On This Day

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
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1961 The Beatles first gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club; they would play there nearly 300 times over the next two years

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1964 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from New York, draws 73.7 million television viewers

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • 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
  • 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

1995 Irish music and dance show "Riverdance" first opens in Dublin, Ireland with lead dancer Michael Flatley

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1607 Abraham Megerle, Austrian organist, composer, and Kapellmeister, born in Wasserburg am Inn (d. 1680)
  • 1741 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, born in Wertheim am Main, Duchy of Württemberg (d. 1799)
  • 1744 Amos Bull, American composer (The Responsary), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1825)
  • 1756 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1785)
  • 1771 Daniel Belknap, American composer, born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1780 Walenty Karol Kratzer, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1855)
  • 1834 Franz Xaver Witt, German church musician, composer, and priest, born in Walderbach, Bavaria (d. 1888)
  • 1867 Edward Naylor, English composer and organist, born in Scarborough (d. 1934)
  • 1875 Sydney Hugo Nicholson, British choir director, organist, composer, and founder of the Royal School of Church Music, born in London (d. 1947)
  • 1879 [Carl] Natanael Berg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1957)
  • 1885 Alban Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1935)
  • 1900 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • 1902 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Georg Trexler, German composer, choirmaster, and organist (St. Trinitatis, Leipzig, 1930-70), born in Pirna, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Gwen Catley, British coloratura soprano, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1909 Harald Genzmer, German composer, born in Blumenthal, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1913 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1914 Ernest Tubb, American country musician ("Walking the Floor Over You"), born in Crisp, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Ralph Herman, American 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, Welsh organist and choir director, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, born in Tunis (d. 2014)
  • 1925 (William Famous) Billy Williamson, American steel guitar player ( Bill Haley and His Saddlemen; Bill Haley & His Comets), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1929 James Mulcro Drew, American avant-garde composer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Emil Petrovics, Hungarian composer, born in Zrenjanin, Serbia (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Xavier Benguerel, Catalan composer (Llibre Vermell; Jo, Dalí), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Maria Dybbro, Danish jazz saxophonist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1936 "Stompin' Tom" Connors, Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter ("The Hockey Song"), born in St. John, New Brunswick, (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Johnny Sayles, American soul singer ("I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"), born in Winnsboro, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, American classical pianist, composer and pedagogue, born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Barry Mann [Imberman], American pop songwriter ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"), and singer ("Who Put the Bomp In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Brian Bennett, British rock drummer (Shadows), born in Palmers Green, North London, England
  • 1942 Carole King, American songwriter, and singer (Tapestry - "You've Got A Friend"; "So Far Away"; "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Charlie Morrow, American avant-garde composer, and sound artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1942 Miloš Štědroň, Czech composer born in Brno, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
  • 1943 Barbara Lewis, American singer (Hello Stranger), born in Salem, Michigan
  • 1943 Ryland Davies, Welsh tenor, born in Cwm, Gwent
  • 1947 Joe Ely, American country singer-songwriter (Honky Tonk Masquerade), born in Amarillo,Texas
  • 1947 Major Harris, American R&B singer ("Love Won't Let Me Wait"), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Dennis "D.T." Thomas, American R&B saxophonist (Kool & Gang - "Celebration")
  • 1951 David Pomeranz, American singer, composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater ("On This Day"), born in New York City
  • 1960 Holly Johnson, British rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1961 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor, born in Lappajärvi, Finland
  • 1962 Anik Bissonnette, Canadian ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Travis Tritt, American country vocalist (Country Club), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1963 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2000)
  • 1963 David Rotheray, British rock guitarist (The Beautiful South), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Rachel Bolan [James Southworth], American musician and songwriter (Skid Row), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • 1966 Amanda Roocroft, British operatic soprano, born in Coppull, Lancashire, England
  • 1968 Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican rock singer ("Volverte a Amar"), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1981 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) Huntington Beach, California (d.2009)
  • 1982 Ami Suzuki, Japanese pop singer-songwriter, born in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1984 Han Kyung, Chinese singer (Super Junior), born in Mudanjiang, China
  • 1989 Gia Farrell [Jeannie Bocchicchio], American pop singer-songwriter ("Hit Me Up"), born in Suffern, New York
  • 1997 Catie Waters, American jazz and R&B singer-songwriter, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

LoveWedding 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, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1857 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, dies at 58
  • 1916 Hynek Vojáček, Czech 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 pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • 1960 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", dies at 79
  • 1976 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), dies at 67
  • 1978 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • 1980 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), dies at 63

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
  • 2007 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), dies at 75
  • 2008 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2010 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2015 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82
  • 2018 Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2020 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 84
  • 2020 Sorrel [Doris Ernestine] Hays, American pianist and composer (The Glass Woman), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2021 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer; 23 time Grammy winner (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), dies of cancer at 79 [1]