Events in Music on January 3

  • 1780 Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
  • 1843 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris

Music History

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final opera "Iolanta", is first performed outside of Russia in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1914 Kelman, Cushing, and Heath's musical "Sari," premieres in NYC

Music History

1920 Arthur Honegger's "Chant de Nigamon," premieres

  • 1941 Sergei Rachmaninoff's final composition "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra

Music History

1964 Jack Paar shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You", and says he understands that science was working on a cure for the phenomenon

Music History

1969 John Lennon's "Two Virgins" album declared pornographic in New Jersey

  • 1970 "Jimmy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 1970 Jerry Herman's musical "Mame" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 1508 performances and 3 Tony Awards
  • 1971 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances

Music History

1985 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

  • 1987 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1987 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances

Hall of Fame

1987 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Music Concert

1988 Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang)

  • 1993 "Catskills on Broadway" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 452 performances
  • 1993 "Christmas Carol" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • 1993 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 780 performances
  • 1993 "Tommy Tune Tonite!" closes at Gershwin NYC after 10 performances
  • 1993 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "The Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, closes at St James Theater NYC after 706 performances and 3 Tony Awards
  • 1994 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 1998 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • 1998 American "Hee Haw" banjo player Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke

Music History

2019 "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries investigating sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly premieres on Lifetime in the US

Sports History

2022 Rock singer David Lee Roth cancels his pre-retirement residency in Las Vegas due to "unforeseen circumstances related to COVID..."