On This Day in Music for February 15

Events in Music

  • 1686 Jean Baptiste Lully's opera "Armide" premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Recording

1941 Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1947 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1958 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • 1964 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • 1979 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
  • 1979 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show

Music awardsMusic Awards

2016 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Birthdays in Music

  • 1557 Alfonso Fontanelli, composer
  • 1571 Michael Praetorius, Kreuzberg Germany, composer (Syntagma music)
  • 1740 Ernst Eichner, composer
  • 1760 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, composer
  • 1783 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, composer
  • 1789 Friedrich Fesca, composer
  • 1807 Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, composer
  • 1822 Theodor Uhlig, composer
  • 1847 Robert Fuchs, composer
  • 1855 Gustav Hollaender, composer
  • 1874 Emilis Melngailis, composer
  • 1885 Richard Wurz, composer
  • 1893 Walter Donaldson, US pianist/composer (Girl Crazy, Whoopee)
  • 1899 Georges Auric, Lodve France, Composer
  • 1905 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer (Over the Rainbow), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Jean Langlais, composer
  • 1920 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish composer (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Gottfrid Grasbeck, composer
  • 1937 Zoltan Pesko, composer
  • 1941 Brian Holland, US pianist/producer (Holland/Dozier/Holland)
  • 1944 Mick Avory, rock drummer (Kinks-Lola)
  • 1945 John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
  • 1947 John Adams, composer (Nixon in China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1947 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana) (d. 2000)
  • 1949 Christopher Rouse, composer
  • 1949 Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
  • 1951 Melissa Manchester, vocalist (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1957 Jake E Lee, rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • 1959 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1960 Mikey Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
  • 1967 Jane Child, Canadian musician
  • 1968 Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter
  • 1969 Bryan Williams, American record executive and rapper
  • 1970 Gloria Trevi, Mexican singer-songwriter (Que Hago Aqui?), born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • 1974 Tomi Putaansuu, Finnish singer (Lordi)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1976 Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus), born in Van Nuys, California

Musician Brandon Boyd
Musician
Brandon Boyd
  • 1976 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
  • 1977 Brooks Wackerman, American musician (Bad Religion)
  • 1978 Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
  • 1980 Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
  • 1981 Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)
  • 1981 Olivia Longott, American singer
  • 1983 Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer
  • 1984 Dorota Rabczewska, Polish singer (Virgin)

Deaths in Music

  • 1621 Michael Praetorius, German composer (In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 50
  • 1701 Adam Drese, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1744 Frantisek Antonin Mica, composer, dies at 49
  • 1761 Carlo Cecere, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1778 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1832 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, composer, dies at 85
  • 1857 Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer ("Ruslan and Ludmilla"), dies at 53
  • 1885 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • 1887 Alexander Borodin, composer, dies
  • 1910 Albert Fuchs, composer, dies at 51
  • 1916 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer, dies at 73
  • 1921 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60
  • 1924 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62
  • 1942 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist, dies at 91
  • 1942 Stanislav Binicki, composer, dies at 69
  • 1943 William Victor Harris, composer, dies at 73
  • 1961 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 59
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965 Nat King Cole, American singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies of cancer at 49

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • 1968 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • 1971 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • 1974 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer, dies at 86
  • 1979 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • 1981 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • 1981 Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • 1981 Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 1984 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • 1987 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • 1987 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • 1988 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies
  • 1992 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), dies at 81
  • 1993 George Wallington, [Giacinto Figlia], Italian bebop-pianist/, dies
  • 1998 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • 1999 Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • 1999 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, dies at 86
  • 2005 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • 2016 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57