On This Day

Events in Music on January 4

  • 1923 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • 1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
  • 1947 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1947 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1954 Elvis Presley records his 1st demo for Sun Records at a recording studio in Memphis, "It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You" and "I'll Never Stand In Your Way"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • 1969 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • 1970 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios
  • 1975 "Good News" closes at St James Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1975 "Gypsy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • 1975 "Over Here" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 341 performances
  • 1976 "Candide" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 740 performances
  • 1981 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances
  • 1982 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • 1996 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1998 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at St James NYC after 715 perform
  • 1998 "Ivanov" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • 1998 "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice