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 von Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F premieres

  • 1854 Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine
  • 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
  • 1966 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain

Music awardsMusic Awards

1980 22nd Grammy Awards: "What a Fool Believes" best song, Billy Joel best album

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Singer James Brown is released from prison

Singer James Brown
Singer
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

Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor

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, composer
  • 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 UllĂ„nger, 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)
  • 1890 Freddie Keppard, American jazz musician (d. 1933)
  • 1891 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • 1893 Joseph Messner, composer
  • 1894 Robert-Lucien Siohan, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 1898 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer
  • 1899 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer
  • 1907 Mildred Bailey, American singer (d. 1951)
  • 1909 Elisabeth Welch, singer (Song of Freedom, Over the Moon)
  • 1919 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, composer
  • 1920 Jose Melis, orchestra leader (Jack Paar Program), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1921 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • 1923 Dexter Gordon, American tenor saxophonist/actor (Connection)
  • 1923 Viktor Kalabis, composer
  • 1927 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1935 Alberto Remedios, British opera/concert singer, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), born in Modena, Italy
  • 1936 Chuck Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • 1943 Morten Lauridsen, American composer
  • 1947 Gidon Kremer, Riga Latvia, violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970)
  • 1948 Eddie Gray, rock guitarist (Tommy James & Shondells-Crystal Blue)
  • 1951 Steve Harley, rocker (Come Up & See Me)
  • 1952 Henk Westbroek, Dutch singer (Good Cause)
  • 1952 Kevin Raleigh, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1954 Neal Schon, rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English)
  • 1955 Garry Christian, rocker
  • 1955 Peter Christopherson, English musician and video director
  • 1957 Adrian Smith, heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High)
  • 1959 Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1960 Bolik Dahan, Suriname singer/radio host (Radio KBC)
  • 1960 Paul Humphreys, rock synthesizer (OMD-Crush, Pacific Age)
  • 1964 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1965 Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist
  • 1969 Brad Vander Ark, American musician
  • 1970 Patricia Petibon, French opera singer
  • 1971 Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC)
  • 1973 "Pooh" Clark, rocker (High-5)
  • 1980 Bobby Valentino, American singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer Josh Groban
Singer
Josh Groban
  • 1984 Antti Tuisku, Finnish singer
  • 1989 Kelly Breeding, American singer from B5

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 Rafaele, composer, dies at 61
  • 1805 Stefan Paluselli, composer, dies at 57
  • 1852 Joseph Drechsler, composer, dies at 69
  • 1887 Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin, Russian composer, 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/composer/choir conductor, dies at 57
  • 1968 Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • 1968 Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
  • 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 A Sabirova, Russian dancer, dies at 39
  • 2003 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2013 Van Cliburn, American pianist, dies at 78