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

  • 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

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
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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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, 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 composer, cellist (Minuet)
  • 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 composer 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
  • 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
  • 1911 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • 1912 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Alvin Derold Etler, composer
  • 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)
  • 1923 Donald Lybbert, composer
  • 1925 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Gyorgy Kurtag, Hungarian composer (Stele), 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 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Carlos Roqué Alsina, French-Argentinian pianist & composer, born in Buenos Aries
  • 1943 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again), born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania
  • 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 [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 (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, born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 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 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, 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, composer, 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 singer (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 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 song writer 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