January 24 in music history
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Singer Neil Diamond is 82.
Neil Diamond is an American singer who (as of 2002) ranks third (behind Elton John and Barbra Streisand) on Billboard magazine's list of the most successful Adult contemporary (AC) performers in history. Diamond's total record sales (as of 2001) are 125 million; 48 million of those have been sold in the United States.
Neil sang in the same high school choir as Barbra Streisand, with whom many years later he would record a duet with one of his biggest hits, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (No. 1 in the USA, 1977).
Diamond's real success came in 1967, when the song he wrote, "I'm a Believer," became a bestseller on The Monkees and spent seven weeks atop the national sales charts. From then on, Diamond became a key figure in the fledgling "singer-songwriter" movement and a regular on the charts. The song "Sweet Caroline", inspired by President Kennedy's daughter Caroline, was a particular success - it was included in the repertoire of such greats as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Womack.
Diamond broke the record set in 2005 by Bob Dylan and became the oldest artist ever to top the U.S. album sales list.
Singer Johnny Orlando is 20 years old.
Johnny Orlando is a Canadian singer, songwriter, video blogger, actor and voice actor. Johnny originally rose to fame on YouTube. As of December 2015, the young singer had accumulated more than 150 million views of music videos - covers of popular hits, as well as his original music.
Johnny Orlando became popular thanks to his YouTube videos. The basis of the first cover was a Justin Bieber composition called "Mistletoe."
1874 - Modest Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" premiered in St. Petersburg.
1901 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake was staged at the Bolshoi Theater.