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

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)
  • 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, composer, 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