On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 27

Events in Music

  • 1563 William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1814 Ludwig van Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1854 Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1941 13th Academy Awards: "Rebecca", James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
Actor James Stewart
James Stewart
  • 1964 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances
  • 1965 "High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 375 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1980 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year Kenny Loggins' "What a Fool Believes" Best Album Billy Joel's "52nd Street

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record the single "Ebony & Ivory"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1990 "Hold On" single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Singer James Brown is released from prison

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 1997 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • 1997 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer

Music awardsMusic Awards

1998 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2002 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2005 77th Academy Awards: "Million Dollar Baby", Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win

Actress Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2011 83rd Academy Awards: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win Best Original Score for 'The Social Network'

Musician Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Birthdays in Music

  • 1649 Johann Philipp Krieger, composer
  • 1702 Johann Valentin Gorner, composer
  • 1745 Silverius Muller, composer
  • 1746 Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer
  • 1759 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, composer
  • 1784 Job Plimpton, composer
  • 1822 Eugene Gautier, composer
  • 1846 Joaquin Valverde Durán Spanish composer, born in Badajoz (d. 1910)
  • 1848 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1918)
  • 1867 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, born in Ullånger, Sweden (d. 1942)
  • 1870 Louis Coerne, composer
  • 1879 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer
  • 1888 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1933)
  • 1891 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • 1891 Georges Migot, French composer, and poet (Les Agrestide; L'Arche), born in Paris (d. 1976)
  • 1893 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, born in Schwaz, Tyrol (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Robert-Lucien Siohan, composer

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1897 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • 1898 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer
  • 1907 Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" ("ockin' Chair"; "Please Be Kind"), born in Tekoa, Washington (d. 1951)
  • 1909 Elisabeth Welch, American born British-based singer (Stormy Weather, Over the Moon), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), born in Paris (d. 1974)
  • 1919 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, composer
  • 1920 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1920 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • 1922 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Viktor Kalabis, Czech composer (Two Worlds), born in Červený Kostelec (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Chuck Wayne [Jagelka], America session and jazz guitarist ( Woody Herman; George Shearing; Tony Bennett), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Alberto Remedios, British opera & concert singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Chuck Glaser, American country singer (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers), born in Spalding, Nebraska (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Antoinette Sibley, British ballerina (Turning Point), born in Bromley, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Morten Lauridsen, American composer, born in Colfax, Washington
  • 1944 Joyce Breach, American jazz cabaret singer, born in Alameda, California
  • 1947 Gidon Kremer, Latvian violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1947 Louis Clark, British musical arranger & keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • 1948 Eddie Gray, American rock guitarist (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue), born in Niles, Michigan
  • 1951 Steve Harley, English rocker (Come Up & See Me), born in Kent, England
  • 1952 Henk Westbroek, Dutch singer (Good Cause), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1952 Kevin Raleigh, American singer & keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1954 Neal Schon, American rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English), born in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • 1954 JoAnn Falletta, American conductor (Virginia Symphony, 1991-2020; Buffalo Philharmonic, 1999-present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Garry Christian, English singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Peter Christopherson, English musician & video director, born in Leeds, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1957 Adrian Smith, English heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High), born in London Borough of Hackney, London
  • 1960 Paul Humphreys, English singer & musician (OMD-Crush, Pacific Age), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Johnny Roy Van Zant, American rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1964 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1965 Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist, born in Duisburg, West Germany
  • 1969 Brad Vander Ark, American musician, born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1970 Patricia Petibon, French opera singer, born in Montargis, France
  • 1971 Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1980 Bobby Valentino, American singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi

Person of interestJosh Groban

1981 Josh Groban, American singer (You Raise Me Up), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer Josh Groban
Josh Groban
  • 1984 Antti Tuisku, Finnish singer, born in Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 1989 Kelly Breeding, American singer (B5), born in Liberal, Kansas

Weddings in Music

  • 2004 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • 2017 Gossip Girl's star Penn Badgley (30) weds singer Domino Kirke in New York

Deaths in Music

  • 1731 Angelo Predieri, composer, dies at 76
  • 1797 Benvenuto Robbio San Raffaele, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1805 Stefan Paluselli, Austrian choirmaster, composer, and monk, dies at 57
  • 1852 Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • 1887 Alexander Borodin, Russian composer and scientist, dies at 53
  • 1923 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer, dies at 67
  • 1929 Manuel Manrique de Lara, Spanish composer (The Oresteia), dies at 65
  • 1956 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • 1956 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1968 Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • 1968 Frankie Lymon, American pop singer (The Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • 1969 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • 1973 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1978 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • 1982 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, dies at 39
  • 1991 Hein van Royen, Dutch director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1974-91), dies at 52
  • 1993 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, dies at 82
  • 1993 Marlena Davis, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"; "South Street"), dies of lung cancer at 48
  • 1994 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 89
  • 2003 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), dies in a car accident at 87
  • 2013 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), dies at 78
  • 2013 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations), dies at 70
  • 2017 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, dies at 98
  • 2019 Doug Sandom, British drummer (The Who, 1962-64), dies at 89