February 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 12 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to No. 1 and stays No. 1 for 10 weeks

Music Premiere

Feb 24 Cole Porter's final Broadway musical "Silk Stockings", loosely based on the Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 478 performances

Musical Finale

Feb 26 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 152 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 3 Bahadır Akkuzu, Turkish rock guitarist and singer (Kurtalan Ekspres), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2009)
  • Feb 12 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer, born in Salem, Illinois
  • Feb 13 Jan de Ligt, Dutch pop-rock saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets; Gruppo Sportivo), born in The Netherlands
  • Feb 13 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • Feb 15 Hugh Padgham, British record producer and audio engineer (Phil Collins; The Police; Spandau Ballet), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Feb 16 Jeff Clayton, American session and touring jazz saxophonist and composer (Groove Shop), born in Venice, California (d. 2020) [1]
  • Feb 20 Karmella Tsepkolenko, Ukrainian classical composer (Parallels), music promoter (Two Days and Two Nights Festival), and author (Artistic Games), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Feb 23 Howard Jones, British rock pianist, and singer-songwriter (Things Can Only Get Better), born in Southampton, England
  • Feb 24 Bob Abrams, American rocker (Buckinghams), born in Ohio
  • Feb 27 Garry Christian, British soul singer (The Christians - "Words"), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Peter Christopherson, British rock musician (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), commercial & music video director, born in Leeds, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • Feb 28 Randy Jackson, American hard rock singer, guitarist, and keyboard player (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 14 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 19 Otakar Pařík, Czech pianist and conductor, dies at 54