On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 22

Events in Music

Film release premierFilm Premier

1935 "The Little Colonel" premieres starring Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore and Bill Robinson, featuring famous stair dance with Hollywood's first interracial dance couple

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
Actor Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
  • 1941 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Plane crash in the Tagus River, Lisbon, Portugal kills 23 with 15 survivors including singer Jane Froman

Singer Jane Froman
Jane Froman
  • 1950 Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed)
  • 1958 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1963 Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
  • 1964 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • 1968 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"
  • 1970 "Charles Aznavour" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • 1989 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
  • 1989 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
  • 1992 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" closes at Music Box NYC
  • 1994 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
  • 1996 "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • 1998 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2017 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • 2019 Musician Peter Frampton announces he has a degenerative muscular disease and his next tour will be his last

Birthdays in Music

  • 1542 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer (d. 1604)
  • 1573 Gemignano Capilupi, composer
  • 1745 Joao de Sousa Carvalho, composer
  • 1749 Johann Nikolaus Forkel, musicologist/1st biographer of Bach
  • 1761 Erik Eriksson Tulindberg, composer
  • 1761 Jacob Kimball, composer
  • 1764 Alexander Campbell, composer
  • 1770 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer
  • 1772 Joseph Lipavsky, composer
  • 1772 Karl Jacob Wagner, composer
  • 1779 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish violinist and composer, born in Ginst, Rügen Island (d. 1813)
  • 1810 Holger Simon Paulli, composer
  • 1814 Oskar Kolberg, Polish ethnographer, folklorist, and composer (Lud), born in Przysucha, Poland (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist, organist, composer, and conductor, born in Copenhagen (d. 1890)
  • 1819 Bernardo Calvo Puig, composer
  • 1833 Josef Foerster, Czech composer and music teacher, born in Osenice, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1907)
  • 1834 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer
  • 1836 Eduard Wachmann, composer
  • 1842 Carl Rosa, founder (Rosa opera company), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1844 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, born in Krakow (d. 1890)
  • 1876 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, born in Yankton Indian Reservation, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) (d. 1938)
  • 1881 James Reese Europe, American ragtime and early jazz arranger, composer, and bandleader in New York, and with the military in France during WWI, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1919) [1]
  • 1883 Jaroslav Kocian, composer
  • 1894 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
  • 1896 Nacio Herb Brown, American composer (Singin' In The Rain), born in Deming, New Mexico (d. 1964)
  • 1897 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), born in Belize, British Honduras (now Belize City, Belize) (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Hanns Neupert, German piano builder/author (Das Klavichord)
  • 1903 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Edmund von Borck, composer
  • 1908 Claude "Fiddler" Williams, American jazz violinist and guitarist (Twelve Clouds of Joy; Count Basie), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1913 George "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), born in Egypt (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • 1920 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Andre Asriel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1922 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, English musician and producer (Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Don't Let It Die), born in Edmonton, London (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2016)
  • 1927 David Ahlstrom, American composer, born in Lancaster, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Thomas Paul, American bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1934 Paavo Pohjola, Finnish concert violinist and conductor, born in Seinäjoki, Finland
  • 1936 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr.], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in Križevci, Croatia
  • 1938 Bobby Hendricks, American R&B singer (Itchy Twitchy Feeling), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1945 Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1950 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1950 Genesis P-Orridge [Neil Megson], British avant-garde rock singer-songwriter, and performance artist (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1953 Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire), born in Grantham, United Kingdom
  • 1953 John Sparks, British rock bassist (Dr. Feelgood, 1971-82 - "She Does It Right"; "Milk And Alcohol"), born in Canvey, Essex, England
  • 1961 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1961 Lowell Liebermann, American classical pianist and composer (Gargoyles), born in New York City
  • 1966 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1996)
  • 1969 Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer, born in Córdoba, Spain
  • 1971 Lea Salonga, Filipina singer & actress (Miss Siagon), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1973 Scott "Flip" Phillips, American songwriter, drummer and record producer (Creed; Alter Bridge), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1974 James Blunt, English musician, born in Hampshire, England
  • 1979 Tom Higgenson, American singer-songwriter (Plain White T's - "Hey There Delilah"), born in Villa Park, Illinois

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend's Miami home

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 1998 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England

Deaths in Music

  • 1674 John Wilson, English composer, dies at 78
  • 1750 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, composer, dies at 71
  • 1788 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, composer, dies at 63
  • 1822 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, dies at 66
  • 1824 John Davy, English composer, dies at 60
  • 1836 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1838 Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), dies at 70
  • 1846 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, dies at 77
  • 1849 Alexander Fesca, German pianist and composer, dies at 28
  • 1878 Franz Hunten, composer, dies at 84
  • 1888 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1903 Hugo Filipp Jakob Wolf, Austrian composer (Corregidor), dies at 42
  • 1934 Willem Kes, violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1960 Hubert Cuypers, composer/choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • 1961 Nick LaRocca, American jazz coronetist and composer (Tiger Rag), dies at 71
  • 1971 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer, dies at 82
  • 1976 Florence Ballard, American R&B singer (The Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1983 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • 1983 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), dies at 93
  • 1985 Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/American composer/violinist, dies at 95
  • 1994 Papa John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1998 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 2000 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, dies at 79
  • 2001 John Farley, American folk singer and guitarist (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death), dies at 61
  • 2006 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • 2007 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2007 Ian Wallace, English drummer (King Crimson), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2009 Günter Kochan, German composer, dies at 78
  • 2012 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • 2012 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of cancer at 74
  • 2013 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony, 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra, 1993-2003), and pianist, dies aged 89
  • 2015 Chris Rainbow [Harley], Scottish rock singer, musician and producer (Alan Parsons Project), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 68
  • 2016 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • 2018 Nanette Fabray [Ruby Fabares], American actress and singer (Love Life, Caesar's Hour, One Day at a Time), dies at 97