On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 2

Events in Music

  • 1869 The Folies Trévise (later cabaret hall Folies Bergère) opens as an opera house in Paris, France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1887 Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1929 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1936 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow

Music releaseMusic Recording

1938 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1952 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • 1964 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1965 "New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1968 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
  • 1977 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I"', with Yul Brynner reprising the role he created in 1951, opens at Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 695 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1984 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 604 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1990)

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • 1990 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • 1992 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" closes at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 13 performances
  • 1993 "5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances
  • 1993 "Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1993 Lanford Wilson's play "Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1993 "Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1995 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

Birthdays in Music

  • 1660 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1725)
  • 1729 Florian Johann Deller, Austrian composer, baptized in Drosendorf, Austria (d. 1773)
  • 1752 Ludwig August Lebrun, German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1754 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1806)
  • 1810 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1874)
  • 1817 Zikmund Kolešovský, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1868)
  • 1843 Karl Michael Ziehrer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1922)
  • 1846 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1909)
  • 1855 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1933)
  • 1857 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1931)
  • 1859 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • 1862 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer and musicologist (Salamine), born in Bar-sur-Aube, France (d. 1938)
  • 1887 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1918)
  • 1895 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist ("I Could Write A Book"; "My Funny Valentine") and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • 1897 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), born in Peckham, South London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1903 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian composer, born in Belogradchik, Bulgaria (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, born in Meulan, Yvelines, France (d. 1972)
  • 1915 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Van Alexander [Alexander Van Vliet Feldman], American composer, arranger ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket"), and orchestra leader (Dean Martin Show), born in Harlem, New York City(d. 2015)
  • 1915 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter ("Tutti Frutti"; "You Always Hurt the One You Love": "Tampico"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Jacob Gilboa [Erwin Goldberg], Israeli composer, born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, born in Chavornay, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1924 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Svatopluk Havelka, Czech composer, born in Vrbice, Karviná, Czech Republic (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Edward Levy, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • 1929 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist ("Misty"), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1932 Malcolm Lipkin, English composer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Bunk Gardner [John Guarnera], American saxophone and woodwind player (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1936 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1936 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey], British pop singer ("Release Me"; "After The Loving"), born in Madras, British India
  • 1937 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double player, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Tony Asher, English-American lyricist ("God Only Knows"; "Wouldn't It Be Nice"; "That's Life"), born in London, England
  • 1944 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"; The Kinks), born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 Goldy McJohn [John Goadsby], Canadian rock keyboard and Hammond B3 organ player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet ride"; 'Born To Be Wild"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents; Delfonics - "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Lesley Gore [Goldstein], American pop singer ("It's My Party"; "You Don't Own Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Brothers - "Broken Lady"), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1949 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Starr - "Touch a Four-Leaf Clover")
  • 1950 Lou Gramm [Grammatico], American rock singer-songwriter (Foreigner - "Hot Blooded"; "Cold As Ice"), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1951 John "Jo" Callis, British punk-rock songwriter and musician (The Rezillos; The Human League), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1952 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • 1953 Valery Gergiev, Russian conductor (Mariinsky Orchestra, 1988 -present; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, 1995-2008), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1956 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • 1961 Doctor Robert [Bruce Robert Howard], Scottish singer-songwriter (The Blow Monkeys - "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way"), born in Haddington, Scotland
  • 1965 Matthew Barley, British classical, contemporary, and jazz cellist (The Peasant Girl), born in London, England
  • 1968 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • 1974 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1978 Steve Bays, Canadian rock musician (Hot Hot Heat - "In The Middle Of Nowhere"), and record producer
  • 1982 Lorie [Laure Pester], French singer, born in Le Plessis-Bouchard, Île-de-France

Person of interestLily Allen

1985 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter ("It's Not Me, It's You") and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • 1987 Nana Kitade, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1988 Lara Liang, Russian-Taiwanese-American singer (Nan Quan Mama), born in California

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1922 Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)

  • 2015 Actress and singer Amy Adams (40) weds longtime love Darren Le Gallo in California

Deaths in Music

  • 1627 Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
  • 1799 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1864 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Gott und die Natur - God and Nature), dies at 72
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1897 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • 1937 Arthur Somervell, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1954 Pauline Manifarges, Dutch contralto singer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Tadeusz Jarecki, Polish composer and conductor, dies at 66
  • 1957 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • 1963 Tomás Vačkář , Czech composer, dies at 17
  • 1973 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers, 1944-50; Afterglow), dies at 52
  • 1985 Hal LeRoy [John LeRoy Schotte], American vaudeville, Broadway and film dancer (Ziegfeld's Follies of 1931), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1985 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 75
  • 1990 William Levi Dawson, American composer, choirmaster, and musicologist dies at 90
  • 1992 Joey Cuevas, American movie dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1998 "hide" [Hideto Matsumoto], Japanese rock guitarist (X Japan; Zilch), hangs himself at 33
  • 2003 George Wyle [Bernard Weissman], American composer ("The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and orchestra leader (Flip Wilson Show), dies at 87
  • 2012 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), dies at 90
  • 2013 Jeff Hanneman, American haevy metal guitarist (Slayer), dies from liver failure at 49
  • 2014 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), dies of complications from a stroke at 65
  • 2015 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • 2015 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome) dies at 87
  • 2015 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), dies at 75
  • 2017 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, dies of Parkinson's Disease at 89
  • 2017 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, dies at 71
  • 2018 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter ("Cain and Abel"), dies at 80
  • 2018 Herman Krebbers, Dutch concert violinist, dies at 94
  • 2021 Jacques d'Amboise, American ballet dancer, and choreographer (NYC Ballet Company, 1949-84), actor (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), and educator (founded National Dance Institute, 1976), dies from stroke complications at 86 [1]