On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 2

Events in Music

  • 1953 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • 1961 The Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1979 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1979 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran's Divide tour becomes the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time overtaking U2 after 893 days on the road

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)
  • 1890 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, born in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • 1891 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, born in Roman (d. 1971)
  • 1896 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan [Riggins], American singer and actress (Applause, Show Boat), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), born in La Tuque, Québec, Canada (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Henryk Schiller, Polish composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1932 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1935 John MacIvor Perkins, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • 1936 Anthony Payne, British composer (Phoenix Mass; Visions and Journeys), critic, and musicologist, born in London (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Garth Hudson, Canadian pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1941 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), born in Goldsboro, California (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter (Be What You Are), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1943 Kathy Lennon, American singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1944 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Massiel, Spanish singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1948 Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist (Amen Corner), born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales
  • 1948 Chris Bennett, American musician (The Theme from Midnight Express), born in Marshall, Illinois
  • 1949 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band) (d. 1987)
  • 1950 Ted Turner, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Wishbone Ash), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1951 Andrew Gold, American rocker (Lonely Boy), born in Burbank, California (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Joe Lynn Turner [Linquito], American hard rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Fandango; Rainbow), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • 1952 Les Dudek, American guitarist and singer (Steve Miller Band), born in Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island
  • 1955 Jimmy Lowe, American country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1956 Isabel Pantoja, Spanish singer (Genio y Figura), born in Seville, Spain
  • 1957 Mojo Nixon [Neill McMillan, Jr.], American musician ("Elvis Is Everywhere") and actor, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1960 Neal Morse, American musician (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic), born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles
  • 1960 David Yow, American musician (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1961 Pete de Freitas, English rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1989)
  • 1961 Cold 187um [Gregory Fernan Hutchison], American rapper (Above the Law), born in Pomona, California
  • 1962 Lee Mavers, British singer and songwriter (The La's -"There She Goes"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1969 Jan Axel Blomberg, Norwegian musician (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem), born in Trysil Municipality, Norway
  • 1969 Richard Hallebeek, Dutch guitarist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1970 Zelma Davis, Liberian-American singer (C+C Music Factory - "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..."), born in Monrovia, Liberia
  • 1972 Jimmy Pop, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang), born in Trappe, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Justyna Steczkowska, Polish singer, born in Rzeszow, Poland
  • 1974 Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1988 Brittany Hargest, American singer (Jump5), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1992 Charli XCX [Charlotte Aitchison], English singer-songwriter (Charli), born in Cambridge, England

Weddings in Music

  • 1970 Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in Calif

LoveWedding of Interest

1978 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • 2005 Singer Brandon Flowers (Killers), 24, weds fashion designer Tana Mudkowsky, 23 in O'ahu, Hawaii

Deaths in Music

  • 1792 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer, dies at 60
  • 1827 James Hewitt, American composer and conductor, dies at 57
  • 1873 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1914 Gabriel Édouard Xavier Dupont, French composer, dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1916 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), and teacher, dies at 48

Person of interestEnrico Caruso

1921 Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), dies at 48

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • 1932 Gheorghe Cucu, composer, dies at 50
  • 1938 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Icelandic organist, composer, musical folklorist, and priest, dies at 76
  • 1945 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Austrian composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • 1945 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • 1954 Rene Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, dies at 42
  • 1959 Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, dies at 78
  • 1964 José María Castro, Argentine composer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Milton B Babbitt, American composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • 1969 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, dies at 96
  • 1972 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1972 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), dies at 95
  • 1978 Carlos Chávez, Mexican conductor and composer (Sinfonía india), dies at 79
  • 1982 Rudolf Maros, Hungarian composer (Sirato/Lament; Euphonies), and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • 1983 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • 1988 Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
  • 1992 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1992 Michel Berger, French singer & songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1995 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), dies at 73
  • 1997 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, dies of an illness at 58
  • 2001 Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • 2003 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 70
  • 2004 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2011 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • 2012 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • 2014 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), dies at 70
  • 2015 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2020 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), dies of cancer at 92 [1]