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February 1983 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 7 "José Cuervo" single released by Shelly West (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 11 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 11 Single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" sung by Bonnie Tyler and composed by Jim Steinman is released

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman
  • Feb 13 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 13 E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 23 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 26 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Andrew VanWyngarden, American musician and singer (MGMT), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • Feb 2 Alex Westaway, British musician
  • Feb 8 Jim Verraros, American singer
  • Feb 14 Rhydian Roberts, Welsh Singer (X Factor runner up), born in Sennybridge, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 18 Juelz Santana, American rapper
  • Feb 19 Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • Feb 4 Karen Carpenter, American vocalist and drummer (We Only Just Begun), dies of anorexia at 32
  • Feb 12 Eubie Blake, US ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 96
  • Feb 22 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • Feb 23 Adrian Boult, conductor, dies
  • Feb 24 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90