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
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1918 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest
  • 1918 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York

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..." 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"
  • 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
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
  • 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 Schutz, German composer and musician (d. 1710)
  • 1669 Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer and organist, born in Villarroya de la Sierra (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-Andre-Baptiste Chelard, composer
  • 1791 Charles J Sax, Belgian music instrument builder
  • 1801 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, composer
  • 1821 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, composer
  • 1859 Victor Herbert, composer (Babes in Toyland, Kiss in Dark), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1873 Clara Butt, Southwick Sussex, contralto (Country of Hope & Glory)
  • 1875 Eddie Pola, composer (Lullabye of Broadway)
  • 1877 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, composer
  • 1879 Sydney Baynes, composer
  • 1880 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian opera conductor (La Scala), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian composer, born in Lugo, Italy (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Jose Ignacio Quinton, composer
  • 1892 Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer and musicologist (Amsterdam Concert Hall), born in Krefeld (d. 1959)
  • 1894 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (Charleston), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • 1902 Carlo Borbolla, Cuban composer, born in Manzanillo (d. 1990)

Person of interestLangston Hughes

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

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 1906 Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I'll Be Seeing You)
  • 1906 Pierre Cardevielle, French composer/conductor (Amants Captifs)
  • 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
  • 1922 Renata Tebaldi, lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 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, bluegrass singer/musician
  • 1939 Claude François, French singer (d. 1978)
  • 1944 Tommy Duffy, American musician (Echoes), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Ole Buck, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 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
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
  • 1954 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1956 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1964 Jani Lane, American musician & singer (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian musician
  • 1964 Mario Pelchat, Canadian francophone singer, born in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Canada
  • 1969 Joshua Redman, American jazz saxophonist & composer, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1969 Patrick Wilson, American musician (Drummer for Weezer), 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, 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
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 and composer, dies at 66
  • 1818 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1824 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer, dies at 64
  • 1871 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer, dies at 51
  • 1875 William Sterndale Bennett, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1877 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer, dies at 71
  • 1889 Joseph Gungl, composer, dies at 78
  • 1902 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist and 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, composer, dies at 69
  • 1981 Ernst Pepping, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • 1986 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • 1997 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 1999 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. (b. 1943)
  • 2002 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • 2003 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • 2004 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, dies at 74
  • 2013 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian 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