On This Day in Music for May 2

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1929 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1936 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow

Music releaseMusic Recording

1938 Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1964 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00
  • 1964 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1965 "New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1968 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
  • 1977 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1984 "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances
  • 1990 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • 1992 "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at H Hayes NYC 14 performances
  • 1993 "5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances
  • 1993 "Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1993 "Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1993 "Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1995 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Birthdays in Music

  • 1660 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1725)
  • 1729 Florian Johann Deller, composer
  • 1752 Ludwig August Lebrun, composer
  • 1754 Vicente Martin y Soler, composer
  • 1810 Hans Christian Lumbye, composer
  • 1817 Zikmund Michal Kolesovsky, composer
  • 1843 Carl Michael Ziehrer, composer
  • 1846 Zygmunt Noskowski, composer
  • 1855 Theodore Moses Tobani, composer
  • 1857 Frederic Cliffe, composer
  • 1859 Eugene D'Harcourt, composer
  • 1862 Marie F M Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine)
  • 1887 Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)
  • 1893 Assen Karastoyanov, composer
  • 1895 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (d. 1943)
  • 1897 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan, singer/actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny)
  • 1903 Oivin Fjeldstad, composer
  • 1904 Georgi Dimitrov, composer
  • 1906 Maurice Thiriet, composer
  • 1911 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist
  • 1915 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Van Alexander, composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Than Wyenn, American actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Jacob Gilboa, composer
  • 1920 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer
  • 1924 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer
  • 1924 Theodore Bikel, Austrian/US folk singer/actor (Russians Are Coming), born in Vienna (d.2015)
  • 1925 Svatopluk Havelka, composer
  • 1929 Edward Levy Irving, composer
  • 1929 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Link Wray, American rock guitarist (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz musician (Misty), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1932 Malcolm Leyland Lipkin, composer
  • 1933 Bunk Gardner, musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1936 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Engelbert Humperdinck, [Arnold George Dorsey], British singer, born in Madras, India
  • 1945 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Kinks-Waterloo Sunset)
  • 1945 Goldy McJohn, rocker (Steppenwolf)
  • 1945 Randy Cain, US soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics)
  • 1945 Robert Henrit, England, rocker (Argent)
  • 1945 Judge Dread, English musician (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Larry Gatlin, Seminole Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 1950 Lou Gramm, rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1952 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress
  • 1955 Jo Callis, English rocker (The Human League), born in Rotherham, Kent
  • 1956 David Rhodes, English guitarist
  • 1961 Doctor Robert, [Bruce R Howard], rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1968 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress
  • 1974 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor
  • 1978 Steve Bays, Canadian musician
  • 1982 Lorie [Laure Pester], French singer, born in Le Plessis-Bouchard, Île-de-France

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1985 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter (It's Not Me, It's You) and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • 1987 Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
  • 1988 Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1922 Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)
  • 2015 Actress and singer Amy Adams (40) weds longtime love Darren Le Gallo in California

Deaths in Music

  • 1627 Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
  • 1799 Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer, dies at 58
  • 1864 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Golt Und Die Natur), dies at 72
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rust, composer, dies at 69
  • 1897 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • 1937 Arthur Somervell, composer, dies at 73
  • 1954 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66
  • 1957 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, composer, dies at 53
  • 1963 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • 1985 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1985 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • 1990 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • 1992 Joey Cuevas, dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1998 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • 2013 Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist, dies from liver failure at 49
  • 2015 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome") dies at 87