On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 2

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1900 Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia" premieres in Helsinki

Composer Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 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" and "Don't Be Cruel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1958 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres
  • 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 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • 1972 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • 1973 "You've Never Been This Far Before" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1973)
  • 1980 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • 1995 "The 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
  • 2018 Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years
  • 2020 Funeral for slain Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa in Ambo amid nationwide unrest at his death that has killed over 80 people

Birthdays in Music

  • 1581 Johann Staden, German baroque composer, probably born in Nuremberg (d. 1634) baptismal date
  • 1589 Guillaume van Messaus, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1640)
  • 1636 Daniel Speer, German composer, born in Breslau (d. 1707)
  • 1714 Christoph Willibald Gluck, Austrian composer (Il re pastore), born in Erasbach, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1737 François Léonard Rouwyzer, composer, born in Maastricht (d. 1827)
  • 1746 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, German-Danish composer, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1763 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, born in Mannheim, Palatinate (d. 1846)
  • 1793 Antoine Prumier, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • 1814 Thérèse Wartel, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer and piano pedagogue (The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises), born in Renescure, France (d. 1900)
  • 1857 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1880 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), born in Great Lever, Lancashire, England (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1906 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Earl Robinson, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1991)
  • 1910 William Douglas Denny, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1918 "Sheikh" Imam [Eissa], Egyptian folk and protest singer-songwriter, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, born in Żyrardów, Poland (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), born in Reedley, California (d. 1970)
  • 1925 Marvin Rainwater, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), born in Pittsburg, Kansas (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1933 David Lewin, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Gilbert Kalish, pianist/professor (SUNY Stony Brook), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Dee [David] Palmer, English keyboard player and composer (Jethro Tull, 1972-80), born in Hendon, London
  • 1939 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1941 Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • 1945 James Orville Fulkerson, composer
  • 1949 Roy Bittan, American piano player (E Street Band), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York City
  • 1949 Joe English, American drummer (Wings; Sea Level), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1951 Joe Puerta, American rock bassist (Ambrosia; The Range), born in Lomita, California [1]
  • 1952 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1952 Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
  • 1956 Jeffrey Cooper, American R&B guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 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 interestJenni Rivera

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

Singer Jenni Rivera
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)

Person of interestAshley Tisdale

1985 Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer (High School Musical), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale
  • 1991 Burna Boy [Damini Ogulu], Nigerian singer-songwriter (African Giant), born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1964 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson

LoveWedding 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
  • 1794 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer, dies at 65
  • 1878 François Bazin, French 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 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch cellist, pianist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1971 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, dies at 84

Person of interestBetty Grable

1973 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), dies of lung cancer at 56

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • 1982 Poul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • 1988 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1990 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade; 5 Star Jubilee), dies at 76
  • 1992 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, dies of cancer at 42
  • 1992 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, dies at 41
  • 1994 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), dies of diabetes at 66
  • 2002 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2002 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), dies at 75
  • 2007 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, dies of lung cancer at 78
  • 2007 Git Gay [Birgit Carp], Swedish revue director, actress and singer (Git Gay Show, Ge mig en lektion i kärlek), dies at 85
  • 2008 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), dies at 52
  • 2013 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2015 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician and composer, dies at 75
  • 2018 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70
  • 2019 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer who won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for the piece "Déjà vu", dies at 81
  • 2020 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, dies at 82