February 1971 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Concert

Feb 8 Royal Albert Hall cancels scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa, due to concerns about indecent lyrics

  • Feb 9 Elektra Records releases eponymous debut album of American singer-songwriter Carly Simon; garners two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist

Album Release

Feb 10 A&M Records releases "Tapestry", the second album by singer-songwriter Carole King (wins 4 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year 1972); tops charts in 4 countries, goes on to sell over 30 million copies

  • Feb 10 John Guares' stage comedy "House of Blue Leaves" opens at the Truck and Warehouse Theatre, NYC; runs for 337 performances

Musical Finale

Feb 14 Clark Gesner's musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", based on characters from Charles M. Schulz's' "Peanuts", and starring Gary Burghoff, closes at Theatre 80 in the East Village, NYC, after 1597 performances

Music Single

Feb 19 Paul McCartney releases single "Another Day" in UK

Album Release

Feb 19 Progressive rock band Yes release their break-through third studio album "The Yes Album"

Music History

Feb 23 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Feb 25 "Oh! Calcutta!" moves to Belasco Theater in NYC; runs for 1,316 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Ron Welty, American drummer (The Offspring -"Pretty Fly, For A White Guy"), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 5 Sara Evans, American singer, born in Boonville, Missouri
  • Feb 8 William "Will" Turpin, American musician (Collective Soul) and producer (Gooey Music), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Feb 13 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Feb 17 Martyn Bennett [-Knight], Canadian-Scottish celtic-fusion piper, pianist, and composer, born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (d. 2005)
  • Feb 19 Gil Shaham, Israeli-American violinist, born in Urbana, Illinois
  • Feb 21 Randy Blythe, American heavy metal singer (Lamb of God), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 Lea Salonga, Filipina singer & actress (Miss Siagon), born in Manila, Philippines
  • Feb 25 Daniel Powter, Canadian rock singer-songwriter ("Bad Day"), born in Vernon, British Columbia
  • Feb 26 Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright], American R&B and progressive soul singer-songwriter ("On and On"; "Bag Lady"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 26 Hélène Ségara, French pop singer, born in Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
  • Feb 26 Max Martin [Karl Martin Sandberg], Swedish Grammy Award-winning pop record producer and songwriter, with Shellback (Pink; Maroon 5; Taylor Swift; Avril Lavigne), born in Stenhamra, Sweden
  • Feb 27 Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 28 Junya Nakano, Japanese video game composer (Threads Of Fate; Final Fantasy X), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Feb 28 Nigel Godrich, British record producer, recording engineer, and musician (Radiohead; Thom Yorke; Atoms for Peace), born in Westminster, London

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 7 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, dies on his 73rd birthday
  • Feb 15 Marian Koval, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies at 64
  • Feb 21 Adolph Weiss, American bassoonist and composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Rudolf Mauersberger, German choral conductor and composer (Dresdner Requiem), dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Josef Berg, Czech composer, and librettist dies at 43