On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 7

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1668 Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"

King of England William III
King of England
William III
  • 1792 Domenico Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto" premieres in Vienna
  • 1931 US opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Metropolitan Opera, New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records (Academy Award Best Original Song)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1948 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances
  • 1959 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1964 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • 1964 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 George Harrison's tonsils removed

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1969 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • 1969 British rock band The Who record their song "Pinball Wizard" at Morgan Studio's, London
  • 1970 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies

Music releaseAlbum Release

1973 The Stooges release their 3rd album "Raw Power"

Rocker Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop
  • 1976 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9

Music concertMusic Concert

1979 Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1983 "José Cuervo" single released by Shelly West (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1985 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City
  • 1987 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93

Music release#1 in the Charts

1987 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993 Carmen Electra releases her self-titled debut album, "Carmen Electra"

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

  • 1994 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995 "The Woman in Me" 2nd studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1996)

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • 2016 Super Bowl L, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA: Denver Broncos beat Carolina Panthers, 24–10; MVP: Von Miller, Denver, LB

Birthdays in Music

  • 1707 Carl August Thielo, composer
  • 1739 Joseph Pouteau, composer
  • 1758 Benedikt Emanuel Schack, composer
  • 1822 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer
  • 1823 Richard Genee, composer
  • 1825 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer
  • 1847 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • 1863 Mieczyslaw Soltys, composer
  • 1864 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
  • 1864 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer
  • 1871 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1927)
  • 1875 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), born in Käkisalmi, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1937)
  • 1875 Walter Courvoisier, composer
  • 1877 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, born in Wartenburg, East Prussia, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Ossip Gabrilovich, Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, born in Brunswick, Missouri (d. 1961) [1]
  • 1887 (James Hubert) "Eubie" Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist ("Memories of You"; "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1983) [1]
  • 1891 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, born in Romni, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, born in New York City (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), born in Pontel, France (d. 1971)
  • 1917 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me A Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1923 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Marius Constant, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • 1926 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 2016)
  • 1927 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, born in Montpellier, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1927 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1934 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934 "King" Curtis [Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1938 Robert Frank Baksa, American contemporary classical composer, born in New York City
  • 1943 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban) whose murder was featured on "Forensic Files", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1983)
  • 1948 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1948 David Campbell, Canadian composer (worked with Adele, Justin Timberlake), born in Toronto
  • 1949 Alan Lancaster, English bassist (Status Quo, 1967-85), born in London, England
  • 1952 Vasco Rossi, Italian rocker (Buoni o cattivi (Good Or Bad)), born in Zocca, Modena
  • 1953 Bruce Gaitsch, American session guitarist, songwriter, and record producer (Chicago; Richard Marx; Peter Cetera; Madonna), born in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1954 Dieter Bohlen, German pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and television personality, born in Berne, West Germany
  • 1956 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • 1957 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings), born in Kew, Surrey (d. 2007)
  • 1958 (Manuel) Mijares, Mexican Latin-pop, folk, and Mariachi vocalist (Maria Bonita), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1959 Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1960 Steve Bronski Scottish rock keyboard player (Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestGarth Brooks

1962 Garth Brooks, American country singer (No Fences; "Friends In Low Places"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1962 David Bryan [Rashbaum], American rock keyboardist (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"), and theatrical composer (Memphis; The Toxic Avenger), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1968 Salvatore "Sully Erna", American heavy metal singer, and rhythm guitarist (Godsmack), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Wes Borland, American rock guitarist (Limp Bizkit), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1988 Ai Kago, Japanese singer
  • 1988 Nick Costa, American jazz drummer, born in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
  • 1992 Maimi Yajima, Japanese singer
  • 1996 Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1743 Lodovico Giustini, Italian composer, dies at 57
  • 1749 Andre Cardinal Destouches, composer, dies at 76
  • 1779 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at about 69
  • 1820 Samuel Adams Holyoke, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1827 Franz Anton Dimmler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1830 Marcus Antonio da Fonseca Portugal, Portuguese composer, dies at 67
  • 1862 František Jan Škroup, Czech composer (Kde domov můj? - Czech national anthem), dies at 61
  • 1871 Henry Steinway [Heinrich Steinweg], German American piano manufacturer (Steinway & Sons), dies at 73
  • 1901 Benjamin Edward Woolf, composer, dies at 64
  • 1915 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, dies at 68
  • 1918 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • 1931 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1944 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1948 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • 1954 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1957 Rudolph Reti, Serbian composer, dies at 71
  • 1959 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • 1968 Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • 1969 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • 1971 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, dies on his 73rd birthday
  • 1979 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, dies at 68
  • 1980 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1985 Matt Monro [Terence Parsons], English pop singer ("Softly As I Leave You"), dies from liver cancer at 54
  • 1986 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1995 William Harry "Billy" Jones, American rock guitarist (The Outlaws), dies of self-inflicted gunshot at 45
  • 1996 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • 1996 Tiny Winters, musician, dies at 87
  • 1997 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • 1999 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2000 Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (b. 1971)
  • 2000 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), dies of complications from cancer at 56
  • 2001 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • 2006 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, dies at 78
  • 2007 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz and session drummer, and bandleader, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 2008 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • 2009 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2017 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), dies at 100
  • 2018 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), dies at 76
  • 2018 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead - "Eyes Of The World"), dies at 70
  • 2020 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, dies at 86
  • 2020 Steve Weber, American folk guitarist, (Holy Modal Rounders), dies at 76