On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 14

Events in Music

  • 1918 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 "Respect" single recorded by Aretha Franklin (Billboard Song of the Year 1967)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1970 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • 1972 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway at the Eden Theatre

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

OlympicsOlympic Games

1984 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill
Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

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)

  • 1991 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances
  • 2019 Singer Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct towards younger upcoming female singers in a report by "The New York Times"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1513 Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Italian composer & singer of the Renaissance, born in Bologna (d. 1574)
  • 1572 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet
  • 1602 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, born in Crema, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1676)
  • 1670 Georg Gabriel Schutz, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1716)
  • 1679 Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, German composer, born in Ostramondra, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1735)
  • 1778 Fernando Sor, Spanish composer, baptized in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1839)
  • 1813 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, born in Troitsko village, Tula, Russia (d. 1869)
  • 1858 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, born in Brookfield, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • 1880 Aida Overton Walker, African-American dancer & singer (In Dahomey, Salome), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1914)
  • 1880 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, born in Hackney, London (d. 1956)
  • 1882 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist & composer, born in Podgórze, Kraków, Austrian Poland (d. 1948)
  • 1892 Nikolaj A. Orloff, Russian-British pianist (Chopin), born in Yelets, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1897 Jørgen Bentzon, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor & composer (Bruckner Medal), born in Sušak, Croatia (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Fred Scott, American vocalist & actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)
  • 1915 Irving Gordon, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Wawrzyniec Żuławski, Polish composer, born in Zakopane, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1921 Jeanne Demessieux, French organist and composer (Te Deum), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1968)
  • 1922 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1924 Arghyris Kounadis, Greek composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Phyllis McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Andrey Mikhaylovich Volkonsky, Russian composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Bertram Turetzky, American classical, jazz, klezmer double bassist, composer, pedagogue, and author (The Contemporary Contrabass) born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 1934 Florence Henderson, American actress (The Brady Bunch - "Carol"), and singer, born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor (founded L’Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, 1961), born in Marsens, Switzerland
  • 1937 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), born in Granada County, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • 1939 Chris Pyne, trombonist
  • 1943 Eric Anderson, American vocalist (Avalanche, Be True to You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Maceo Parker, American tenor saxophonist (James Brown; Parliament-Funkadelic, King's One, Mo' Roots), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1945 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1951 Sylvain Sylvain [Mizrahi], Egyptian-American rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2021)
  • 1953 Wayne Siegel, composer
  • 1953 Carmine Rojas, American composer, musical director and bass guitarist (David Bowie, Joe Bonamassa), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1957 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano, born in Posio, Finland
  • 1959 Renée Fleming, American opera singer & soprano, born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Latifa, Tunisian singer, born in Manouba, Tunisia
  • 1963 D'Wayne Wiggins, American musician (Tony! Toni! Tone!), born in Oakland, California
  • 1964 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing", English musician (The Wonder Stuff), born in Stourbridge, West Midlands (d. 1993)
  • 1971 Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan

Person of interestRob Thomas

1972 Rob Thomas, American singer (Matchbox Twenty), born in Landstuhl, West Germany

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
  • 1974 Filippa Giordano, Italian singer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1976 Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes), born in Stavanger, Norway
  • 1977 Nathan Osmond, American vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Utah
  • 1978 Dwele [Andwele Gardner], American soul singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1983 Rhydian Roberts, Welsh Singer (X Factor runner up), born in Sennybridge, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Heart Evangelista, Filipina singer & actress, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1985 Miki Yeung, Hong Kong singer & actress, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1987 Julia Savicheva, Russian singer, born in Kurgan, Russia
  • 1988 Asia Nitollano, American dancer (Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll winner), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1988 Quentin Mosimann, Swiss DJ & music producer, born in Geneva, Switzerland

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1978 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 British singer Elton John (36) marries Renate Blauel at Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia; divorce in 1988

Singer Elton John
Elton John

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis; divorce in 1999

  • 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 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (40) divorces belly dancer Mayte Garcia (25) after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1681 Francesco Nigetti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1760 François Colin de Blamont, French 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, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1901 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1908 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1937 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), dies at 62
  • 1943 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), dies in Auschwitz concentration camp at 43
  • 1955 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), dies at 77
  • 1959 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, dies at 60
  • 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
  • 1986 Edmund Rubbra, English composer (Morning Watch), dies after a stroke at 86
  • 1987 Bola Sete, Brazilian guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1988 Frederick Loewe [Friedrich Löwe], Austrian-born American composer (My Fair Lady, Camelot), dies at 86
  • 1989 Vincent Crane [Cheesman], British rock Hammond organist, and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), dies of deliberate painkiller overdose at 45
  • 1990 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • 1991 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), dies at 68
  • 1993 Buddy Pepper, composer, dies of heart failure at 70
  • 1994 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • 1996 Taiguara [Chalar da Silva], Brazilian singer and songwriter, dies at 50
  • 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, dies at 80
  • 2007 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 84
  • 2010 Doug Fieger, American singer–songwriter (The Knack - "My Sharona"), dies of cancer at 57
  • 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