February 1954 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 2 Johann "Hansi" Hinterseer, Austrian pop and schlager singer ("Hände Zum Himmel"), actor, and competitive alpine skier (World Championship silver, 1974), born in Kitzbühel, Austria
  • Feb 5 Cliff Martinez, American musician, born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 6 Scott Kempner, American rhythm guitarist (Del-Lords), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 7 Dieter Bohlen, German pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and television personality, born in Berne, West Germany
  • Feb 11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 12 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian

John TravoltaJohn Travolta (69 years old)

Feb 18 American actor (Welcome Back, Kotter; Saturday Night Fever; Pulp Fiction), and singer (Grease - "You're The One That I Want"), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • Feb 19 Frances Bucholz, German rocker (Scorpions - "Wind of Change"), born in Hanover, Hamburg
  • Feb 19 Michael Gira, American rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Swans; Angels of Light), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 Jon Brant, American rock bassist (Cheap Trick, 1981-87), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 20 Tom Whitlock, American Academy Award-winning lyricist songwriter (“Take My Breath Away”, “Danger Zone”), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2023)
  • Feb 24 Plastic Bertrand [Roger François Jouret], Belgian singer (Ça plane pour moi), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Feb 25 John Doe [Duchac], American poet, songwriter, and cow-punk musician (X; The Knitters), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Feb 27 JoAnn Falletta, American conductor (Virginia Symphony, 1991-2020; Buffalo Philharmonic, 1999-present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 27 Neal Schon, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Santana, 1971-72; Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"; "Any Way You Want It"; Bad English, 1987-91), born in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 4 Václav Vačkář, Czech composer, known for his marches, conductor, and musicologist, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Jan Maklakiewicz, Polish composer of choral music, dies at 54