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February 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 13 Rock musical "Rent" by Jonathan Larson opens off-Broadway

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 13 Rapper Tupac Shakur releases his 4th studio album 'All Eyez on Me'

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 British boy band Take That officially announce that they are disbanding, prompting UK government to set up counselling phone lines

  • Feb 13 "The Score" 2nd studio album by Fugees is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1996)

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 15 Tamil romantic comedy film "Poove Unakkaga" released directed by Vikraman, starring Sangita and Vijay in his breakthrough role

Actor and Singer Vijay
Actor and Singer
  • Feb 22 "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 25 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 28 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette wins

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 7 Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer
  • Feb 20 Mabel [Mabel McVey], English singer-songwriter (Finders Keepers), born in Málaga , Spain

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Singer Prince Rogers Nelson (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis

Deaths in Music

Person of interestGene Kelly

Feb 2 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • Feb 3 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • Feb 5 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • Feb 7 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 Tiny Winters, musician, dies at 87
  • Feb 8 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
  • Feb 14 Taiguara [Chalar da Silva], Brazilian singer and songwriter, dies at 50
  • Feb 15 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • Feb 16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, dies at 50
  • Feb 19 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko), dies at 65
  • Feb 21 Morton Gould, American prolific composer (Verdun), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • Feb 24 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, dies from Crohn's disease at 77
  • Feb 29 Wes Farrell, American songwriter (The Partridge Family), dies of cancer at 56