Events in Music in February 1964

  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," their first #1 hit, stays #1 for 7 weeks
  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 6 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 7 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 9 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
  • Feb 15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 16 Beatles' 2nd appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Feb 19 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • Feb 21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • Feb 22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • Feb 27 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances
  • Feb 29 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances