On This Day in Music for August 2

Events in Music

  • 1953 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • 1961 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club

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1969 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • 1979 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1979 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1775 Jose Angel Lamas, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1814)
  • 1858 Catherina van Rennes, composer
  • 1884 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer
  • 1888 Oscar Rasbach, composer
  • 1890 Pauline Hall, composer
  • 1891 Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • 1891 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, born in Roman (d. 1971)
  • 1896 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer (d. 1960)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan [Riggins], Danville, Illinois, American singer/actress (Applause, Show Boat)
  • 1900 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor/composer
  • 1905 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, composer

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1905 Myrna Loy, American actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1993)

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1914 Felix Leclerc, composer
  • 1924 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Henryck Schiller, composer
  • 1931 Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer
  • 1932 Marvin David Levy, composer
  • 1935 John MacIvor Perkins, composer
  • 1936 Anthony Edward Payne, composer
  • 1937 Garth Hudson, Canada, pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival)
  • 1939 Edward Pattern, singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1940 Doris Kenner, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1941 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), born in Goldsboro, California (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Homer Banks, US singer/songwriter (Be What You Are)
  • 1943 Kathy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1944 Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)
  • 1947 Massiel, Spanish singer
  • 1948 Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist
  • 1949 "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band)
  • 1950 Ted Turner, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Wishbone Ash), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1951 Andrew Gold, rocker (Lonely Boy), born in Burbank, California
  • 1951 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet)
  • 1955 Jimmy Lowe, country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1956 Isabel Pantoja, Spain, spanish singer (Genio y Figura)
  • 1957 Mojo Nixon, American musician and actor
  • 1960 Neal Morse, American musician (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)
  • 1960 David Yow, American musician (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard)
  • 1961 Pete de Freitas, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • 1961 Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
  • 1969 Jan Axel Blomberg Norwegian musician (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem)
  • 1969 Richard Hallebeek, Dutch guitarist
  • 1972 Jimmy Pop, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1972 Justyna Steczkowska, Polish singer
  • 1974 Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter
  • 1988 Brittany Hargest, American singer (Jump5)

Weddings in Music

  • 1970 Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in Calif

HeartWedding of Interest

1978 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

Deaths in Music

  • 1792 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer, dies at 60
  • 1827 James Hewitt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1873 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1914 Gabriel Edouard Xavier Dupont, composer, dies at 36
  • 1916 Hamish MacCunn, composer, dies at 48
  • 1921 Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48
  • 1932 Gheorghe Cucu, composer, dies at 50
  • 1938 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, composer, dies at 76
  • 1945 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • 1945 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • 1954 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42
  • 1959 Prospero Bisquertt, composer, dies at 78
  • 1964 Jose Maria Castro, composer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Milton B Babbitt, US composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • 1969 Clarence Dickinson, composer, dies at 96
  • 1972 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1972 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • 1978 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • 1982 Rudolf Maros, composer, dies at 65
  • 1983 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, die at 47
  • 1988 Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
  • 1992 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1997 Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Ron Townson, American singer (The Fifth Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2011 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • 2014 Rosetta Hightower, American singer, dies at 70
  • 2015 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72