On This Day

February 1957 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 2 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Piano Concert

  • Feb 23 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Dennis Brown, Jamaican reggae singer ("Money In My Pocket"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1999)
  • Feb 4 Don Davis, American trombonist, arranger, and composer, mostly for film (The Matrix), and television (Beauty & The Beast), born in Anaheim, California
  • Feb 6 Jerry Marotta, American drummer (Orleans-Love Takes Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 6 Simon Phillips, English drummer & record producer (Toto), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 7 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings), born in Kew, Surrey (d. 2007)
  • Feb 13 Tony Butler, British musician & rock bassist (Big Country - "It's A Big Country"; "Wonderland"), born in Shepherd's Bush, London
  • Feb 13 Doris King, American country vocalist (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat To China"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb 14 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano, born in Posio, Finland
  • Feb 15 Jake E Lee, American rock guitarist (Badlands, 1988-93; Ozzy Osborne, 1982-89), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Feb 17 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian world and Celtic harpist, accordion, and piano player, singer, and composer ("The Mummer's Dance"), born in Morden, Manitoba
  • Feb 19 Falco [Johann "Hans" Hölzel], Austrian rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 25 Stuart "Woody" Wood, Scottish pop guitarist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Feb 25 Dennis Diken, American drummer (Smithereens -"Only A Memory"), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • Feb 27 Adrian Smith, English heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High), born in London Borough of Hackney, London
  • Feb 28 Cindy Wilson, American rock vocalist (B-52's - "Love Shack"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Feb 28 Ian Stanley, British rock keyboardist and songwriter (Tears For Fears, 1981-87 - "Shout"; "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"), born in Bath, England
  • Feb 28 Phil Gould, British rock drummer and percussionist (Level 42 - "Something About You"), born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 28 Paul Delph, American rock session and touring keyboardist and producer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1996)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 9 Actor Richard Harris (26) weds socialite Elizabeth Rees (20)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 7 Rudolph Reti, Serbian composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 16 Józef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist, composer, educator (Curtis Institute, 1924-38), and inventor, dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Feb 23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • Feb 25 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76