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
  • 1896 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" premieres in Turin
  • 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
  • 1930 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt
  • 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
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1975 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, vocalist (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
  • 1937 Don Everly, Brownie Ky, vocalist (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • 1937 Dr Hook, [Ray Sawyer], Ala, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love)
  • 1938 Jimmy Carl Black, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1939 Del McCoury, bluegrass singer/musician
  • 1939 Claude François, French singer (d. 1978)
  • 1944 Tommy Duffy, rocker (Echos)
  • 1945 Ole Buck, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen
  • 1947 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer (d. 1975)
  • 1947 Normie Rowe, Australian singer

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 & Heartbreakers-Breakdown), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 1954 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag)
  • 1956 Exene Cervenka, American musician
  • 1962 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist
  • 1964 Jani Lane, [John Kennedy Oswald] heavy metal musician and singer (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1964 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician
  • 1964 Mario Pelchat, Quebec singer
  • 1969 Joshua Redman, American musician
  • 1969 Patrick Wilson, American musician (Drummer for Weezer)
  • 1971 Ron Welty, American musician
  • 1972 Kami (musician), drummer of Japanese visual kei band Malice Mizer (d. 1999)
  • 1973 Yuri Landman, Experimental musical instrument builder, musician and comic book artist
  • 1975 Big Boi, American musician (Outkast)
  • 1979 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican Singer (d.2006)
  • 1979 Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • 1989 Hurricane Chris, American rapper
  • 1990 Laura Marling, British singer-songwriter

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

  • 1986 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

Deaths in Music

  • 1743 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1795 Giacomo Insanguine, composer, dies at 66
  • 1818 Giuseppi Gazzaniga, 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, composer, dies at 58
  • 1877 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer, dies at 71
  • 1889 Joseph Gungl, composer, dies at 78
  • 1902 Salomon Jaoassohn, composer, dies at 70
  • 1916 Anton Simon, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1929 August Otto Halm, composer, dies at 59
  • 1944 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 Herbert Stothart, 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)