On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 19

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1736 George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast" premieres at the Covent Garden Theatre, London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1910 English premiere of Richard Strauss' "Elektra"

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1914 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1923 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres

Composer Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 1949 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances
  • 1964 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1973 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)
  • 1974 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
  • 1977 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band
  • 1978 "On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 1978 Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of his song "My Sweet Lord" with Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1984 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 1987 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • 1989 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 1992 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2014 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding and Arctic Monkeys win

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Birthdays in Music

  • 1616 Jacques de Saint-Luc, Flemish composer and lutenist, born in Ath (d. ca. 1710)
  • 1671 Charles-Hubert Gervais, French baroque composer, born at the Palais Royal, Paris, France (d. 1744)
  • 1743 (Ridolfo) Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer, who worked in the Spanish court, born in Lucca, Kingdom Of Italy (d. 1803)
  • 1762 Friedrich Franz Hurka, Czech tenor and composer (d. 1805)
  • 1812 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), born in Macerata (d. 1885)
  • 1841 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, born in Tortosa, Spain (d. 1922)
  • 1843 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1863 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1931)
  • 1877 Louis Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera)
  • 1880 Arthur Shepherd, American composer, born in Paris, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • 1886 George Luther Foote, composer
  • 1899 Louis "Kid Shots" Madison, American jazz cornetist (WPA Brass Band; Eureka Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1948)
  • 1902 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1906 Grace Mary Williams, Welsh composer (Penillion), born in Barry (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Hendrik W C Spruit, Dutch conductor
  • 1906 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (now Daugavpils, Latvia) (d. 1976)
  • 1911 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • 1912 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, born in Battle Creek, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), born in Chester, Wisconsin (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1921 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • 1922 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Donald Lybbert, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator (Hunter College, 1954-80), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1926 György Kurtág, Hungarian pianist, composer (Stele; Játékok), and teacher (Franz Liszt Academy, 1967-93), born in Lugoj, Romania
  • 1932 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • 1936 Bob Engemann, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1940 (William) "Smokey" Robinson, American soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"; "My Girl"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 Bobby Rogers, American soul tenor vocalist (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Carlos Roqué Alsina, French-Argentinian pianist & composer, born in Buenos Aries
  • 1941 Francisco Feliciano, Filipino conductor and composer (Pokpok Alimpako), born in Morong, Rizal, Philippines (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], American singer-songwriter ("Lightnin' Strikes"), born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Paul Dean, Canadian rock guitarist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox; Focus -"Hocus Pocus"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1946 Alexander Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (Russian Requiem; Symphony No. 7 - Quarantine), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1948 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, 1968-74, 84, 89; Firefall, 1976-79; Heart, 1982-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Tony Iommi, American rock guitarist (Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"; "Iron Man"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1949 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • 1950 Andy Powell, British rock guitarist and songwriter (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in London, England
  • 1951 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • 1954 Michael Gira, American rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Swans; Angels of Light.0, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • 1956 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • 1957 Falco [Johann "Hans" Hölzel], Austrian rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestSeal

1963 Seal [Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel], English singer-songwriter ("Crazy"; "Kiss From A Rose"; "Love's Divne"), born in London

Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
  • 1964 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1966 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"), and actor (Disorderlies), born in (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1967 Kate Radley, British keyboardist (Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space), born in England
  • 1968 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1969 Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • 1971 Gil Shaham, Israeli-American violinist, born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1975 Daniel Adair, Canadian drummer and percussionist (Nickelback; 3 Doors Down), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1977 Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
  • 1978 Immortal Technique, American rapper
  • 1979 Mariska [Anna Maria Rahikainen], Finnish rapper, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1979 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • 1981 (Mary) Beth Ditto [Patterson], American rock singer (The Gossip), and actress, born in Judsonia, Arkansas,
  • 1981 Vitas [Vitaly Grachev], Russian operatic-pop singer (Opera #2), born in Daugavpils, Latvian SSR (now Latvia)
  • 1983 Mika Nakashima, Japanese pop singer ("Glamorous Sky"; Yuki no Hama" ), and actress (Nana films) born in Hioki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1985 Haylie Duff, American actress (7th Heaven; Napoleon Dynamite), and singer-songwriter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1986 Maria Mena, Norwegian pop-folk singer-songwriter ("Hold Me"; "You're The Only One"), born in Oslo, Norway

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico

Actress Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee

Divorces in Music

Broken heartPerson of Interest

2021 Kim Kardashian West files for divorce from her third husband, Kanye West after almost seven years

TV Personality and Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality and Model
Kim Kardashian
Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

Deaths in Music

  • 1605 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1653 Luigi Rossi, Italian early baroque composer, dies at about 55
  • 1785 Johann Christoph Richter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1790 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1815 Leonhard von Call, Austrian composer, dies at 47
  • 1822 Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer, dies at 78
  • 1858 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1875 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76
  • 1894 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1923 Gerónimo Giménez, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • 1927 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), dies at 80
  • 1933 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1941 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", dies at 61
  • 1944 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1949 Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, composer, dies at 83
  • 1950 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • 1962 Albert Elkus, American composer, dies at 77
  • 1975 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • 1980 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1981 Frank Merrick, English composer, dies at 94
  • 1984 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • 1996 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), dies at 85
  • 1998 Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 2001 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), dies at 87
  • 2003 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer (Take This Job and Shove It), dies after contracting emphysema and asthma at 64
  • 2007 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • 2007 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
  • 2008 Yegor Letov, Russian songwriter and singer (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • 2008 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82
  • 2009 Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • 2009 Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • 2013 Manfred Niehaus, German composer, dies at 79
  • 2014 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • 2017 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • 2020 Pop Smoke [Bashar Barakah Jackson], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon), shot and killed in a home invasion at 20