On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 10

Events in Music

  • 1794 Joseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1860 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Serenade in A, premieres

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1878 Peter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F premieres

  • 1881 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman" premieres in Paris
  • 1882 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Snyegurochka" premieres in St Petersburg

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1931 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "America's Sweetheart" premieres on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount" premieres in NYC

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Music release#1 in the Charts

1940 "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller

Album Release 1st Ever Gold Record

1942 Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"

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The 1st ever gold record was awarded to
The 1st ever gold record was awarded to "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by the Glenn Miller Orchestra - this one was presented to the group's drummer, Tex Beneke
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  • 1945 "Rum & Coca-Cola" by Andrews Sisters hits #1

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1949 Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • 1951 "John and Marsha" by Stan Freberg, a parody of daytime soap operas which had only two voices repeating each other's names, peaks at #21 in the USA
  • 1960 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances
  • 1960 Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner" premieres
  • 1961 Walter Piston's 7th Symphony, commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra premieres under direction of Eugene Ormandy; wins 1961 Pulitzer Prize
  • 1968 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3

  • 1971 Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
  • 1974 "Gigi" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • 1977 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 92 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1979 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1991 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey" airs on ABC & drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004 Kanye West releases his debut album "The College Dropout" (2005 Grammy Best Rap Album)

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

OlympicsOlympic Games

2006 XX Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2008 50th Grammy Awards: Amy Winehouse wins 5 awards including song "Rehab", Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year

Singer Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • 2013 55th Grammy Awards: "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Goyte), "We Are Young" (fun), and "Babel" (Mumford & Sons) win

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2013 55th Grammy Awards: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Musician Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor

Music releaseMusic Single

2014 "This Is How We Roll" single released by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan (Billboard Song of the Year 2014)

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan

Music AwardsGrammy Awards 2019

2019 61st Grammy Awards: Childish Gambino first rapper to win Best Song and Best Record for "This Is America", best album "Golden Hour" Kacey Musgraves

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Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards
Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards
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Birthdays in Music

  • 1696 Johann Melchior Molter, German composer, born in Tiefenort, Thuringia (d. 1765)
  • 1702 Jean-Pierre Guignon [né Giovanni Pietro Ghignone], Italian-French violinist and composer, born in Turin, Duchy of Savoy (now Italy) (d. 1774)
  • 1717 Pierre de La Garde, French composer, singer, and guitarist, born in Crécy-la-Chapelle, France (d. c. 1792)
  • 1735 Johann Christoph Kuhnau, composer
  • 1741 Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist and composer, baptised in Regensburg, Bavaria (d. 1822)
  • 1750 Stanislao Mattei, Italian composer, teacher, musicologist, and monk (born in Bologna, Papal States (d. 1825)
  • 1788 Johann Peter Pixis, German pianist and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 1819 Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, mostly of hymns ("Carol"; "Fairest Lord Jesus"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1841 Walter Parratt, British organist and composer, born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1924)
  • 1866 Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • 1869 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), born in Yevpatoria, Crimea (d. 1942)
  • 1879 Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), born in Pochep, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Vilko Ukmar, Slovenian composer, born in Postojna, Slovenia (d. 1991)
  • 1905 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, born in La Línea de la Concepción (d. 1988)
  • 1905 William "Chick" Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1939)
  • 1907 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Jean Coulthard, Canadian composer, and music educator, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Larry Adler, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), born n Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1921 Adrian Cruft, British composer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Cesare Siepi, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Randy Van Horne, American vocalist (Nat King Cole Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2007)

Person of interestLeontyne Price

1927 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1927 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist, television and film composer ("The Twilight Zone"; "Planet Of The Apes"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Peter Phillips, American composer, born in San Francisco, California [or Jun 18]
  • 1931 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, born in Königsberg (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Makoto Shinohara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1932 Rockin Dopsie Sr [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), born in Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935 Salvator Pueyo, Spanish composer (Abstracciones), and educator (Barcelona Conservatory, 1987-present), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1935 Theodore Antoniou, Greek conductor and composer (Paean, Celebration), born in Athens (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1939 Roberta Flack, American pop vocalist ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song"), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • 1940 Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk-comic singer-songwriter ("Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice"), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1940 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter ("Peaceful"), born in Washington Heights, New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1943 Ralph "Ral" Donner, American rock and roll singer ("You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1944 Peter Allen, Australian pop singer-songwriter, painist and performer ("I Go to Rio"; Legs Diamond), born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1944 Rufus Reid, American jazz double bassist composer, and educator, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1946 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • 1947 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Conrad Cummings, American classical composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Nigel Olsson, British rock touring and session drummer and backing vocalist (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England
  • 1949 Maxime Le Forestier, French pop and folk singer-songwriter, born in Paris, France
  • 1953 Carl Stone, American electronic composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Michael Weiss, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Lionel Cartwright, American country music artist (I Watched it on the Radio, Leap of Faith), born in Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 1962 Cliff Burton, American bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)
  • 1965 Dana Winner [Chantal Vanlee], Belgian pop singer, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1974 Ivri Lider, Israeli singer, born in Givat Haim (Ihud), Israel
  • 1975 Kool Savas, German rapper, born in Aachen, Germany
  • 1976 Kev Brown, American rapper & hip hop producer, born in Landover, Maryland
  • 1978 Don Omar, Puerto Rican singer, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • 1979 Daryl Palumbo, American musician, born in Bellmore, New York
  • 1981 The Rev [James Owen Sullivan], American musician (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1981 Natasha St-Pier, Canadian pop singer, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick
  • 1987 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Singer-comedian Weird Al Yankovic (41) weds Suzanne Krajewski

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 2006 "Creed" former lead singer Scott Stapp (32) weds Miss New York USA 2004 winner Jaclyn Nesheiwat (25) in Miami

Deaths in Music

  • 1774 Florian Leopold Gassmann, Bohemian composer, dies at 44
  • 1783 James Nares, composer, dies at 67
  • 1816 Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer, dies at 74
  • 1832 Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • 1876 Johan August Söderman, Swedish composer, dies at 43
  • 1905 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, composer, dies at 78
  • 1917 Émile Pessard, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1950 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, dies at 70
  • 1951 Joseph Bovet, composer, dies at 71
  • 1977 Grace Mary Williams, composer, dies at 70
  • 1986 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), dies at 96
  • 1987 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 1988 Paolo Renosto, Italian composer, dies at 52
  • 1988 Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), dies at 51
  • 1991 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1997 Lou Bennett, American bebop pianist, and jazz organist, dies at 70
  • 2001 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2001 George "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 87
  • 2002 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 2006 J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • 2010 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), dies at 77