February 1952 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 4 Jerry Shirley, British rock drummer (Humble Pie - "Black Coffee"), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
  • Feb 5 Daniel Balavoine, French singer -songwriter, born in Alençon, France (d. 1986)
  • Feb 7 Vasco Rossi, Italian rock singer-songwriter (Buoni o cattivi (Good Or Bad)), born in Zocca, Italy
  • Feb 8 Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch bassist/singer (Dike)
  • Feb 12 Michael McDonald, American rock singer and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers - "What A Fool Believes"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 13 Alex de Grassi, American new-age fingerstyle guitarist (Clockwork), born in Yokosuka, Japan
  • Feb 13 Ed Gagliardi, American rock bassist (Foreigner - "Cold As Ice"), born in NYC, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 16 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Feb 18 (Judy) "Juice" Newton, American country and pop singer-songwriter ("Angel of the Morning"; "Queen of Hearts"), born in Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Feb 21 Jean-Jacques Brunel, French-British rock bassist (Stranglers - "Dreamtime"), born in Notting Hill, London, England
  • Feb 23 Bradley "Brad" Whitford, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith - "Love In An Elevator", "Last Child"), born in Winchester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 25 Jerry Chamberlain, American alt-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and producr (Daniel Amos: The Swirling Eddies), born in Inglewood, California
  • Feb 26 John Giblin, Scottish session and touring rock and jazz electric and acoustic bass player (Peter Gabriel; Kate Bush; Jon Anderson; Peter Erskine), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • Feb 27 Henk Westbroek, Dutch singer (Good Cause), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Feb 27 Kevin Raleigh, American singer & keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band - "He Can't Love You"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 28 Eddie Manion, American touring and session rock saxophonist (Asbury Jukes; Disciples of Soul; Bruce Springsteen; Robert Cray)
  • Feb 28 William Finn, American theatrical composer, lyricist, and Tony Award Winner (Falsettos; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Weddings in Music

Tony Bennett

Feb 12 American singer Tony Bennett (25) weds art student Patricia Beech, at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, New York; separate in 1965, divorce in 1971

  • Feb 26 American singer Jo Stafford (34) weds American arranger and composer Paul Weston (39) at St Gregory's Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California, until his death in 1996

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist (Mozart catalogue revision), dies at 71