On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 24

Events in Music

  • 1607 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "LOrfeo" premieres in Mantua, oldest opera still regularly performed

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1711 George Frideric Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

  • 1939 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston
  • 1951 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 1955 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1955 Cole Porter's musical "Silk Stockings" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 478 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1956 Walter Piston's 5th Symphony, commissioned by the Juilliard School of Music for their 50th anniversary, premiere performance by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jean Morel
  • 1962 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1962 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 1964 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles 1964)
  • 1965 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
  • 1968 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • 1977 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win
  • 1980 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1982 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
  • 1987 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
  • 1991 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1993 35th Grammy Awards: Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton wins

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton


1998 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Singer Elton John
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1999 41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill

Birthdays in Music

  • 1679 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian opera composer
  • 1704 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, born in Liège (d. 1745)
  • 1717 Bernhard Hupfeld, composer
  • 1766 Samuel Wesley, British organist and composer referred to as "The English Mozart" (Exultate Deo), born in Bristol, England
  • 1771 Johann Baptist Cramer, German/British pianist/composer/publisher
  • 1797 Samuel Lover, composer
  • 1842 Arrigo Boito, Itlaian opera composer (Mefistofele), and librettist (Verdi's "Falstaff"; mention Ponchielli's "La Gioconda"), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1918)
  • 1846 Luigi Denza, Italian composer (Funiculì, Funiculà), born in Castellammare di Stabia (d. 1922)
  • 1858 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, born in LeMans, France (d. 1940)
  • 1876 Jean Poveigh, composer
  • 1877 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Antonio Massana, composer
  • 1905 Guillaume Landré, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1910 Clyde Hart, American swing and bebop jazz piano player and arranger (Stuff Smith; Lionel Hampton; Roy Eldridge), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1945)
  • 1911 Konrad Lechner, composer
  • 1912 Julius Kowalski, composer
  • 1921 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • 1923 David Soyer, American cellist
  • 1924 Lionel Dakers, British cathedral organist (Royal School of Church Music), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Dominic Chianese, American actor, singer, and musician (The Sopranos, The Godfather Part II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1932 Michel Legrand, French composer and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)
  • 1933 David "Fathead" Newman, American jazz saxophonist (Ray Charles - "The Right Time"), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Renata Scotto, Italian soprano and opera director (La Traviata - "Violetta"), born in Savona, Italy
  • 1934 Shuko Mizuno, Japanese composer (Symphonic Metamorphoses), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1941 Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • 1942 Paul Jones, English rock singer (Manfred Mann - "Do Wah Diddy Diddy") and radio presenter (The Blues Show), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1943 Pablo Milanés, Cuban musician
  • 1944 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Perivale, Middlesex (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Lonnie Turner, American rock and blues bassist (Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Rupert Holmes, English musician
  • 1948 Tim Staffell, English singer
  • 1948 Neil Hubbard, British guitarist (Juicy Lucy, Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • 1949 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, born in Rome (d. 2014)

Person of interestGeorge Thorogood

1950 George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers-Bad to the Bone), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Singer and Guitarist George Thorogood
Singer and Guitarist
George Thorogood
  • 1953 Derek St. Holmes, American musician rock guitarist and singer (Ted Nugent band, 1975-78; 2011-14), born in Riverview, Michigan
  • 1954 Plastic Bertrand [Roger François Jouret], Belgian singer (Ça plane pour moi), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1955 Bob Abrams, American rocker (Buckinghams), born in Ohio
  • 1958 Sammy Kershaw, American country vocalist (Cadillac Style), born in Kaplan, Louisiana
  • 1961 Persijn "Dakota" Joling, Dutch rock guitarist/singer (Pilgrims-Red)
  • 1962 Michelle Shocked, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973 James Michael Kennedy, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot)
  • 1974 Chad Hugo, American musician and producer (The Neptunes)
  • 1974 Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
  • 1976 Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)
  • 1976 Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
  • 1977 Alexis Jose Grullon, American vocalist (Menudo-Cannonball), born in NYC, New York
  • 1978 Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1978 John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • 1980 Anton Gustafsson, Swedish Iron Maiden fan and tribute artist, born in Kinna, Sweden (d. 2003)
  • 1987 Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1992 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (27) weds lead singer Kurt Cobain (25) on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Deaths in Music

  • 1666 Nicholas Lanier, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1674 Matthias Weckmann, German composer (b. 1616)
  • 1692 Antimo Liberati, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1704 Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (church music), dies
  • 1735 Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1784 Anton Laube, Bohemian composer, dies at 65
  • 1874 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, dies at 49
  • 1895 Ignaz Lachner, German composer, dies at 87
  • 1907 Otto Goldschmidt, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1908 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, Ukrainian composer, dies at 66
  • 1915 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, dies at 78
  • 1919 Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
  • 1922 Dmitri B. Shostakovich, father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies
  • 1929 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), dies at 75
  • 1960 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1976 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), dies at 82
  • 1983 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
  • 1988 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • 1988 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1990 Johnnie Ray, American singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
  • 1991 Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64

Person of interestDinah Shore

1994 Dinah Shore, American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show, Nabisco DS Championship), dies of ovarian cancer at 76

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • 1994 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1994 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • 1995 Richard Nicholson, musician, dies at 89
  • 1996 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1997 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
  • 1998 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • 2002 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • 2002 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • 2003 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • 2004 Alvino Rey, American orchestra leader (King Family), dies at 95
  • 2007 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • 2008 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), dies at 90
  • 2012 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer(La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), dies at 92
  • 2016 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, dies at 78
  • 2019 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, dies at 93
  • 2019 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), dies at 96
  • 2020 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian pop-rock singer (Popol Ace; Eurovison Song Contest, 1978, 1982 & 1983), dies at 70