On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 16

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1854 Franz Liszt's symphony "Orpheus" premieres

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1892 Opera "Werther" by Jules Massenet premieres in Vienna

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1927 Noël Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1946 "The Duchess Misbehaves" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1947 Morton Gould's 3rd Symphony, premieres
  • 1962 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres
  • 1963 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • 1964 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1964 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
  • 1965 "Baker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 313 performances

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1968 Elvis Presley receives a gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1968 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • 1979 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"
  • 1986 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1684 Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Nymburk, Bohemia, Czech monk/composer
  • 1709 Charles Avison, English composer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1770) baptismal date
  • 1774 Pierre Rode, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (d. 1830)
  • 1790 Chretien Urhan, composer
  • 1813 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer
  • 1826 Franz von Holstein, composer
  • 1836 Benjamin Edward Woolf, Dutch composer
  • 1847 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise)
  • 1854 Oscar Fetrás [Otto Faster], German composer (Mondnacht auf der Alster), born in Hamburg, German Confederation (d. 1931)
  • 1856 Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
  • 1866 Johann Strauss III, Austrian composer and conductor (Dem Muthigen gehört die Welt), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • 1874 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (d. 1935)
  • 1878 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), born in Pori, Finland (d. 1951)
  • 1890 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer
  • 1896 Alexander Brailowsky, Russian pianist (Chopin)
  • 1901 Wayne King, Savannah Ill, saxophonist/bandleader (Waltz King)
  • 1907 Fernando Previtali, Italian composer and conductor (Rome Radio Symphony), born in Adria, Veneto (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican composer and pedagogist who made major contributions to the nacionalismo sacro movement, born in Morelia, Mexico (d. 1956)
  • 1912 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Jimmy Wakely, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • 1916 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1920 Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1921 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

Actress Vera-Ellen
  • 1922 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1925 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar master (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Peggy King, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Ken Takakura [Goichi Oda], Japanese actor and singer (Black Rain, Story of Antarctic), born in Nakama, Fukuoka (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer and animal rights activist (Silk Stockings), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Otis Blackwell, composer/singer
  • 1932 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • 1934 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)
  • 1938 John Corigliano, American composer (Fern Hill, Ghosts of Versailles), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Gabriel Brncic, composer
  • 1943 Anthony Dowell, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1945 Pete Christlieb, American jazz bebop saxophonist (Deacon Blues, Unforgettable), born Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • 1950 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • 1952 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician (Just Once), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1955 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • 1958 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960 Peter "Pete" Willis, British musician and songwriter (Def Leppard), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1961 Andy Taylor, England, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
  • 1962 Tony Kiley, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1962 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • 1970 Serdar Ortac, Turkish popstar
  • 1974 Kimberly Dawn Whipany, Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • 1975 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • 1976 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • 1979 Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • 1982 Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, American rapper
  • 1990 The Weeknd [Abel Makkonen Tesfaye], Canadian singer-songwriter (Beauty Behind the Madness), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1969 Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Deaths in Music

  • 1653 Johannes Schultz, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1803 Jan V clav Stich, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • 1823 Johann Gottfried Schict, composer, dies at 69
  • 1825 Georg Gerson, Danish composer, dies at 34
  • 1829 Francois-Joseph Gossec, Belg/Fr composer (Messe of Morts), dies at 95
  • 1864 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer, dies at 58
  • 1910 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer, dies at 75
  • 1915 Emil Waldteufel, [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies
  • 1928 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • 1944 Edmund von Borck, composer, dies at 37
  • 1963 László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, dies at 70
  • 1968 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, dies at 87
  • 1975 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • 1996 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1999 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2002 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • 2004 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), dies from emphysema at 67

Person of interestTony Sheridan

2013 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles, dies at 72

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 2015 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2019 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), dies at 98