On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 6

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1900 Maurice Ravel's "Albaradode Gracioso" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 1924 Francis Poulenc's ballet "Les Biches", choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska, and danced by the Ballets Russe, premieres in Monte Carlo
  • 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 "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 The Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

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
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

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1977 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

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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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  • 1979 The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK #1 single. At its peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day.
  • 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
John Williams
Actor Adam Driver
Adam Driver

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

2019 76th Golden Globes: "The Americans", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Green Book", Glenn Close and Rami Malek among the winners

Birthdays in Music

  • 1486 Martin Agricola [M Sore], German composer & cantor, born in Świebodzin, Poland (d. 1556)
  • 1673 1st Duke of Chandos, English aristocrat, eponym of Handel's Chandos Anthems, born in Herefordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1744)
  • 1683 Francois de La Croix, composer
  • 1692 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, Dutch composer, born in Wergea, Netherlands (d. 1781)
  • 1695 Giuseppe Sammartini, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1702 Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, Spanish composer, born in Calatayud, Spain (d. 1768)
  • 1728 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer
  • 1791 Jose Melchor Gomiz, Spanish composer, born in Ontinyent, Spain (d. 1836)
  • 1794 Kaspar Masek, Czech-Slovenian composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1873)
  • 1798 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, Austrian composer and music writer, born in Vienna; (d. 1851)
  • 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), born in Szamotuły, Poland (d. 1924)
  • 1856 Giuseppe Martucci, Italian composer, born in Capua, Italy (d. 1909)
  • 1867 Georges Martin Witkowski, French conductor & composer, born in Mostaganem, Algeria (d. 1943)
  • 1868 Vittorio Monti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1878 Dame Adeline Genée, Danish-British ballerina, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Yuliya Veysberg, Russian music critic & composer, born in Orenburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • 1899 Sophie-Carmen "Sonia" Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-Canadian pianist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974) [1]
  • 1900 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Sarabande, Jeunesse), born in Chasselay, Rhône, France (d. 1936)
  • 1902 Mark Brunswick, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Boris Blacher, German composer (Orchester-Ornament), born in Yingkou, China (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Maurice Abravanel, American classical music conductor, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Stanley Smith, American actor and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Yannis Papaioannou, Greek composer & teacher, born in Kavala, Greece (d. 1989)
  • 1916 Philip Bezanson, American composer, born in Athol, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1918 Buddy Weed, American pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Finn Einar Mortensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1924 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), born in Flint Hill, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1935 Nino Tempo [Antonino LoTempio], American session saxophonist and pop vocalist ("Deep Purple"; "Sister James"), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935 Paul Wilson, American R&B-singer (Flamingos-Lovers Never Say Goodbye)
  • 1936 Ebo Taylor, Ghanaian musician and composer (highlife, afrobeat), born in Cape Coast, Gold Coast
  • 1937 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1937 Paolo Conte, Italian singer, born in Asti, Italy
  • 1938 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor, born in Greco
  • 1940 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • 1940 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2017)

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
Syd Barrett
  • 1947 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • 1947 Jacques Bolognesi, French jazz trombonist and accordion player (Hermetotico), born in Gap, France
  • 1949 Chris Laurence, British classical, jazz and session double bassist, born in London
  • 1951 Kim Wilson, American musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2017)
  • 1959 Kathy Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestMichael Houser

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

Guitarist Michael Houser
Michael Houser
  • 1963 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • 1964 Mark O'Toole, English musician (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964 Yuri, Mexican actress and singer, born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1966 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • 1967 Peter Loran, American rock vocalist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1971 Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer, born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1972 Nek [Filippo Neviani], Italian singer-songwriter, born in Sassuolo, Modena
  • 1975 Yukana, Japanese voicer actress & singer, born in Futtsu, Japan
  • 1978 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian coloratura soprano, born in Manitoba
  • 1981 Mike Jones, American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • 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, German composer and theorist, 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, French composer (La mort d'Abel) and virtuoso violinist, dies at 64
  • 1847 Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music, dies at 79
  • 1856 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, French harpist and composer, dies at 66
  • 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, American 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, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, dies at 80
  • 1998 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1999 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), dies from a pulmonary infection at 36
  • 2006 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2007 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • 2009 Ron Asheton, American guitarist and songwriter (The Stooges), dies at 60
  • 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 W. Francis McBeth, American composer (Of Sailors and Whales), conductor, and pedagogue (Ouachita Baptist University, 1957-96), dies at 78
  • 2014 H. Owen Reed, American composer, dies at 103
  • 2016 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), dies of prostate cancer at 79