On This Day in Music for February 3

Events in Music

  • 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

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
Singer-songwriter
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

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 graaf van Westmorland, English (opera)composer/diplomat
  • 1809 Felix Mendelssohn [Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy ] German composer and pianist (Great Scherzos), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)
  • 1817 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer
  • 1842 Sidney Clopton Lanier, American composer/poet (Hall of Fame)
  • 1868 Damaso Ledesma, composer
  • 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, English cabaret vocalist (Fly Me to the Moon)
  • 1903 Priaulx Rainier, composer
  • 1904 Luigi Dallapiccola, Pisino Istria, Italian composer
  • 1906 Ludvig Nielsen, composer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1941 Angelo D'Aleo, 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
  • 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
  • 1947 Chose Alberts, [Krommenhoek], vocalist (Yet Many Years)
  • 1947 Dave Davies, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), born in London, England
  • 1947 Koos Alberts, [Krommenhoek], Dutch vocalist (Many More Years to Come)
  • 1947 Melanie, [Safka], Astoria, vocalist/songwriter (Candles in Rain)
  • 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)
  • 1956 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • 1958 Lee Crystal, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts-Ashes in the Wind)
  • 1959 Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1959 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1961 Linda Eder, American singer
  • 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 Johann Antonin Kozeluch, composer, dies at 75
  • 1846 Joseph Weigl, Austria composer/conductor (Waisenhaus), 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, composer, dies at 56
  • 1945 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1959 Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1959 Richie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • 1960 Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • 1967 Joe Meek, rocker (Tornados)/producer (Telstar), commits suicide
  • 1973 Edward Lockspeiser, composer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • 1975 Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer (b. 1904)
  • 1993 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (8 Horse Bet), dies at 69
  • 1995 Turner Fodrell, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • 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 Bros), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2007 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)