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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • 1862 Opera "La Reine de Saba" premieres in Paris
  • 1902 Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo
  • 1904 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
  • 1925 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hits #1
  • 1943 "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
  • 1959 Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of Great Britain
  • 1966 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
  • 1969 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • 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
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music awardsMusic 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

Music awardsMusic 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
  • 1996 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette wins
  • 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
Jay-Z

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher
Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube

Birthdays in Music

  • 1616 Kaspar Förster, German composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1673)
  • 1747 Justin Morgan, composer
  • 1854 Juliusz Zarebski, composer
  • 1857 Gustave Adolph Kerker, composer
  • 1875 Viliam Figus, composer
  • 1876 John Alden Carpenter, composer (Sea Drift), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1877 Sergei Bortkiewicz, composer
  • 1878 Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Richard Heinrich Stein, composer
  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, ballet dancer (3/12 NS), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1895 Guiomar Novaes, Brazil, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit)
  • 1910 Roman Maciejewski, composer
  • 1920 Edward Kassner, music publisher
  • 1921 Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • 1926 Seymour Shifrin, composer
  • 1926 Stanley Glasser, composer
  • 1929 Joseph Rouleau, French Canadian bass opera singer
  • 1934 Willie Bobo, American jazz drummer (Cos), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 John Fahey, singer (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death)
  • 1939 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1940 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Marty Sanders, American musician (Jay and the Americans)
  • 1942 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1969)
  • 1943 Barbara Acklin, [Allen], R&B singer (Love Makes a Woman), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Donnie Iris [Dominic Ierace], American rock musician (The Cruisers), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Charles Bernstein, American composer
  • 1945 Ronnie Rosman, rocker (Tommy James Shondells-Crystal Blue Persuasion)
  • 1949 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1950 Stephen Chatman, composer
  • 1951 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)
  • 1952 Eddie Manion, saxophonist
  • 1952 William Finn, American composer
  • 1955 Randy Jackson, guitarist (Zebra-Tell Me What You Want), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957 Cindy Wilson, American rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1957 Ian Stanley, keyboardist
  • 1957 Phil Gould, rock percussionist (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • 1957 Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1958 Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress
  • 1967 Marcus Lillington, rock guitarist (Breathe-All I Need)
  • 1969 Elisa Fiorillo, singer (Forgive Me For Dreaming)
  • 1969 Patrick Monahan, American singer (Train)
  • 1971 Junya Nakano, Japanese composer
  • 1977 Jason Aldean, American country singer
  • 1978 Jeanne Cherhal, French Singer-songwriter
  • 1984 Ben Fagan, American musician and reality show contestant
  • 1985 Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
  • 1988 Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
  • 1989 Zhang Liyin, Chinese R&B singer

Divorces in Music

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1609 Paul Sartorius, composer, dies at 39
  • 1737 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1796 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, composer, dies at 56
  • 1876 Charles Edward Horsley, composer, dies at 53
  • 1922 Vicente Lleo, composer, dies at 51
  • 1929 John Ebenezer West, composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
  • 1949 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1961 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64
  • 1975 Istvan Kardos, composer, dies at 83
  • 1985 David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (b. 1947)
  • 1985 Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 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, tenor Sax player, 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)
  • 2007 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • 2008 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)