On This Day in Music for February 8

Events in Music

  • 1735 First opera in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1862 Opera "Lily of Killarney" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1895 Tchaikovsky and Petipa's revival of "Swan Lake" premieres in St Petersburg

Film release premierFilm Release

1915 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1925 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City
  • 1926 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
  • 1930 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1
  • 1940 Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1946 Béla Bartók's 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia, PA, US
  • 1965 Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"
  • 1981 "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1981 "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
  • 1994 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm
  • 2004 46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins
  • 2006 48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

2009 51st Grammy Awards: Best Album "Raising Sand" and Record of the Year "Please Read The Letter" by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Singer Rihanna cancels appearance at the Grammys after being assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
  • 2015 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck

Birthdays in Music

  • 1586 Jacob Praetorius, composer
  • 1708 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1789)
  • 1741 Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, composer
  • 1764 Joseph Leopold von Eybler, Austrian composer
  • 1789 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, composer
  • 1810 Norbert Burgmuller, composer
  • 1828 Antonio Cagnoni, composer
  • 1888 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/music critic
  • 1891 Edgar Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1900 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer
  • 1903 Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Igor' Fyodorovich Belza, composer
  • 1906 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)
  • 1908 Grigor Eghiazaryan, composer
  • 1912 Simon Jurovsky, composer
  • 1914 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
  • 1915 Lambros Georges Guetary Worloou, singer
  • 1919 Buddy Morrow, orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
  • 1925 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Zdenek Zouhar, composer
  • 1930 Manuel Castillo, composer
  • 1931 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), born in Sharqia Governorate, Egypt, birth date disputed (d. 2017)
  • 1932 John Towner Williams, composer/conductor (Boston Pops), born in Flushing, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932 John Williams, American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • 1933 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • 1936 Larry Verne, singer (Custer)
  • 1937 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • 1938 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1940 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • 1941 Tom Rush, NH, rock guitarist/vocalist (Circle Game, Urge For Going)
  • 1943 Creed Bratton, California, rock guitarist (Grass Roots-Sooner or Later)
  • 1943 Jose de Almeida Prado, composer
  • 1948 Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
  • 1950 Michael Goodroe, rock bassist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • 1952 Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch bassist/singer (Dike)
  • 1956 Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
  • 1961 Sammy Llanas, rocker (Bodeans)
  • 1961 Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)
  • 1963 Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
  • 1968 Claudette Pace, Maltese singer
  • 1977 Dave Farrell, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1979 Josh Keaton, American actor and singer
  • 1980 Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
  • 1981 Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
  • 1983 Jim Verraros, American singer

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1980 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Deaths in Music

  • 1691 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, dies at 79
  • 1709 Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1797 Johann Friedrich Doles, composer, dies at 81
  • 1801 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, composer, dies at 43
  • 1821 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer, dies at 62
  • 1849 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer, dies at 68
  • 1909 Edouard Silas, composer, dies at 80
  • 1909 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer, dies at 32
  • 1947 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer, dies at 65
  • 1949 Franco Leoni, composer, dies at 81
  • 1949 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, composer, dies at 54
  • 1972 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1977 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • 1980 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • 1990 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994 Raymond Scott, composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • 1996 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • 1997 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • 2005 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • 2005 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62
  • 2013 James DePreist, American conductor, dies at 76
  • 2017 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91