On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 6

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1851 Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Dusseldorf

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Pravda criticizes Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "Clear Brook"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1946 "Lute Song" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 142 performances
  • 1964 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1965 Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hits #1
  • 1969 Jerry Herman's "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances
  • 1973 "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1973 Drummer Buddy Rich plays influential performance at the Top of the Plaza, Richmond New York, later televised by PBS

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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1981 Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1982 "Centerfold" by J. Geils Band hits #1 on pop chart
  • 1990 Steve Briers of Wales recites entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • 1992 "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC
  • 1994 "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances

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1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge and sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
  • 2003 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot
  • 2019 Davido's 'Fall' becomes longest-charting Nigerian pop song in US Billboard history

Birthdays in Music

  • 1673 Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, German composer, born in Immelborn, Germany (d. 1731)
  • 1695 Andre Cheron, French composer & organist & harpsichordist, born in Paris, France (d. 1766)
  • 1705 Johann Matthias Leffloth, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1731)
  • 1793 Pietro Rovelli, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1838)
  • 1802 Charles Wheatstone, English scientist & inventor, born in Barnwood, United Kingdom (d. 1875)
  • 1807 Hans Matthison-Hansen, Danish composer, born in Flensburg, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1834 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer, born in Ogulin, Croatia (d. 1889)
  • 1848 Luigi Mancinelli, Italian orchestral composer, born in Orvieto, Italy (d. 1921)
  • 1878 Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish conductor & composer, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland (d. 1943)
  • 1881 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1949)
  • 1900 Roy Smeck, American musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1902 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Israel Citkowitz, American composer (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Arthur Gold, Canadian pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Liberato Firmino Sifonia, Italian composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Maurice Le Roux, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota
  • 1938 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer & educator (Menil Antiphons), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Stephen Albert, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1942 John London, American songwriter & bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1943 Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (the Marvelettes), born in Inkster, Michigan (d. 1980)

Person of interestBob Marley

1945 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (Exodus, One Love), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1946 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1946 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England

Person of interestNatalie Cole

1950 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 1950 Punky Meadows, American rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell], Irish singer, born in County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1954 Scott Kempner, American rhythm guitarist (Del-Lords), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1957 Jerry Marotta, American drummer (Orleans-Love Takes Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1957 Simon Phillips, English drummer & record producer (Toto), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Ken Nelson, English record producer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1962 Axl Rose [William Bailey], American singer & songwriter (Guns & Roses), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1964 Skip Ewing, American country vocalist (Coast of Colorado), born in Redlands, California
  • 1964 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock singer-songwriter & musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1966 Rick Astley, English singer & songwriter (Never Gonna Give You Up), born in Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Anita Cochran, American singer, born in South Lyon, Michigan
  • 1967 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1968 Akira Yamaoka, Japanese composer, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1975 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1979 Dan Bălan, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Chișinău, Moldova
  • 1980 Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress & singer, born in Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1981 Jens Lekman, Swedish musician, born in Angered, Sweden
  • 1982 Tank [Lü Jianzhong], Taiwanese singer, born in Taitung City, Taiwan
  • 1984 Piret Järvis, Estonian singer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1988 Allison Holker, American dancer, born in Minnesota, United States

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson (52) weds former model Melinda Ledbetter (47) at Palos Verdes in Peninsula, California

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson

Deaths in Music

  • 1497 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • 1725 Johann Philipp Krieger, composer, dies at 75
  • 1798 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, dies at 54
  • 1807 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer, dies at 85
  • 1859 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer, dies at 45
  • 1927 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • 1947 Luigi Russolo, Italian Futurist composer (The Art of Noises), dies at 61
  • 1960 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1961 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • 1966 Algot Haquinius, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • 1976 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • 1981 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • 1988 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • 1989 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • 1989 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • 1990 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), dies following a stroke at 77
  • 1991 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1994 Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84
  • 1994 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • 1995 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/author (Notes on notes), dies at 65
  • 1998 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1998 Falco [Johann Hoelzel], Austrian singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • 2004 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1953-75), dies at 91
  • 2005 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2010 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • 2011 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58
  • 2012 Noel Kelehan, Irish pianist, conductor (RTÉ Concert Orchestra), and arranger (Eurovision; U2), dies at 77
  • 2016 Dan Hicks, American singer and songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • 2020 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), dies of a stroke at 95