On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 4

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • 1958 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • 1960 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
  • 1962 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • 1967 "Wild Thing" cover version by "Senator Bobby" hits #20 on the pop singles chart
  • 1968 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • 1969 Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman as general counsel to Apple Records
  • 1970 "Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • 1970 "Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1973 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • 1977 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)
  • 1977 Wings release their single "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • 1982 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 573 performances
  • 1982 Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" premieres in NYC
  • 1984 "9" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 739 performances
  • 1984 "Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore

Birthdays in Music

  • 1549 Eustache du Caurroy, composer
  • 1581 Daniel Selich, German court composer, born in Wittenberg (d. 1626)
  • 1677 Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (d. 1731)
  • 1751 Blas de Laserna, composer
  • 1758 Pierre-Gabriel Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer
  • 1767 Johann Franz Volkert, composer
  • 1805 Georg Andreas Henkel, German composer (d. 1871)
  • 1808 Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem(d. 1856)
  • 1875 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Brussels, Belgian (d. 1962)
  • 1876 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer
  • 1893 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Marriage of Aude, Passion), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • 1904 Predrag Milosevic, composer
  • 1908 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
  • 1916 David Vassall Cox, British composer ("Lillibullero"), born in Broadstairs, Isle of Thanet, England in (d.1997)
  • 1929 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Ivan Davis, Jr., American concert pianist, and teacher, born in Electra,Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Jouko Sakari Linjama, Finnish organist and composer, born in Kirvu, Finland
  • 1937 Bill Ham, American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • 1941 John Steel, British rock drummer (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Gateshead, County Durham, England
  • 1941 Mike Deasy, American rock and jazz session guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Johnny Gamble, rocker (Classics)
  • 1943 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Florence LaRue, American pop and R&B vocalist (5th Dimension - "Up, Up, And Away"), born in Plainfield, New Jersey,

Person of interestAlice Cooper

1948 Alice Cooper [Vincent Furnier], American theatrical rock singer and songwriter ("School's Out") , born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
  • 1948 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1948 Mary Ann Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las), born in Queens, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1949 Roy Yeager, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • 1949 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, born in Kalkar, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1950 James Dunn, American vocalist (Stylistics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Phil Ehart, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Kansas - "Point of Know Return"), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1950 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • 1951 Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1952 Jerry Shirley, British rock drummer (Humble Pie - "Black Coffee"), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1953 Kitarō [Masanori Takahashi], Japanese New Age composer (Thinking of You), born in Toyohashi, Japan
  • 1957 Don Davis, American trombonist, arranger, and composer, mostly for film (The Matrix), and television (Beauty & The Beast), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1960 Tim Booth, British rock singer (James - "Sit Down"), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1960 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1996)

Person of interestClint Black

1962 Clint Black, American country vocalist (Killin' Time, A Better Man), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • 1964 Noodles [Kevin Wasserman], American guitarist (The Offspring), born in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1965 Petr Muk, Czech new-wave and pop musician, and singer-songwriter (Oceán; Shalom), born in Český Krumlov, Czechoslovakia (d. 2010)
  • 1969 Duncan Coutts, Canadian rock bassist (Our Lady Peace), born in St. Catharine, Ontario
  • 1975 Natalie Imbruglia, Australian-British singer-songwriter (Left of the Middle), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1976 Cam'ron [Cameron Ezike Gile], American rapper, born in East Harlem, New York

Person of interestChen Kun

1976 Chen Kun, Chinese actor (Painted Skin), and singer ("Power to Go"), born in Chongqing, China

Actor and Singer Chen Kun
Actor and Singer
Chen Kun
  • 1977 Gavin DeGraw, American rock singer-songwriter "Not Over You"), born in South Fallsburg, New York
  • 1982 Kimberly Wyatt, American singer & dancer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Warrensburg, Missouri

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1924 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) weds pianist Lil Armstrong (26)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

LoveWedding of Interest

1939 Singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

LoveWedding of Interest

1941 Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower

Actress Vera-Ellen
  • 2006 Daughter of June Carter country singer Carlene Carter (50) weds Joe Brown began at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica

Deaths in Music

  • 1553 Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • 1590 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer, dies at 73
  • 1781 Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • 1816 Meingosus Gaelle, composer, dies at 63
  • 1834 Amelie Julia Candielle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1854 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer, dies at 66
  • 1894 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), dies at 79
  • 1895 Faustina Hasse Hodges, English-American composer, dies at 71
  • 1896 Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • 1927 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress, dies at 79
  • 1954 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • 1974 Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1975 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • 1982 Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  • 1983 Karen Carpenter, American pop vocalist and drummer ("We've Only Just Begun"; "Rainy Days And Mondays"; "Top Of The World"), dies of anorexia nervosa at 32

Person of interestLiberace

1987 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
  • 1989 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • 1989 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1992 Andries Antonie Rieu, Dutch conductor (Maastricht Symphony Orchestra, 1949-80), dies at 75
  • 1995 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • 1997 Ross Lee Finney, American composer (Landscapes Remembered), dies at 90
  • 2000 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), dies at 58
  • 2001 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2001 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • 2001 Raimo Kangro, Estonian composer (Butterflies in the Stone), dies at 51
  • 2003 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Barbara McNair, American singer ("Till There Was You") and actress (They Call Me MR. Tibbs and actress, dies of throat cancer at 72
  • 2007 Colin Romoff, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), dies at 82
  • 2009 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), dies of heart attack at 62
  • 2010 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), dies at 86
  • 2013 Pat Halcox, British trumpeter, dies at 82
  • 2013 Reg Presley [Reginald Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), and songwriter, dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2013 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), dies at 80
  • 2016 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), dies at 74
  • 2016 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), and educator (University of Michigan, 1952-92), dies at 93
  • 2016 Jimmie Haskell [Sheridan Pearlman], American arranger (Ricky Nelson, Chicago, Sheryl Crow), and film and television score composer, dies at 89
  • 2016 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), dies at 85
  • 2017 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • 2017 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 - "Just Between You And Me"), dies at 67
  • 2019 Zbigniew Penherski, Polish composer (Little Music for the End of Century), dies at 84