Events in Music on January 21

  • 1904 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno
  • 1927 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)
  • 1946 "Nellie Bly" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1947 "Sweethearts" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances

Music Premiere

1947 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel, Switzerland

  • 1950 "Lend an Ear" closes at National Theater NYC after 460 performances

Theatrical Finale

1956 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances

  • 1961 "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1961 Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" premieres in Boston (Boston Symphony and Chorus Pro Musica under conductor Charles Münch)
  • 1981 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
  • 1982 "Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1983 First supertitles for a live opera performance: "Elektra" at Canadian Opera Company, English titles by Sonya Friedman

President Inaugurated

1985 Jessye Norman sings "Simple Gifts" at the second inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D. C.

Music History

1987 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

  • 1987 B.B. King is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Hall of Fame

1987 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Hall of Fame

1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler