February 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Feb 1 Sonny & Cher resume TV variety show, despite real-life divorce; now titled "The Sonny & Cher Show"

This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)

Feb 6 George Harrison releases single "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"

  • Feb 7 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
  • Feb 17 Cliff Jones' theatrical rock opera "Rockabye Hamlet", starring Beverly D'Angelo, opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances
  • Feb 21 Cliff Jones' theatrical rock opera "Rockabye Hamlet", starring Beverly D'Angelo, closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 7 performances

Grammy Awards

Feb 28 18th Grammy Awards: "Love Will Keep Us Together" Record of the Year; Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 4 Cam'ron [Cameron Ezike Gile], American rapper, born in East Harlem, New York

Chen Kun (47 years old)

Feb 4 Chinese actor (Painted Skin), and singer ("Power to Go"), born in Chongqing, China

  • Feb 10 Kev Brown, American rapper & hip hop producer, born in Landover, Maryland
  • Feb 11 Gretchen Parlato, American jazz singer, and songwriter (The Lost And Found), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 11 Peter Hayes, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Weapon of Choice"), born in New York Mills, Minnesota
  • Feb 13 (Leslie) Feist, Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, born n Amherst, Nova Scotia
  • Feb 13 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator), born in Canada
  • Feb 14 Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes), born in Stavanger, Norway

Brandon Boyd (47 years old)

Feb 15 American rock singer (Incubus - "Make Yourself"), born in Van Nuys, California

  • Feb 15 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American drummer (The Killers), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Feb 16 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 20 Ed Graham, British drummer (The Darkness, 2000-14), born in Great Yarmouth, England
  • Feb 20 Fulvia di Domenico, Italian jazz and world music singer-songwriter, born in Rome, Italy
  • Feb 24 Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
  • Feb 24 Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)

Rashida Jones (47 years old)

Feb 25 American actress (Parks and Recreation), writer, model, and musician, born in Los Angeles, California

  • Feb 26 Chad Urmston, American rock-ska-reggae singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Dispatch; State Radio), born in Sherborn, Massachusetts

Ja Rule (47 years old)

Feb 29 American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Erling Kjellsby, Norwegian organist, educator and composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Maurice Jacobson, British concert pianist, composer, and music publisher, dies at 80
  • Feb 5 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer ("Cast Your Fate to the Wind"; Peanuts TV specials), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Feb 9 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts; Sinfonians), dies from cancer at 52
  • Feb 13 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • Feb 22 Florence Ballard, American pop and R&B singer (The Supremes, 1959-67 - "Buttered Popcorn"; "Where Did Our Love Go"), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • Feb 24 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), dies at 82