On This Day in Music for February 9

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1893 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1959 Coasters's "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2
  • 1964 1st appearance of the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show" draws 73.7 million viewers
  • 1974 "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
  • 1974 "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
  • 1979 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • 1979 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • 1984 "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1985 Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1990 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1991 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • 1992 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 1995 "Heiress" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 340 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album reaches number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • 2016 Super Bowl L: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara. Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform the halftime show.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1607 Abraham Megerle, composer
  • 1741 Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer
  • 1744 Amos Bull, early American composer (The Responsary)
  • 1756 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1785)
  • 1771 Daniel Belknap, American composer, born in born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1780 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer
  • 1808 Francesco Gomez da Rocha, composer
  • 1834 Franz Xaver Witt, composer
  • 1867 Edward Naylor, English composer and organist, born in Scarborough (d. 1934)
  • 1875 Sidney Hugo Nicholson, composer
  • 1879 Carl Natanael Berg, composer
  • 1885 Alban Maria Johannes Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1935)
  • 1902 Blanche Calloway, US vocalist/dancer (12 Clouds of Joy)
  • 1903 Georg Trexler, composer
  • 1906 Gwen Catley, British(?) soprano
  • 1909 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1909 Harald Genzmer, composer
  • 1914 Ernest Tubb, Tx, guitarist/singer (I'm Walking the Floor over You)
  • 1914 Ralph Herman, orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1922 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1924 George Guest, British organist
  • 1929 James Mulcro Drew, composer
  • 1929 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song)
  • 1930 Emil Petrovics, composer
  • 1931 Xavier Benguerel, composer
  • 1936 Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • 1939 Barry Mann [Imberman], American R&B singer (Who Put the Bomp), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • 1942 Carole King, American singer-songwriter (Tapestry), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Charlie Morrow, composer
  • 1942 Milos Stedron, composer
  • 1943 Barbara Lewis, US vocalist (Hello Stranger)
  • 1943 Ryland Davies, Welsh tenor, born in Cwm, Gwent
  • 1947 Joe Ely, Amarillo Tx, country vocalist (Honky Tonk Masquerade)
  • 1947 Major Harris, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, saxophonist (Kool & Gang-Celebration)
  • 1960 Holly Johnson, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1961 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor
  • 1962 Anik Bissonnette, Quebec ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)
  • 1963 Travis Tritt, Marietta Ga, country vocalist (Country Club)
  • 1964 Rachel Bolan [James Southworth], American musician and songwriter (Skid Row), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • 1966 Amanda Roocroft, opera singer
  • 1968 Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican singer
  • 1981 James Owen Sullivan [The Rev], Huntington Beach California, drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) (d.2009)
  • 1982 Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • 1984 Han Kyung, Korean singer Super Junior
  • 1989 Gia Farrell, American singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1957 Actor Richard Harris (26) weds socialite Elizabeth Rees (20)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London


Deaths in Music

  • 1617 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet, dies at 44
  • 1740 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1765 Elisabetta de Gambarini, English composer, dies at 33
  • 1812 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer, dies at 54
  • 1849 Corneille Vander Planken, composer, dies at 76
  • 1916 Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer, dies at 90
  • 1935 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, dies at 61
  • 1949 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 1960 Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, American singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • 1976 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1978 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)

Person of interestBill Haley

1981 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), dies of a heart attack probably caused by alcoholism at 55

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1984 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras
  • 1991 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • 1994 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • 1994 Louis Kaufman, US violinist/conductor (Gone with the Wind), dies at 88
  • 1997 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • 2002 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), dies of complications from a stroke at 66
  • 2008 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2015 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82