On This Day in Music for February 21

Events in Music

  • 1923 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London
  • 1927 Franz Lehr's opera "Der Zarewitsch" premieres
  • 1953 "Maggie" closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 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 awardsMusic Awards

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

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
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
  • 2016 Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas

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, composer
  • 1814 Nicolo Gabrielli, composer
  • 1821 Charles Scribner, American music publisher (Scribner Catalog)
  • 1831 Eduard Rappoldi, composer
  • 1836 Clement-Philibert-Leo Delibes, composer
  • 1836 Emil Hartmann, composer
  • 1844 Charles-Marie Widor, Lyons France, composer/prof (Paris Conservatory)
  • 1861 Pierre Breville, composer
  • 1867 Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co
  • 1878 Fritz Cortolezis, composer
  • 1893 Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist, (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
  • 1912 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • 1922 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Lucille Bremer, Amsterdam, New York, American actress/dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies)
  • 1923 Zvi Zeitlin, violinist/prof (Eastman School), born in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
  • 1927 Pierre Mercure, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), 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, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • 1943 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist
  • 1945 Paul Newton, rock bassist
  • 1949 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1951 Michael Cotten, rock synthesizer (Tubes)
  • 1951 Vince Welnick, rock keyboardist (Tubes)
  • 1952 Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • 1958 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country vocalist (This Shirt)
  • 1959 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • 1960 Steve Wynn, American singer (
  • 1961 Ranking Roger, rock vocalist (English Beat-Drowning)
  • 1966 Tommy Hendricks, rocker
  • 1966 Wendy James, vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in London, England
  • 1969 James Dean Bradfield, Welsh musician
  • 1969 Eric Wilson, American musician
  • 1969 Corey Harris, American blues and reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1971 Randy Blythe, American musician
  • 1972 Seo Taiji, Korean musician
  • 1973 Heri Joensen, Faroese musician
  • 1973 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer and TV host
  • 1974 Wish Bone, American rapper, (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
  • 1977 Rhiannon Giddens, musician (Carolina Chocolate Drops), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1980 Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
  • 1982 Chantal Claret, American musician
  • 1986 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer,-songwriter born in Llandaff, Wales
  • 1989 Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1790 Johann Friedrich Kloffler, composer, dies at 64
  • 1842 Wojciech Zywny, composer, dies at 85
  • 1876 Henry John Gauntlett, 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, composer, dies at 78
  • 1956 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1971 Adolph Weiss, American composer, dies at 79
  • 1972 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • 1976 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • 1979 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • 1982 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • 1992 Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97
  • 1992 Jane Pickens Langley Hoving, singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Morton Gould, composer, dies at 82
  • 2005 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2015 Clark Terry, US jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2017 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, dies at 93