On This Day in Music for April 2

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 1944 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 8th Symphony premieres in NY
  • 1968 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • 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, composer
  • 1632 Georg Caspar Weckler, composer
  • 1728 Franz Asplmayr, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 1786)
  • 1733 Giacomo Tritto, composer
  • 1735 Christian Gotthilf Tag, composer
  • 1735 Franz Volrath Buttstett, composer
  • 1763 Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari, composer
  • 1803 Franz Paul Lachner, composer
  • 1817 Teodulo Mabellini, composer
  • 1868 Eduard Jacobs, singer/pianist (Dutch cabaret)
  • 1877 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik)
  • 1900 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist
  • 1901 Anis Fuleihan, composer
  • 1902 Danilo Svara, composer
  • 1905 Serge Lifar, dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1909 Jean Kurt Forest, composer
  • 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, NJ, singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse)
  • 1919 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Serge Gainsbourg, [Ginsburg], Russian/French singer (Ford Mustang)
  • 1930 Girolamo Arriego, composer
  • 1931 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1939 Marvin Gaye (Jr), singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C.

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1941 Leon Russell, musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Glen Dale, [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • 1943 Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Emmylou Harris, country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer
  • 1952 Leon Wilkerson, rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1953 David Robinson, drummer (Cars)
  • 1954 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
  • 1959 Dean Townson, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1961 Keren Jane Woodward, Bristol England, rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus)
  • 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)
  • 1972 Chico Slimani, Moroccoan-British singer
  • 1974 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician
  • 1975 Deedee Magno, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)
  • 1979 Jesse Carmichael, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • 1983 Yung Joc, American rapper

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 Lohner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1758 Johann Balthasar Konig, composer, dies at 67
  • 1784 Pierre Leclair, French composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1932 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1944 Mikulas Moyzes, composer, dies at 71
  • 1951 Simon Barere, pianist, dies while perfoming at Carnegie Hall
  • 1961 Wallingford Riegger, US composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • 1965 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1973 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 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)
  • 2016 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83