February 1994 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 3 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore
  • Feb 6 "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Feb 7 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant

Tommy Lee Charged

Feb 8 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is charged with possession of a loaded firearm

  • Feb 12 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston
  • Feb 22 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
  • Feb 27 Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas' percussion revue "Stomp" opens at the Orpheum Theatre, NYC; runs for 11,475 performances

Birthdays in Music

Harry StylesHarry Styles (29 years old)

Feb 1 British pop singer (One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"; solo - "Sign of the Times"), born in Redditch, England

  • Feb 8 (Nicole) "Nikki" Yanofsky, Canadian jazz-pop singer ("I Believe"), born in Montreal, Quebec.
  • Feb 14 Becky Hill, English singer (Remember), born in Bewdley, England

Ava MaxAva Max (29 years old)

Feb 16 American singer-songwriter (Sweet But Psycho), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Feb 18 J-Hope [Jung Ho-seok] South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Gwangju, South Korea,
  • Feb 23 Little Simz [Simbiatu Ajikawo], English rapper and actress (Sometimes I might be Introvert), born in London, England
  • Feb 28 Jake Bugg [Kennedy], British blues-rock singer-songwriter, and musician, born in Nottingham, England

Weddings in Music

Jerry Garcia

Feb 14 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 1 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), dies of renal failure at 62
  • Feb 2 John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
  • Feb 2 Willie Mae "Mother" Smith (née Ford), American gospel singer, evangelist, and folk artist, dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Zilner Randolph, American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and music educator, dies at 95
  • Feb 5 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 6 Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • Feb 7 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), dies of cancer at 81
  • Feb 8 Raymond Scott, American composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Jarmila Novotná, Czech-American soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-56), and actress (The Search), dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Louis Kaufman, American violinist and conductor (Gone With The Wind), dies at 88
  • Feb 14 Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • Feb 19 Vittorio Rieti, Jewish Italian-American composer, dies at 96
  • Feb 22 "Papa" John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), dies of heart failure at 76

Dinah ShoreDinah Shore (1917-1994)

Feb 24 American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show; Nabisco DS Championship), dies of ovarian cancer at 76

  • Feb 24 Donald Phillips, pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Jean Sablon, French pop singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • Feb 27 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 89
  • Feb 28 (Elbert) "Skippy" Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77