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 in Philadelphia
  • 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
Singer-songwriter
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
  • 1971 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances

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 Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)

Music awardsMusic 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
Singer-Songwriter
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: Unforgetable, Marc Cohn wins

Music awardsMusic 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
  • 1998 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran

Birthdays in Music

  • 1680 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, composer
  • 1727 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame)
  • 1732 Robert Hudson, composer
  • 1735 Ernst William Wolf, composer
  • 1788 Mateo Ferrer, composer
  • 1811 Carl Schuberth, composer
  • 1840 Alexis Hollander, composer
  • 1873 Enrico Caruso, operatic tenor (Faust), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1877 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Otakar Ostrcil, composer
  • 1890 Myra Hess, concert pianist, born in London, England
  • 1895 Henri Martelli, composer
  • 1901 Federico Ghisi, composer
  • 1906 Boris Papandopulo, composer
  • 1918 Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Matti Rautio, composer
  • 1927 Jacques Monod, composer
  • 1927 Ralph Stanley, Amerian bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Tommy Newsom, Va, musician/bandleader/saxophonist (Tonight Show)
  • 1932 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone)
  • 1932 Martin William Karlins, composer
  • 1936 Norman Orville Scribner, composer
  • 1938 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), (d. 1999)
  • 1941 Ramon Pagayon Santos, composer

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

1943 George Harrison, English pop star and Beatle (Traveling Wilburys-My Sweet Lord), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2001)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1943 Maryann Amacher, composer
  • 1945 Elkie Brooks, rocker (Pearl's a Singer), born in Manchester, England
  • 1950 Emitt Rhodes, musician (Merry-go-Round)
  • 1952 Jerry Chamberlain, American musician
  • 1954 John Doe, American musician
  • 1957 Stuart "Woody" Wood, Scot, guitarist (Bay City Rollers-Saturday Night)
  • 1959 Mike Peters, rocker (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • 1962 Foster Emerson Sylvers, rocker
  • 1965 Brian Baker, American guitarist
  • 1968 Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • 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
  • 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 violist/composer, murdered at 37
  • 1719 Giovanni Maria Casini, 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 composer, dies at 77
  • 1906 Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1925 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer, dies at 81
  • 1934 Daniel Protheroe, 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
  • 1955 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, cellist/teacher, dies at 73
  • 1997 Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1998 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • 2007 Mark Spoelstra, American singer/songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2008 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 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
  • 2016 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83