Events in Music on February 19

Music Premiere

1736 George Frideric Handel's opera"Alexander's Feast" premieres at the Covent Garden Theatre, London

Music Premiere

1910 English premiere of Richard Strauss' opera "Elektra"

  • 1914 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin

Music Premiere

1923 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres

Music History

1942 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra record "I'll Take Tallulah"

  • 1949 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater, NYC, after 339 performances
  • 1958 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • 1964 UK flies ½ ton of Beatles wigs to the US

Music Single

1971 Paul McCartney releases single "Another Day" in UK

Album Release

1971 Progressive rock band Yes release their break-through third studio album "The Yes Album"

Music History

1972 American singer Harry Nilsson's single "Without You" begins a 4 week run at the top of the charts. [The song was originally written and performed by the English band Badfinger in 1970, and would reach the top ten again with Mariah Carey's 1994 cover.]

  • 1973 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)
  • 1974 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win
  • 1977 19th Grammy Awards: "This Masquerade"and Starland Vocal Band win

#1 in the Charts

1977 Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "Blinded By The Light" goes to #1

Music Premiere

1978 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden & Adolph Green's musical "On The Twentieth Century", starring John Cullum and Madeline Kahn, and Kevin Kline, and directed by Hal Prince, opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 449 performances, wins 5 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards

Music History

1981 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of his song "My Sweet Lord" from Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"

  • 1984 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater, NYC, after 104 performances
  • 1987 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater, NYC; runs for 102 performances
  • 1989 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances

Album Release

1991 Geffen Records releases "Night Ride Home", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 14th studio album

  • 1992 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances

BRIT Awards

2014 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, and Arctic Monkeys win