On This Day

Events in Music on January 12

Music Premiere

1723 George Frideric Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London

  • 1946 "Polonaise" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances

Music History

1959 American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records

  • 1961 "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • 1963 "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
  • 1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • 1969 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • 1969 Atlantic Records releases eponymous debut album of Led Zeppelin in US
  • 1971 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1974 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
  • 1977 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances

Hall of Fame

1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone; Dinah Washington; Dick Clark; and Milt Gabler

Hall of Fame

1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman

  • 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Eagles; Fleetwood Mac; Mamas and Papas; Lloyd Price; Santana; Gene Vincent; "Jelly Roll" Morton; and Allen Toussaint

Music History

2001 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

  • 2019 Missy Eliot is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame