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
  • 1949 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances
  • 1955 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1964 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
  • 1978 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
  • 1980 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1998 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • 2012 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins

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

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Birthdays in Music

  • 1567 Thomas Campion, England, composer/poet/physician
  • 1740 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in Vilémov (d. 1817)
  • 1751 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer
  • 1752 Josef Reicha, Czech composer
  • 1753 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer
  • 1758 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, composer
  • 1760 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemia, pianist/composer
  • 1778 Franz Joseph Volkert, composer
  • 1853 Bertram Luard-Selby, composer
  • 1867 Joe Howard, American vocalist (Gay Nineties Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1870 Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
  • 1885 Licinio Refice, composer
  • 1886 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer
  • 1886 Michel Brusselmans, composer
  • 1891 Maurice Yvain, composer
  • 1898 [Le]Roy Harris, Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  • 1899 Albert Huybrechts, composer
  • 1902 William D Revelli, Spring Gulch Colorado, band leader
  • 1909 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1914 Gordon Tex Beneke, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra)
  • 1916 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode)
  • 1917 Thomas K Scherman, American conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Agustin Gonzalez Acilu, Spanish composer, born in Alsasua
  • 1935 Gene McDaniels, US vocalist, bandleader and actor (Young Swingers)
  • 1936 Arnost Parsch, composer
  • 1939 Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier)
  • 1942 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • 1944 Moe Bandy, Meridian Ms, country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys)
  • 1945 Joe Schermie, bassist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1946 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer
  • 1947 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1949 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • 1950 Steve Hackett, rock guitarist (Genesis-Against All Odds/GTR)
  • 1951 Gil "The Bird" Moore, rocker (Triumph)
  • 1952 Michael McDonald, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1954 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • 1955 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
  • 1958 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Omar Hakim, drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)
  • 1967 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
  • 1968 Chynna Phillips, vocalist (Wilson Philips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Grégory Charles, French Canadian singer, dancer, pianist, radio and television host
  • 1969 Meja [Anna Kullersten}, Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • 1970 Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies)

Deaths in Music

  • 1684 Pietro Andrea Ziani, composer, dies at 67
  • 1728 Agostino Steffani, Italian/German diplomat/composer, dies at 73
  • 1738 James Sherard, English amateur composer, dies at 71
  • 1762 Laurent Belissen, composer, dies at 68
  • 1799 Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer, dies at 67
  • 1820 Guillaume Albert Teniers, composer, dies at 71
  • 1861 Hippolyte-Andre-Baptiste Chelard, composer, dies at 72
  • 1894 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1896 Charles Louis Ambrose Thomas, French composer (Mignon), dies at 84
  • 1915 Charles Emile Waldteufel, composer, dies at 77
  • 1920 Emile Sauret, composer, dies at 67
  • 1929 Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
  • 1933 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1970 Andre Souris, composer, dies at 79
  • 1973 Benjamin Frankel, composer, dies at 67
  • 1976 James Clifton Williams, composer (Sinfonians), dies at 52
  • 1983 Eubie Blake, US ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 96
  • 1986 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer, dies at 86
  • 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, rock band manager, 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 Betty Garrett, American actress and dancer (b. 1919)
  • 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