February 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 3 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
  • Feb 9 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special, featuring archival performances of 62 artists

#1 in the Charts

Feb 10 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

Theater Premiere

Feb 11 Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager, and Neil Simon's musical "They're Playing Our Song", starring Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz opens at Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 1082 performances

  • Feb 14 Revival of Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn's musical comedy "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 204 performances

Grammy Awards

Feb 15 21st Grammy Awards: Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are"; A Taste of Honey win

  • Feb 15 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on "he Mike Douglas Show"

Music Single

Feb 16 George Harrison releases single "Blow Away"

  • Feb 23 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Feb 23 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album, featuring the single "Blow Away"

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • Feb 1 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer, born in Navojoa, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Feb 6 Dan Bălan, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Chișinău, Moldova
  • Feb 8 Josh Keaton [Weiner], American actor and singer (No Authority), born in Hacienda Heights, California
  • Feb 10 Daryl Palumbo, American rock singer-songwriter (Glassjaw), born in Bellmore, New York

Brandy NorwoodBrandy Norwood (44 years old)

Feb 11 American R&B singer-songwriter ("The Boy Is Mine"; "Have You Ever") and stage and film actress ("Moesha"), born in McComb, Mississippi

  • Feb 15 Adam Granduciel [Granofsky], American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer (The War on Drugs - "Thinking Of A Place"; "Holding On": The Violators, 2003-11), born in Dover, Massachusetts
  • Feb 16 Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • Feb 17 Bear McCreary, American composer for film, television (Outlander; The Walking Dead: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and video games, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 19 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 19 Mariska [Anna Maria Rahikainen], Finnish rapper, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Feb 22 Tom Higgenson, American singer-songwriter (Plain White T's - "Hey There Delilah"), born in Villa Park, Illinois
  • Feb 23 D-Roc [D'Angelo Holmes], American rapper (Ying Yang Twins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 25 Joanna Pascale, American jazz singer (When Lights Are Low), and educator (Temple University), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 26 Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Feb 26 Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer and actor, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Deaths in Music

Sid ViciousSid Vicious (1957-1979)

Feb 2 English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

  • Feb 7 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, American country and western singer-songwriter ("Back in the Saddle Again") and actor (Tim Holt films), dies at 77