February 1967 in Music History

Events in Music

Sports History

Feb 3 Jimi Hendrix adds vocals and overdubs for "Purple Haze" at Olympic Studios in London; basic track had been recorded by the band in January

  • Feb 4 "Wild Thing" cover version by "Senator Bobby" hits #20 on the pop singles chart

Music History

Feb 12 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs in a raid at Richards' Sussex home

Music History

Feb 12 Promotional films (music videos) for the Beatles' forthcoming single "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields" debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in the US

  • Feb 13 Capitol Records releases the Beatles' double "A" side single "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields" in the US


Feb 14 Aretha Franklin records her single "Respect" at Atlantic Studio in NYC; her rendition of Otis Redding's tune becomes Billboard Song of the Year (1967)

  • Feb 17 Parlophone releases the Beatles' double "A" side single "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields" in the UK

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 6 Anita Cochran, American country singer, born in South Lyon, Michigan
  • Feb 6 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 (Narasimhan) N. Ravikiran, Indian classical and Carnatic music composer, vocalist, chitravina (20-string fretless lute) player and musicologist, born in Mysore, India
  • Feb 15 Jane Child, Canadian musician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 16 Damon Reece, British drummer (Spiritualized - "Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space"), born in London, England
  • Feb 17 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 19 Kate Radley, British keyboardist (Spiritualized - "Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space"), born in England

Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)

Feb 20 American grunge rocker (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), born in Aberdeen, Washington

  • Feb 21 Michael Ward, American rock guitarist (John Hiatt, 1993-94; The Wallflowers, 1996-2001 - "One Headlight"; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, 2007-16), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 23 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer, and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 28 Marcus Lillington, British pop guitarist and keyboard player (Breathe - "Hands to Heaven"), born in Bideford, Devon, England

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 3 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • Feb 11 Edmond Hall, American jazz clarinetist (Red Allen; Teddy Wilson), bandleader (Café Society Band), and composer (Profoundly Blue), dies at 65
  • Feb 16 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), dies of leukemia at 55
  • Feb 18 Manuel Palau Boix, Spanish composer (Conservatory of Valencia), dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 25 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60