February 1959 in Music

Events in Music


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Feb 2 Buddy Holly's last performance

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 3 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
  • Feb 5 "Redhead" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 455 performances
  • Feb 7 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Feb 9 Coasters's "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2

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Feb 20 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle. He is fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
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Jimi Hendrix
  • Feb 28 "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 3 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • Feb 3 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • Feb 6 Ken Nelson, English record producer
  • Feb 7 Brian Travers, rock saxophonist (UB40-Red Wine)
  • Feb 12 Omar Hakim, US drummer and composer (Dire Straits, Weather Report), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Renée Fleming, American soprano
  • Feb 15 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Feb 21 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • Feb 25 Mike Peters, rocker (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • Feb 27 Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 3 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28

Person of interestBuddy Holly

Feb 3 Buddy Holly, American rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 3 Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • Feb 5 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • Feb 13 William L Axt, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 14 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • Feb 18 Alfred Alessandrescu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, dies at 53
  • Feb 18 Jaroslav Kvapil, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38