Events in Music on January 18

Music History

1919 Composer and musician Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Polish Prime Minister

Music Premiere

1930 Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical opera "The Nose" premieres in Leningrad

Music Concert

1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time - performers include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, and Benny Goodman, via remote hook-up. [1]

  • 1964 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • 1968 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances

Music Premiere

1968 Hal Hester and Danny Appolinar's rock musical "Your Own Thing", loosely based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", premieres at the Orpheum Theater, NYC; runs for 933 performances

  • 1980 7th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees & Kenny Rogers win
  • 1981 Punk singer Wendy O. Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity (later cleared)

#1 in the Charts

1986 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder, hits #1

Hall of Fame

1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Dion; Otis Redding; The Rolling Stones; The Temptations; Stevie Wonder; The Ink Spots; Bessie Smith; The Soul Stirrers; and Phil Spector

  • 1998 Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally's musical "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater, NYC; runs for 834 performances

Music History

2013 Former Incubus singer Brandon Boyd announces his new band, Sons of the Sea