February 1964 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You"
  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 6 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 7 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show" draws 73.7 million viewers
  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
  • Feb 15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Feb 19 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • Feb 21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • Feb 22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • Feb 24 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles 1964)
  • Feb 27 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances
  • Feb 29 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Jani Lane, [John Kennedy Oswald] heavy metal musician and singer (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • Feb 1 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician
  • Feb 1 Mario Pelchat, Quebec singer
  • Feb 4 Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
  • Feb 5 Alexia, Cypriot singer
  • Feb 5 Duff McKagan [Michael Andrew], American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 6 Skip Ewing, Redlands California, country vocalist (Coast of Colorado)
  • Feb 6 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • Feb 6 Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • Feb 9 Rachel Bolan [James Southworth], American musician and songwriter (Skid Row), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), born in Stourbridge, West Midlands (d. 1993)
  • Feb 18 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • Feb 19 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Feb 20 Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]
  • Feb 23 John Norum, Swedish rocker (Europe), born in Vardø, Norway
  • Feb 27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 29 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 9 Willie Bryant, American singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • Feb 15 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58