February 1949 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 1 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

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Feb 10 Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 11 "Lovesick Blues" single released by Hank Williams (Cashbox "Best Hillbilly Record of the Year", Billboard Song of the Year 1949)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Feb 12 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances

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Feb 15 Dmitri Shostakovich' "Song of the Woods" premieres in Leningrad

  • Feb 19 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • Feb 2 Ross Valory, rock bassist (Journey - Who's Crying Now, Open Arms), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 2 Tom Tripplehorn, rocker (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • Feb 3 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • Feb 3 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Feb 4 Roy Yeager, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Feb 6 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England
  • Feb 7 Alan Lancaster, English bassist (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Nigel Olsson, British rock guitarist and drummer (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire
  • Feb 10 Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
  • Feb 11 Charlie Hargrett, rock guitarist (Blackfoot)
  • Feb 12 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • Feb 14 Jimmy Randell, rocker
  • Feb 15 Christopher Rouse, composer
  • Feb 15 Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
  • Feb 17 Fred Frith, English guitarist, violinist and bassist (Skeleton Crew), born in Heathfield, England
  • Feb 19 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • Feb 21 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 23 Larry Demps, US R&B vocalist (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)
  • Feb 23 Terry "Tex" Comer, bassist/guitarist
  • Feb 26 Emma Kirkby, British(?) soprano
  • Feb 28 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 1 Herbert Stothart, American composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 5 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
  • Feb 8 Franco Leoni, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 9 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 19 Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 21 Ernest Walker, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65