February 1968 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances

Theater Premiere

Feb 7 Arthur Miller's stage drama "Price" opens at Morosco Theatre, later moving to the 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs for 429 performances

  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3

Music History

Feb 16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Music History

Feb 16 Elvis Presley receives a gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

Music History

Feb 22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"

  • Feb 24 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • Feb 29 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

Music Premiere

Feb 29 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres


Birthdays in Music

Lisa Marie PresleyLisa Marie Presley (1968-2023)

Feb 1 American singer-songwriter ("Lights Out"), and daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee [1]

  • Feb 2 Simon Wickham-Smith, British composer and Mongolist, born in England
  • Feb 5 Chris Barron, American singer & songwriter (Spin Doctors), born in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • Feb 5 Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Feb 6 Akira Yamaoka, Japanese composer, born in Niigata, Japan
  • Feb 7 (Salvatore) "Sully" Erna, American heavy metal singer, and rhythm guitarist (Godsmack), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Feb 8 Claudette Pace (Buttigieg), Maltese pop singer ("Desire"), and politician (Member of Parliament), born in Naxxar, Malta
  • Feb 9 Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican rock singer ("Volverte a Amar"), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 12 Chynna Phillips, American pop vocalist (Wilson Philips - "Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • Feb 17 Patrick Uterwijk, Dutch heavy metal guitarist (Pestilence - Consuming Impulse), born in The Netherlands
  • Feb 18 Don Rigsby, American bluegrass mandolin player, fiddler, guitarist, and producer (Lonesome River Band), born in Isonville, Kentucky
  • Feb 19 Frank Watkins, American heavy metal bassist (Obituary - "Cause of Death"), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Evridiki [Theokleous], Greek Cypriot rock and electro-pop singer, born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Feb 26 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine), born in Irvine, California
  • Feb 29 Gareth Farr, New Zealand percussionist, and composer (From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs; Chemin des Dames), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 5 (Charles Luckyth) "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, dies at 80-ish [various sources dispute birth year, 1887 to 1895] [1]
  • Feb 7 Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • Feb 13 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 15 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • Feb 16 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 87
  • Feb 27 Frankie Lymon, American pop singer (The Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • Feb 27 Ludvik Podest, Czech composer, music journalist, and conductor dies at 46