On This Day

February 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

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Feb 3 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • Feb 10 "John and Marsha" by Stan Freberg, a parody of daytime soap operas which had only two voices repeating each other's names, peaks at #21 in the USA
  • Feb 24 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • Feb 25 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 278 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Clide "Sonny" Landreth, American blues and zydeco slide guitar player, born in Canton, Mississippi
  • Feb 2 Alphonso Johnson, American jazz bassist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 4 Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Feb 5 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell], Irish singer, born in County Donegal, Ireland
  • Feb 9 Dennis "D.T." Thomas, American R&B saxophonist (Kool & Gang - "Celebration")
  • Feb 9 David Pomeranz, American singer, composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater ("On This Day"), born in New York City
  • Feb 9 Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, American funk saxophonist (Kool & The Gang - "Who's Gonna Take The Weight"), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • Feb 12 Gil Moore, Canadian hard rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph) and recording studio owner (Metalworks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 13 Greg Fulginiti, American recording & mastering engineer, born in North Wildwood, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Michael Doucet, singer & musician (Beausoleil)
  • Feb 14 Sylvain Sylvain [Mizrahi], Egyptian-American rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2021)
  • Feb 15 Melissa Manchester, American pop singer (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 16 Super Chikan [James Johnson], American blues guitarist (Chikadelic), born in Darling, Mississippi
  • Feb 19 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • Feb 20 Kathy Baillie, American country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Feb 20 Randy California [Wolfe], American guitarist (Spirit), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Feb 20 Patrice Fisher, American jazz, pop, and Celtic harpist, and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 21 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • Feb 27 Steve Harley, English rocker (Come Up & See Me), born in Kent, England
  • Feb 28 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 9 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • Feb 10 Joseph Bovet, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 94
  • Feb 20 Howard Brockway, American composer, dies at 80