Events in Music on January 31

  • 1679 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres at the Palais-Royal in Paris
  • 1955 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer

Music Recording

1963 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (later known as The Beatles) record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

  • 1970 Grateful Dead members and entourage busted, down on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana on LSD charges [1]

#1 in the Charts

1971 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart

Music History

1972 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral

Music Single

1975 Barry Manilow's single "Mandy" goes gold

Music Single

1975 John Lennon releases single "#9 Dream"

  • 1976 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1
  • 1977 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win
  • 1978 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
  • 1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1

Music Premiere

1985 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

  • 1993 "St Joan" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1994 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo", built in 1847, burns down for the second time; re-built and re-opens in 1999

Film Premiere

1994 Mexican telenovela "Marimar" starring Thalia and Eduardo Capetillo premieres

  • 2010 52nd Grammy Awards: "Use Somebody", Zac Brown Band win

Album Release

2012 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries