Events in Music on January 4

Music History

1881 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau

  • 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
  • 1947 Revival of Victor Herbert's operetta "The Red Mill" closes at 46th Street Theater, NYC, after 531 performances

Music 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"

  • 1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • 1969 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances

Music Recording

1970 Beatles last recording session at Abbey Road studios, completing George Harrison's tune "I Me Mine"; John Lennon was on vacation and did not participate

  • 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 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Sandy Duncan, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances

Album Release

1983 Eurythmics release their breakthrough second studio album "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

  • 1996 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1998 Anton Chekov's dramatic play "Ivanov", translated and adapted by David Hare, closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 51 performances
  • 1998 Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead's musical "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 85 performances

Musical Finale

1998 Second successful revival of by Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", starring Nathan Lane, closes at St James, NYC, after 715 performances and 1 Tony Award

Music History

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