February 1981 in Music

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 1 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Feb 5 "Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 5 Joni Mitchell inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 8 "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Feb 8 "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of his song "My Sweet Lord" with Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 25 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 3 Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • Feb 6 Jens Lekman, Swedish musician
  • Feb 8 Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
  • Feb 9 James Owen Sullivan [The Rev], Huntington Beach California, drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) (d.2009)
  • Feb 10 The Rev [James Owen Sullivan], American musician (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Feb 10 Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer, born in Bathurst, Canada
  • Feb 11 Kelly Rowland, US singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 15 Matt Hoopes, US musician (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Feb 15 Olivia Longott, US singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 19 Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
  • Feb 19 Vitas, Russian singer
  • Feb 19 Daniel Letterle, American Actor and Singer

Person of interestJosh Groban

Feb 27 Josh Groban, American singer (You Raise Me Up), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer Josh Groban
Singer
Josh Groban

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 1 Ernst Pepping, German composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 1 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 6 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)

Person of interestBill Haley

Feb 9 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), dies of a heart attack probably caused by alcoholism at 55

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • Feb 15 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • Feb 15 Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Karl Richter, German composer and conductor, dies at 54
  • Feb 19 Frank Merrik, composer, dies at 94

Person of interestHoward Hanson

Feb 26 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson