Events in Music on February 17

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Italy

  • 1916 Sigmund Romberg, James Hanley, Harold R. Atteridge and Edgar Smith's musical Robinson Crusoe Jr. premieres in NYC

Music History

1921 Arthur Honegger's chamber piece "Pastorale D'ete" premieres

  • 1927 Deems Taylor's opera "The King's Henchman", with libretto by Edna St. Vincent Millay, premieres at the Metropolitan Opera, NYC

Music Premiere

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

  • 1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"
  • 1969 "Cloud Nine" 9th studio album by The Temptations is released (Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group 1969, Billboard Album of the Year 1969)

Music Recording

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

Music Concert

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

Album Release

1975 A&M Records releases John Lennon's sixth studio album, "Rock 'n' Roll" album, cover songs of early rock numbers

  • 1976 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1977 Kalakuta Republic, commune of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, burnt to the ground by soldiers in Lagos

#1 in the Charts

2002 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart.

  • 2002 Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.

Music 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)