On This Day

Events in Music in January 1962

  • Jan 1 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful

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Jan 5 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Jan 13 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

Jan 13 Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot
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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
  • Jan 17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
  • Jan 20 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Jan 24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

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Jan 26 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • Jan 26 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 27 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances