On This Day

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

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1947 Arthur Honegger's 4th Symphony premieres in Basel

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

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

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1961 Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" premieres in Boston (Boston Symphony and Chorus Pro Musica under conductor Charles Münch)
  • 1961 "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances

#1 in the ChartsSaturday Night Fever Goes #1

1978 Bee Gees' album "Saturday Night Fever" goes #1 for 24 weeks

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The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever
The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever
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  • 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

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

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

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

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1993 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder