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

  • 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

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 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
  • 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

Rapper Puff Daddy
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
Alicia Keys

Film tv awardsFilm 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 awardsFilm 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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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, 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 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)
  • 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 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
  • 1899 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer
  • 1907 Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" (Rockin' Chair, Please Be Kind), born in Teoka, Washington (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
  • 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, 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)
  • 1939 Antoinette Sibley, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • 1943 Morten Lauridsen, American composer
  • 1947 Gidon Kremer, Riga Latvia, violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970)
  • 1947 Louis Clark, British musical arranger and keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Kempston, England
  • 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 rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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, born in Duisburg, West Germany
  • 1969 Brad Vander Ark, American musician
  • 1970 Patricia Petibon, French opera singer
  • 1971 Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC)
  • 1973 Roderick "Pooh" Clark, American R&B singer (High-5)
  • 1980 Bobby Valentino, American singer

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
  • 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 Raffaele, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1805 Stefan Paluselli, composer, dies at 57
  • 1852 Joseph Drechsler, Czech 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 and composer, 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
  • 1991 H J of Royen, manager Dutch (Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 52
  • 1993 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, dies at 82
  • 2003 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2013 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), dies at 78
  • 2013 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations), dies at 70