February 1987 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 7 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93

#1 in the Charts

Feb 7 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Disqualified for Kneeling

Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot

  • Feb 19 Musical revue "Stardust - The Mitchell Parish Musical", featuring songs of the Lithuanian-American lyricist, opens at Biltmore Theater, NYC; runs for 101 performances

Grammy Awards

Feb 24 29th Grammy Awards: "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood; "Graceland" by Paul Simon; and Bruce Hornsby win

  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles on compact disc: "Please Please Me"; "With The Beatles"; "A Hard Day's Night"; and "Beatles For Sale" [1]

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 5 Darren Criss, American actor & singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 10 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 14 Julia Savicheva, Russian singer, born in Kurgan, Russia
  • Feb 24 Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress
  • Feb 24 Erica Corbo, American jazz and improv pianist (Space Whale Orchestra), and performance artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 25 Eva Avila, Canadian singer
  • Feb 26 Juliet Simms, American singer & songwriter (Automatic Loveletter), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 27 Cory Henry, American R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, pianist, Hammond B-3 organist, Harpejji and Moog player (Snarky Puppy), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78

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Feb 4 American Emmy Award-winning pianist, showman (The Liberace Show), and actor (Batman -"Evil Chandell"), dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at 67

  • Feb 10 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Bola Sete, Brazilian guitarist, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Holiday, American soul singer ("How Can I Forget"; Baby I Love You"), and songwriter ("Put A Little Love In Your Heart"), dies of heart failure at 42
  • Feb 15 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish jazz pianist, film score composer, pedagogue, and electronic music pioneer, dies at 57
  • Feb 16 Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire), dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Adrian Cruft, British composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Ivan Brkanović, Croatian composer (Triptych - Funeral Folk Rite), dies at 80
  • Feb 25 James Coco, American character actor (Only When I Laugh; Murder by Death), and singer (Man of La Mancha), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Feb 28 Nora Kaye, American ballet dancer, and Broadway and film choreographer, dies of cancer at 67