On This Day

February 1924 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Feb 12 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at influential concert "Experiment in Modern Music" held by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra at the Aeolian Hall, NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-American producer and musician
  • Feb 2 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • Feb 7 Dora Bryan [Broadbent], British stage and screen actress (A Taste of Honey), novelty singer ("All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle"), and hotelier, born in Southport England, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 7 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • Feb 9 George Guest, Welsh organist and choir director, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10 Randy Van Horne, American vocalist (Nat King Cole Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Feb 14 Arghyris Kounadis, Greek composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2011)
  • Feb 17 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, writer (Murder at FBI), and pianist, born in Independence, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Feb 23 Lejaren Hiller, American composer (Illiac Suite), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Feb 24 Lionel Dakers, British cathedral organist (Royal School of Church Music), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 2003)
  • Feb 26 Mark Bucci, American composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Music

Louis Armstrong

Feb 4 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) weds jazz pianist Lillian "Lil" Hardin (26) - 2nd try for each; separate in 1931 and divorce in 1938

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 5 Alexis Hollander, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62
  • Feb 17 Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], Finnish pianist, organist, and composer, dies at 55
  • Feb 21 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, Italian opera composer, dies at 78