Events in Music on February 26

Music Premiere

1869 Franz Schubert's Symphony number 4, "The Tragic", premieres

  • 1917 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company
  • 1930 Play "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater

Music History

1950 Jerome Robbin's ballet choreographed to Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres at the New York City Center Theater

Musical Finale

1955 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 152 performances

  • 1970 Carole Bayer (Sager) and George Fischoff's musical "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • 1970 The Beatles release "Hey Jude" compilation album in US (originally to be titled "Beatles Again")
  • 1975 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore, NYC; runs for 75 performances

#1 in the Charts

1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks

  • 1985 27th Grammy Awards: "What's Love Got to Do With It?", and Cyndi Lauper win
  • 1987 1st release of Beatles on compact disc: "Please Please Me"; "With The Beatles"; "A Hard Day's Night"; and "Beatles For Sale" [1]

Music History

1989 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances

  • 1992 "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 46 performances

Grammy Awards

1997 39th Grammy Awards: "Change the World", Babyface, Beck, and LeAnn Rimes win