On This Day in Music for February 29

Events in Music

  • 1836 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris
  • 1952 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy of Great Britain
  • 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
  • 1976 ABC-TV broadcast premiere of 1965's hit "The Sound of Music"

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)
  • 1792 Gioacchino Rossini, Pesaro Italy, composer (Barber of Seville)
  • 1812 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
  • 1820 Adolf Schimon, composer
  • 1884 Alfred Sendrey, composer
  • 1896 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer
  • 1904 Alan Richardson, composer
  • 1904 Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
  • 1904 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1928 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1940 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • 1944 David Briggs, record producer
  • 1956 Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra-I Don't Know, I Don't Care)
  • 1960 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • 1960 Khaled, Algerian ra├» musician
  • 1964 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • 1972 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1592 Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer (b. 1540)
  • 1844 Thaddaus Weigl, composer, dies at 67
  • 1916 Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62
  • 1996 Wes Farrell, songwriter, dies at 56

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2012 Davy Jones, English musician, dies from heart attack at 66

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones