On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 7

Events in Music

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1842 Gioachino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris

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1903 Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger" premieres in Brussels

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy
  • 1925 Musical "Big Boy" with Al Jolson premieres in NYC
  • 1950 "Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances

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1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

  • 1958 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar
  • 1966 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • 1973 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1975 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's musical "Shenandoah" premieres in NYC for 1050 performances
  • 1975 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage
  • 1985 "King & I" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • 1995 "Christmas Carol" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • 1995 "Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 280 performances
  • 1996 "Crazy after You" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 performances
  • 1996 "Fool Moon" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after * performances
  • 2003 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1612 Paul de La Pierre, French composer
  • 1634 Adam Krieger, German organist and composer, born in Driesen, Brandenburg-Prussia (now Drezdenkom, Poland) (d. 1666)
  • 1710 Josef Antonin Sehling, Bohemian violinist and composer, born in Toužim, Western Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1756)
  • 1822 Theodor Aufrecht, German indologist (Rigveda's Hymns)
  • 1842 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, born in Ullared, Sweden (d. 1908)
  • 1853 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer (Katerina), and musicologist, born in Nikolayev (d. 1909)
  • 1860 Emanuil Manolov, composer
  • 1876 William Yeates Hurlstone, composer
  • 1892 Rudolf Moser, composer
  • 1894 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist, born in Bucharest (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Gerónimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican woodwind player, composer and music teacher, born in Hopelchén, Campeche (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique (now Maputo, Mozambique) (d. 1941)
  • 1899 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)
  • 1900 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Shalva Azmayparashvili, Georgian composer and conductor, born in Tbilisi (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, Russian composer and conductor, born in Moscow (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1908 [Henry] "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1912 Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Bob Zurke [Boguslaw Zukowski], American jazz pianist, arranger, (Bob Crosby Orchestra), and composer (Old Tom-Cat On The Keys), born in Hamtramck, Michigan (d. 1944)
  • 1916 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), born in Forkland, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1917 Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer (Of New Horizons: Overture), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1995)
  • 1921 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), born in Marseilles, France (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1923 (Charles) Russell Woolen, American classical keyboardist and composer (In Martyrum Memoriam), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Noam Sheriff, Israeli composer, born in Ramat Gan, Israel (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist, born in Huntington, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Tommy Johnson, American orchestral tubist (Jaws theme), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Eldee Young, American jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio; Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Richard Podolor, American session guitarist, sound engineer and, record producer (Three Dog Night; Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 Paul Revere [Dick], American rock organ player and pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders), born in Harvard Nebraska, (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], British rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), born in Stoneycroft, Liverpool, England (d. 1972
  • 1939 David Buchan, ethno-musicologist
  • 1941 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Leona Williams, American country music singer (Ladies Get the Blues), born in Vienna, Missouri
  • 1943 Richard Armstrong, British conductor, born in Leicester, England
  • 1944 Mike McGear, English singer (Paul McCartney's brother), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1945 Dave Cousins [David Joseph Hindson], English singer-songwriter (Strawbs), born in Hounslow, England
  • 1946 Jann S Wenner, American publisher (Rolling Stone), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 David Porcelijn, Dutch composer & conductor, born in Achtkarspelen, Netherlands
  • 1948 Kaz Lux, Dutch singer, born in Oosterhout, Netherlands
  • 1948 Kenny Loggins, American singer (Loggins and Messina-This is it, Footloose), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1948 Rick Marotta, American session drummer (Carly Simon; Steely Dan; Warren Zevon), and composer, born in New York City
  • 1949 Marshall Chapman, American country singer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1950 Juan Gabriel [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, born in Michoacan state (d. 2016)
  • 1953 Earl Lindo, Jamaican reggae keyboardist (Bob Marley & the Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1959 Kathy Valentine, American musician (Go-Go's - "We Got the Beat"), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1963 Clint Mansell, English musician and composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1973 Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • 1979 Ryan Tedder, American singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1988 Haley Bennett, American singer & actress, born in Fort Myers, Florida

Weddings in Music

  • 1630 Composer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno

LoveWedding of Interest

1880 Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (19) weds Antonina Korsak

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink
  • 2012 Lady A (formerly Antebellum) singer-songwriter Hillary Scott (26) weds drummer Chris Tyrrell (25) at the Appel Inn near Albany, New York

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1985 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married

Deaths in Music

  • 1591 Jacobus de Kerle, French Flemish composer, dies at about 59
  • 1625 Ruggiero Giovannelli, Italian composer, dies at about 64
  • 1678 Johannes Flittner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1736 Ceslav Vanura, composer, dies at 41
  • 1755 Gallus Zeiler, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1783 William Tans'ur, English hymnist (b. 1700)
  • 1790 Antonio Corbisiero, composer, dies at 69
  • 1810 Joseph Lipavsky, composer, dies at 37
  • 1833 Ramón Cuéllar y Altarriba, Spanish composer, dies at 55
  • 1843 Franz Schoberlechner, Austrian composer, dies at 45
  • 1868 William Batchelder Bradbury, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1870 Carl Schwencke, German pianist and compose, dies at 72
  • 1890 Hans Matthison-Hansen, composer, dies at 82
  • 1891 (Carl Gottfried) Wilhelm Taubert, German pianist, conductor, and composer, dies at 79
  • 1907 Anton Urspruch, composer, dies at 56
  • 1922 Antonio Scontrino, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1936 Guy d'Hardelot [Helen Rhodes], French composer (Because), dies at 78
  • 1946 Adamo Didur, Polish tenor (b. 1874)
  • 1960 Luís Costa, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • 1964 Colin McPhee, Canadian composer (H2O, Mechanical Principles) and musicologist (Bali), dies at 62
  • 1964 Cyril Davies, American musician (b. 1932)
  • 1967 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, dies at 86
  • 1972 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist
  • 1979 Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • 1980 Larry Williams, American rocker (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), dies of a gunshot wound to the head at 44
  • 1980 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • 1981 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, dies at 69
  • 1985 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show) dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1987 Larry Carr, pianist (Flight to Rhythm), dies at 72
  • 1994 Bobby Pratt, American jazz trombone and piano player, dies at 67
  • 1995 Arthur Leavins, violinist, dies at 77
  • 1997 Sándor Végh, Hungarian-French violinist teacher and conductor, dies at 84
  • 1998 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • 2003 David Harries, Welsh composer (Epithalamium), dies at 69
  • 2007 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), dies at 94
  • 2010 Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • 2016 Troy Shondell, American singer (This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)), dies from complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 2016 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94
  • 2018 Isabelle "France" Gall, French pop singer (Donner Pour Donner, Sacré Charlemagne), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2019 John Joubert, British South African composer (The Raising of Lazarus; An English Requiem), and educator, dies at 91
  • 2019 Clydie Mae King, American session and touring vocalist (Ray Charles; Bob Dylan; Humble Pie; Lynyrd Skynrd), dies of a blood infection at 75
  • 2020 Neil Peart, Canadian musician and drummer (Rush-A Farewell to Kings) dies from glioblastoma (brain cancer) at 67