On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 26

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1869 Franz Schubert's Symphony number 4, "The Tragic", premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1917 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company
  • 1930 Play "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 152 performances

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 1970 "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1970 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album

Music awardsMusic Awards

1973 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1975 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1985 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins
  • 1987 1st release of Beatles compact discs
  • 1989 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances
  • 1992 "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1997 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes

Birthdays in Music

  • 1587 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)
  • 1588 Nicolaus Erich, German composer (d. 1631)
  • 1675 Johann Philipp Treiber, German composer, born in Arnstadt (d. 1727)
  • 1677 Nicola Fago, Italian baroque composer, born in Taranto (d. 1745)
  • 1717 John Randall, British composer (d. 1799)
  • 1770 Antoine Reicha, Czech born French composer and teacher, friend of Beethoven, born in Prague (d. 1836)
  • 1772 Caspar Fürstenau, German flautist and composer, born in Münster (d. 1819)
  • 1831 Filippo Marchetti, Italian opera composer, born in Bolognola, (d. 1902)
  • 1834 Aleksander Zarzycki, Polish composer (Warsaw Music Society), born in Lviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1895)
  • 1838 Wendelin Weißheimer, German composer and conductor, born in Osthofen (d. 1910)
  • 1868 Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1925)
  • 1874 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, born in Oberrohrdorf (d. 1951)
  • 1875 Richard Wetz, German composer (Requiem, Op. 50 in B minor), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia (now Gliwice, Poland) (d. 1935)
  • 1877 Russell Alexander, American vaudeville composer and entertainer (Barnum & Bailey Circus Band), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1915)
  • 1879 Frank Bridge, English violinist, composer, conductor and tutor of Benjamin Britten, born in Brighton, England (d. 1941)
  • 1884 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1885 Lili Green [Alice Sally Mary], Dutch English dancer, born in Bromley, England (d. 1977)
  • 1888 Ida Cox (nee Prather), American blues singer and vaudeville performer, born in Habersham County, Georgia (d. 1967) [birth year disputed, may be 1894 or 1896]
  • 1896 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor and composer
  • 1902 Rudolf Moralt, German conductor (Vienna Philharmonic)
  • 1905 William Russell [Russell William Wagner], American violinist, modern composer (Fugue for Eight Percussion Instruments), and musicologist (Oh, Mister Jelly), born in Canton, Missouri (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), born in Chestertown, Maryland (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Witold Rowicki, Polish conductor and composer, born in Taganrog, (d. 1989)
  • 1916 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Mordecai Seter, Israeli composer, born in Novorossiysk, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, born in Entrecasteaux, France (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Bunny Briggs [Bernard Briggs], American tap dancer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Mark Bucci, American composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Arsene Souffriau, Belgian pioneering electronic music composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1927 Donald Gramm, American bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1928 Aldonis Kalnins, Latvian composer, born in Užava parish, Soviet Union

Person of interestFats Domino

1928 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

Singer Fats Domino
Fats Domino
  • 1928 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City, Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1930 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956), born in Leningrad, Russia,
  • 1930 Doug Sandom, British drummer (The Who, 1962-64), born in Greenford, England (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Francisco Kroepfl, Argentinian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania

Person of interestJohnny Cash

1932 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 1936 Cyrus Faryar, American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1937 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1937 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Yōsuke Yamashita, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer of jazz, film scores, and classical works, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1943 Bob "Bear" Hite, American vocalist (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country), born in Torrance, California (d. 1981)
  • 1943 Paul Cotton, American rocker (Poco), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Mitch Ryder, American rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • 1947 Guy Klucevsek, American jazz and free-improv accordionist and composer, born in New York City
  • 1949 Emma Kirkby, English soprano, born in Surrey, England
  • 1950 Jonathan Cain, American rock guitarist & keyboardist (Journey, Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953 Michael Bolton, American rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1956 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer, born in Chigasaki, Japan
  • 1960 Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer, born in Zahlé, Lebanon
  • 1968 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine), born in Irvine, California
  • 1969 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971 Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright], American singer-songwriter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Max Martin, Swedish composer & producer, born in Stenhamra, Sweden
  • 1971 Hélène Ségara, French singer, born in Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
  • 1976 Chad Urmston, American musician, born in Sherborn, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer & actor, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1980 Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1982 Sara Gazarek, American jazz vocalist and educator, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1984 Natalia Lafourcade, Mexican singer, born in Mexico City
  • 1986 Crystal Kay, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1987 Juliet Simms, American singer & songwriter (Automatic Loveletter), born in San Francisco, California

Weddings in Music

  • 2011 Musician Cisco Adler (32) weds model Barbara Stoyanoff (30) at Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes

Deaths in Music

  • 1552 Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1630 William Brade, English composer and violinist (1st Englishman to write a canzona), dies at 70
  • 1723 Thomas d'Urfey, English songwriter and playwright (b. 1653)
  • 1733 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, dies at 46
  • 1766 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, German organist and composer, dies at 30
  • 1770 Francois Hanot, French composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • 1770 Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian Baroque composer and violinist (Trillo del Diavolo), dies at 77
  • 1810 Johann Ernst Rembt, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1827 David Moritz Michael, German composer who worked in America, dies at 75
  • 1857 Ole Andreas Lindeman, Norwegian composer and musician, dies at 88
  • 1859 Ferdinand Schubert, Austrian composer, brother of Franz Schubert, dies at 64
  • 1889 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1906 Manuel Fernandez Caballero, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1913 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), dies from a stroke at 77
  • 1918 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, Spanish violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1926 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, Danish composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • 1933 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1950 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • 1953 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • 1962 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1971 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • 1977 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1977 Maxime Jacob, French composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1977 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36

Person of interestHoward Hanson

1981 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1982 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1989 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • 1989 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65
  • 1990 Cornell Gunther, American musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • 1990 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectations), dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1991 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer songwriter, dies at 75
  • 1995 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), dies at 71
  • 1996 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, dies from Crohn's disease at 77
  • 2008 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • 2011 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • 2012 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, dies at 90
  • 2014 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), dies at 59
  • 2016 Howard Quilling, American classical composer (From Quiet Beginnings), and educator, dies at 80
  • 2016 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, dies at 76
  • 2017 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • 2017 James E. Sellars, American composer, dies at 76
  • 2017 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74