On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 18

Events in Music

  • 1735 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1902 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1902 Jules Massenet's opera "Le jongleur de Notre-Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1906 Vincent d'Indy's "Jour D'été à La Montagne" premieres in Paris

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy
  • 1927 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Simple Simon" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
  • 1947 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone" premieres in NYC
  • 1950 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • 1965 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 72 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Music awardsMusic Awards

1975 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

Music releaseMusic Single

1977 George Harrison releases music single "True Love", from his "33-1/3" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1977 American rock band KISS play their first concert in their hometown venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • 1980 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)

Music releaseMusic Single

1989 "A Better Man" single released by Clint Black (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in "La bohème" at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
  • 2020 40th Brit Awards: Best Album "Psychodrama" by Dave, Best, Song of the Year "Someone you Loved" Lewis Capaldi

Birthdays in Music

  • 1632 Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian composer, born in Bologna
  • 1716 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, born in Geneva (d. 1783)
  • 1751 Karl Haack, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1819)
  • 1770 Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer
  • 1771 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe
  • 1776 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, born in Denbigh (d. 1851)
  • 1819 Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer
  • 1841 Samuel Prowse Warren, Canadian organist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1850 George Henschel, composer
  • 1880 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
  • 1914 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), born in Abrams, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Marcel Landowski, French composer (Un enfant appelle), born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Agustín González García, Spanish composer (Prince of Viana Prize), born in Alsasua, Navarra
  • 1929 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist & composer (Concerto de Québec), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1968)
  • 1931 Dieter Schonbach, composer
  • 1933 Elly Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano

Person of interestYoko Ono

1933 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs. John Lennon], Japanese artist, poet, and singer, born in Tokyo, Empire of Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1934 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Aldo Ceccato, Italian conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1934 Bobby Taylor, American singer & producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, born in Bjelovar (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Sergei Cortez, Chilean-Belarusian composer (Jubilee and The Bear; Giordano Bruno), born in San Antonio, Chile (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Alan Johnson, American screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Marlos Nobre, composer
  • 1939 Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
  • 1939 Bobby Hart [Harshman], American pop songwriter ("I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone"; "Last Train To Clarksville") and singer (Boyce & Hart - "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1940 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1941 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician (Cupid's Arrow), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1982)
  • 1941 Herb Santiago, American pop vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love")
  • 1941 Irma Thomas [Lee], American R&B and soul vocalist (It's Raining), born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  • 1946 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage; Great Speckled Bird), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Dennis De Young, American rock vocalist (Styx, 1970-99 - "Come Sail Away"; "Babe"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1952 (Judy) "Juice" Newton, American pop and country singer-songwriter ("Queen of Hearts'), born in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 1953 Derek Pellicci, English-born Australian rock drummer (Little River Band - "Help Is On The Way"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Robin "Robbie" Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"; "Takin' Care Of Business"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Person of interestJohn Travolta

1954 John Travolta, American actor (Welcome Back, Kotter; Saturday Night Fever; Pulp Fiction), and singer (Grease - "You're The One That I Want"), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1956 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer, born in Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1958 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1964 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers), born in Manchester, England

Person of interestDr. Dre

1965 Dr. Dre [Andre Romelle Young], American rapper & record producer (Still D.R.E., The Next Episode), born in Compton, California

Rapper and Record Producer Dr. Dre
Rapper and Record Producer
Dr. Dre
  • 1970 Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1977 Sean Watkins, American guitarist, mandolin player, and songwriter (Nickel Creek), born in Vista, California
  • 1977 Gordon Grdina, Canadian jazz guitarist and oud player (Nomad Trio), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980 Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter (Begin To Hope), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1981 Kamasi Washington, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1982 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1983 Juelz Santana, American rapper, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1984 Buddy Nielsen, American singer (Senses Fail), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1994 J-Hope [Jung Ho-seok] South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Gwangju, South Korea,

Deaths in Music

  • 1745 Nicola Fago, Italian baroque composer, dies at 67
  • 1790 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, German composer and violinist, dies at 67
  • 1799 Maurus Haberhauer, Czech composer, dies at 52
  • 1829 Jan Krtitel Kuchar, composer, dies at 77
  • 1833 Georg Johann Schinn, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1833 Ignac Ruzitska, Austrian composer, dies at 55
  • 1846 Giovanni Liverati, Italian composer, dies at 73
  • 1885 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Ludwig Bonvin, composer, dies at 89
  • 1956 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • 1959 Alfred Alessandrescu, Romanian composer, dies at 65
  • 1959 Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1959 Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • 1966 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • 1967 Manuel Palau Boix, composer, dies at 74
  • 1980 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1985 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), dies at 58
  • 1987 Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
  • 1993 Patrick Waite, British reggae-rock bassist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), dies of heart defect at 24
  • 1995 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), dies of lymphoma at 51
  • 1995 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 1995 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), dies of organ failure at 35
  • 1997 Eric Fenby, English composer and president (Delius Society), dies at 90
  • 2009 (Fird) "Snooks" Eaglin, American blues and R&B guitarist and singer, dies at 72
  • 2013 Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), dies at 68
  • 2013 Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations-My Girl) dies from prostate cancer at 62
  • 2014 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, dies at 99
  • 2015 Willie C. Jackson, American doo wop baritone vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies at 79
  • 2021 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper and songwriter (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"; "Wipe-Out"), and actor (Disorderlies), dies at 52 [1]