On This Day

On This Day in Music for January 9

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Dmitri Shostakovich' Octet opus 11 premieres in Moscow

  • 1929 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Noël Coward's "Astonished Heart" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • 1947 "Street Scene" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 148 performances
  • 1947 Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony premieres in San Francisco
  • 1948 Walter Piston's 3rd Symphony in E, premieres in Boston by the Boston Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Serge Koussevitzky; wins 1947 Pulitzer Prize
  • 1965 The Beatles' 65 album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • 1971 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic NYC after 19 performances
  • 1976 C. W. McCall CB song "Convoy" hits #1 on the country music charts
  • 1977 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1984 John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

1984 Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album "1984"

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 2001 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos

Music awardsMusic Awards

2002 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

2002 29th American Music Awards: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win

  • 2006 "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)
  • 2012 "Time is Love" single released by Josh Turner (Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1574 Christoph Buel, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1631)
  • 1620 Johann Weichmann, German organist, and sacred and secular music composer (Sorgen-Lägerin), born in Wolgast, Pomerania (d. 1652)
  • 1748 Stefan Paluselli, Austrian choirmaster, composer, and monk, born in Kurtatsch, South Tyrol (d. 1805)
  • 1815 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, born in Masham, Yorkshire (d. 1866)
  • 1820 Pavel Křížkovský, Czech choral composer and conductor (Sts. Cyril and Methodius), born in Kreuzendorf, Austrian Silesia (d. 1885)
  • 1839 John Knowles Paine, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • 1843 Christiaan A Ulder, Curacao, composer (waltzes/tumbas)
  • 1851 Giuseppi Gallignani, Italian composer and conductor, born in Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Papal State (now Italy) (d. 1923)
  • 1856 Stevan Mokranjac [Stojanović], Serbian cellist, educator and composer of choral music (Garlands), born in Negotin, Principality of Serbia (d. 1914)
  • 1867 Jacques Urlus, Dutch tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth), born in Hergenrath, Rhine Province (d. 1935)
  • 1896 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-British conductor, primarily of opera, born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Luis Gianneo, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • 1898 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), born in Rochdale, England (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Joseph Frederick Wagner, American conductor & composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing music bandleader, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Dr. Hepcat [Albert Lavada Durst], American blues pianist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (Green Acres and The Addams Family themes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1918 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Ofelya Hambardzumyan, Armenian folk singer, born in Yerevan, Armenia SSR (d. 2016)
  • 1926 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • 1934 Julian B Coco, Dutch guitarist (Princess Christina), born in Willemstad, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Buddy Scott, American blues guitarist, born in Goodman, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Peter Fletcher, British orchestral and choral conductor, and music teacher (d. 1999)
  • 1940 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Jimmy Boyd, American singer ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"), and actor (Bachelor Father - "Howard"), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Al Downing, American rockabilly piano player and singer (Big Al & The Chartbusters), born in Centralia, Oklahoma (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Joan Baez, American folk singer ("Diamonds & Rust"), and human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1943 Dick Yount, American rock bassist and singer (Harpers Bizarre - "Feelin' Groovy") (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R&B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), born in New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Rob Hoeke, Dutch pianist & singer (Drinking on My Bed), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Huyton, United Kingdom (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2018)

Person of interestJimmy Page

1944 Jimmy Page, English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • 1948 Bill Cowsill, American singer & musician (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "The Rain, The Park, And Other Thing"), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2006)
  • 1950 David Johansen [Buster Poindexter], American singer-songwriter & actor (Hot! Hot! Hot!), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1950 Rio Reiser, German rock musician & singer (Ton Steine Scherben), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1951 Crystal Gayle, American country singer ("Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"; "One From The Heart"), born in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • 1954 Lance Hoppens, American rock bassist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York
  • 1957 Phil Lewis, English rock vocalist (L.A. Guns - "It's Over Now)", born in London, England
  • 1959 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • 1960 Haukur Tómasson, Icelandic classical composer (Gudruns 4th Song; Strati), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1965 Eric Erlandson, American rock guitarist (Hole), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDave Matthews

1967 Dave Matthews, South African singer & musician (Dave Matthews Band), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
  • 1967 Steven Harwell, American singer & musician (Smash Mouth), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968 Al Schnier, American rock guitarist (moe.), born in Oneida County, New York
  • 1970 Lara Fabian, Canadian-Belgian singer, born in Etterbeek, Belgium
  • 1970 Alex Staropoli, Italian keyboardist (Rhapsody Of Fire), born in Trieste, Italy
  • 1973 Sean Paul, Jamaican dancehall singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1976 Svitlana Azarova, Ukrainian-Dutch contemporary classical music composer (Momo and the Time Thieves), born in the Ukrainian SSR
  • 1978 A.J. McLean, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1979 Tomiko Van, Japanese pop-rock singer (Do As Infinity), born in Yamato, Japan
  • 1987 Paolo Nutini, Scottish rock singer & songwriter (Sunny Side Up), born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • 1997 Lauryn McClain, American actress & singer, born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 2000 Flo Milli [Tamia Carter], American rapper and songwriter ( Ho, Why Is You Here?), born in Mobile, Alabama

Weddings in Music

  • 1987 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass
  • 2005 "Motley Crue" lead singer Vince Neil (43) weds Lia Gerardini at the Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas
  • 2009 High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2010 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

Deaths in Music

  • 1679 Werner Fabricius, German composer, dies at 45
  • 1854 Filippo Traetta [Philip Trajetta], Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1863 Ferdinand Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • 1886 Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • 1911 Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of our Saviour), dies at 57
  • 1939 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor and Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • 1948 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), dies at 75
  • 1949 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 75
  • 1956 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), dies at 71
  • 1957 Mary Carr Moore, American composer, dies at 83
  • 1962 Leroy Shield, American pianist and composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • 1966 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, dies at 68
  • 1968 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • 1969 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • 1971 Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • 1977 Alexey Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Russian composer, dies at 71
  • 1979 Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer and co-founder of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, dies at 58
  • 1994 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 82
  • 2009 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2012 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • 2012 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • 2018 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Co), dies at 76