On This Day

February 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

  • Feb 9 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 10 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Feb 14 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances

Album Release

Feb 19 Geffen Records releases "Night Ride Home", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 14th studio album

  • Feb 20 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 78 performances

Grammy Awards

Feb 20 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

Music History

Feb 21 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

  • Feb 24 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances

Music History

Feb 27 Singer James Brown is paroled from prison after serving 2 years of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

  • Feb 28 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • Feb 28 "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 7 Spencer Elden, baby and model on grunge rock band Nirvana's "Nevermind" album cover (1991)

Ed Sheeran

Feb 17 Ed Sheeran, English singer-songwriter ("Shape of You"; "Thinking Out Loud"), born in Halifax, England


Weddings in Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Feb 9 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 6 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Feb 9 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 10 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, dies of cancer at 62
  • Feb 12 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • Feb 14 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), dies at 71
  • Feb 24 Webb Pierce, American honky-tonk country singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("In The Jailhouse Now"; "Wondering"; "There Stands The Glass"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 64
  • Feb 26 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer songwriter, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 Hein van Royen, Dutch director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1974-91), dies at 52