Events in Music on February 17

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1859 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

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1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1916 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1932 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1955 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • 1956 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • 1962 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
  • 1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"

Music releaseMusic Recording

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1976 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Ja Rule

Music releaseMusic Single

2004 "If I Ain't Got You" single released by Alicia Keys (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys