On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 23

Events in Music

  • 1792 Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1886 Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" symphony premieres

  • 1957 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in "La traviata"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1978 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
  • 1979 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • 1979 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album, featuring the single "Blow Away"
  • 1983 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
  • 1990 “Hold On” single released by En Vogue (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • 1995 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2000 42nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2003 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones

Birthdays in Music

  • 1649 John Blow, English composer, composed 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized date) (d. 1708)

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

1685 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

  • 1730 Christian Joseph Lidarti, composer
  • 1811 George Washington Hewitt, composer
  • 1848 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer
  • 1873 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer
  • 1876 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), born in Beirut (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Edgar Istel, German composer, born in Mainz (d. 1948)
  • 1882 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer
  • 1886 Albert Edward Sammons, composer
  • 1887 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer
  • 1900 Elinor Remick Warren, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Leonidas Zoras, Greek conductor and composer, born in Sparta, Greece (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Martindale Sidwell, organist/conductor
  • 1920 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), born in Bangor, Michigan [1]
  • 1924 Lejaren Hiller, American composer (Illiac Suite), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • 1927 Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer and educator (Rytmus), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Richard Moryl, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, born in Elsa, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1944 Johnny Winter [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Mike Maxfield, British rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1945 John Halsey, British rock drummer (The Rutles - "Barry Wom"), born in Highgate, North London
  • 1946 Norman "Rusty" Young, American pedal-steel guitarist, singer and songwriter (Poco - "Rose of Cimarron"; "Crazy Love"), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2021)
  • 1948 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), born in Hayes, Middlesex, England (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Larry Demps, American soul singer (Dramatics - "In the Rain"; "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 Terry "Tex" Comer, English bassist and guitarist (ACE), born in Burnley, England
  • 1949 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2020) 
  • 1952 Bradley "Brad" Whitford, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith - "Love In An Elevator", "Last Child"), born in Winchester, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Howard Jones, British rock pianist, and singer-songwriter (Things Can Only Get Better), born in Southampton, England
  • 1958 David Sylvian [Batt], British songwriter, vocalist, new wave and improvisational rock guitarist (Japan; Rain Tree Crow), born in Beckenham, England
  • 1958 Ria Brieffies, Dutch pop vocalist (Dolly Dots), born in Lutjebroek, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 1962 Michael Wilton, American heavy metal guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963 Robert Collins, English keyboard player (The Charlatans), born in Rowley Regis, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1964 John Norum, Swedish rocker (Europe), born in Vardø, Norway
  • 1965 Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1967 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer, and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Steve Holy, American country singer, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973 Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
  • 1974 Jaime Villarreal, Mexican musician
  • 1975 Robert Lopez, American composer (Frozen), youngest ever to win the EGOT, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1978 Residente [René Pérez], Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13), born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • 1979 D-Roc [D'Angelo Holmes], American rapper (Ying Yang Twins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1980 Rafael Payare, Venezuelan conductor (San Diego Symphony, 2019-present), born in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
  • 1986 Skylar Grey [Holly Brook], American songwriter, and singer, born in Mazomanie, Wisconsin
  • 1986 Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese pop star (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2002 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Former "Married With Children" actress Christina Applegate (41) weds rocker Martyn LeNoble (43) in Los Angeles

Deaths in Music

  • 1572 Pierre Certon, French composer
  • 1704 Georg Muffat, French/German organist/composer, dies at 50
  • 1806 John Alcock, English composer and organist, dies at 90
  • 1807 François Guichard, French guitarist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1867 George Thomas Smart, composer, dies at 90
  • 1897 Woldemar Bargiel, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1903 Albert Cahen, composer, dies at 57
  • 1903 Friedrich Grutzmacher, composer, dies at 70
  • 1916 George Martin, English composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1920 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer, dies at 61
  • 1927 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), dies at 79
  • 1930 Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
  • 1931 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies

Person of interestEdward Elgar

1934 Edward Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode, Pomp and Circumstance), dies of colorectal cancer at 76

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
  • 1957 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • 1963 Algeria Junius "June" Clark, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, dies at 62
  • 1969 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1972 Michael Taube, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • 1974 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, dies at 79
  • 1995 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), dies at 52
  • 1996 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • 1997 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1999 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, dies of cancer at 78
  • 2000 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • 2001 Ruth Railton, British musical director (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 1948-65), dies at 85
  • 2003 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), dies from an overdose at 47
  • 2004 Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • 2004 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), dies of emphysema and diabetes at 84
  • 2004 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2007 Donnie Brooks, American singer (b. 1936)
  • 2011 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, dies at 80
  • 2016 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), dies at 69
  • 2019 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, dies from complications of a stroke at 83