On This Day in Music for February 17

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1859 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1916 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1932 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1955 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • 1956 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • 1962 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
  • 1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"

Music releaseMusic Recording

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1976 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule

Music releaseMusic Single

2004 "If I Ain't Got You" single released by Alicia Keys (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys

Birthdays in Music

  • 1444 Rudolf Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
  • 1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Fusignano Italy, violinist/comp (Concerto Grossi)
  • 1667 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, born in Hamburg (d. 1720) baptismal date
  • 1675 Johann Melchior Conradi, composer
  • 1696 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, composer, born in Breslau Silesia
  • 1697 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer
  • 1747 Narciso Casanovas, composer
  • 1754 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1792)
  • 1796 Giovanni Pacini, composer
  • 1816 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer
  • 1820 Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)
  • 1821 Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
  • 1831 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer
  • 1850 Anton Urspruch, composer
  • 1850 Ludwig Bonvin, composer
  • 1858 Ernest Ford, English composer, born in Warminster, Wiltshire (d. 1919)
  • 1862 Edward German (Jones), Whitchurch Shropshire, British composer
  • 1882 Kurt Schindler, composer
  • 1887 Leevi Antti Madetoja, composer
  • 1906 Ramon Tapales, composer
  • 1907 Alec Wilder, composer (1973 ASCAP award), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1909 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • 1913 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav composer, born in Sarajevo (d. 2009)
  • 1913 Rene Leibowitz, composer
  • 1915 Homer Keller, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Paul Fetler, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • 1924 Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
  • 1925 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Friedrich Cerha, composer
  • 1926 Lee Hoiby, composer (1957 Arts & Letters), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1928 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer
  • 1930 Usko Merilainen, composer
  • 1932 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1933 Bobby Lewis, singer (Tossin' & Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1935 Johnny Bush, country singer
  • 1937 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • 1939 John Leyton, British singer
  • 1941 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1944 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer
  • 1947 Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist (Clown)
  • 1948 José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • 1949 Fred Frith, English guitarist/violinist/bassist (Skeleton Crew)
  • 1950 Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
  • 1957 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
  • 1962 David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter (Triffids)
  • 1962 Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • 1963 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)
  • 1966 Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • 1966 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
  • 1966 Michael Lepond, American musician
  • 1967 Chanté Moore, American singer
  • 1968 Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist (Pestilence, Consuming Impulse)
  • 1970 Tim Mahoney, American musician (311)
  • 1971 Martyn Bennett, Canadian composer (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1972 Billie Joe Armstrong, singer/musician (Green Day), born in Oakland, California

  • 1972 Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters)
  • 1972 Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)
  • 1974 Kaoru, Japanese musician
  • 1974 Bryan White, American singer
  • 1975 Wish Bone, American rapper
  • 1975 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • 1982 Lupe Fiasco, American rapper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991 Ed Sheeran, English singer-songwriter (Shape of You, Thinking Out Loud), born in Halifax, England

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
  • 1992 Meaghan Jette Martin, American child actress and singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1989 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen

Deaths in Music

  • 1652 Gregorio Allegri, Italian singer/composer (Miserere), dies at about 67
  • 1654 Michael Lohr, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1732 Louis Marchand, composer, dies at 63
  • 1815 Franz Gotz, Bohemian composer, dies at 59
  • 1841 Ferdinando Carulli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1856 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, dies at 81
  • 1883 Napoleon Coste, composer, dies at 76
  • 1901 Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, composer, dies at 38
  • 1903 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, dies at 61
  • 1924 Oskar Merikanto, composer, dies at 55
  • 1933 Henri[cus A] Viotta, Dutch composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84
  • 1939 Willy Hess, German violinist, dies at 79
  • 1943 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1951 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 94
  • 1955 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • 1962 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1970 Alfred Newman, US composer, dies at 69
  • 1972 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67
  • 1980 Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • 1982 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1995 Jan Bart Klaster, music editor (The Slogan), dies at 50
  • 1995 Uta Graf, singer/teacher, dies at 80
  • 1996 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • 1998 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican musician (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills), dies at 58
  • 2007 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2013 Mindy McCready, American country singer, commits suicide by gunshot at 37
  • 2014 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61