On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 8

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1705 George Frideric Handel's 1st opera "Almira" premieres in Hamburg

  • 1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established
  • 1949 "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 performances
  • 1949 "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • 1949 "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • 1954 Jerry Vivino, American rock and R&B saxophonist (Max Weinberg 7; Vivino Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey

Music release#1 in the Charts

1956 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Dmitri Shostakovich' Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga

  • 1966 The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • 1966 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1966 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • 1972 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1973 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1974 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC
  • 1981 "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances

<b>Pirate</b> AttackPirate Attack

1981 Linda Ronstadt opens in "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Uris Theater, NYC

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • 1989 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • 1989 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater in NYC after 761 performances
  • 1993 Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale
  • 1995 "Guys & Dolls" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1143 performances
  • 2000 "Music City Miracle", in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a game-winning touchdown

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Singer Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by ticks

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber

Birthdays in Music

  • 1668 Jean Gilles, French composer, born in Tarascon (d. 1705)
  • 1777 Filippo Traetta, Italian-born American composer & music teacher, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1854)
  • 1787 Johann Ludwig Bohner, German composer, born in Töttelstädt, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1788 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Royal Swedish Academy of Music), born on Föllingsö, Östergötland (d. 1870)
  • 1792 Lowell Mason, American organist & composer (Zebulo), born in Medfield, Massachusetts (d.1872)
  • 1812 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, Swiss pianist, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1871)
  • 1812 William Henry Holmes, English composer, born in Sudbury, England (d. 1885)
  • 1822 Alfredo Carlo Piatti, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Per August Olander, Swedish composer, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1886)
  • 1830 Hans von Bülow, German pianist & composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1846 Albert Cahen, composer
  • 1846 William Wallace Gilchrist, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1916)
  • 1873 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1928)
  • 1883 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer
  • 1892 Werner Wehrli, composer
  • 1896 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1902 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
  • 1905 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, born in La Spezia, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter/guitarist
  • 1910 Galina Ulanova, ballerina (Bolshoi), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1911 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • 1912 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • 1914 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
  • 1922 Abbey Simon, American pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Benjamin Lees [Lysniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), born in Harbin, Manchuria, China (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Robert Starer, Austrian-born American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Evelyn Lear [Shulman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Jani Christou, Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt (d. 1970)
  • 1926 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Bill Graham, German-American impresario & rock concert promoter (Fillmore), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestElvis Presley

1935 Elvis Presley, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog), born in Tupelo Mississippi (d. 1977)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1935 Ian Bargh, Scottish-born Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Prestwick, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor, born in Bmo, Czech Republic
  • 1937 Robert Moran, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1937 Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker), born in Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
  • 1940 Cristy Lane, American country music & gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1941 Little Anthony [Anthony Gourdine], American rhythm and blues singer (Little Anthony and the Imperials-Goin' Out of My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Lee Jackson, English bass guitarist & singer-songwriter (Nice), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1943 Marcus Hutson, American musician (Whispers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (The Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDavid Bowie

1947 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1947 Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Paul Dresher, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1955 Mike Reno [Ryanoski], Canadian rock vocalist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1957 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer & choreographer, born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1959 Paul Hester, Australian drummer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1962 Chris Marion, American musician, born in Belton, Texas
  • 1965 Rossen Milanov, Bulgarian orchestral conductor (Philadelphia, 2000-11; Princeton, 2009-present; Columbus, 2015-present), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1966 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)

Person of interestR. Kelly

1967 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer-songwriter (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 1969 Maria Salgueiro, Portuguese folk and world music singer, and songwriter (Madredeus, 1987-2007), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1969 Jeff Abercrombie, American bassist, born in Kenton, Tennessee
  • 1969 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1973 Mark Knight, British musician, born in Brighton, England
  • 1975 DJ Clue, American DJ & producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer, born in Chennai, India
  • 1982 Wil Francis, American singer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1983 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1985 Rachael Lampa, American singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Person of interestCynthia Erivo

1987 Cynthia Erivo, British actress (Harriet Tubman) and singer-songwriter, born in London, England

Actress Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo
  • 1988 Adam T. Siska, American musician
  • 1990 Maci Wainwright, American singer, born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 1991 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1993 Klara Söderberg, Swedish pop-country-folk singer-songwriter (First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"), born in Enskede, Sweden

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1951 Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten

  • 2005 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2016 Singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Singer Ricky Martin reveals he has married Jwan Yosef

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

Deaths in Music

  • 1567 Jacob Vaet, Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
  • 1651 Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer, dies at 56
  • 1696 Michael de Ronghe, composer, dies at 75
  • 1713 Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer and violinist (Concerti Grossi), dies at 59
  • 1819 Christian Gottlob Saupe, composer, dies at 55
  • 1831 Franz Krommer, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1858 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer, dies at 48
  • 1864 Victor Dourlen, French composer, dies at 83
  • 1891 Fredrik Pacius, composer, dies at 81
  • 1921 Luis Villalba Munoz, composer, dies at 48
  • 1926 Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
  • 1928 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer, dies at 61
  • 1937 John Felix August Korling, composer, dies at 72
  • 1942 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, dies at 44
  • 1948 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1953 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1965 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, dies at 74
  • 1971 Adriano Lualdi, composer, dies at 85
  • 1975 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • 1979 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81
  • 1986 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1986 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, dies at 76
  • 1989 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, dies at 64
  • 1991 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), dies at 30
  • 1992 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the King of Accordions (Body & Soul), dies at 79
  • 1993 Theo Bruins, Dutch concert pianist and composer (Sei Studi; Syncope), dies at 63
  • 1994 Jay Blackton, US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
  • 1996 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1996 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, dies at 88
  • 1997 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1997 George Handy [Hendleman], American bebop jazz arranger, pianist and composer Handyland, U.S.A.), dies at 76
  • 1998 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • 2003 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • 2006 Otis Clay, American gospel, soul, and R&B-singer ("That's How It Is (When You're In Love)"), dies at 73
  • 2008 Clyde Otis, American songwriter and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2011 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia), dies at 79
  • 2015 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • 2015 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • 2015 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • 2017 Peter Sarstedt, British pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?"), dies at 75
  • 2017 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader and arranger (Eddie Fisher Show; Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbook), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 86 [1]
  • 2018 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), dies from complications from surgery at 78
  • 2019 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, dies at 89