On This Day in Music for 2nd March

Events in Music

  • 1789 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 1825 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC
  • 1933 "King Kong" starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy NYC
  • 1961 "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1964 Beatles begin filming "Hard Days Night", Harrison meets Patti Boyd

Film release premierFilm Release

1965 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews

Music awardsMusic Awards

1967 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer/Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1968 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • 1969 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony

Music awardsMusic Awards

1974 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1976 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances
  • 1976 Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC
  • 1988 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1991 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • 1991 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • 1995 "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Virginia Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1555 Ludovico Spontoni, composer
  • 1755 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick, composer
  • 1759 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer
  • 1813 George Alexander Macfarren, composer
  • 1815 Antonio Buzzolla, composer
  • 1824 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Bohemian composer (Bartered Bride, Moldau)
  • 1838 David Duffle Wood, composer
  • 1884 Leon Jongen, Belgian composer, born in Liege (d. 1969)
  • 1893 Maxime Dumoulin, composer
  • 1894 Renaat Veremans, Flemish composer/conductor
  • 1900 Kurt J Weill, Dessau Germany, composer/Brecht collaborator (Mahogany)
  • 1905 Marc Blitzstein, composer (Cradle Will Rock), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1909 Hanoch Jacoby, composer
  • 1913 Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Bernard George Stevens, composer
  • 1917 John Gardner, composer
  • 1919 Tamara Toumanova, dancer
  • 1920 Enrique Franco, composer
  • 1921 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • 1922 Eric Feldbush, composer
  • 1922 Mario Zafred, composer
  • 1923 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and record label executive, born in New York, NY
  • 1927 Siegfried Kohler, composer
  • 1927 Witold Szalonec, composer
  • 1934 Bernard Rands, composer (Wildtrack), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1938 Simon Estes, Centerville Iowa, bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos)
  • 1939 Gerard van Tongeren, Dutch singer (Buffoons)
  • 1940 Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)
  • 1942 Lou Reed, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Velvet Underground), born in New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist
  • 1943 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan], English rocker (Drifters, Vipers), born in London, England
  • 1943 Stephen Dickman, composer
  • 1944 Leif Segerstam, composer
  • 1948 Larry Carlton, rock composer (Against All Odds, Who's the Boss)
  • 1948 Rory Gallagher, Donegal, Irish rock guitarist and songwriter (See Here)
  • 1949 Alain Chamfort, French singer
  • 1950 Karen Carpenter, vocalist/drummer (We Only Just Begun), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1953 William Simmons, sax/keyboardist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1955 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Jay Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
  • 1956 John Cowsill, rock drummer (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1956 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1959 Andrew Farriss, Australia, rock keyboardist (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
  • 1959 Larry Stewart, Paducah KY, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1961 Simone Young, Australian conductor
  • 1962 Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville NJ, rocker (Bon Jovi-Give Love a Bad Name)
  • 1966 Stevie Rachelle, rock vocalist (Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1977 Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay), born in Exeter, Devon

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
  • 1985 Luke Pritchard, British singer (The Kooks)
  • 1988 Keith Jack, British singer and actor

Deaths in Music

  • 1800 Christian Friedrich Schale, composer, dies at 86
  • 1822 Friedrich Christian Hermann Uber, composer, dies at 40
  • 1868 Carl Eberwein, composer, dies at 81
  • 1882 Louis Kufferath, composer, dies at 70
  • 1887 Wilhelm Troszel, composer, dies at 63
  • 1937 Gustav Wohlgemuth, composer, dies at 73
  • 1938 Ben Harney, American composer and pianist (b. 1871)
  • 1974 Barbara Ruick, actress/singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 41
  • 1975 Jean Kurt Forest, composer, dies at 65
  • 1991 Serge Gainsbourg, composer/actor (Fury of Hercules), dies at 62
  • 1995 Hugo Cole, British composer and critic, dies at 77
  • 1999 Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939)
  • 1999 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • 2006 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)