On This Day

February 1968 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Guru
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Feb 18 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 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 releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 29 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Simon Wickham-Smith, composer and Mongolist
  • 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, Maltese singer
  • 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 19 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • Feb 22 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • 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 Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • 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 Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 27 Frankie Lymon, American pop singer (The Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"), dies of a heroin overdose at 25