On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 13

Events in Music

  • 1914 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) founded at Hotel Claridge in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917 Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is arrested in Paris on suspicion that she is a German spy

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Release

1972 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical of the same name, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, 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 Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 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'

Rapper Tupac Shakur
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

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2011 53rd Grammy Awards: "Need You Now"; Esperanza Spalding; Lady Gaga; Usher; Jeff Beck win

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Singer Usher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" 4th mixtape by Drake is released

Singer-Songwriter Drake

Birthdays in Music

  • 1660 Johann Sigismund Kusser, Hungarian German composer, born in Pressburg, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1727)
  • 1713 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1751)
  • 1721 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer (d. 1807)
  • 1755 Francois Alexander Sallantin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1816)
  • 1787 James P Carrell, American hymn composer, born in Washington County, Virgina (d. 1854)
  • 1820 (Albert) Béla Kéler, Hungarian composer, and conductor, born in Bártfa, Kingdom of Hungary (now Bardejov, Slovakia) (d. 1882)
  • 1837 Valentin Zubiaurre, Spanish composer (Ferdinand Set), and educator, born in Garay, Biscay, Spain (d. 1914)
  • 1862 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études), born in Žasliai, Russian Empire (now Lithuania), (d. 1938)
  • 1873 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Jāzeps Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Kaunas, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1883 Bainbridge Crist, American composer (Egyptian Impressions), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1900 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Valentin Ruiz Aznar, Spanish choirmaster, composer, and priest, born in Borja, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Catalina "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipino jazz and torch song singer, born in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippine Islands (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, born in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada (d. 1983)
  • 1908 Lennie Hayton, American pianist, composer, conductor and arranger (Paul Whiteman; Bing Crosby; MGM), born in New York City (d. 1971)
  • 1912 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • 1914 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor, born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1920 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1955)
  • 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 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1934 George Segal, American actor (Carbon Copy; Fun With Dick & Jane; Just Shoot Me!), and banjo player, born in Great Neck, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Bill Szymczyk, American sound engineer, and record producer (Eagles; Joe Walsh), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1944 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Ghanaian percussionist, born in Konongo, Ghana (d. 1983)
  • 1945 Keith Nichols, English jazz musician, born in Essex, England
  • 1945 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Roy Dyke, English rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947 Kevin Bloody Wilson [Dennis Bryant], Australian musical comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1949 Judy Dyble, British folk singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention), born in London (d. 2020)

Person of interestPeter Gabriel

1950 Peter Gabriel, English rock vocalist (Genesis, 1967-75; "In Your Eyes"), born in Surrey, England

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • 1951 Greg Fulginiti, American recording & mastering engineer, born in North Wildwood, New Jersey
  • 1952 Ed Gagliardi, American rock bassist (Foreigner - "Cold As Ice"), born in NYC, (d. 2014)
  • 1953 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2018)
  • 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"), born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Tony Butler, British musician & rock bassist (Big Country - "It's A Big Country"; "Wonderland"), born in Shepherd's Bush, London
  • 1957 Doris King, American country vocalist (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat To China"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Marc Fox, British percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • 1958 Derek Riggs, British artist (Iron Maiden album covers), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1960 Michael Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1961 Henry Rollins [Henry Lawrence Garfield], American musician and actor (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Les Warner, British musician and producer (The Cult-Fire Woman), born in Fulham, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Frederick "Freedom" Williams, American hip hop and dance music performer (C&C Music Factory - "Everybody Dance Now"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Ahlam [Ahlah Ali Al Shamsi], Bahraini singer, born in Manama, Bahrain
  • 1970 Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1971 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Person of interestRobbie Williams

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

  • 1976 Feist [Leslie Feist], Canadian singer & songwriter, born in Amherst, Canada
  • 1976 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator), born in Canada
  • 1978 Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist (My Dying Bride), born in Dundee, Scotland

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1940 Actress Lana Turner (19) marries bandleader Artie Shaw (29)

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
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 Georg Augustin Holler, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1849 Christian Rummel, German conductor and composer, dies at 61

Person of interestRichard Wagner

1883 Richard Wagner, German composer (The Ring of the Nibelung, The Flying Dutchman), dies at 69

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1896 Carl Martin Reinthaler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1917 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1952 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies at 71
  • 1959 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 70
  • 1965 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • 1966 Marguerite Long, French concert pianist (Ravel) and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1906-40), dies at 91
  • 1968 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • 1975 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 1988 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), dies of a brain aneurysm at 37
  • 1995 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 1996 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
  • 2002 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man" ), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • 2005 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), dies at 86
  • 2008 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, dies at 90
  • 2010 John Reed, British singer of Gilbert & Sullivan (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), dies at 73
  • 2015 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75