On This Day in Music for February 6

Events in Music

  • 1851 Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Dusseldorf
  • 1854 Composer Robert Schumann is saved from suicide attempt into the Rhine

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

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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

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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)

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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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1673 Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, German composer, born in Immelborn, Germany (d. 1731)
  • 1695 Andre Cheron, French composer, organist and harpsichordist, born in Paris (d. 1766)
  • 1705 Johann Matthias Leffloth, composer
  • 1793 Pietro Rovelli, composer
  • 1802 Charles Wheatstone, English physicist/musician [or Feb 7]
  • 1807 Hans Matthison-Hansen, composer
  • 1834 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (d. 1889)
  • 1848 Luigi Mancinelli, composer
  • 1878 Waclaw Gieburowski, composer
  • 1881 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1949)
  • 1900 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist
  • 1902 George Brunies, American musician (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Israel Citkowitz, composer
  • 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, pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1917 Liberato Firmino Sifonia, composer
  • 1923 Maurice Le Roux, composer
  • 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 and educator (Menil Antiphons), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Stephen Albert, composer
  • 1942 John London, American songwriter and 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, US singer (the Marvelettes), born in Inkster, Michigan (d. 1980)

Person of interestBob Marley

1945 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician and singer-songwriter (Wailers-No Woman), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1946 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk muisc singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec (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, rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell ], County Donegal Ireland, Irish singer
  • 1954 Scott Kempner, "Top Ten" rocker (Del Lords)
  • 1957 Jerry Marotta, rocker (Orleans-Love Takes Time)
  • 1957 Simon Phillips, Drummer of Toto (band)
  • 1959 Ken Nelson, English record producer
  • 1962 Axl Rose, [William Bailey], Lafayette In, vocalist (Guns & Roses)
  • 1964 Skip Ewing, Redlands California, country vocalist (Coast of Colorado)
  • 1964 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1964 Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1966 Rick Astley, rock vocalist (Never Gonna Give You Up)
  • 1967 Anita Cochran, American singer
  • 1967 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard) (d. 2007)
  • 1968 Akira Yamaoka, Japanese composer
  • 1975 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer
  • 1979 Dan Bălan, Moldovan singer and former member of the band O-Zone
  • 1981 Jens Lekman, Swedish musician
  • 1982 Tank, Mandopop singer
  • 1984 Piret Järvis, Estonian singer
  • 1988 Allison Holker, American dancer

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding 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 Schiorring, 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, composer, dies at 61
  • 1960 Jesse Belvin, rocker, 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)
  • 1989 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • 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 [Johann Hoelzel] Falco, singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • 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
  • 2016 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74