On This Day

February 1998 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 1 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • Feb 12 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC

Music History

Feb 18 Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in "La bohème" at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari

  • Feb 22 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Knighthood

Feb 24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Music History

Feb 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges

  • Feb 25 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist
  • Feb 28 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 11 Khalid [Donnel Robinson], American singer (Location), born in Fort Stewart, Georgia

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England

Divorces in Music

Divorce of Interest

Feb 28 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 5 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), dies in a car accident at 35
  • Feb 6 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Feb 6 Falco [Johann Hoelzel], Austrian singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • Feb 14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People, Mambo Italiano), commits suicide at 72
  • Feb 19 (Louis) "Grandpa", American country music singer and banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • Feb 25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • Feb 25 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59