On This Day

February 1989 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

Feb 18 "A Better Man" single released by Clint Black (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)

  • Feb 19 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Feb 22 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

Music History

Feb 26 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances


Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 1 Hurricane Chris [Dooley], American rapper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Feb 9 Gia Farrell [Jeannie Bocchicchio], American pop singer-songwriter ("Hit Me Up"), born in Suffern, New York
  • Feb 21 Corbin Bleu [Reivers], American actor & singer (High School Musical - "Chad"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 27 Kelly Breeding, American singer (B5), born in Liberal, Kansas
  • Feb 28 Zhang Liyin, Chinese K-pop and R&B singer, born in Chengdu, China
  • Feb 28 Remmi [Rachel Smith], American indie pop singer-songwriter, born in Alexandria, Louisiana

Weddings in Music

Courtney Love

Feb 14 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

  • Feb 17 Whitesnake's singer David Coverdale (37) weds American actress Tawny Kitaen (27); divorced 1991

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 4 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 6 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • Feb 14 Vincent Crane [Cheesman], British rock Hammond organist, and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), dies of deliberate painkiller overdose at 45
  • Feb 21 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, conductor, teacher, and musicologist, dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65