February 1972 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Feb 1 Reprise Records releases "Harvest", the 4th studio album by Neil Young; becomes best selling album in US, 1972

  • Feb 1 Wings release single "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • Feb 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65

Film Release

Feb 13 Film adaptation of "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical of the same name, starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey is released

  • Feb 13 Sherman Edwards' historical musical "1776", starring William Daniels and Ken Howard, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 1,217 performances and 3 Tony Award wins
  • Feb 14 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" starring Barry Bostwick, Carole Demas, and Adrienne Barbeau, opens at the Eden Theatre (later transferring to the Broadhurst, the Royale, and the Majestic), NYC; runs for 3,388 performances
  • Feb 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host the syndicated "The Mike Douglas Show" for entire week, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 16 American guitar legend Chuck Berry and former Beatle John Lennon perform together, with Yoko Ono, on 'The Mike Douglas Show' TV program

Music Concert

Feb 17 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

  • Feb 18 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting the syndicated "The Mike Douglas Show", in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Music History

Feb 19 American singer Harry Nilsson's single "Without You" begins a 4 week run at the top of the charts. [The song was originally written and performed by the English band Badfinger in 1970, and would reach the top ten again with Mariah Carey's 1994 cover.]

Music Single

Feb 25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" single

Music History

Feb 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Kami [Ukyō Kamimura], Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer), born in Ibaraki, Japan (d. 1999)
  • Feb 2 Dana International, Israeli singer
  • Feb 2 Tego Calderón, nominated reggaeton singer/rapper.
  • Feb 2 Zoë Keating, Canadian-American cellist (Rasputina) and composer (Into The Trees), born in Guelph, Ontario
  • Feb 8 Ted Yoder, American Yoderizing musician (hammered dulcimer), born in Goshen, Indiana

Rob ThomasRob Thomas (51 years old)

Feb 14 American singer (Matchbox Twenty), born in Landstuhl, West Germany

Billie Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong (51 years old)

Feb 17 American singer and musician (Green Day - "Basket Case"; "American Idiot"), born in Oakland, California

  • Feb 17 Taylor Hawkins, American drummer (Foo Fighters - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2022)
  • Feb 17 Yuki Isoya, Japanese pop-rock singer and lyricist (Judy and Mary -"Sobakasu"; NiNa), born in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Feb 20 k-os [Kevin Brereton], Canadian rapper, songwriter, and musician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 21 Christian Howes, American jazz violinist (Out Of The Blue), born in Rocky River, Ohio
  • Feb 21 Seo Taiji [Jeong Hyeon-Cheol], Korean rock-pop and hip-hop musician, singer, and songwriter, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 23 Steve Holy, American country singer, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 29 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 8 Márkos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and rebetiko songwriter, dies at 66
  • Feb 14 (Lambertus) "Bertus" van Lyre, Dutch composer and conductor (Dike), dies at 65
  • Feb 17 Gavriil Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 (Edward) Lee Morgan, American hard-bop jazz trumpeter ("The Sidewinder"), dies after being shot by his wife between sets during a gig at 33 [1]
  • Feb 20 Herbert Menges, English composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (Ballets Russes) and choreographer (1914-70), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Feb 23 Michael Taube, Polish composer, dies at 81