On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 28

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia" premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1819 1st public performance of a Franz Schubert's song "Schäfers Klageleid"

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1862 Charles Gounod's opera "La Reine de Saba" premieres in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1888 Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1920 Maurice Ravel's orchestral suite "Le tombeau de Couperin" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 1925 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hits #1
  • 1943 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan
  • 1950 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 1959 "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • 1966 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
  • 1970 "Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 4 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1976 18th Grammy Awards: "Love Will Keep Us Together" Record of the Year, Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 1980 "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1984 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • 1991 "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1993 "Anna Christie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 54 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1996 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette wins

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • 1998 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer

Music awardsMusic Awards

2005 19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win

Singer Usher
Rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube
Singer Ciara

Birthdays in Music

  • 1616 Kaspar Förster, German composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1673)
  • 1747 Justin Morgan, American composer and horse breeder, born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1798)
  • 1808 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), born in Teignmouth, England (d. 1849)
  • 1854 Juliusz Zarebski, Polish composer, born in Zhytomyr, Polish Kingdom (d. 1885)
  • 1857 Gustave Kerker, German born American composer for Broadway musicals (The Belle of New York), born in Hertford, Germany (d. 1923)
  • 1875 Viliam Figus-Bystry, Slovakian composer, born in Banská Bystrica (d. 1937)
  • 1876 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Sergei Bortkiewicz, Russian-Austrian composer, pianist, and conductor, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1878 Artur Kapp, Estonian organist, composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, born in Suure-Jaani, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Richard Stein, German composer, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer 'the God of Dance', born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1950) 3/12 NS
  • 1895 Guiomar Novaes, Brazilian concert pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), born in São João da Boa Vista, Brazil (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Roman Maciejewski, Polish composer (Requiem - Missa pro defunctis), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2017)
  • 1917 George Malcolm, British keyboard player and conductor (Westminster Cathedral Master of the Music, 1947-59), born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Edward Kassner, Austrian born music publisher (President Records), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Vladimir Sommer, Czech composer, born in Dolní Jiřetín, Czech Republic (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Donald H. White, American composer (Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Winds; Tuba Sonata) and educator, born in Narberth, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1926 Stanley Glasser, South African composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), born in New Brockton, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Joseph Rouleau, French-Canadian bass opera singer (Royal Opera), born in Matane, Quebec (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Marty Grosz, American swing and dixieland jazz guitarist, banjoist, vocalist, and composer born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1932 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice; Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1939 John Fahey, American folk singer and guitarist (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death), born in Washington, D.C. (d, 2001)
  • 1939 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1940 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Marty Sanders [Kupersmith], American rock guitarist (Jay and the Americans - "This Magic Moment"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1969)
  • 1943 Barbara Acklin, American soul singer ("Love Makes A Woman"), and songwriter ("Have You Seen Her"), born in Oakland, California (d. 1998)
  • 1943 Donnie Iris [Dominic Ierace], American rock musician (The Cruisers), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Charles Bernstein, American composer of film and television scores, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer for album art, and music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), born in Potters Bar, Middlesex (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Ronnie Rosman, American rock organist, and accordion player (Tommy James & The Shondells - "I Think We're Alone Now"; "Crystal Blue Persuasion"), born in Greensburg, PA
  • 1946 Pierre Dørge, Danish avant-garde and jazz-fusion guitarist (Thermaenius; New Jungle Orchestra), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1949 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter ("I Want You"), brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1950 Stephen Chatman, American-Canadian composer (Choir Practice), and educator (University of British Columbia, 1976-present), born in Faribault, Minnesota
  • 1951 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1952 Eddie Manion, American touring and session rock saxophonist (Asbury Jukes; Disciples of Soul)
  • 1952 William Finn, American theatrical composer, lyricist, and Tony Award Winner (Falsettos; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Randy Jackson, American rock singer, guitarist, and keyboard player (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957 Cindy Wilson, American rock vocalist (B-52's - "Love Shack"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1957 Ian Stanley, British rock keyboardist and songwriter (Tears For Fears, 1981-87 - "Shout"; "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"), born in Bath, England
  • 1957 Phil Gould, British rock drummer and percussionist (Level 42 - "Something About You"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1957 Paul Delph, American rock session and touring keyboardist and producer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1958 Jeanne Mas, French pop singer ("Toute première fois"), and actress, born in Alicante, Spain
  • 1964 Rihards Dubra, Latvian composer, primarily of sacred choral works, born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • 1965 Markus Stenz, German conductor (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, 2012-19), born in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, West Germany
  • 1966 Edward Shearmur, British film score composer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Charlie's Angels), born in London, England
  • 1967 Marcus Lillington, British pop guitarist and keyboard player (Breathe - "Hands to Heaven"), born in Bideford, Devon, England
  • 1969 Elisa Fiorillo, American pop and jazz singer (Forgive Me For Dreaming), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Pat Monahan, American rock singer, songwriter, and musician (Train - "Drops Of Jupiter"; Hey, Soul Sister"), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Junya Nakano, Japanese video game composer (Threads Of Fate; Final Fantasy X) born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1971 Nigel Godrich, British record producer, recording engineer, and musician (Radiohead; Thom Yorke; Atoms for Peace), born in Westminster, London
  • 1977 Jason Aldean [Williams], American country singer ("Dirt Road Anthem"), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1978 Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter, born in Nantes, France
  • 1984 Ben Fagan, American musician, songwriter, and reality show contestant, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1985 Fefe Dobson, Canadian pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Bye Bye Boyfriend"), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1986 Alex Tanas, Canadian pop-reggae drummer (Magic! -"Rude"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1988 Markéta Irglová, Czech Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Falling Slowly"), singer, and actress (Once), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czechia
  • 1989 Zhang Liyin, Chinese K-pop and R&B singer, born in Chengdu, China
  • 1994 Jake Bugg [Kennedy], British blues-rock singer-songwriter, and musician, born in Nottingham, England

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1998 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage

Actress Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee

Deaths in Music

  • 1609 Paul Sartorius, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1737 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1796 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, German violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1876 Charles Edward Horsley, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1908 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, dies at 66
  • 1922 Vicente Lleo, Spanish composer (La corte de Faraón), dies at 51
  • 1929 John Ebenezer West, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
  • 1940 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • 1949 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1961 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64
  • 1963 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1975 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 83
  • 1985 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • 1985 Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 1986 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79
  • 1987 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • 1992 La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
  • 1993 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • 1994 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • 1995 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Max Rudolf, conductor, dies at 92
  • 2002 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), dies at 69
  • 2005 Chris Curtis [Crummey], British rock drummer, songwriter and vocalist (The Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), dies at 63
  • 2007 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • 2008 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five), dies at 64
  • 2010 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 2015 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), dies at 90 [1]
  • 2017 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), dies at 86 [1] [2]
  • 2018 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • 2019 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89