On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 3

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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 "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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 releaseMusic Single

1998 Irish band Boyzone release their best-selling single "No Matter What" composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman

Singer Ronan Keating
Ronan Keating
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 2017 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Music releaseMusic Single

2017 Camila Cabello releases her single "Havana" (biggest song worldwide 2018, 19 million copies sold)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1645 August Kuhnel, German composer and musician, born in Delmenhorst, Germany (d. ca 1700)
  • 1748 Carl Ludwig Junker, German composer, born in Kirchberg an der Jagst, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1820 Luther Orlando Emerson, American composer, born in Parsonsfield, Maine (d. 1915)
  • 1823 Francisco Barbieri Spanish zarzuela opera composer (El Diablo en el poder), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1894)
  • 1832 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1914)
  • 1854 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1928)
  • 1878 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1945)
  • 1882 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, born in Cotacachi, Ecuador (d. 1972)
  • 1884 Louis Gruenberg, Russian-American composer (Daniel Jazz), born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 1964)
  • 1885 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1962)
  • 1892 Oscar van Hemel, Belgian-Dutch violinist and composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Bernard Reichel, Swiss composer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • 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), born in Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1982)
  • 1907 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, born in Badayun, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India (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 jazz trumpet player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1921 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Richard Adler, American composer and songwriter (Pajama Game; Damn Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestTony Bennett

1926 Tony Bennett [Benedetto], American singer (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York

Singer Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
  • 1935 Vic Vogel, Hungarian-Canadian pianist, composer and bandleader, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1936 Vinko "Vice" Vukov, Croatian singer (Eurovision Song Contest 1963 & 1965), born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Joseph Dorfman, Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Beverly Lee, American singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1946 John York [Foley], American rock bassist and guitarist, born in White Plains, New York.
  • 1949 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Torrence, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Johnny Graham, American guitarist and singer (Earth Wind & Fire), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1953 Ian Bairnson, Scottish musician (Alan Parsons Project; Kate Bush), born in Lerwick, Shetland Isles
  • 1956 Kirk Brandon, English rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland), born in Westminster, London
  • 1958 Cindy Nixon, American 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], American rock bassist (Stray Cats - ""Rock This Town"), born in Massapequa, Long Island, New York
  • 1962 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, born in Ermelo, Transvaal (d. 2007)

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
  • 1967 Skin [Deborah Dyer] Jamaican-British singer (Skunk Anansie), born in Brixton, London
  • 1970 Stephen Carpenter, American musician (Deftones), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1980 Brandan Schieppati, American singer (Bleeding Through), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1993 Yurina Kumai, Japanese singer, born in Kanagawa, Japan

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 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
  • 1830 Charles Frederick Horn, English musician and composer, dies at 68
  • 1835 Wenzel Müller, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • 1877 Karl Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 75
  • 1886 Per August Olander, composer, dies at 62
  • 1902 August Klughardt, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1933 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • 1939 Eugust Enna, composer, dies at 80
  • 1943 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), dies of kidney failure at 28
  • 1972 Giannis "Yannis" Papaioannou, Greek musician and composer, dies at 64
  • 1979 Renato Fasano, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • 1981 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, dies at 73
  • 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)
  • 1999 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2003 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), dies at 90
  • 2008 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • 2015 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, dies at 86