On This Day in Music for February 19

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1736 George Frideric Handel's "Alexander's Feast" premieres

  • 1914 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin
  • 1923 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres
  • 1942 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"
  • 1949 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances
  • 1964 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US

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1971 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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

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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
Singer-Songwriter
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

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Birthdays in Music

  • 1616 Jacques de Saint-Luc, composer
  • 1671 Charles-Hubert Gervais, composer
  • 1687 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, born in Alsfeld, Hessen (d. 1733)
  • 1743 [Ridolfo] Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, cellist (Minuet)
  • 1762 Friedrich Franz Hurka, composer
  • 1812 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), born in Macerata (d. 1885)
  • 1841 Felipe Pedrell, composer
  • 1843 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1863 Emanuel Moor, composer
  • 1877 Louis Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera)
  • 1880 Arthur Shepherd, composer
  • 1881 Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • 1886 George Luther Foote, composer
  • 1902 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1906 Grace Mary Williams, composer
  • 1906 Hendrik W C Spruit, Dutch conductor
  • 1911 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • 1912 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Alvin Derold Etler, composer
  • 1921 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • 1922 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Donald Lybbert, composer
  • 1925 Jindrich Feld, composer
  • 1926 Gyorgy Kurtag, composer
  • 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 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Carlos Roque Alsina, composer
  • 1943 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again)
  • 1946 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox)
  • 1948 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Tony Iommi, rock guitarist (Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Iron Man)
  • 1949 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • 1950 Andy Powell, rocker (Wishbone Ash)
  • 1954 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • 1954 Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • 1956 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • 1956 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • 1957 Falco, [John Hoelcel], rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus)
  • 1957 Johann Hoelzel Falco, musician

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1963 Seal, English singer-songwriter (Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose), born in London

Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal
  • 1964 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1966 Prince Markie D, [Mark Morale], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
  • 1968 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1969 Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • 1971 Gil Shaham, Israeli/American violinist
  • 1977 Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
  • 1978 Immortal Technique, American rapper
  • 1979 Mariska, Finnish rapper
  • 1979 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • 1981 Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
  • 1981 Vitas, Russian singer
  • 1981 Daniel Letterle, American Actor and Singer
  • 1983 Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
  • 1985 Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
  • 1986 Maria Mena, Norwegian singer

Weddings in Music

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1605 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, composer, dies at 54
  • 1653 Luigi Rossi, composer, dies
  • 1785 Johann Christoph Richter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1790 Jean-Baptiste Krumphultz, composer, dies at 47
  • 1815 Leonhard von Call, composer, dies at 47
  • 1822 Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, composer, dies at 78
  • 1858 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, composer, dies at 78
  • 1894 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1923 Jeronimo Gimenez y Bellido, composer, dies at 68
  • 1927 Robert Fuchs, composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1941 Hamilton Hamilton Harty, composer/conductor, 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, US singer, dies at 82
  • 1962 Albert Israel Elkus, 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 Merrik, composer, dies at 94
  • 1984 Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • 2001 Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • 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)
  • 2014 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • 2017 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73