On This Day in Music for February 11

Events in Music

  • 1840 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
  • 1843 Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan
  • 1903 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
  • 1916 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • 1922 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1

Music releaseMusic Single

1949 "Lovesick Blues" single released by Hank Williams (Cashbox "Best Hillbilly Record of the Year", Billboard Song of the Year 1949)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1950 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hits #1
  • 1953 J Styne and Bob Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
  • 1962 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
  • 1963 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • 1964 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • 1979 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2007 49th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins


Birthdays in Music

  • 1755 Albert Christoph Dies, composer
  • 1790 Ignaz Assmayer, composer
  • 1810 Loisa Puget, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1889)
  • 1819 Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, composer
  • 1830 Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, composer
  • 1830 Peter Arnold Heise, composer
  • 1874 Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer
  • 1875 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer
  • 1879 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1882 Gheorghe Cucu, composer
  • 1883 Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer/conductor (Sulamith)
  • 1889 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer
  • 1894 Alfonso Leng, composer
  • 1895 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer
  • 1897 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • 1903 Hans Redlich, composer
  • 1912 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • 1913 Lucio Diestro San Pedro, composer
  • 1914 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1914 Menelaos Pallantios, composer
  • 1915 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orchestra)
  • 1919 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, born in Cluj (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Leonard Gregory Kastle, composer
  • 1930 C H Dearnley, organist
  • 1932 Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Francesco Pennisi, composer
  • 1935 Bent Lorentzen, composer
  • 1935 Gene Vincent, Norfolk Va, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
  • 1937 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • 1938 Willy Correa de Oliveira, composer
  • 1938 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Gerry Goffin, American rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens NY, (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • 1942 Leon Haywood, US vocalist/keyboardist (It's Got to be Mellow)
  • 1942 Otis Clay, US gospel/R&B-singer (That's how it is)
  • 1942 Tony Colton, rock producer (On the Boards)
  • 1943 Serge Lama, French singer
  • 1947 Joselito, Spanish singer
  • 1949 Charlie Hargrett, rock guitarist (Blackfoot)
  • 1950 Rochelle Fleming, US soul vocalist (First Choice, Smarty Pants)
  • 1953 Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)
  • 1954 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • 1956 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • 1956 Didier Lockwood, French violinist
  • 1961 Becky LeBeau, vocalist (Mischief), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestSheryl Crow

1962 Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter (All I Want to Do-Grammy 1995), born in Kennett, Missouri

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow
  • 1970 Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish musician, born in UmeĆ„, Sweden
  • 1973 Ethan Iverson, US pianist, composer, and critic, born in Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1974 D'Angelo [Michael Eugene Archer], US singer, songwriter, and record producer, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1977 Mike Shinoda, US musician (Linkin Park, Fort Minor), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • 1979 Brandy [Brandy Rayana Norwood], US singer (Les Miserables, Moisha), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1981 Kelly Rowland, US singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1984 Matt Good, US musician, born in Valrico, Florida
  • 1984 Aubrey O'Day, US singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1985 William Beckett, US musician (The Academy Is...), born in Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Deaths in Music

  • 1622 Alfonso Fontanelli, composer, dies at 64
  • 1762 Johann Tobias Krebs, composer, dies at 71
  • 1797 Antoine Dauvergne, composer, dies at 83
  • 1806 Vicente Martin y Soler, composer, dies at 51
  • 1870 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer, dies at 66
  • 1882 Gustav Schmidt, composer, dies at 65
  • 1892 Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni, composer, dies at 63
  • 1894 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
  • 1903 Henryk Szulc, composer, dies at 67
  • 1939 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 64
  • 1944 Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer D Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • 1945 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • 1970 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • 1982 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1985 Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer, dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1985 Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer, dies at 68
  • 2006 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67

Person of interestWhitney Houston

2012 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 2013 Rick Huxley, English guitarist, dies at 72