On This Day in Music for February 13

Events in Music

  • 1914 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC
  • 1946 "The Duchess Misbehaves" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1960 "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1960 "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1961 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1972 "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances
  • 1972 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway

Film release premierFilm Release

1972 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on the musical of the same name and starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, is released

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 1973 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • 1974 "Rainbow Jones" opens & closes at Music Box Theater NYC
  • 1977 "Guys & Dolls" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 239 performances
  • 1977 "Ipi Tombi" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • 1977 "Robber Bridegroom" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 145 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" marks 402 weeks in the album charts

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1983 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 1983 E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC
  • 1992 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 229 performances
  • 1996 Rock musical "Rent" by Jonathan Larson opens off-Broadway

Music releaseAlbum Release

1996 Rapper Tupac Shakur releases his 4th studio album 'All Eyez on Me'

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 British boy band Take That officially announce that they are disbanding, prompting UK government to set up counselling phone lines

  • 1996 "The Score" 2nd studio album by Fugees is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1996)
  • 1997 "Three Sisters" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • 2005 47th Grammy Awards: Here We Go Again, Maroon 5 wins
  • 2011 53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins

Birthdays in Music

  • 1660 Johann Sigismund Kusser, composer
  • 1713 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, composer
  • 1721 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer (d. 1807)
  • 1755 Francois Alexander Sallantin, composer
  • 1778 Fernando Sor, composer
  • 1787 James P Carrell, composer
  • 1820 Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer
  • 1837 Valentin de Zubiaurre y Unionbarrenechea, composer
  • 1840 Georg Jacobi, composer
  • 1862 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Leopold Godowsky, Lithuania, virtuoso pianist/composer
  • 1877 Jazeps Medins, composer
  • 1883 Bainbridge Crist, composer
  • 1907 Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Gerald Strang, Claresholm Canada, composer
  • 1914 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1982)
  • 1919 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Tennessee Ernie Ford, country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1920 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • 1923 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Barney Childs, composer
  • 1930 Dotty McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1934 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • 1942 Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees)
  • 1945 Keith Nichols, jazz pianist
  • 1945 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Roy Dyke, rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947 Tony Butler, rock bassist (Big Country-It's a Big Country, Wonderland)
  • 1950 Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes)
  • 1952 Ed Gagliardi, American rock bassist (Foreigner-Cold As Ice), born in NYC, (d. 2014)
  • 1953 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
  • 1955 Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • 1955 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order-Round & Round, Run)
  • 1957 Doris King, vocalist (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1960 Michael Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me)
  • 1961 Henry Rollins, US vocalist/poet (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box)
  • 1961 Les Warner, rocker (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • 1966 Freedom Williams, rock vocalist (C&C Music Factory-Everbody Dance Now)
  • 1969 Ahlam, Bahraini singer
  • 1970 Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer
  • 1971 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Robbie Williams, English singer (Take That, Feel, She's the One), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • 1975 Iván González, Puerto Rican writer and musician
  • 1976 Feist, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1976 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator)
  • 1978 Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist My Dying Bride

Weddings in Music

  • 1940 Actress Lana Turner marries bandleader Artie Shaw

HeartWedding of Interest

1983 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Deaths in Music

  • 1629 Girolamo Giacobbi, composer, dies at 61
  • 1693 Johann Kaspar von Kerll, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1724 Francisco Jose Coutinho, composer, dies at 43
  • 1741 Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian composer/music theorist, dies at about 80
  • 1814 Augustin Holler, composer, dies at 69
  • 1849 Christian Rummel, composer, dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1883 Wilhelm Richard Wagner, composer, dies at 69

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1896 Karl Reinthaler, composer, dies at 73
  • 1917 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist/composer, dies at 48
  • 1952 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies at 71
  • 1959 William L Axt, composer, dies at 70
  • 1965 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • 1968 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • 1975 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • 1995 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
  • 1997 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920), Jessica Browne, singer and dancer
  • 2002 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • 2008 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • 2010 John Reed, British singer of Gilbert & Sullivan (b. 1916)
  • 2015 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75