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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams

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)
  • 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 violinist, and composer, born in Magdeburg, Kingdom of Prussia (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, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), born in Frauental, Austria (d. 1927)
  • 1855 Gustav Hollaender, German violinist, conductor, and composer, born in Leobschütz, Germany (d. 1915)
  • 1874 Emilis Melngailis, Latvian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Vidriži, Russian Empire (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Richard Würz, German composer, and music critic, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Walter Donaldson, American pianist and popular song composer ("Makin' Whoopee"; "My Blue Heaven"; My Buddy"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), born in Lodève, Hérault, France (d. 1983)
  • 1901 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, born in Lovejoy's Station, Georgia (d. 1968) [some research gives birth year as 1896]
  • 1905 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer ("Over the Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"; "Stormy Weather"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), born in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Erith, Kent, England (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Ingmar Milveden, Swedish organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Gottfrid Gräsbeck, Finnish choral director, and composer, born in Turku, Finland (d. 2010)
  • 1928 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, born in Cleethorpes, Engand (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Trygve Madsen, Norwegian pianist and composer (The Dream of the Rhinoceros; Aurora), born in Fredrikstad, Norway
  • 1941 Brian Holland, American pianist, songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave"; "Where Did Our Love Go"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942 Glyn Johns, British recording engineer and producer (Eagles; The Who; Eric Clapton), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • 1944 Michael "Mick" Avory, British rock drummer (The Kinks, 1964-84 - "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy"), born in East Molesey, Surrey
  • 1945 John Helliwell, British rock Saxophonist (Supertramp - "The Logical Song"), born in Todmorden, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1947 John Adams, American composer (Nixon In China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1947 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1949 Christopher Rouse, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Hans Graf, Austrian conductor, and educator, born in Marchtrenk, Austria
  • 1951 Melissa Manchester, American pop singer (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Hugh Padgham, English record producer and audio engineer (Phil Collins; The Police), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • 1957 Jake E Lee, American rock guitarist (Badlands, 1988-93; Ozzy Osborne, 1982-89), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1959 Alistar "Ali" Campbell, British reggae vocalist and guitarist (UB40, 1978-2008 - "Red Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England.
  • 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], American 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 rock singer (Incubus - Make Yourself), born in Van Nuys, California

Musician Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd
  • 1976 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American drummer (The Killers), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1977 Brooks Wackerman, American drummer (Bad Religion, Avenged Sevenfold), born in Long Beach, California
  • 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
  • 1980 Benedict Sheehan, American composer, and choral director (Saint Tikhon Choir), born in Franconia, New Hampshire
  • 1981 Matt Hoopes, American rock guitarist (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1981 Olivia Longott, American hip-hop and R&B singer (G-Unit), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1983 Ashley Cafagna Tesoro, American actress (Saved By The Bell:The New Class; The Bold and the Beautiful), and country and Christian singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1984 Doda [Dorota Rabczewska], Polish pop and rock singer-songwriter (Virgin; Diamond B*tch), born in Ciechanów, Poland
  • 1984 Gary Clark Jr. American blues-rock-soul singer-songwriter and guitarist (This Land; The Story of Sonny Boy Slim), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1988 Hironori Kusano, Japanese J-pop singer (NEWS), born in Yokohama, Japan

Person of interestMegan Thee Stallion

1995 Megan Thee Stallion [Pete], American rapper, singer, and songwriter ("Savage"; Good News), born in San Antonio, Texas

Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Megan Thee Stallion
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Megan Thee Stallion

Deaths in Music

  • 1621 Michael Praetorius [Schultze], German organist and composer (Syntagma; In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 49
  • 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 (Kamarinskaya; Ruslan and Ludmilla), dies at 53
  • 1885 Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer, and conductor (New York Oratorio Society; New York Symphony), 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
  • 1946 Louis "Putney" Dandridge American jazz pianist and singer (Heatin' Up Harlem), dies at 44
  • 1961 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 59

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
  • 1969 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, dies at 62
  • 1971 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • 1974 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, Swedish composer, dies at 86
  • 1979 Alex Bradford, American gospel composer and singer (Your Arms Too Short to Box with God), dies of a stroke 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 (Pulitzer Prize, 1943), and administrator (Juilliard, 1945-61; Lincoln Center, 1961-68), 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
  • 2001 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), dies at 92
  • 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-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), dies at 98
  • 2016 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004) dies at 72
  • 2021 (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), dies at 85 [1]