On This Day

February 1937 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Don Everly, American singer and half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), born in Brownie, Kentucky
  • Feb 1 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • Feb 2 Tommy Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show; Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 4 Bill Ham, American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, American soul singer ("I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"), born in Winnsboro, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Feb 11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • Feb 11 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), born in Welsh, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • Feb 14 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), born in Granada County, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 15 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, American vocalist (Dells - "Love is Blue"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Alan Johnson, American screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in Križevci, Croatia
  • Feb 25 Don Randi [Schwartz], American session and touring pop, rock, and jazz keyboard player (Nancy Sinatra), born in New York City
  • Feb 26 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 14 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), dies at 62