February 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 1 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances

Music Premiere

Feb 16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres

  • Feb 24 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 24 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist, born in Takasaki, Japan

Clint Black (61 years old)

Feb 4 American country vocalist ("Killin' Time"; "Nothin' But the Taillights"), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

  • Feb 5 Tommy Skeoch, American guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)

Axl Rose (61 years old)

Feb 6 American rock singer-songwriter (Guns & Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"), born in Lafayette, Indiana

  • Feb 7 David Bryan [Rashbaum], American rock keyboardist (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"), and theatrical composer (Memphis; The Toxic Avenger), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Garth Brooks (61 years old)

Feb 7 American country singer (No Fences; "Friends In Low Places"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Feb 9 Anik Bissonnette, Canadian ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 10 Cliff Burton, American bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)

Sheryl Crow (61 years old)

Feb 11 American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("All I Want to Do"; "If It Makes You Happy"), born in Kennett, Missouri

  • Feb 16 John Balance [Geoffrey Rushton], British poet and industrial rock musician (Coil; Psychic TV), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • Feb 16 Tony Kiley, British rock drummer (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways"), born in England
  • Feb 17 David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Triffids, 1976-89; The Blackeyed Susans, 1989–93), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Bayer, American music video director, born in Syracuse, New York
  • Feb 20 Joel Ellis, American glam-metal singer (Cats In Boots; Heavy Bones)
  • Feb 22 Mark Arm [McLaughlin], American grunge rock singer-songwriter, (Green River; Mudhoney), born at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
  • Feb 23 Michael Wilton, American heavy metal guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Michelle Shocked [Johnston], American Grammy Award-winning contemporary folk singer-songwriter ("Anchorage"; 33 RPM Soul"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 25 Foster Sylvers, American singer (Sylvers), born in Pasadena, California
  • Feb 25 LaVerne Butler, American jazz singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 5 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • Feb 9 Harriet Ware (Krumbhaar), American concert pianist, composer (Women's Triumphal March; The Rose Is Red; The Varying Shore), and music educator, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Bruno Walter, German-French opera and symphony conductor (Vienna Philharmonic; NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • Feb 19 Albert Elkus, American composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 26 Carl Ehrenberg, German composer, kapellmeister, and pedagogue, dies at 83