On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 20

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1724 George Frideric Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" premieres at the King's Theatre in Haymarket, London

  • 1816 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
  • 1917 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in New York
  • 1934 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC
  • 1940 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle. He is fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1965 Beatles record "That Means a Lot"
  • 1977 "My Fair Lady" closes at St James Theater NYC after 384 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1978 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
  • 1979 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1991 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 78 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1991 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • 1992 "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 1997 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Birthdays in Music

  • 1734 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer
  • 1745 Johann Peter Salomon, composer
  • 1752 Charles Broche, composer
  • 1763 Adalbert Gyrowetz, composer, born in České Budějovice Bohemia
  • 1770 Ferdinando Carulli, composer
  • 1791 Carl Czerny, pianist/composer (Schule der Virtuosen), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1802 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer
  • 1803 Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, composer
  • 1816 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer
  • 1854 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1874 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • 1876 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, born in Kharkiv Drapeau, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • 1887 David McKinley Williams, composer
  • 1889 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer
  • 1899 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)
  • 1900 Antonio Veretti, composer
  • 1903 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, born in Czestochowa (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Nadine Conner, California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute)
  • 1911 Robert Guyn McBride, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1913 Jozef Kresanek, composer
  • 1916 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), born in Čepolė, Lithuania (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1921 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1937 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • 1940 Barbara Ellis, American rocker (Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1940 Christoph Eschenbach, German-born pianist and conductor, born in Breslau, Germany
  • 1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • 1942 Charlie Gillett, Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City)
  • 1944 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Alan Hull, singer/composer
  • 1946 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • 1948 Billy Zoom, American guitarist (X), born in Savanna, Illinois

Person of interestWalter Becker

1950 Walter Becker, American rock bassist and record producer (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • 1951 Kathy Baillie, country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1951 Randy [Wolfe] California, American guitarist (Spirit), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1953 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orchestra), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1953 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • 1954 Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)
  • 1960 Kee Marcello [Kjell Hilding Löfbom], Swedish rock musician and singer (Europe-Final Countdown, Easy Action), born in Ludvika, Sweden
  • 1962 Joel Ellis, American rocker (Heavy Bones)
  • 1963 Ian Brown, English rock vocalist (Stone Roses-Made of Stone)
  • 1964 Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]

Person of interestKurt Cobain

1967 Kurt Cobain, American rock vocalist (Nirvana), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • 1972 K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper
  • 1975 Brian Littrell, singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1976 Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
  • 1977 Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer (Zaman), born in Kfarfila, Lebanon
  • 1985 Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)

Person of interestRihanna

1988 Rihanna [Robyn Rihanna Fenty], Barbadian singer-songwriter (Umbrella, We Found Love, Diamonds), born in Saint Michael, Barbados

Singer Rihanna
  • 1996 Mabel [Mabel McVey], English singer-songwriter (Finders Keepers), born in Málaga , Spain

Weddings in Music

  • 2016 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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Baywatch actress Carmen Electra (34) divorces rocker Dave Navarro (39) due to irreconcilable differences after less than three years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1626 John Dowland, composer, dies
  • 1628 Gregor Aichinger, German composer/organist, dies at about 63
  • 1731 Frederich Karl Erbach, composer, dies at 50
  • 1786 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1809 Johann Joseph Emmert, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1810 Johann Friedrich Kranz, composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Martin de Ron, composer, dies at 27
  • 1845 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer, dies at 57
  • 1851 Josef Alois Ladurner, composer, dies at 81
  • 1904 Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, dies at 83
  • 1911 Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, composer, dies at 56
  • 1911 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer, dies at 76
  • 1941 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1942 Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • 1946 Hugh Allen, musician, dies
  • 1951 Howard Brockway, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1959 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • 1961 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/American composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • 1963 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, dies at 48
  • 1963 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • 1969 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • 1970 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • 1972 Herbert Menges, English composer, dies at 69
  • 1974 David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, dies at 85
  • 1975 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • 1984 Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer (Azerbaijan Capriccio, Shur), dies at 61
  • 1986 Francisco Mignone, Brazilian composer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Ivan Brkanović, Croatian composer (Triptych - Funeral Folk Rite), dies at 80
  • 1996 Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko), dies at 65
  • 1997 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1999 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, dies at 80
  • 2003 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • 2004 J. J. Malone, American soul singer (It's a shame), dies at 68
  • 2005 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), dies rom complications due of pneumonia at 88
  • 2005 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • 2019 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), dies at 91