Events in Music on January 20

Music History

1922 Arthur Honegger's ballet "Skating Rink" premieres at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France

Music History

1941 Béla Bartók's 6th string quartet, premieres in NYC

  • 1950 "Dance Me a Song" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances

Music Concert

1954 Dmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres

Music History

1954 Herman Wouk's stage drama "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", adpated from his novel "The Caine Mutiny", starring Henry Fonda, and directed by Charles Laughton, premieres at the Plymouth Theatre, NYC; runs for 415 performances

Music Recording

1956 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville, Tennessee for producer Owen Bradley

  • 1957 Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki premieres in Moscow
  • 1962 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 1964 Capitol Records releases "Meet The Beatles" album by the Beatles, in US

Music Single

1971 Tamla Records releases Marvin Gaye's single "What's Going On" about police brutality, from the album of the same name

Music History

1982 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne allegedly bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

  • 1987 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"

Hall of Fame

1988 3rd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beach Boys; The Beatles; The Drifters; Bob Dylan; The Supremes; Woody Guthrie; Leadbelly; Les Paul; and Berry Gordy, Jr.

  • 1991 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
  • 1991 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1991 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 45 performances
  • 1995 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr, NYC; runs for 276 performances

Television Debut

2006 "High School Musical" debuts, starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hugdens; becomes Disney Channel's most successful TV movie

Music History

2015 Musical "Hamilton" starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos premieres at The Public Theater in Lower Manhattan, New York