On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 2

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1800 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1944 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in NY

  • 1968 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • 1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 1987 "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1992 "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1997 "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1628 Constantin Christian Dedekind, German composer and poet, born in Reinsdorf, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1715)
  • 1632 Georg Caspar Weckler, German organist and composer, baptized in Nuremburg, Bavaria (d. 1695)
  • 1728 Franz Asplmayr, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 1786)
  • 1733 Giacomo Tritto, Italian composer, born in Altamura, Italy (d. 1824)
  • 1735 Christian Gotthilf Tag, German composer, born in Beierfeld, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1735 Franz Volrath Buttstett, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1814)
  • 1763 Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari, Italian composer, born in Rovereto, Italy (d. 1842)
  • 1803 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, born in Rain, Swabia, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1897)
  • 1877 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist, born in Hörde, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, born in Kyrenia, Cyprus (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Danilo Svara, Slovenian composer, born in San Giuseppe, Trieste, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • 1926 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1930 Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1931 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1939 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • 1942 Leon Russell [Claude Russell Bridges], American musician and singer-songwriter (Tight Rope, Delta Lady, Carney), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Glen Dale, [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • 1943 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Joseph "Joe" Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1952 Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • 1953 David Robinson, American rock drummer (Cars, The Modern Lovers), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Dean Townson, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1961 Keren Jane Woodward, English rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus), born in Bristol, England
  • 1962 Billy Dean [William Harold Dean Jr], American country singer (Young Man, Fire in the Dark), born in Quincy, Florida
  • 1966 Garnett Silk [Garnet Damion Smith], Jamacian reggae musician, born in Manchester, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • 1967 Greg Camp, American musician (Smash Mouth), born in West Covina, California
  • 1972 Chico Slimani, Moroccoan-British singer (It's Chico Time), born in Bridgend, Wales
  • 1974 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1975 Deedee Magno Hall, Filipino-American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1979 Jesse Carmichael, American musician and songwriter (Maroon 5), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1983 Yung Joc, American rapper (It's Goin' Down), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1984 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress and singer (The Tribe), born in George, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1991 Quavo [Quavious Marshall], American rapper (Migos), born in Athens, Georgia

Weddings in Music

  • 2011 Grammy Awarded singer Michael Buble (34) weds Argentine actress-model Luisana Lopilato (22) at Villa Maria Paz private mansion near Buenos Aires, Argentina

Deaths in Music

  • 1705 Johann Löhner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1758 Johann Balthasar Konig, composer, dies at 67
  • 1784 Pierre Leclair, French composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1803 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church hymns), dies at 56
  • 1932 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1944 Mikulas Moyzes, Slovak composer, dies at 71
  • 1951 Simon Barere, pianist, dies while perfoming at Carnegie Hall
  • 1961 Wallingford Riegger, American composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • 1965 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1973 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, dies at 74

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1987 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1992 Paula Kelly, American big band singer, dies at 72
  • 1995 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist, dies at 57
  • 1995 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1996 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • 1997 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • 2003 Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2008 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • 2015 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2016 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • 2016 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods-Billy Don't be a Hero), dies at 71