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February 1983 in Music History

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 Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 23 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work win

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 28 U2 release their third studio album "War" featuring protest song "Sunday Bloody Sunday", their 1st No. 1 UK album

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono

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 11 Reena Esmail, Indian-American composer (This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 12 Lavinia Meijer, Dutch harpist (Metamorphosis / The Hours), born in South Korea
  • Feb 14 Rhydian Roberts, Welsh Singer (X Factor runner up), born in Sennybridge, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Ashley Cafagna Tesoro, American actress (Saved By The Bell:The New Class; The Bold and the Beautiful), and country and Christian singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 18 Juelz Santana, American rapper, born in Harlem, New York
  • Feb 19 Mika Nakashima, Japanese pop singer ("Glamorous Sky"; Yuki no Hama" ), and actress (Nana films) born in Hioki, Kagoshima, Japan

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 pop vocalist and drummer ("We've Only Just Begun"; "Rainy Days And Mondays"; "Top Of The World"), dies of anorexia nervosa at 32
  • Feb 12 (James Hubert) "Eubie" Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist ("Memories of You"; "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), dies at 96
  • Feb 22 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), dies at 93
  • Feb 24 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90