On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 21

Events in Music

  • 1911 Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto, Berceuse élégiaque, in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1920 Darius Milhaud & Jean Cocteau's ballet, premieres in Paris

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud
  • 1923 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London
  • 1927 Franz Lehár's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • 1958 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1964 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US

Music releaseAlbum Release

1975 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1976 "Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1982 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 1604 performances
  • 1982 "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1990 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1990 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 2001 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins

Birthdays in Music

  • 1556 Sethus Calvisius, composer
  • 1674 Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer
  • 1690 Christoph Stoltzenberg, composer
  • 1776 Vincenzo Lavigna, composer
  • 1795 Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer
  • 1801 Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, Bohemian violinist, and composer, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1866)
  • 1814 Nicolo Gabrielli, composer
  • 1821 Charles Scribner, American music publisher (Scribner Catalog)
  • 1831 Eduard Rappoldi, composer
  • 1836 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia; Sylvia; Le roi l'a dit; Lakmé), born in Saint-Germain-du-Val, France (d. 1891)
  • 1844 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), born in Lyon, France (d. 1937)
  • 1861 Pierre de Bréville, French composer, author and professor (Une histoire du théâtre lyrique en France), born in Bar-le-Duc, Meuse (d. 1949)
  • 1867 Otto Hermann Kahn, German-American banker and patron of the arts, organized Metropolitan Opera Company, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1878 Fritz Cortolezis, German conductor, opera director, and composer, born in Passau, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1893 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, born in Linares, Spain (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • 1902 Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • 1903 Eric Fogg, English composer, born in Manchester (d. 1939)
  • 1904 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1909 George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • 1910 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), born in Macomb, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • 1917 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me In St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), born in in Dubroŭna, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer (Kaléidoscope), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • 1929 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)

Person of interestNina Simone

1933 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1939 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • 1939 Ron Nagle, American sculptor, and songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Duncan Swift, British jazz stride pianist, born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1949 Jerry Harrison, American rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), and record producer (Kenny Wayne Shepherd; The String Cheese Incident), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1951 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1952 Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • 1958 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, American country-pop singer-songwriter ("This Shirt"; "Shut Up And Kiss Me"), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1958 Steve Nieve [Nason], British session and touring keyboard player and composer (Elvis Costello), born in Bishop’s Stortford, England
  • 1959 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • 1960 Steve Wynn, American singer-songwriter (The Dream Syndicate), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2019)
  • 1966 Wendy James, English vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in London, England
  • 1967 Michael Ward, American rock guitarist (John Hiatt, 1993-94; The Wallflowers, 1996-2001 - "One Headlight"; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, 2007-16), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • 1969 Eric Wilson, American musician, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Corey Harris, American blues & reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1971 Randy Blythe, American musician, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1972 Seo Taiji, Korean musician, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1972 Christian Howes, American jazz violinist (Out Of The Blue), born in Rocky River, Ohio
  • 1973 Heri Joensen, Faroese musician, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • 1973 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer & TV host, born in Hong Kong
  • 1974 Wish Bone [Charles C. Scruggs], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1977 Rhiannon Giddens, American singer, fiiddler, and banjo player (Carolina Chocolate Drops), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1980 Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer, born in Latina, Italy
  • 1982 Chantal Claret, American musician, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1986 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer-songwriter, born in Llandaff, Wales
  • 1989 Corbin Bleu [Reivers], American actor & singer (High School Musical - "Chad"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1988 Actor Dudley Moore (53) weds actress Brogan Lane at the Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas; divorced in 1991

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

Deaths in Music

  • 1790 Johann Friedrich Klöffler, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1842 Wojciech Żywny, Polish pianist, composer and Chopin's first piano teacher, dies at 85
  • 1876 Henry John Gauntlett, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1884 John Pike Hullah, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1919 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer, dies at 77
  • 1924 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1925 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, dies at 52
  • 1938 Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • 1948 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • 1949 Ernest Walker, British composer, dies at 78
  • 1956 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1971 Adolph Weiss, American bassoonist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1972 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • 1979 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • 1982 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • 1989 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, dies at 64
  • 1991 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), dies at 71
  • 1992 Eva A Jessye, American singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97
  • 1992 Jane Pickens Langley Hoving, singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Morton Gould, American prolific composer (Verdun), dies at 82
  • 2000 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, dies at 86
  • 2001 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), dies at 75
  • 2004 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In), dies at 57
  • 2004 Bart Howard [Howard Joseph Gustafson], American songwriter (Fly Me to the Moon), dies at 88
  • 2005 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2015 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2016 Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, dies at 88
  • 2017 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-American conductor (Minnesota Orchestra, 1960-79) and composer (Passacaglia Immaginaria), dies at 93
  • 2019 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • 2019 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, dies at 82