On This Day in Music for February 22

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1892 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde

Film release premierFilm Release

1934 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Actor Clark Gable
Actor
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actress Claudette Colbert
Actress
Claudette Colbert
  • 1941 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

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
Jay-Z

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 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/composer/conductor
  • 1819 Bernardo Calvo Puig, composer
  • 1833 Josef Foerster, composer
  • 1834 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer
  • 1836 Eduard Wachmann, composer
  • 1842 Carl Rosa, founder (Rosa opera company), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1844 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, composer
  • 1883 Jaroslav Kocian, composer
  • 1891 Lucien Cailliet, composer
  • 1894 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
  • 1896 Nacio Herb Brown, US composer
  • 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
  • 1910 Al Sears, jazz performer
  • 1919 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • 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, composer
  • 1922 Felix Werder, composer
  • 1927 David Ahlstrom, composer
  • 1929 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Thomas Paul, bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937 Dubravko Detoni, composer
  • 1938 Bobby Hendricks, US soul vocalist (Itchy Twitchy Feeling)
  • 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
  • 1953 Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire)
  • 1961 Don Van Spall, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)
  • 1961 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist
  • 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) (d. 1996)
  • 1969 Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer
  • 1969 Byron Stroud, American bassist
  • 1971 Lea Salonga, Philippines, singer/actress (Miss Siagon)
  • 1974 James Blunt, English musician

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding 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
  • 1727 Francesco Gasparini, composer, dies at 58
  • 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, composer, dies at 65
  • 1838 Friedrich Johann Eck, composer, dies at 70
  • 1846 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, dies at 77
  • 1849 Alexander Ernst Fesca, 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, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1983 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • 1985 Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/US composer/violinist, dies at 95
  • 1994 "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • 1998 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 2006 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • 2007 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2012 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • 2013 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor and pianist, dies aged 89
  • 2016 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87