On This Day

February 1959 in Music History

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

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Ottmar Liebert, German guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Nouveau Flamenco), born Cologne, Germany
  • Feb 3 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • Feb 3 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • Feb 6 Ken Nelson, English record producer, born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 7 Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • Feb 12 Omar Hakim, US drummer and composer (Dire Straits, Weather Report), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Renée Fleming, American opera singer & soprano, born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 15 Alistar "Ali" Campbell, British reggae vocalist and guitarist (UB40, 1978-2008 - "Red Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England.
  • Feb 21 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • Feb 25 Mike Peters, Welsh rock singer (Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; Big Country,2010-13), born in Prestatyn, Wales

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 12 George Antheil, American pianist, avant garde composer (Airplane Sonata; Ballet Mécanique), and inventor, dies at 58
  • Feb 13 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 70
  • Feb 14 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, dies at 60
  • Feb 18 Alfred Alessandrescu, Romanian composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • Feb 18 Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbiturate overdose at 38