On This Day in Music for February 22

Events in Music

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

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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, 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 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
  • 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
  • 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