On This Day

February 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off..." 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", also by The Beatles
  • 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

Music Premiere

Feb 8 Peter Shaffer's musical "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Feb 9 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from New York, draws 73.7 million television viewers

  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concerts, two shows at 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

TV Show Appearance

Feb 16 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida

  • 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 Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Feb 1 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), born in High Level, Alberta (d. 1995)
  • Feb 1 Mario Pelchat, Canadian francophone singer, born in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec
  • Feb 4 Noodles [Kevin Wasserman], American guitarist (The Offspring), born in Los Angeles, California.
  • Feb 5 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus
  • Feb 5 (Michael Andrew) "Duff" McKagan, American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 6 Skip Ewing, American country vocalist (Coast of Colorado), born in Redlands, California
  • Feb 6 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock singer-songwriter & musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 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), born in Manchester, England
  • 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 28 Rihards Dubra, Latvian composer, primarily of sacred choral works, born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • Feb 29 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 9 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), dies of a heart attack at 55