On This Day

February 1980 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 1 "Call Me" single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)
  • Feb 12 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • Feb 18 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • Feb 24 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 27 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year Kenny Loggins' "What a Fool Believes" Best Album Billy Joel's "52nd Street

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Feb 28 "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 2 Gucci Mane, African-American rapper
  • Feb 5 Tiwa Savage, Nigerian singer-songwriter (Kele, Kele, Kele), born in Isale Eko, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Feb 6 Mamiko Noto, Japanese voice actress & singer, born in Kanazawa, Japan
  • Feb 8 Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
  • Feb 15 Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 18 Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer & songwriter, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 21 Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer, born in Latina, Italy
  • Feb 24 Anton Gustafsson, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)
  • Feb 26 Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer, born in British Hong Kong
  • Feb 27 Bobby Valentino, American singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Feb 29 Chris Conley, American musician

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 8 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 7 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 8 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • Feb 17 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Feb 19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33