On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 12

Events in Music

  • 1889 Caesar Franck's Symphony in D premieres
  • 1906 George Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1909 Symphony in B minor "Polonia", by polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1924 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at influential concert "Experiment in Modern Music" held by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra at the Aeolian Hall, NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1949 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances
  • 1955 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to No. 1 and stays No. 1 for 10 weeks
  • 1964 Beatles 1st NYC concerts, two shows at Carnegie Hall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 1978 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
  • 1980 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1994 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston
  • 1998 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • 2001 "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" single released by Brooks & Dunn
  • 2012 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2017 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25"

Singer-songwriter Adele

Birthdays in Music

  • 1567 Thomas Campion, English composer, poet and physician, born in London, England (d. 1620)
  • 1740 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in Vilémov (d. 1817)
  • 1751 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, French organist and composer
  • 1752 Josef Reicha, Czech composer
  • 1753 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer
  • 1758 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, English clergyman and composer (Selection of Sacred Music), born in the Fulneck Moravian Settlement, Yorkshire (d. 1836)
  • 1760 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemia, pianist/composer, born in Arras, France (d. 1840)
  • 1778 Franz Joseph Volkert, Austrian composer, conductor and organist, born in Vienna (d.1845)
  • 1853 Bertram Luard-Selby, British organist and composer, born in Ightham, Kent, England (d. 1918)
  • 1870 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961) [1]
  • 1870 Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
  • 1881 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1885 Licinio Refice, Italian priest and composer (Cecilia), born in Patrica, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist & composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1949)
  • 1886 Michel Brusselmans, Belgian composer (Flemish Rhapsody), born in Paris, France (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1898 Roy Harris, American composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home: An American Overture), born near Chandler, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Albert Huybrechts, Belgian composer, born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • 1902 William D. Revelli, American band leader, born in Spring Gulch, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Barry Wood [Louis Rappaport], American pop vocalist (Your Hit Parade; "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)"), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1914 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode), born in Győr, Danube Monarchy (now Hungary) (d. 1969)
  • 1917 Thomas Scherman, American conductor (Little Orchestra Society, 1947-75), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1922 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Gene McDaniels, American vocalist ("A Hundred Pounds Of Clay"), songwriter ("I Feel Like Making Love") and actor (Young Swingers), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Arnost Parsch, Czech composer, born in Bučovice, Czech Republic (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Ray Manzarek, American rock organist and songwriter (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "Love Her Madly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Lionel Grigson, British jazz pianist, and horn player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • 1944 Marian "Moe" Bandy, American country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1945 Joe Schermie, American bass player (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • 1946 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1947 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1949 Stanley Knight, American southern rock guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas - High on the Hog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1950 Steve Hackett, British progressive rock guitarist, and composer (Genesis, 1971-77; GTR), born in Pimilco, London, England
  • 1951 Gil Moore, Canadian hard rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph) and recording studio owner (Metalworks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952 Michael McDonald, American rock singer and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers - "What A Fool Believes"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1954 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • 1955 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer, born in Salem, Illinois
  • 1956 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Clarkston, Scotland
  • 1958 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Rockhampton, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Omar Hakim, US drummer and composer (Dire Straits, Weather Report), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician, born in Mysore, India
  • 1968 Chynna Phillips, American pop vocalist (Wilson Philips - "Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Meja [Meja Anna Pernilla Kullersten], Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • 1969 Byron Stroud, Canadian heavy metal bassist, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1970 Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Toronto
  • 1982 Bobi Wine [Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu], Ugandan politician and pop star, born in Mpigi District, Uganda
  • 1983 Lavinia Meijer, Dutch harpist (Metamorphosis / The Hours), born in South Korea

Deaths in Music

  • 1684 Pietro Andrea Ziani, Italian composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1728 Agostino Steffani, Italian-German diplomat and composer, dies at 73
  • 1738 James Sherard, English amateur composer, dies at 71
  • 1762 Laurent Belissen, French composer, dies at 68
  • 1799 František Xaver Dušek, Czech composer, dies at 67
  • 1820 Guillaume Albert Teniers, Flemish composer, dies at 71
  • 1861 Hippolyte-André-Baptiste Chélard, French violist, composer and conductor, dies at 72
  • 1894 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1896 Ambrose Thomas, French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, dies at 84
  • 1915 Émile Waldteufel, French composer, dies at 77
  • 1920 Émile Sauret, French violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1933 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1970 André Souris, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • 1973 Benjamin Frankel, British composer, dies at 67
  • 1976 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), dies from cancer at 52
  • 1983 (James Hubert) "Eubie" Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist ("Memories of You"; "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), dies at 96
  • 1986 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer, dies at 86
  • 1991 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • 1995 Earring George Mayweather, American blues harmonica player, dies of liver cancer at 66
  • 1995 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher, dies at 82
  • 1995 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), dies at 54
  • 2000 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • 2000 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • 2000 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • 2005 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night), dies at 61
  • 2007 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2011 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • 2011 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), dies at 84
  • 2015 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington] pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 2017 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • 2021 Milford Graves, American avant-garde and free jazz drummer, percussionist (New York Art Quartet), and educator (Bennington College, Vermont, 1973-2012), dies of heart failure at 79 [1]