery Slope" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by "Avatar"

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams

Birthdays in Music

  • 1486 Martin Agricola, [M Sore], German composer/cantor
  • 1683 Francois de La Croix, composer
  • 1692 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, composer
  • 1695 Giuseppe Sammartini, composer
  • 1702 Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, composer
  • 1728 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer
  • 1791 Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, composer
  • 1794 Kaspar Masek, composer
  • 1798 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer
  • 1803 Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1888)
  • 1807 Ludwig Erk, German composer and folk song collector, born in Wetzlar (d. 1883)
  • 1838 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1850 Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha)
  • 1856 Giuseppe Martucci, composer
  • 1861 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, composer
  • 1867 Georges Martin Witkowski, composer
  • 1868 Vittorio Monti, composer
  • 1872 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor
  • 1878 Dame Adeline Genée, Danish-British ballerina (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer
  • 1900 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Sarabande, Jeunesse)
  • 1902 Mark Brunswick, composer
  • 1902 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer
  • 1903 Boris Blacher, Newchwang China, German composer (Orchester-Ornament)
  • 1903 Maurice Abravanel, Saloniki Greece, conductor/composer
  • 1903 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Yannis Andreou Papaioannou, composer
  • 1914 Arnold Richardson, composer
  • 1916 Philip Bezanson, composer
  • 1918 Buddy Weed, pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York
  • 1920 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer
  • 1924 Earl Scruggs, NC, bluegrass musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Bobby Lord, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1935 Nino Tempo, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935 Paul Wilson, US R&B-singer (Flamingos-Lovers Never Say Goodbye)
  • 1937 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Paolo Conte, Italian singer
  • 1938 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor
  • 1944 Van McCoy, US musician (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)

Person of interestSyd Barrett

1946 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, born in Cambridge, England (d. 2006)

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 1947 Sandy Denny, country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • 1949 Richard Horowitz, composer
  • 1951 Kim Wilson, rocker (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
  • 1953 Malcolm Young, guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959 Kathy Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Dirk de Vries, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)

Person of interestMichael Houser

1962 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), born in Boone, North Carolina (d. 2002)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • 1963 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • 1964 Mark O'Toole, bassist/drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • 1964 Yuri, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1966 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer
  • 1967 Peter Loran, Teaneck NJ, rock vocalist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1971 Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer
  • 1972 Nek [Filippo Neviani], Italian singer-songwriter, born in Sassuolo, Modena
  • 1978 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian opera singer
  • 1981 Mike Jones, American rapper
  • 1986 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in High Green, Sheffield

Deaths in Music

  • 1685 Malachias Siebenhaar, composer, dies at 68
  • 1697 Carlo Mannelli, Italian composer, dies at 56
  • 1738 Franz Xaver Murschhauser, composer, dies at 74
  • 1742 Johann Georg Reinhardt, composer, dies
  • 1790 Johann Trier, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1800 William Jones, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1831 Rodolphe Kreutzer, Fr composer/violinist (Kreutzersonate), dies at 64
  • 1847 Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music, dies at 79
  • 1933 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist, dies at 84
  • 1942 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • 1959 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer, dies at 54
  • 1980 Georgeanna Tillman, US singer (the Marvelettes), dies at 35 from lupus and sickle cell anemia
  • 1987 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • 1991 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, dies at 83
  • 1993 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1993 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1995 James Clay, saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, dies at 80
  • 1999 French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness at age 36
  • 2006 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man)
  • 2007 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American musician and special-effects artist (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • 2009 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), dies at 93
  • 2012 William McBeth, American composer, dies at 78