On This Day

February 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 24 Walter Piston's 5th Symphony, commissioned by the Juilliard School of Music for their 50th anniversary, premiere performance by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jean Morel

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 3 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Feb 5 Vincent "Vinnie" Colaiuta, American touring and session rock and jazz drummer (Frank Zappa; Joni Mitchell; Sting), born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 7 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
  • Feb 11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • Feb 11 Didier Lockwood, French violinist, born in Calais, France (d. 2018)
  • Feb 11 Raoul Björkenheim, American avant-garde jazz guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 11 David Uosikkinen, American drummer (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Clarkston, Scotland
  • Feb 13 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order - "Round & Round"; "Run"), born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer, born in Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Feb 19 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • Feb 19 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • Feb 26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer, born in Chigasaki, Japan

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 4 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 27 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, dies at 57