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February 1940 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

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

  • 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, British rock drummer (Shadows), born in Palmers Green, North London, England
  • Feb 10 Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk-comic singer-songwriter ("Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice"), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1996)
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 10 Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter ("Peaceful"), born in Washington Heights, New York City (d. 2009)
  • Feb 15 Trygve Madsen, Norwegian pianist and composer (The Dream of the Rhinoceros; Aurora), born in Fredrikstad, Norway
  • Feb 17 Vicente Fernández, Mexican Grammy Award-winning singer, known as "El Rey de la Música Ranchera" (The King of Ranchera Music), actor, and film producer, born in Huentitán El Alto, Jalisco, Mecico (d. 2021)
  • Feb 18 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1999)
  • Feb 19 (William) "Smokey" Robinson, American soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"; "My Girl"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 19 Bobby Rogers, American soul tenor vocalist (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Ellis, American rocker (Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Feb 20 Christoph Eschenbach, German pianist and conductor (Houston Symphony, 1988-99; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2003-08: National Symphony 2010-17), born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland)
  • Feb 28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "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

Lana Turner

Feb 13 American actress Lana Turner (19) weds American bandleader Artie Shaw (29) in a Las Vegas elopement; divorce after 4 months

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 28 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82