On This Day

Events in Music on January 26

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1790 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1833 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres in Milan

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1905 Arnold Schoenberg's "Pelleas und Melissande" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1911 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden
  • 1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Pastoral Symphony" premieres in London

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1936 Joseph Stalin views Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth" but he and his officials leave early and the play is denounced in state press

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer
Dmitri Shostakovich
  • 1957 Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres

Music release#1 in the Charts

1961 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

1962 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools
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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
  • 1962 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • 1963 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • 1969 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1979 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth

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1980 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Music awardsMusic Awards

1987 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

  • 1988 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • 1989 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances
  • 1991 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances
  • 1992 "Little Hotel on the Side" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1996 "Les Miserables" opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • 1997 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1998 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Melanie Brown
Singer
Melanie Brown

Music releaseMusic Single

2009 "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" single released by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain (Billboard Song of the Year 2009)

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • 2009 "I Run to You" single by Lady Antebellum is released (Grammy Award Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal 2009, Billboard Song of the Year 2009)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2014 56th Grammy Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk win

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2020 62nd Grammy Awards: Billie Eilish wins 5 Grammys, including album, record and song of the year

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Singer-Songwriter
Billie Eilish