On This Day in Music for August 3

Events in Music

  • 1829 Gioachino Rossini's last and greatest opera "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) premieres at Salle Le Peletier in Paris
  • 1897 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • 1963 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool, England
  • 1963 Richard Rodgers' musical drama "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater, NYC, after 580 performances and 3 Tony Award wins
  • 1963 Warner Bros. Records releases single of Allan Sherman's novelty song "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)", set to music of Amilcare Ponchielli's, "Dance of the Hours" from his 1876 opera "La Gioconda"
  • 1966 South African government bans Beatle records
  • 1968 100,000 attend two-day Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California; performers included Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, Country Joe and the Fish, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, Tiny Tim, The Animals, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and The Byrds
  • 1971 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings
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Divorces in Music

  • 2012 Music legend Stevie Wonder (63) divorces fashion designer Kai Millard Morris due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage
  • 2015 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage
  • 2021 Singer Kelly Clarkson divorces talent manager Brandon Blackstock after 7 years of marriage

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 3

  • 1716 Sebastián Durón, Spanish composer, dies at 56
  • 1784 Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian Conventual Franciscan friar and composer, dies at 78
  • 1800 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1825 Ambrogio Minoja, Italian classical composer, dies at 72
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