On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 2

Events in Music

  • 1633 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano" premieres in Rome

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1731 George Frideric Handel's opera "Poro" premieres in London

  • 1762 Thomas Arnes' opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London
  • 1795 Joseph Haydn's 102nd Symphony in B premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1823 Gioachino Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice

  • 1900 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • 1914 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 1946 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1950 "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1952 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1957 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1959 Buddy Holly's last performance

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1963 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • 1973 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV

Music release#1 in the Charts

1974 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Music release#1 in the Charts

1991 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1995 "Molière Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1997 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

2003 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 2003 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2009 "RuPaul's Drag Race" hosted by RuPaul premieres on Logo TV

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 American singer R. Kelly arrested after turning himself in on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, including with three minors

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Birthdays in Music

  • 1669 Louis Marchand, French baroque composer and organist (d. 1732)
  • 1714 Gottfried August Homilius, composer
  • 1748 Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer
  • 1773 Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, composer
  • 1804 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
  • 1817 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
  • 1835 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, born in Milan (d. 1905)
  • 1840 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • 1844 Leander Schlegel, composer
  • 1847 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • 1856 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, Armenian composer (Patarag), born in Vagharshapat, Erivan Governorate< russian Empire (now Armenia) (d. 1905)
  • 1873 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1875 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer
  • 1887 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • 1888 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Jascha Heifetz, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1904 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
  • 1908 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, born in Radovljica, Slovenia (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • 1911 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • 1912 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • 1919 Lisa Della Casa, Swiss operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1953-67), born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-American producer and musician
  • 1924 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1925 Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • 1927 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist
  • 1929 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, born in Vélez, Colombia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937 Tommy Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show; Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Serge Tcherepnin, French American composer (Serge Modular synthesizer.), born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
  • 1942 Graham Nash, British-American musician and singer-songwriter (The Hollies - "Bus Stop"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Our House"), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1943 Peter MacBeth, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1944 Andrew Davis, British conductor ( Toronto Symphony, 1975-88; BBC Symphony, 1989-2000; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2000-21), born in Ashbridge, England,
  • 1944 Ursula Oppens, American pianist and co-founder (Speculum Musicae-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Ronnie Goodson, American singer (Hi-Lites), born in New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1946 Howard Bellamy, American pop and country vocalist (Bellamy Bros - Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1947 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow
  • 1947 Peter Lucia, American rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells - "Crystal Blue Persuasion"), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1949 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • 1949 Ross Valory, rock bassist (Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"; "Open Arms"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Tom Tripplehorn, American jazz and rock session and touring guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Alphonso Johnson, American jazz bassist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • 1963 Eva Cassidy, American singer, born in Washington D.C (d. 1996)
  • 1966 Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter and backing vocalist (Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone, Hollywood Vampires), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1968 Simon Wickham-Smith, composer and Mongolist
  • 1970 James Murphy, American electronic dance-punk rock musician and record producer (LCD Soundsystem - "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"), born in Princeton Junction, New Jersey,
  • 1972 Dana International, Israeli singer
  • 1972 Tego Calderón, nominated reggaeton singer/rapper.
  • 1973 Sergio Gonzalez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)

Person of interestShakira

1977 Shakira [Mebarak-Ripoll], Colombian pop singer ("Whenever Wherever"; "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"), born in Barranquilla, Colombia

Singer Shakira
  • 1977 Heather Martin, American gospel singer
  • 1978 Eden Espinosa, American singer and stage actress
  • 1980 Gucci Mane, African-American rapper
  • 1983 Alex Westaway, British musician
  • 1985 Melody Gardot, American jazz singer, born in New Jersey
  • 1992 Danielle White, American singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1904 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 2008 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2008 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy

Deaths in Music

  • 1594 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1673 Kaspar Förster, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1750 Johann Graf, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1779 Georg Philipp Kress, German violinist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1789 Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
  • 1822 Jean-Baptiste Davaux, French classical composer, dies at 79
  • 1827 Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer, dies at 62
  • 1878 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, dies at 56
  • 1882 Fabio Campana, composer, dies at 63
  • 1902 Emanuil Manolov, composer, dies at 42
  • 1919 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1921 Luigi Mancinelli, composer, dies at 72
  • 1934 Ernesto Nazareth, composer, dies at 70
  • 1952 Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1953 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • 1954 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, dies at 52
  • 1960 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • 1961 Adolf Vogl, composer, dies at 87
  • 1965 Richard Würz, German composer, and music critic, dies at 79
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1970 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • 1970 Dave Franklin, American composer (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down), dies at 74
  • 1974 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), dies at 80
  • 1976 Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80

Person of interestSid Vicious

1979 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious
  • 1983 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • 1987 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
  • 1994 John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
  • 1994 Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • 1994 Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95

Person of interestGene Kelly

1996 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1996 Minao Shibata, Japanese composer and musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1997 Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
  • 1999 David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Triffids, 1976-89; d The Blackeyed Susans, 1989–93), dies after unsuccessful heart transplant at 38
  • 2000 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • 2002 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • 2003 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 2007 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), dies at 67
  • 2007 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of Motown's house band - The Funk Brothers (1959-64), dies at 79
  • 2007 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2015 Joseph Alfidi, American classical prodigy pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 65
  • 2020 Ivan Král, Czech-American bass player, songwriter, record producer (Patti Smith; Iggy Pop; John Waite), and filmmaker, dies of cancer at 71
  • 2021 Danny Ray, American MC, stage manager, valet and "cape man" for singer James Brown, dies at 85