On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 29

Events in Music

  • 1836 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris
  • 1964 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1968 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1968 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Music releaseAlbum Release

2000 American rock band Steely Dan releases "Two Against Nature", their eighth studio album, and first in 20 years; it wins four Grammy Awards.

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen

Birthdays in Music

  • 1696 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, born in Pernes (d. 1770)
  • 1724 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1822)

Person of interestGioachino Rossini

1792 Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1839)

  • 1812 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
  • 1820 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • 1884 Alfred Sendrey, American composer and musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Alan Richardson, Scottish composer and pianist, born in Edinbugh, Scotland (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Jimmy Dorsey, American orchestra leader (Stage Show), born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
  • 1904 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1920 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Rudy Cafaro, American jazz guitarist, born in Middle Village, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1928 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, born in Tennille, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1932 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1940 Gretchen Christopher, American singer (The Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1944 David Briggs, American record producer (Neil Young and Crazy Horse), born in Douglas, Wyoming (d. 1995)
  • 1944 Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1960 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • 1960 Khaled, Algerian raï musician
  • 1964 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • 1968 Gareth Farr, New Zealand percussionist, and composer (From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs; Chemin des Dames), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1972 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

Person of interestJa Rule

1976 Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule
  • 1980 Chris Conley, American musician

Deaths in Music

  • 1592 Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer (b. 1540)
  • 1844 Thaddäus Weigl, German-Austrian composer, publisher, and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1916 Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62
  • 1996 Wes Farrell, American songwriter (The Partridge Family), dies of cancer at 56

Person of interestDavy Jones

2012 Davy Jones, English musician (The Monkees), dies from heart attack at 66

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • 2016 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 77