On This Day

February 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 2 "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC 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)
  • Feb 26 Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres in NYC
  • 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 James Dunn, American vocalist (Stylistics), 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-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • Feb 5 Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You're Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina

Person of interestNatalie Cole

Feb 6 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Feb 6 Punky Meadows, American rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 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

Person of interestPeter Gabriel

Feb 13 Peter Gabriel, English rock vocalist (Genesis, 1967-75; "In Your Eyes"), born in Surrey, England

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • Feb 14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist & actor (Brussels by Night)
  • Feb 14 Roger Fisher, American musician (Heart)
  • Feb 16 Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese acid-folk singer
  • Feb 16 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Rick Medlocke, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blackfoot), born in Jackson, Florida
  • Feb 19 Andy Powell, British rock guitarist and songwriter (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in London, England

Person of interestWalter Becker

Feb 20 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
  • Feb 22 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge Thorogood

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

Singer and Guitarist George Thorogood
Singer and Guitarist
George Thorogood
  • Feb 25 Emitt Rhodes, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Merry-Go-Round), sound engineer, and record producer, born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 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