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
  • 1887 Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence
  • 1929 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem
  • 1936 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow
  • 1938 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra
  • 1960 Harry Belafonte's 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • 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
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Musicians Who Died on May 2

  • 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
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