A new feature for the new year, though we won’t get to it every day.

Sources: This Day in Music, Music Calendar History, All About Jazz, This Day in Country Music, Your Classical and Today in Music History.

January 3

1900: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” was performed in New York City.

1941: “Symphonic Dances,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s final orchestral work, premiered. It was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was conducted by Eugene Ormandy, to whom the work was dedicated.


Sam Phillip’s Sun Studio opened on Jan. 3, 1950. Music would never be the same. (Photo: David Jones).

1950: Sam Phillips’ Sun Studio opened in Memphis.

1957: Fats Domino recorded “I’m Walkin’ ”

1964: The Beatles appear for the second time on American television via a clip including “She Loves You” was shown on The Jack Paar Show.

1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refused to be inducted into the army. He said he was a conscious objector.

1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on The Lulu show in the U.K. The band played “Voodoo Child” and was supposed to finish with “Hey Joe.” The band switched in the middle of the latter to “Sunshine of Your Love” as a tribute to Cream, which had broken up a few days earlier. The performance lasted longer than scheduled.

1970: George, Ringo and Paul recorded the Harrison song “I Me Mine.” John was in Denmark.

1970: Davy Jones said he would leave The Monkees.

1974: Bob Dylan and The Band began a six week tour. The Band played its own sets and backed Dylan.

1976: The C.W. McCall album “Black Bear Road” reached number 1. It included the hit single “Convoy.”

1980: Blues singer Amos Milburn died at age 52.

1987: Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

2014: Phil Everly died.

2017: Sam Lovullo died. Lovullo produced “Hee Haw,” which brought country music to network television.

Born on this day: Maxene Andrews (of The Andrews Sisters; 1916); Sir George Martin (1926), Van Dyke Parks (1943), Stephen Stills (1945), John Paul Jones (1946).