On This Day in Music for August 3

Events in Music

  • 1897 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • 1963 "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 580 performances
  • 1963 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 1966 South African government bans Beatle records

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1971 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • 1974 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances

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1974 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers

Singer Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen
  • 1990 "Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 11 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1997 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 2017 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Birthdays in Music

  • 1645 August Kuhnel, German composer and musician, born in Delmenhorst, Germany (d. ca 1700)
  • 1748 Carl Ludwig Junker, composer
  • 1820 Luther Orlando Emerson, composer
  • 1832 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1914)
  • 1854 Fernand de La Tombelle, composer
  • 1878 Constantino Gaito, composer
  • 1882 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer
  • 1884 Louis Gruenberg, near Brest Litovsk Poland, composer (Daniel Jazz)
  • 1885 Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer
  • 1892 Oscar van Hemel, composer
  • 1901 Bernard Reichel, composer
  • 1902 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason)
  • 1907 Lawrence Brown, US trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra)
  • 1916 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist (d. 1970)
  • 1920 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Charlie Shavers, American trumpet player (d. 1971)
  • 1921 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Richard Adler, NYC composer (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees)

Person of interestTony Bennett

1926 Tony Bennett, American singer (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), born in Queens, New York

Singer Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
  • 1927 Enrique Pinella, composer
  • 1935 Vic Vogel, Canadian pianist, composer and bandleader
  • 1940 Joseph Dorfman, composer
  • 1941 Beverly Lee, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1949 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War, Low Rider, Outlaw), born in Torrence, California
  • 1951 Jon Graham, rock guitarist/vocalist (Earth Wind & Fire-Celebrate)
  • 1956 Kirk Brandon, rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland)
  • 1958 Cindy Nixon, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1959 Martin Atkins, English drummer (Nine Inch Nails), born in Coventry
  • 1961 Lee Rocker, [Leon Drucker], rock bassist (Stray Cats-Gonna Ball)
  • 1962 Lucky Dube, South African reggae singer

Person of interestJames Hetfield

1963 James Hetfield, American heavy metal rocker (Metallica), born in Downey, California

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 1963 Ed Roland, American singer-songwriter (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • 1970 Stephen Carpenter, American musician (Deftones)
  • 1980 Brandan Schieppati, American singer (Bleeding Through)
  • 1993 Yurina Kumai, Japanese singer

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Music legend Stevie Wonder (63) divorces fashion designer Kai Millard Morris due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2015 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage

Singer Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani

Deaths in Music

  • 1716 Sebastian Duron, composer, dies at 56
  • 1784 Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian Conventual Franciscan friar and composer, dies at 78
  • 1800 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, composer, dies at 63
  • 1825 Ambrogio Minoja, composer, dies at 72
  • 1829 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • 1835 Wenzel Muller, composer, dies at 67
  • 1877 Karl Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 75
  • 1886 Per August Olander, composer, dies at 62
  • 1902 August Friedrich Martin Klughardt, composer, dies at 54
  • 1933 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • 1939 Eugust Enna, composer, dies at 80
  • 1974 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • 1979 Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • 1989 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, dies at 87
  • 1995 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Jose B M Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader, dies at 88
  • 1998 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, singer (b. 1915)