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

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 Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1952 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
  • 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 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 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

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 "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances
  • 1989 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1990)
  • 1990 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • 1992 "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at H Hayes NYC 14 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 "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
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), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • 1897 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 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, American composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, 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 folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), born in Vienna (d.2015)
  • 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 Link Wray, American rock guitarist, 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 musician (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 singer, born in Madras, India
  • 1944 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Argent - Hold Your Head Up; Kinks), born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1950 Lou Gramm, American rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), 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
  • 1956 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • 1961 Doctor Robert [Bruce Robert Howard], Scottish singer-songwriter (The Blow Monkeys), born in Haddington, Scotland
  • 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 musician (Hot Hot Heat)
  • 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

  • 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, composer, dies at 58
  • 1864 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Golt Und Die Natur), 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 de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66
  • 1957 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • 1963 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • 1985 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1985 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • 1990 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • 1992 Joey Cuevas, dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1998 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • 2013 Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist, dies from liver failure at 49
  • 2014 Jessica Cleaves, American singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction), dies 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
  • 2018 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), dies at 80
  • 2018 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, dies at 94