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February 1940 in Music History

Events in Music


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Feb 2 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

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Feb 5 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Feb 8 Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • Feb 20 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • Feb 8 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 9 Brian Bennett, English rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall In Love), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 18 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1999)
  • Feb 19 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 19 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Ellis, American rocker (Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Feb 20 Christoph Eschenbach, German-born pianist and conductor, born in Breslau, Germany
  • Feb 28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • Feb 29 Gretchen Christopher, American singer (The Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 13 Actress Lana Turner (19) marries bandleader Artie Shaw (29)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner