On This Day in Music for February 14

Events in Music

  • 1918 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC
  • 1970 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1979 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • 1980 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • 1982 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall

Music releaseAlbum Release

1985 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1991 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1513 Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Italian composer
  • 1572 Hans Christoph Haiden, composer
  • 1602 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer
  • 1670 Georg Gabriel Schutz, German composer
  • 1679 Georg Friedrich Kauffman, composer
  • 1778 Fernando Sor, Spanish composer (d. 1839)
  • 1813 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, composer
  • 1858 Charles Beach Hawley, composer
  • 1880 Aida Overton Walker, US dancer/singer (In Dahomey, Salome)
  • 1880 Edgar Leslie Bainton, composer
  • 1882 Ignaz Friedman, composer
  • 1892 Nikolaj A Orloff, Russian/British pianist (Chopin)
  • 1897 Jorgen Bentzon, composer
  • 1899 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), born in Sušak, Croatia (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Valentin Ruiz Azner, composer
  • 1915 Irving Gordon, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer (d. 1957)
  • 1921 Jeanne Demessieux, composer
  • 1922 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle)
  • 1924 Arghyris Kounadis, composer
  • 1925 Elliot Lawrence, orchestra leader (Guide Right, Howard Cosell), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1933 Andrey Mikhaylovich Volkonsky, composer
  • 1933 Bertram Jay Turetzky, composer
  • 1934 Florence Henderson, actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor
  • 1937 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • 1939 Chris Pyne, trombonist
  • 1943 Eric Anderson, vocalist (Avalanche, Be True to You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Maceo Parker, US tenor saxophonist (King's One, Mo' Roots)
  • 1945 Gregory Hines, American actor/dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Vic Briggs, England, rocker (Animals)
  • 1947 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • 1948 Wally Tax, Dutch guitarist
  • 1949 Jimmy Randell, rocker
  • 1950 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • 1950 Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • 1951 Michael Doucet, singer/musician (Beausoleil)
  • 1953 Wayne Siegel, composer
  • 1957 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano
  • 1959 Renée Fleming, American soprano
  • 1961 Latifa, Tunisian singer
  • 1963 D'Wayne Wiggins, singer (Tony! Toni! Tone!)
  • 1964 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), born in Stourbridge, West Midlands (d. 1993)
  • 1971 Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer
  • 1972 Mayne One, rocker (Young Nation)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1972 Rob Thomas, American lead singer of pop band Matchbox Twenty, born in Landstuhl, West Germany

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rocker
Rob Thomas
  • 1974 Filippa Giordano, Italian singer
  • 1976 Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes)
  • 1977 Nathan Osmond, Utah, vocalist (Osmond Boys)
  • 1978 Dwele, American R&B/Soul singer
  • 1983 Rhydian Roberts, Welsh Singer, X factor Runner Up
  • 1985 Heart Evangelista, Filipina singer, TV and movie actress
  • 1985 Miki Yeung, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1987 Julia Savicheva, Russian singer
  • 1988 Asia Nitollano, American dancer, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll winner
  • 1988 Quentin Mosimann, Swiss singer, winner of Star Academy France 7

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1978 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller

HeartWedding of Interest

1984 Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • 1994 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1996 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis

  • 2008 Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London
  • 2015 Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (38) weds opera director Sophie Hunter (36) at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone, England

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1999 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (40) divorces belly dancer Mayte Garcia (25) after 2 years of marriage


Deaths in Music

  • 1681 Francesco Nigetti, composer, dies at 77
  • 1760 Francois Collin de Blamont, composer, dies at 69
  • 1790 Capel Bond, composer, dies at 59
  • 1841 Antun Sorkocevic, composer, dies at 65
  • 1857 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
  • 1873 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, composer, dies at 52
  • 1901 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1908 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1937 Erkki Gustav Melartin, composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Dora Gerson, German actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (b. 1899)
  • 1955 Charles Cuvillier, composer, dies at 77
  • 1959 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • 1965 Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht, French composer/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1972 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Dike), dies at 65
  • 1980 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • 1982 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), dies at 79
  • 1987 Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1988 Frederick Loewe [Friedrich Löwe], Austrian-born American composer (My Fair Lady, Camelot), dies at 86
  • 1990 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • 1993 Buddy Pepper, composer, dies of heart failure at 70
  • 1994 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • 1998 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1999 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • 2006 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • 2006 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)
  • 2011 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • 2012 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2016 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 66