On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 1

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1893 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut" premieres in Turin

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1918 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Noël Coward's "Young Idea" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1930 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Dmitri Shostakovich named professor at conservatoire of Leningrad

  • 1949 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
  • 1962 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1964 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • 1964 The Beatles' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You", also by The Beatles
  • 1972 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK

Music releaseAlbum Release

1972 "Harvest" 4th studio album by Neil Young is released (best selling album US 1972)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1975 "Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
  • 1975 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1980 "Call Me" single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1981 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1992 "Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1998 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

2004 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.


Birthdays in Music

  • 1633 Gabriel Schütz, German musician, composer, and teacher, born in The Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck (now Lübeck, Germany) (d. 1710)
  • 1669 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, born in Villarroya de la Sierra, Aragon, Spain (d. 1723)
  • 1673 Alessandro Marcello, Italian composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1747)
  • 1687 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, born in Alsfeld, Hessen (d. 1733)
  • 1690 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1768)
  • 1789 Hippolyte-André-Baptiste Chélard, French violist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1861)
  • 1791 Charles-Joseph Sax, Belgian music instrument builder of wind and brass instruments whose son invented the saxophone, born in Dinant, Wallonia, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • 1801 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, Swedish lieder and classical composer, born in Skänninge, Sweden (d. 1878)
  • 1836 Emil Hartmann, Danish organist and composer (Towards The Light), born in Copenhagen (d. 1898)
  • 1859 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), born in Guernsey, Bailiwick of Guernsey (d. 1924) [he believed he was born in Dublin, Ireland] [1]
  • 1873 Clara Butt, British contralto (Country of Hope & Glory; Elgar's "Sea Pictures"), born in Southwick Sussex, England (d. 1936)
  • 1877 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, British composer (The Wind Among The Reeds), and teacher, born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1880 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian composer, born in Lugo, Italy (d. 1955)
  • 1881 José Ignacio Quintón, Puerto-Rican composer (El coquí; Requiem por Angel Mislán), born in Caguas , Puerto Rico (d. 1925)
  • 1892 Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer and musicologist (Amsterdam Concert Hall), born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1894 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer ("The Charleston": "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • 1902 Carlo Borbolla, Cuban pianist, organist, and composer, born in Manzanillo, Cuba (d. 1990)

Person of interestLangston Hughes

1902 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues), playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1967)

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1904 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger-mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in New York City (d. 1946)
  • 1906 Hildegarde [Sell], American cabaret vocalist (“Leave It To The Girls"; "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup"), born in Adell, Wisconsin (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Pierre Cardevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Pierre Capdevielle, French composer, conductor, music critic, and educator, born in Paris (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, born in Tietê, São Paulo (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Edward Staempfli, composer
  • 1909 George Beverly Shea, American gospel singer, born in Winchester, Ontario
  • 1917 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Renata Tebaldi, Italian lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Ursula Mamlok (nee Meyer), German-American avant-garde composer, and teacher, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Sadao Watanabe, Japanese jazz and bossa nova saxophonist, and flute player, born in Utsunomiya, Japan
  • 1934 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), born in Hilo, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Don Everly, American singer and half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), born in Brownie, Kentucky
  • 1937 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Jimmy Carl Black, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1939 Del McCoury, American bluegrass guitarist and singer, born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), born in Ismaïlia, Egypt (d. 1978)
  • 1939 Joe Sample, American jazz and session keyboardist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Tommy Duffy, American musician (Echoes), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Ole Buck, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1946 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus (d. 1975)
  • 1947 Normie Rowe, Australian singer, born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestRick James

1948 Rick James [James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.], American funk musician ("Super Freak"), born in Buffalo New York (d. 2004)

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • 1950 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - "Breakdown"), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 1950 Rich Williams, American guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1951 Clide "Sonny" Landreth, American blues and zydeco slide guitar player, born in Canton, Mississippi
  • 1954 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1956 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Ottmar Liebert, German guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Nouveau Flamenco), born Cologne, Germany
  • 1962 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1964 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1964 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), born in High Level, Alberta (d. 1995)
  • 1964 Mario Pelchat, Canadian francophone singer, born in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec
  • 1969 Joshua Redman, American jazz saxophonist, and composer, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1969 Patrick Wilson, American drummer (Weezer - "Buddy Holly"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1971 Ron Welty, American musician, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1972 Kami, Japanese musician (Malice Mizer), born in Ibaraki, Japan (d. 1999)
  • 1973 Yuri Landman, Dutch instrument inventor & musician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • 1975 Big Boi [Antwan André Patton], American musician (Outkast), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1979 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer, born in Navojoa, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • 1979 Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • 1983 Andrew VanWyngarden, American musician and singer (MGMT), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • 1989 Hurricane Chris [Dooley], American rapper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1990 Laura Marling, British singer-songwriter, born in Eversley, United Kingdom

Person of interestHarry Styles

1994 Harry Styles, British pop singer (One Direction), born in Redditch, England

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1986 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Deaths in Music

  • 1743 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1795 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist & composer, dies at 66
  • 1818 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1824 Maria Theresia von Paradis, Austrian musician & composer, dies at 64
  • 1871 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, Russian composer, dies at 51
  • 1875 William Sterndale Bennett, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1877 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, French harpist, dies at 71
  • 1889 Joseph Gungl, Austrian composer, dies at 78
  • 1902 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist & composer, dies at 70
  • 1916 Anton Simon, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1929 August Halm, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1944 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 Herbert Stothart, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1970 Blaz Arnic, Slovenian composer, dies at 69
  • 1981 Ernst Pepping, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Nils Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer, dies at 72
  • 1986 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies at 58
  • 1994 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), dies of renal failure at 62
  • 1997 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress & dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 1999 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity, dies at 56
  • 2002 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • 2003 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist & band leader, dies at 85
  • 2004 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer & choreographer, dies at 97
  • 2007 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer, dies at 95
  • 2007 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer, dies at 70
  • 2007 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic, dies of cancer at 80
  • 2009 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), dies at 86
  • 2009 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers -"Dragnet Blues"; The Shields -"You Cheated"), dies at 82
  • 2012 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, dies at 74
  • 2013 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian musicologist, educator, and composer, dies at 86
  • 2017 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • 2018 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa was a Rollin' Stone), dies following a stroke at 74
  • 2018 Alan Stout, American composer, dies at 85
  • 2020 Peter Serkin, American pianist (Tashi), dies at 72