On This Day

February 2000 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Feb 8 Reprise Records releases "Both Sides Now", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 17th studio album, a collection of torch songs, including re-worked versions of two of her own, backed by an orchestra

Album Release

Feb 29 American rock band Steely Dan releases "Two Against Nature", their eighth studio album, and first in 20 years; it wins four Grammy Awards.


Deaths in Music

  • Feb 2 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 Doris Coley, American pop singer (The Shirelles - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Baby It's You"), dies of breast cancer at 58
  • Feb 5 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Big Pun [Christopher Rios], Puerto Rican-American rapper ("I'm Not A Player"), dies of a heart attack at 28
  • Feb 7 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), dies of complications from cancer at 56
  • Feb 12 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • Feb 12 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 19 Marin Goleminov, Bulgarian violinist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 91
  • Feb 21 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 23 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • Feb 28 George Siravo, American big band and session saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor (Columbia Records), dies at 83
  • Feb 29 Dennis Danell, American punk rock guitarist (Social Distortion), dies of heart failure at 38