February 1959 in Music

Events in Music

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Feb 2 Buddy Holly's last performance

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
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 28 "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of Great Britain

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, drummer (Dire Straits, Weather Report)
  • 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 Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 3 Richie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • 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