On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 5

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1887 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy, Verdi's first new opera for over 15 years

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1897 1st showing of a motion picture in Hawaii at the Hawaiian Opera House

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1907 Arnold Schoenberg's 1st string quartet premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1911 Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller

Music concertMusic Concert

1957 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Piano Concert

  • 1959 "Redhead" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • 1972 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • 1977 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • 1977 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • 1977 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • 1977 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • 1977 Comedy album "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • 1981 "Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1981 Joni Mitchell inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2012 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 2015 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • 2017 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

Birthdays in Music

  • 1662 Giuseppi Vignola, composer
  • 1711 Joseph Umstatt, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1762)
  • 1732 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer
  • 1748 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Beethoven, born in Shimnitz, Saxony (d. 1798)
  • 1810 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • 1862 Felipe Villanueva y Gutierrez, Mexican composer
  • 1863 Armand Parent, composer
  • 1864 Carl Teike, German military composer, born in Stettin-Altdamm, Pomerania (d. 1922)
  • 1865 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1866 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer
  • 1868 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and educator (Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, 1935-62), born at Caselle di Morimondo, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1962)
  • 1889 Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, composer
  • 1902 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, born in Tabriz, Persia (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish violinist & composer, born in Łódź (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Zoltán Pongrácz, Hungarian avant-garde composer (Mariphonia), born in Diószeg (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger
  • 1918 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), born in Baku (d. 1982)
  • 1919 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian, Oscar Award actor (Sayonara; The Red Buttons Show; The Poseidon Adventure), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1921 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • 1923 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), born in Turku, Finland (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Ron Wilson, US percussionist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1935 Alex Harvey, rocker (Just Visiting This Planet)
  • 1937 Cocky van Oost [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • 1938 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • 1939 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Patric Standford, British composer (Taikayoku; Christus Requiem), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • 1942 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, French-American composer of Russian and Chinese parentage (Le va et le vient), born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (d. 2003)
  • 1943 Larry Tamblyn, American rock guitarist (Standells-Dirty Water), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Al Kooper [Alan Peter Kuperschmidt], American rock musician, record producer and songwriter (Blood Sweat & Tears, Super Session), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 J. R. Cobb, American guitarist & songwriter (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1947 George Underwood, British illustrator, and graphic designer for books and album cover art (Bowie; T. Rex; The Fixx), born in Bromley, England
  • 1948 David Denny, American rock guitar player (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1950 Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You're Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1951 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Daniel Balavoine, French singer -songwriter, born in Alençon, France (d. 1986)
  • 1953 Valerie Carter, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, and session vocalist, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1954 Cliff Martinez, American musician, born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1956 Vincent "Vinnie" Colaiuta, American touring and session rock and jazz drummer (Frank Zappa; Joni Mitchell; Sting), born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Tommy Skeoch, American guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • 1964 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus
  • 1964 (Michael Andrew) "Duff" McKagan, American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Chris Barron, American singer & songwriter (Spin Doctors), born in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • 1968 Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1969 Bobby Brown, American singer-songwriter ("My Prerogative"), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Sara Evans, American singer, born in Boonville, Missouri
  • 1973 Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Adam Carson, American musician (AFI), born in Ukiah, California
  • 1980 Tiwa Savage, Nigerian singer-songwriter (Kele, Kele, Kele), born in Isale Eko, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • 1985 Lindsey Cardinale, American singer, born in Hammond, Louisiana
  • 1987 Darren Criss, American actor & singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1705 Jean Gilles, French composer, dies at 37
  • 1738 Georg Reidel, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1745 Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer, and monk, dies at 49
  • 1758 Bernhard Christian Weber, composer, dies at 45
  • 1812 Franz Schneider, composer, dies at 74
  • 1825 Pierre Gaveaux, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1838 Philippe Libon, composer, dies at 62
  • 1907 Ludwig Thuille, Austrian composer (sextet for piano and wind quintet), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1917 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • 1922 James W. Tate, English composer, dies at 46
  • 1924 Alexis Hollander, composer, dies at 83
  • 1926 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, dies at 69
  • 1929 Siegfried Ochs, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1941 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • 1949 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
  • 1954 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • 1959 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, dies at 77
  • 1960 Rudolf Nelson, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1962 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • 1968 Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • 1975 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), dies at 42
  • 1976 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • 1989 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • 1994 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
  • 1996 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • 1998 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), dies in a car accident at 35
  • 2000 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2012 Al De Lory, American session pianist, arranger, and record producer (Glen Campbell), dies 82
  • 2013 Egil Hovland, Norwegian composer, dies at 88
  • 2014 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 93
  • 2020 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), dies from multiple myeloma at 73