February 2002 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 2 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 6 (Plutonian Ode), for soprano and orchestra, based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg, premieres with the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, at Carnegie Hall, NYC

#1 in the Charts

Feb 17 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart.

  • Feb 17 Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.

Music History

Feb 27 Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell receives Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Weddings in Music

LeAnn Rimes

Feb 23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class; Mozambique), dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish operatic lyric baritone, dies at 65
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65

Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings (1937-2002)

Feb 13 American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man"), dies of diabetic complications at 64

  • Feb 14 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), dies of leukemia at 54
  • Feb 16 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • Feb 18 Nathan Perelman, Soviet Russian pianist and pedagogue, dies at 95
  • Feb 24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • Feb 26 Oskar Sala, German physicist, composer, electronic music pioneer, and Trautonium (an early synthesizer) player, dies at 91
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist and composer, dies at 82