On This Day in Music for February 20

Events in Music

  • 1917 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" opens at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 463 performances
  • 1934 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre, NYC
  • 1940 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
  • 1959 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle; fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing
  • 1965 Beatles record "That Means A Lot"; unhappy with the results, it was given to P.J. Proby to record, the Beatles version was unreleased until 1996 on Anthology 2
  • 1977 Revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady" closes at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 377 performances
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Weddings in Music

  • 2016 American R&B singer Ne-Yo (36) weds Crystal Renay Williams in Los Angeles
  • 2016 Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams (27) weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee

Divorces in Music

  • 1974 American singer and actress Cher (27) files for separation from husband singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (38)
  • 2007 "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (34) divorces rocker Dave Navarro (39) due to irreconcilable differences after less than three years of marriage

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Musicians Who Died on Feb 20

  • 1626 John Dowland, British (or Irish?) Renaissance lutenist, singer, and composer ("I saw my Lady weepe"; "Flow My Tears"), dies and is buried at 63
  • 1628 Gregor Aichinger, German composer and organist, dies at about 63
  • 1731 Friederich Karl Erbach, German composer, dies at 50
  • 1786 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 70
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