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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances

Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer Jerome Robbins
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer
Jerome Robbins
  • 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 15 Benedict Sheehan, American composer, and choral director (Saint Tikhon Choir), born in Franconia, New Hampshire
  • Feb 18 Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter (Begin To Hope), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 21 Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer, born in Latina, Italy
  • Feb 23 Rafael Payare, Venezuelan conductor (San Diego Symphony, 2019-present), born in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
  • Feb 24 Anton Gustafsson, Swedish Iron Maiden fan and tribute artist, born in Kinna, Sweden (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 just under 10 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 7 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 8 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), dies at 63
  • 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