On This Day in Music for June 2

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1771 "Armida", an operatic 'dramma per musica' by Antonio Salieri debuts at the Vienna Burgtheater

Composer Antonio Salieri
Composer
Antonio Salieri
  • 1947 "Louisiana Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1962 Ray Charles' cover "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard
  • 1964 "Folies Bergère" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • 1964 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1973 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1980 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances
  • 1982 "Blues in the Night" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 1990 "Turtle Power" by Partners In Kryme hits #13

Birthdays in Music

  • 1577 Giovanni Righi, Italian composer and friar, born in Fabriano (d. 1539)
  • 1614 Benjamin Rogers, composer
  • 1715 Herman-Francois Delange, composer
  • 1751 Antoni Weinert, composer
  • 1777 Christian Traugott Tag, composer
  • 1806 Isaac Strauss, composer
  • 1807 Robert Fuhrer, composer
  • 1828 James Cutler Dunn Parker, composer
  • 1830 Olivier Metra, composer
  • 1831 Jan G Palm, Curacao, bandmaster/choir master/composer

Person of interestEdward Elgar

1857 Edward Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode, Pomp and Circumstance), born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire (d. 1934)

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar
  • 1863 Paul Felix Weingartner, German conductor (Zara, Dalmatia)
  • 1876 Hakon Borresen, composer
  • 1887 Howard Johnson, American songwriter (d. 1941)
  • 1891 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, born in Bern (d. 1980)
  • 1900 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), born in Penderyn (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, born in Brechin (d. 2006)
  • 1913 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Walter Andreas Schwarz, German singer and author (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Robert Moffat Palmer, American composer, born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish conductor (Royal Flemish Opera)
  • 1929 Alcides Lanza, composer
  • 1929 Frederic Devreese, composer
  • 1932 Sammy Turner, Patterson, NJ, singer (Lavender Blue Moods)
  • 1933 Bob Rozario, orchestra leader (Tony Orlando, Marie), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1934 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Otis Williams, doo wop singer (Charms), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1937 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)

Person of interestCharlie Watts

1941 Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones), born in London, England

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1941 William Guest, singer (Gladys Knight Show), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d 2015)
  • 1943 Ilaiyaraaja, Indian composer
  • 1944 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer/pianist (Sting, Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Antone Tavares, American R&B musician (Tavares)
  • 1947 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1951 Steve Brookins, rocker (.38 Special)
  • 1951 Dave Flett, Scottish rock guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Thin Lizzy), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1954 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles-Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • 1957 King Lizzard, American entertainer and songwriter
  • 1959 Lydia Lunch, US singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • 1960 Tony Hadley, rock vocalist (Spandau Ballet-True)
  • 1961 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • 1961 Dez Cadena, American musician (Black Flag)
  • 1966 Pedro Guerra, Spanish songwriter and singer
  • 1970 B-Real, American rapper (Cypress Hill), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Karen Mok, Hong Kong actress and singer (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Hong Kong
  • 1976 Adrian Carlos Olivares, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Mexico City
  • 1976 Tim Rice-Oxley, English musician (Keane), born in Oxford, England
  • 1980 Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Strokes), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1981 Tucker Rountree, American guitarist and composer.
  • 1983 Brooke White, American singer
  • 1985 Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • 1987 Darin Zanyar, Swedish Singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1989 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman marries Mandy Smith

Deaths in Music

  • 1750 Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German benedictine and composer, dies at 68
  • 1873 Francois Hainl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1919 Ernest Ford, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1927 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1937 Louis Vierne, French organist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1947 Herman Darewsky, British composer, dies at 64
  • 1949 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1951 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), dies at 71
  • 1968 André Mathieu, Quebec pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • 1972 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1977 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1983 Stan Rogers, musician, dies in aircraft fire
  • 1984 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor/composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • 1987 Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94
  • 1987 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1990 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), dies of liver and kidney disease at 57
  • 1995 Harper MacKay, American orchestra leader (NBC Follies), dies at 73
  • 1997 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1999 Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
  • 2004 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer, dies at 74
  • 2006 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), commits suicide at 55
  • 2007 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (b. 1949)
  • 2008 Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • 2015 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), dies at 64