Events in Music on February 20

Music Premiere

1724 George Frideric Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" premieres at the King's Theatre in Haymarket, London

Music Premiere

1816 Gioachino Rossini's comic opera "Barber of Seville" premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, Italy

Music Premiere

1917 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" opens at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 463 performances

  • 1934 Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" opens on Broadway at the 44th Street Theatre, NYC
  • 1940 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"

Music Concert

1959 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle; fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

  • 1965 Beatles record "That Means A Lot"; unhappy with the results, it was given to P.J. Proby to record, the Beatles version was unreleased until 1996 on Anthology 2

Musical Finale

1977 Revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady" closes at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 377 performances

Film and TV Awards

1978 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne and Barbra Streisand (Motion Picture), and James Garner and Mary Tyler Moore (TV) win

Grammy Awards

1991 33rd Grammy Awards: "Another Day in Paradise"; Mariah Carey win

Music History

1991 Alan Ayckbourn's stage farce "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 78 performances

Music History

1992 Revival of Noël Coward's stage comedy "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 37 performances

  • 1997 Pam Gems' stage drama "Stanley" opens at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC; runs for 77 performances
  • 2003 Pyrotechnics display sets 'The Station' nightclub ablaze during a concert by rock band Great White; kills 100 and injuries over 300 others (West Warwick, Rhode Island)

Music History

2014 Aberdeen, Washington unveils statue of a weeping Kurt Cobain at park named after the singer

Music History

2016 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas