Events in Music on January 1

  • 1770 Date of action in the opera "Madeleine"

Music History

1863 Franz Schubert's "Missa Solemnis," premieres in Leipzig

Music Premiere

1879 Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig

Music History

1952 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 5th string quartet

Music History

1957 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London

Music Concert

1960 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars at San Quentin Prison, California; Merle Haggard among the inmate audience

  • 1962 Beatles' Decca Records audition is unsuccessful - they are told “guitar groups are on the way out..."

Television Premiere

1964 Top of the Pops, British pop music television program premieres; acts performing include Dusty Springfield; The Rolling Stones; Dave Clark Five: The Hollies; Swinging Blue; and The Beatles

  • 1966 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • 1972 "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • 1972 "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1972 Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical "Promises, Promises", based on the 1960 Billy Wider film "The Apartment", closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 1281 performances, winning a Grammy and 2 Tony Awards
  • 1976 "A Musical Jubilee" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 92 performances
  • 1978 Alex Bradford, Vinnette Carroll, and Micki Grant's musical "Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God" closes at Lyceum Theatre, NYC, after 429 performances and 1 Tony Award
  • 1983 'New age music' radio program "Hearts of Space" makes its national syndication debut on U.S. National Public Radio

Music History

1986 American singer Barbra Streisand and hairdresser/film producer Jon Peters' romantic relationship ends

  • 1991 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
  • 1994 "Flying Karamzov Brothers" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • 1994 "Grand Night after Singing" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • 1995 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • 1995 "Glass Menagerie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 57 performances
  • 1995 "Shadow Box" closes at Circle in Square Theater NYC after 49 performances