On This Day in Music for December 2

Events in Music

  • 1840 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita" premieres in Paris
  • 1877 Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar
  • 1883 John Brahms' 3rd Symphony in F premieres
  • 1885 Opera "Regina di Saba" premieres in Vienna
  • 1951 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1954 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1957 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • 1969 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1970 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • 1972 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1978 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1985 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)
  • 1993 A Webster's musical "Sunset Promenade" premieres in LA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment

  • 2016 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36

Birthdays in Music

  • 1578 Agostino Agazzari, composer
  • 1760 Joseph Graetz, composer
  • 1813 Jacob Rosenhaim, composer
  • 1856 Robert Kajanus, composer
  • 1863 Gustav Wohlgemuth, composer
  • 1866 Henry Thacker Burleigh, Erie Pa, African American composer (Springarn Medal)
  • 1870 Francis Louis Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1893 Louis Freeman, band leader
  • 1893 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer (Bio in Sonata Form), born in Kremenchuk, Russia (d. 2002) (birth date uncertain)
  • 1895 Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1899 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 1901 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees, Belgian composer
  • 1902 Miroslav Ponc, composer
  • 1905 Osvaldo Pugliese, musician/composer
  • 1914 Eddie Sauter, musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915 Adolph Green, songwriter (married to Phyllis Newman)
  • 1915 Nico Richter, composer
  • 1917 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Milton Delugg, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1920 Robert Moevs, composer
  • 1923 Maria M Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Harvey Phillips, Aurora Missouri, tubist (NYC Ballet Orch)
  • 1935 Jurg Wyttenbach, composer
  • 1936 Peter Michael Braun, composer
  • 1941 Tom McGuiness, rocker (McGuiness-Flint)
  • 1942 Ted Bluechel, San Pedro Ca, rock vocalist/drummer (Association)
  • 1943 David Munden, British drummer (The Tremeloes), born in Essex
  • 1953 Myung-Whan Chung, Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Trio)
  • 1954 Danielle Alexander, country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1960 Rick Savage, bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
  • 1960 Nicholas Dingley alias Razzle, British Drummer (Hanoi Rocks)
  • 1968 Nate Mendel, American bassist (Foo Fighters)
  • 1978 Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1978 Chris Wolstenholme, British musician and bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1979 Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Britney Spears, American popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U"), born in McComb, Mississippi

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 1982 Pizon, American rapper/producer
  • 1986 Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian musician (Jeff Beck, Prince), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1987 Teairra Mari, American R&B singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2000 Mexican singer Thalia (29) weds co-owner of Casablanca Records Tommy Mottola (51) at St. Patrick

Deaths in Music

  • 1763 Carl August Thielo, composer, dies at 56
  • 1774 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54
  • 1831 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1845 Johannes Simon Mayr, composer, dies at 82
  • 1880 Josephine Lang, composer, dies at 65
  • 1888 Franz Xaver Witt, composer, dies at 54
  • 1903 Victor Roger, composer, dies at 50
  • 1915 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • 1916 Francesco Paolo Tosti, composer, dies at 69
  • 1923 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Julio Garreta, composer, dies at 50
  • 1931 Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy, French count/composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 Josef Gruber, composer, dies at 78
  • 1950 Dino Lipatti, composer, dies at 33
  • 1972 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • 1974 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
  • 1979 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • 1981 Hershy Kay, composer, dies at 62
  • 1982 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • 1988 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1990 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 1997 Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  • 2004 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • 2006 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (b. 1947)
  • 2006 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), dies at 59
  • 2008 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • 2009 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • 2014 Chris White, American rock bassist, dies at 78
  • 2014 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70