On This Day

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1903 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner
  • 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
  • 1963 Beatles record 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • 1964 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1979 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Music releaseMusic Single

1983 Single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" sung by Bonnie Tyler and composed by Jim Steinman is released

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman

Music awardsGrammy Awards

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1755 Albert Christoph Dies, German painter, engraver and biographer of Josef Haydn, born in Hanover (d. 1822)
  • 1790 Ignaz Assmayer, Austrian organist, and composer of liturgical music, born in Salzberg, Austria (d. 1862)
  • 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, Romanian composer, born in Puiești, Romania (d. 1932)
  • 1883 Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer & conductor (Sulamith), born in Copenhagen (d. 1946)
  • 1884 Alfonso Leng, Chilean dentist and composer (Doloras), born in Santiago (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, Russian-Soviet composer (Ice and Steel), born in St. Petersburg (d. 1955)
  • 1895 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer
  • 1897 Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • 1903 Hans Redlich, Austrian-English composer & musicologist (Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Vienna (d. 1968)
  • 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, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 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)
  • 1919 Israel Baker, American concert and session violinist (NBC Symphony; Paramount Studios Orchestra), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 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)
  • 1927 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • 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
  • 1931 Bobby Lamb, Irish jazz trombonist, composer, and conductor, born in Cork, Irish Free State
  • 1932 Jerome Lowenthal, American concert pianist, and educator (Julliard; Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Francesco Pennisi, Italian contemporary classical composer, born in Acireale, Sicily (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, born in Stenvad, Denmark (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Gene Vincent [Vincent Eugene Craddock], American rock guitarist and vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1937 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • 1937 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), born in Welsh, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 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 pop and rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Sérgio Mendes, Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, and pop pianist, composer, and band leader (Brazil '66/'77/'88), born in Niterói, Brazil
  • 1942 Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer, and keyboardist ("It's Got To Be Mellow"; "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Otis Clay, American gospel, soul, and R&B-singer ("That's How It Is (When You're In Love)"), born in Waxhaw, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Tony Colton [Chalk], British singer-songwriter, and record producer (Head, Hands, and Feet), born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Serge Lama [Chauvier], French singer ("Je suis malade"), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1946 Heinz Winbeck, German composer, conductor and teacher, born in Piflas, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Joselito [José Jiménez], Spanish singer and actor, born in Beas de Segura, Andalucia, Spain
  • 1948 Vangelis Kordompoulis, Greek jazz pianist, composer, and music educator, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1953 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Neil Henderson, Scottish pop guitarist (Middle Of The Road - "Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheap Cheap"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1954 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • 1956 Didier Lockwood, French violinist, born in Calais, France (d. 2018)
  • 1956 Raoul Björkenheim, American avant-garde jazz guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 David Uosikkinen, American drummer (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Becky LeBeau, American 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
Sheryl Crow
  • 1970 Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish musician, born in Umeå, Sweden
  • 1973 Ethan Iverson, American pianist, composer, and critic, born in Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1974 D'Angelo [Michael Eugene Archer], American singer, songwriter, and record producer, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1976 Gretchen Parlato, American jazz singer, and songwriter (The Lost And Found), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park, Fort Minor), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • 1979 Brandy [Brandy Rayana Norwood], American singer (Les Miserables, Moisha), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1981 Kelly Rowland, American singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1983 Reena Esmail, Indian-American composer (This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1984 Matt Good, American musician, born in Valrico, Florida
  • 1984 Aubrey O'Day, American singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1985 William Beckett, American singer-songwriter (The Academy Is...), born in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • 1986 Bruno Vlahek, Croatian concert pianist and contemporary classical composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1998 Khalid [Donnel Robinson], American singer (Location), born in Fort Stewart, Georgia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Deaths in Music

  • 1622 Alfonso Fontanelli, Italian composer (Ferrara School), dies at 64
  • 1762 Johann Tobias Krebs, composer, dies at 71
  • 1797 Antoine Dauvergne, French composer, dies at 83
  • 1806 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, dies at 51
  • 1870 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer, dies at 66
  • 1882 Gustav Schmidt, composer, dies at 65
  • 1892 Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni, Danish organist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1894 Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
  • 1903 Henryk Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 67
  • 1939 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 64
  • 1944 Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
  • 1945 Al Dubin, Swiss-American songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • 1970 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • 1985 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), 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
  • 2009 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), dies at 86

Person of interestWhitney Houston

2012 Whitney Houston, American singer (I Will Always Love You; I Wanna Dance With Somebody), and actress (The Bodyguard), dies from an accidental bathtub drowning at 48

  • 2013 Rick Huxley, English guitarist (Dave Clark 5), dies at 72
  • 2014 Alice Babs [Nilson], Swedish jazz singer (The Swe-Danes; Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts), and actress (Swing It, Teacher!), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 90
  • 2017 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • 2018 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), dies at 89
  • 2020 (Bhekizizwe) Joseph Shabalala, South African singer, songwriter, founder and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, dies at 79