On This Day

February 1934 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 10 Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount" premieres in NYC

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 20 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre in New York City

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), born in Hilo, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • Feb 4 Jouko Sakari Linjama, Finnish organist and composer, born in Kirvu, Finland
  • Feb 7 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 7 "King" Curtis [Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1971)
  • Feb 11 Francesco Pennisi, Italian contemporary classical composer, born in Acireale, Sicily (d. 2000)
  • Feb 13 George Segal, American actor (Carbon Copy; Fun With Dick & Jane; Just Shoot Me!), and banjo player, born in Great Neck, New York (d. 2021)
  • Feb 14 Florence Henderson, American actress (The Brady Bunch - "Carol"), and singer, born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Feb 14 Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor (founded L’Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, 1961), born in Marsens, Switzerland
  • Feb 16 Ted Taylor, American gospel and R&B-singer ("Be Ever Wonderful"), born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, (d. 1987)
  • Feb 16 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • Feb 18 Aldo Ceccato, Italian conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 18 Bobby Taylor, American singer & producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)
  • Feb 22 Thomas Paul, American bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 22 Paavo Pohjola, Finnish concert violinist and conductor, born in Seinäjoki, Finland
  • Feb 24 Renata Scotto, Italian soprano and opera director (La Traviata - "Violetta"), born in Savona, Italy
  • Feb 24 Shuko Mizuno, Japanese composer (Symphonic Metamorphoses), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • Feb 28 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Ernesto Nazareth, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 22 Willem Kes, violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 78

Person of interestEdward Elgar

Feb 23 Edward Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode, Pomp and Circumstance), dies of colorectal cancer at 76

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar
  • Feb 25 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, dies at 67