On This Day

On This Day in Music for February 3

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1844 Hector Berlioz's "Carnaval Romain" premieres in Paris

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
  • 1913 Golden and Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl" premieres in New York City
  • 1919 Herbert and Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York City

Film release premierFilm Premier

1932 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1951 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1958 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1964 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1969 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • 1973 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • 1974 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1979 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
  • 1985 "Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1994 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • 2019 Rapper 21 Savage arrested by US immigration for overstaying his visa

Birthdays in Music

  • 1525 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, composer
  • 1648 Louis Bouteiller, composer
  • 1736 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austria organist/composer
  • 1740 Guillaume Lasceux, composer
  • 1755 Florido Tomeoni, composer
  • 1784 John Fane, British politician, diplomat (11th Earl of Westmoreland), and composer (Royal Academy of Music, 1830), born in Piccadilly, London (d. 1859)

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

1809 (Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn [Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1817 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer
  • 1840 Georges Jacobi, German violinist, composer (The Black Crook), and conductor (Alhambra Theatre, London, 1872-98), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1906))
  • 1842 Sidney Clopton Lanier, American composer/poet (Hall of Fame)
  • 1868 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, born in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain (d. 1928)
  • 1886 Erwin Kroll, German composer, born in German Eylau (d. 1976)
  • 1887 Carlo Jachino, composer
  • 1895 Nick Kenny, Astoria columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1900 Mabel Mercer, British jazz and cabaret singer whose style and phrasing influenced Frank Sinatra ("Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Burton upon Trent, England (d. 1984)
  • 1903 (Ivy) Priaulx Rainier, South African-British composer (Ploërmel), born in Howick, Colony of Natali (now South Africa) (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, born in Pisino, Austrian Empire (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), born in Borge, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Blas Galindo Dimas, San Gabriel Mexico, composer (A la Patria)
  • 1911 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1911 Jesse Thomas, blues singer
  • 1915 Richard Bales, composer
  • 1919 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Alys Robi, Quebec singer
  • 1927 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1935 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, rock guitarist
  • 1936 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles, Woodstock), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Angelo D'Aleo, American pop tenor (Dion & Belmonts - "Teenager In Love"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Chuck Tharp, rock vocalist (Fireballs)
  • 1943 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa Was A Rollin' Stone), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Eric Haydock, bassist (Hollies-He Aint Heavy He's My Brother)
  • 1944 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • 1945 Johnny Cymbal, rocker (Mr Bass Man)
  • 1945 Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)
  • 1946 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London
  • 1946 Eva Maros, Hungarian classical harpist, born in Pécs, Hungary
  • 1947 Chose Alberts [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
  • 1947 Dave Davies, British rock guitarist and vocalist (The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"; "Lola"; "Living On A Thin Line"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England [1]
  • 1947 Koos Alberts [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
  • 1947 Melanie [Safka], American singer-songwriter ("Brand New Key"; "What Have They Done to My Song Ma"; "Candles in Rain"), born in Astoria, Queens, New York
  • 1949 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • 1949 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1950 John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 1956 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • 1958 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1959 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1961 Linda Eder, American pop and musical theater singer, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1970 Richard Kotzen, American rock musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Daddy Yankee [Ramón Rodríguez], reggaeton singer and rapper (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • 1981 Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • 1982 Jessica Harp, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • 1990 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper

Deaths in Music

  • 1602 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • 1715 Gottfried Vopelius, composer, dies at 70
  • 1748 Henri Madin, French composer, dies at 49
  • 1814 Jan Antonín Koželuh, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • 1846 Joseph Weigl, German-Austrian composer (La Principessa d’Amalfi; Emmeline), and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1882 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, dies at 55
  • 1900 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer, dies at 33
  • 1903 Frederick E Kitziger, composer, dies at 59
  • 1909 Johann Georg Herzog, composer, dies at 86
  • 1921 Max Wilhelm Zach, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), dies at 56
  • 1945 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1959 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28

Person of interestBuddy Holly

1959 Buddy Holly, American rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1959 Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • 1960 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, dies in an automobile accident at 38
  • 1967 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • 1973 Edward Lockspeiser, British composer and musicologist (Debussy: His Life and Mind), dies at 67
  • 1975 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • 1975 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76
  • 1993 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (8 Horse Bet), dies at 69
  • 1995 Turner Fodrell, American blues and folk singer, and guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1997 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, English music scholar, dies at 84
  • 1999 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), dies of cancer at 48
  • 2004 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2004 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2007 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • 2009 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2015 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • 2016 Saulius Sondeckis, Lithuanian violinist, conductor, orchestra leader (Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, 1960-2004), dies at 87
  • 2020 Eric Parkin, British classical pianist and champion of British composers, dies at 95
  • 2021 Jim Weatherly American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), dies at 77