On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 25

Events in Music

  • 1901 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son" premieres in NYC
  • 1904 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
  • 1911 Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres at Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 278 performances
  • 1953 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1960 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" premieres
  • 1963 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
  • 1969 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album

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1971 "Oh! Calcutta!" moves to Belasco Theater in NYC for 1,316 performances

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A brief cover-up by the cast of "Oh! Calcutta!"
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Music releaseMusic Single

1972 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1973 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1981 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1986 28th Grammy Awards: We Are the World, Sade, Phil Collins wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1990 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • 1992 34th Grammy Awards: Unforgettable, Marc Cohn wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1992 Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1993 "Fool Moon" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 207 performances
  • 1996 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges

Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee
  • 1998 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

Music awardsMusic Awards

2015 BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Birthdays in Music

  • 1680 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, Bohemian composer and patron (Gluck)
  • 1727 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame)
  • 1732 Robert Hudson, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1815)
  • 1735 Ernst Wilhelm Wolf, German composer, born in Grossen Behringen, Thuringia (d. 1792)
  • 1788 Mateo Ferrer, Spanish composer and organist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Carl Schuberth, German composer, born in Magdeburg, (d. 1863)
  • 1840 Alexis Hollander, German composer, born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1924)

Person of interestEnrico Caruso

1873 Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1921)

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • 1877 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Otakar Ostrcil, composer
  • 1890 Myra Hess, concert pianist, born in London, England
  • 1895 Henri Martelli, French composer, born in Bastia, Corsica, France (d. 1980)
  • 1900 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1901 Federico Ghisi, composer
  • 1906 Boris Papandopulo, Croatian composer, born in Bad Honnef, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013).
  • 1922 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1986) 
  • 1927 Jacques Monod, composer
  • 1927 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1927 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1929 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist and bandleader (Tonight Show), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Martin William Karlins, composer
  • 1932 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), born in Hässleholm Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1936 Norman Orville Scribner, composer
  • 1937 Don Randi [Schwartz], American session and touring pop, rock, and jazz keyboard player (Nancy Sinatra), born in New York City
  • 1938 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Four Preps - "Tainted Love"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1999)
  • 1941 Ramon Pagayon Santos, composer

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

1943 George Harrison, British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sitar player (Beatles -"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes The Sun"; solo - "If Not For You"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2001)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1943 Maryann Amacher, composer
  • 1945 Elkie Brooks [Elaine Bookbinder], British rock singer ("Pearl's A Singer"), born in Manchester, England
  • 1947 Doug Yule, American bassist and singer (Velvet Underground, 1968-73), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York
  • 1947 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, born in Kōenji, Tokyo, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Emitt Rhodes, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Merry-Go-Round), sound engineer, and record producer, born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
  • 1954 John Doe, American musician
  • 1957 Stuart "Woody" Wood, Scottish pop guitarist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1957 Dennis Diken, American drummer (Smithereens -"Only A Memory"), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1959 Mike Peters, Welsh rock singer (Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; Big Country,2010-13), born in Prestatyn, Wales
  • 1962 Foster Emerson Sylvers, rocker
  • 1965 Brian Baker, American guitarist
  • 1968 Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • 1971 Daniel Powter, Canadian rock singer-songwriter ("Bad Day"), born in Vernon, British Columbia
  • 1973 Justin Jeffre, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • 1973 Julio José Iglesias, Spanish singer
  • 1976 Chris Pitman, rocker (Zaum, Tool)
  • 1976 Rashida Jones, American actress (Parks and Recreation), writer, model, and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Sarah Jezebel Deva, English singer
  • 1979 Joanna Pascale, American jazz singer (When Lights Are Low) and educator (Temple University), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Bert McCracken, American singer (The Used)
  • 1984 Lovefoxxx, Brazilian singer (CSS)
  • 1986 Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer
  • 1987 Eva Avila, Canadian singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1643 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1682 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, murdered at 38
  • 1719 Giovanni Maria Casini, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1851 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53
  • 1852 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • 1901 Jose Rogel, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • 1902 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, Austrian zither player and composer, dies at 77
  • 1906 Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1934 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, dies at 67
  • 1942 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, dies at 61
  • 1953 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • 1956 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • 1957 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1987 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1993 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1993 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • 1993 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cocaine induced cardio-respiratory failure at 45
  • 1995 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), dies at 73
  • 1998 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • 2005 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), dies of a stroke at 65
  • 2007 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 66
  • 2008 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 2009 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), dies after suffering Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2011 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • 2012 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • 2012 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2012 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, dies at 78
  • 2012 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 2013 "Dangerous" Dan Toler, American rock guitarist (Dickey Betts; Allman Brothers), dies of ALS at 64
  • 2014 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2016 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2019 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), dies at 64