On This Day in Music for August 2

Events in Music

  • 1947 Greek-American soprano makes her Italian debut in the title role of Amilcare Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" at the Verona Arena
  • 1953 Betty Jack Davis, American country singer (with Skeeter Davis in The Davis Sisters), killed in car crash at 21
  • 1961 The Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • 1969 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at his 10th high school reunion, in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • 1979 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1979 "Gilda Radner: Live From New York" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 52 performances
  • 1991 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges
  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances
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Musicians Born on Aug 2

  • 1775 Jose Angel Lamas, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1814)
  • 1858 Catharina van Rennes, Dutch composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1884 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, born in Hagby, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • 1888 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, born in Dayton, Kentucky (d. 1975)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1970 American songwriter Sammy Cahn (57) weds American fashion designer Virginia "Tita" Curtis in California
  • 1978 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds American diner waitress Pegi Morton (25); divorce 2014
  • 2005 Singer Brandon Flowers (Killers), 24, weds fashion designer Tana Mudkowsky, 23 in O'ahu, Hawaii

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