On This Day in Music for July 2

Events in Music

  • 1949 "High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances
  • 1955 "7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1955 "Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1960 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1964 Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1969 Leslie West & Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • 1972 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • 1980 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • 1995 "Rose Tattoo" closes at Circle in the Square NYC after 80 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

2005 10 Live 8 concerts held around the world organised by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of poverty

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof

Birthdays in Music

  • 1581 Johann Staden, German baroque composer, probably born in Nuremberg (d. 1634) baptismal date
  • 1589 Guillaume van Messaus, composer
  • 1636 Daniel Speer, German composer, born in Breslau (d. 1707)
  • 1714 Christoph W Ritter von Gluck, Austria composer (Il re pastore)
  • 1737 Francois Leonard Rouwyzer, composer
  • 1746 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, composer
  • 1763 Peter Ritter, composer
  • 1793 Antoine Prumier, composer
  • 1814 Atale Therese Annette Wartel, composer
  • 1819 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer (d. 1900)
  • 1857 Francesco Spetrino, composer
  • 1880 Albert Szirmai, composer
  • 1892 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader/impresario (Crazy Passage Show)
  • 1904 Carl Weinrich, composer
  • 1906 Robert Levine Sanders, composer
  • 1910 Earl Hawley Robinson, composer
  • 1910 William Douglas Denny, composer
  • 1914 Frederick Fennell, conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1918 Sheikh Imam, Egyptian singer and composer, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, composer
  • 1924 Rick Besoyan, composer
  • 1925 Marvin Rainwater, Wichita Ks, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Yasushi Akutagawa, composer
  • 1926 Billy Usselton, saxophonist
  • 1926 Lee Allen, Pittsburg, Ks, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr Lee)
  • 1927 Brock Peters, actor/singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1933 David Benjamin Lewin, composer
  • 1935 Gilbert Kalish, pianist/professor (SUNY Stony Brook), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations-My Girl)
  • 1941 St├ęphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • 1945 James Orville Fulkerson, composer
  • 1948 Gene McFadden, American songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1949 Roy Bittan, rocker (E Street Band)
  • 1951 Joey Puerta, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • 1952 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1952 Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
  • 1956 Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1964 Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), born in Long Beach, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • 1970 Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1970 Monie Love, English rapper
  • 1974 Rocky Gray, American musician
  • 1975 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • 1979 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
  • 1983 Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • 1985 Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1918 Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

HeartWedding of Interest

1964 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

1994 "Green Day" vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong (22) weds Adeline Records co-owner Adrienne Nesser (24)


Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Dancer Mandie Taketa divorces talk show host Wayne Brady (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage


Deaths in Music

  • 1591 Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
  • 1663 Thomas Selle, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1778 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, composer, dies at 66
  • 1794 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer, dies at 65
  • 1878 Francois-Emmanuel-Joseph Bazin, composer, dies at 61
  • 1895 William Rockstro, composer, dies at 72
  • 1911 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), dies at 54
  • 1940 Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • 1952 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
  • 1971 Edward Ballantine, composer, dies at 84
  • 1982 Poul Rovsing Olsen, composer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • 1990 Snooky Lanson, singer, dies at 76
  • 1992 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42
  • 1992 Jose Monje, [Camaron de la Isla], Spanish flamenco singer, dies
  • 1994 Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
  • 2002 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2007 Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956)
  • 2016 Earle Brown, American Composer (open form), dies at 75