On This Day

February 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 3 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • Feb 4 Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple
  • Feb 6 Jerry Herman's "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 7 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 17 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • Feb 17 "Cloud Nine" 9th studio album by The Temptations is released (Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group 1969, Billboard Album of the Year 1969)
  • Feb 25 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Joshua Redman, American jazz saxophonist & composer, born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 1 Patrick Wilson, American musician (Drummer for Weezer), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Feb 4 Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
  • Feb 5 Bobby Brown, American singer-songwriter ("My Prerogative"), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Feb 12 Meja [Meja Anna Pernilla Kullersten], Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • Feb 12 Byron Stroud, Canadian bassist, born in New Westminster, Canada
  • Feb 13 Ahlam [Ahlah Ali Al Shamsi], Bahraini singer, born in Manama, Bahrain
  • Feb 15 Birdman [Bryan Williams], US record executive and rapper, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 19 Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • Feb 21 James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • Feb 21 Eric Wilson, American musician, born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 21 Corey Harris, American blues & reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 22 Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer, born in Córdoba, Spain
  • Feb 26 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 27 Brad Vander Ark, American musician, born in Holland, Michigan
  • Feb 28 Elisa Fiorillo, singer (Forgive Me For Dreaming)
  • Feb 28 Patrick Monahan, American singer (Train)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73