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

  • 1734 Premiere of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Recording

1954 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1956 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
  • 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 & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • 1972 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 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
  • 1989 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • 1989 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1668 Jean Gilles, French composer, born in Tarascon (d. 1705)
  • 1777 Filippo Traetta, Italian composer/musicologist
  • 1779 John White, English organist and violinist (d. 1831)
  • 1787 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer
  • 1788 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Royal Swedish Academy of Music), born on Föllingsö, Östergötland (d. 1870)
  • 1792 Lowell Mason, Medfield Mass, organist/composer (Zebulo)
  • 1812 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, composer
  • 1812 William Henry Holmes, composer
  • 1822 Alfredo Carlo Piatti, composer
  • 1824 Per August Olander, composer
  • 1830 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (d. 1894)
  • 1846 Albert Cahen, composer
  • 1846 William Wallace Gilchrist, composer
  • 1873 Lucien Capet, composer
  • 1883 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer
  • 1891 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (d 1976)
  • 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. 1998)
  • 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
  • 1924 Antai Ribari, composer
  • 1924 Benjamin Lees, [Lysniansky], Harbin Manchuria, composer
  • 1924 Robert Starer, composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1924 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Jani Christou, composer
  • 1926 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Bill Graham, German American rock promoter (Fillmore), born in 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, Prestwick, Scotland, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (d.2012)
  • 1936 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor
  • 1937 Robert Moran, composer
  • 1937 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • 1940 Cristy Lane, American country/gospel singer
  • 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, rocker (Nice)
  • 1943 Marcus Hutson, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1945 John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)
  • 1945 Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies)
  • 1946 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDavid Bowie

1947 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1951 Paul Dresher, composer
  • 1952 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist
  • 1955 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1957 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer and choreographer
  • 1959 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1962 Chris Marion, American musician
  • 1966 Andrew Wood, Columbus Mississippi, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)

Person of interestR. Kelly

1969 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • 1969 Jeff Abercrombie, American musician
  • 1969 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1972 Ted Yoder, American Yoderizing musician (hammered dulcimer), born in Goshen, Indiana
  • 1975 DJ Clue, American DJ and producer
  • 1975 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer
  • 1982 wiL Francis, American singer
  • 1983 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor and singer
  • 1985 Rachael Lampa, American singer
  • 1988 Adam T. Siska, American musician
  • 1990 Maci Wainwright, American singer
  • 1991 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

2018 Singer Ricky Martin reveals he has married Jwan Yosef

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
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, composer/violinist (Concerti Grossi), dies at 59
  • 1819 Christian Gottlob Saupe, composer, dies at 55
  • 1831 Franz Vinzenz Krommer, composer, dies at 71
  • 1858 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer, dies at 48
  • 1864 Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen, composer, dies at 83
  • 1891 Fredrik Pacius, composer, dies at 81
  • 1918 Michael Hertz, composer, dies at 73
  • 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, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • 1953 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • 1965 Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod, composer, dies at 74
  • 1971 Adriano Lualdi, composer, dies at 85
  • 1975 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • 1986 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • 1991 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • 1993 Theo Bruins, Dutch pianist/composer (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 (b. 1907)
  • 1997 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1997 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (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
  • 2008 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 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 musician (Where do you go to my lovely), dies at 75
  • 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