On This Day

February 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 3 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 7 Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Feb 9 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • Feb 9 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Feb 11 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances
  • Feb 14 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

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

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Feb 15 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 20 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 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 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer, born in Navojoa, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Feb 1 Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • Feb 6 Dan Bălan, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Chișinău, Moldova
  • Feb 8 Josh Keaton, American actor and singer, born in Hacienda Heights, California
  • Feb 10 Daryl Palumbo, American musician, born in Bellmore, New York
  • Feb 11 Brandy [Brandy Rayana Norwood], American singer (Les Miserables, Moisha), 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 19 Mariska [Anna Maria Rahikainen], Finnish rapper, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Feb 19 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • 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 & actor, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Deaths in Music

Person of interestSid Vicious

Feb 2 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Feb 7 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, dies at 68
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, American gospel composer and singer (Your Arms Too Short To Box With God), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, composer, dies