February 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 2 Morton Gould and Dorothy Field's colonial-era musical "Arms and the Girl", starring Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 134 performances
  • Feb 11 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hits #1
  • Feb 18 "Dance Me a Song" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • Feb 22 Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed)

Music History

Feb 26 Jerome Robbin's ballet choreographed to Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres at the New York City Center Theater

  • Feb 28 "Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Mike Campbell, American guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - "Breakdown"), born in Panama City, Florida
  • Feb 1 Rich Williams, American guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Feb 3 John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • Feb 4 (Michael) "Woody" Woodmansey, British drummer (David Bowie, 1970-73; The Spiders from Mars), born in Driffield, England
  • Feb 4 James Dunn, American soul singer (The Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 4 Phil Ehart, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Kansas - "Point of Know Return"), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • Feb 4 Robert Jan Stips, Dutch rock keyboardist, songwriter, and producer (Golden Earring, 1974-80; The Nits, 1983-96 & 2003-present), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 5 Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You're Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 6 (Edwin) "Punky" Meadows, American glam-rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole (1950-2015)

Feb 6 American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Feb 8 Michael Goodroe, American rock bassist (Motels - "Only the Lonely"), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Feb 12 Steve Hackett, British progressive rock guitarist, and composer (Genesis, 1971-77; GTR), born in Pimilco, London, England

Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel (73 years old)

Feb 13 English rock vocalist and composer (Genesis, 1967-75; "In Your Eyes"; "Biko"; "Shock The Monkey"), born in Surrey, England

  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist & actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 14 Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • Feb 16 Kazuki Tomokawa [Tenji Nozoki], Japanese acid-folk singer-songwriter, born in Hachiryu (now Mitane), Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • Feb 17 Rickey Medlocke, American rock guitarist, vocalist, and drummer (Blackfoot, 1969-97 - "Highway Song"' "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1971-72 and 1996-present), born in Jackson, Florida
  • Feb 19 Andy Powell, British rock guitarist and songwriter (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in London, England

Walter BeckerWalter Becker (1950-2017)

Feb 20 American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), born in NYC, New York

  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Genesis P-Orridge [Neil Megson], British avant-garde rock singer-songwriter, and performance artist (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 22 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands

George ThorogoodGeorge Thorogood (73 years old)

Feb 24 American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers - "Bad to the Bone"), born in Wilmington, Delaware

  • Feb 24 Howard Griffiths, British conductor (Zurich Chamber Orchestra, 1996-2006; Brandenburg State Orchestra, 2007-2019), born in Hastings, England
  • Feb 25 Emitt Rhodes, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Merry-Go-Round), sound engineer, and record producer, born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Feb 25 Kenny Gradney, American bassist and songwriter (Little Feat - "Time Loves A Hero"; Delaney & Bonnie & Friends; Robert Palmer), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Feb 26 Jonathan Cain, American rock guitarist & keyboardist (Journey; Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 28 Stephen Chatman, American-Canadian composer (Choir Practice), and educator (University of British Columbia, 1976-present), born in Faribault, Minnesota

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 10 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, dies at 70
  • Feb 19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer ("Roamin' in the Gloamin'"), dies at about 75