On This Day

Events in Music on February 26

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 1970 "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1970 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album

Music awardsMusic Awards

1973 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1975 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1985 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins
  • 1987 1st release of Beatles compact discs
  • 1989 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances
  • 1992 "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1997 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes