On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Dmitri Shostakovich' "Song of the Woods" premieres in Leningrad

  • 1964 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 John Lennon passes his driving test

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1979 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
  • 1979 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show

Film release premierFilm Release

1996 Tamil romantic comedy film "Poove Unakkaga" released directed by Vikraman, starring Sangita and Vijay in his breakthrough role

Actor and Singer Vijay
Actor and Singer

Music awardsGrammy Awards

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

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1557 Alfonso Fontanelli, Italian composer (Ferrara school), born in Reggio nell'Emilia (d. 1622)
  • 1571 Michael Praetorius, Kreuzberg Germany, composer (Syntagma music)
  • 1740 Ernst Eichner, German composer and bassoonist, born in Arolsen (d. 1777)
  • 1760 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, French composer during the revolution, born in Drucat-Plessiel, France (d. 1837)
  • 1783 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, Bavarian composer, born in Rattiszell, Bavaria (d. 1865)
  • 1789 Friedrich Fesca, German composer and violinist, born in Magdeburg (d, 1826)
  • 1797 Heinrich [Henry] Engelhard Steinway, German American piano maker (Steinway & Sons), born in Wolfshagen im Harz, Duchy of Brunswick (d. 1871)
  • 1807 Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, Polish composer, born in Romanów, Russian Empire (d. 1867)
  • 1822 Theodor Uhlig, German composer and violinist, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1853)
  • 1847 Robert Fuchs, composer
  • 1855 Gustav Hollaender, composer
  • 1874 Emilis Melngailis, Latvian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Vidriži, Russian Empire (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Richard Wurz, composer
  • 1893 Walter Donaldson, US pianist/composer (Girl Crazy, Whoopee)
  • 1899 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), born Lodève, Hérault (d. 1983)
  • 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, American pianist, songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944 Michael "Mick" Avory, British rock drummer (The Kinks), born in East Molesey, Surrey
  • 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, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
  • 1951 Melissa Manchester, vocalist (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Hugh Padgham. English record producer and audio engineer (No Jacket Required, In the Air Tonight, Every Breath You Take), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • 1957 Jake E Lee, rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • 1959 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1960 Mikey Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1967 Jane Child, Canadian musician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1969 Birdman [Bryan Williams], US record executive and rapper, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970 Gloria Trevi, Mexican singer and songwriter (Que Hago Aqui?), born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • 1974 Mr Lordi [Tomi Petteri Putaansuu], Finnish singer (Lordi), born in Rovaniemi, Finland

Person of interestBrandon Boyd

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

Musician Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd
  • 1976 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1977 Brooks Wackerman, American musician (Bad Religion, Avenged Sevenfold)
  • 1978 Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1981 Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1981 Olivia Longott, American singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1983 Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1984 Doda [Dorota Rabczewska], Polish musical artist (Virgin), born in Ciechanów, Poland
  • 1984 Gary Clark Jr. American musician (The Land), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1988 Hironori Kusano, Japanese singer (NEWS), born in Yokohama, Japan

Deaths in Music

  • 1621 Michael Praetorius, German composer (In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 50
  • 1701 Adam Drese, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1744 František Václav Míča, Czech conductor and composer, dies at 49
  • 1761 Carlo Cecere, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1778 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1832 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, German-Danish composer, dies at 85
  • 1857 Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer ("Ruslan and Ludmilla"), dies at 53
  • 1885 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, dies at 52
  • 1910 Albert Fuchs, Swiss-German composer, dies at 51
  • 1916 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer, dies at 73
  • 1918 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, dies at 30
  • 1921 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60
  • 1924 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62
  • 1942 Guido Adler, Bohemian-Austrian musicologist (Still in the Music), dies at 91
  • 1942 Stanislav Binički, Serbian composer, dies at 69
  • 1943 William Victor Harris, American 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 interestNat King Cole

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

Musician Nat King Cole
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, Swedish 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 composer and conductor, dies at 54
  • 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
  • 1996 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1998 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • 1999 Big L [Lamont Coleman], American rapper (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous), murdered at 24 after being shot 9 times in the face and chest in a drive-by shooting
  • 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)
  • 2010 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89
  • 2010 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • 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
  • 2016 George Gaynes, Dutch-American singer, actor and voice artist (Tootsie, Police Academy, General Hospital), dies at 98