On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 3

Events in Music

  • 1917 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1944 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Academy Award for Best Picture, 1945)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1952 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • 1956 Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances
  • 1960 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
  • 1969 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances
  • 1981 "Can-Can" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1986 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing "J'aime la vie" in Bergen
  • 1987 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 1993 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 1995 "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1997 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn is renamed after Beastie Boys' rapper Adam Yauch

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch

Birthdays in Music

  • 1649 Johann Valentin Meder, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1708 Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theorist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1776)
  • 1729 Florian Leopold Gassmann, Bohemian composer, born in Brüx, Bohemia (d. 1774)
  • 1737 Friedrich Schwindl, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1786)
  • 1744 Friedrich Wilhelm Weis, German physician and composer, born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1826)
  • 1752 Braz Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer (d. 1813)
  • 1819 Nicola De Giosa, Italian composer, born in Bari, Italy (d. 1885)
  • 1844 Richard D'Oyly Carte, English opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1886 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)

Person of interestBing Crosby

1903 (Harry Lillis) "Bing" Crosby, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer ("White Christmas"; with David Bowie - "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" ), and actor (Going My Way; High Society; Road To...(with Bob Hope)), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1910 Alceo Galliera, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1996)
  • 1911 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter ("Dogtown Blues"; "Stormy Weather"), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, born in Cúa, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, born in Saint-Flavien, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1917 James Penberthy, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1917 George Gaynes, Dutch-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 2016)
  • 1917 Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist ("On The Town"; "Just In Time"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - "Goodnight Irene") and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1920 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), born in La Grange, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1923 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, born in Volos, Greece (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Jane Morgan [Florence Currier], American singer ("The Day The Rains Came"; "Fascination"), stage and television actress, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), born in Spencer, Wisconsin (d. 2003)

Person of interestJames Brown

1933 James Brown, American soul singer ("Hot Pants"; "Living in America"; "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") and originator of funk music, born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 1934 Georg Kröll, German composer, born in Linz
  • 1934 Frankie Valli [Francesco Stephen Castelluccio], American singer (Four Seasons - "Sherry"; "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1944 Pete Staples, British rock bassist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Andover, Hampshire, England
  • 1950 Mary Hopkin, Welsh folk singer ("Those Were the Days"), born in Pontardawe, Wales
  • 1951 Christopher Cross [Geppert], American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"; "Think Of Laura"; "Sailing"), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1952 Keiji Haino, Japanese rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter ( Fushitsusha), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1953 Bruce Hall, American rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1954 Gary Young, American drummer (Pavement), born in Mamaroneck, New York
  • 1955 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Timmy Cappello, American rock & sax player (Tina Turner; Ringo Starr; The Lost Boys), born in Silver Lake, New York
  • 1957 [Michael] Cactus Moser, American country singer (Highway 101), born in Montrose, Colorado
  • 1959 David Ball, English rock keyboardist (Soft Cell), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1968 Jay Darlington, English keyboardist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • 1968 Shane Minor, American country music singer, born in Modesto, California
  • 1971 Josey Scott, American singer (Saliva), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1975 Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist, born in Šibenik, Croatia
  • 1978 Paul Banks, English-American vocalist (Interpol), born in Clacton-on-Sea, England
  • 1981 Farrah Franklin, American singer (former member of Destiny's Child), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer, Arab female artist who performs choreographed dance routines while singing, born in Kfar Chellal, Lebanon
  • 1984 Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1985 Greg Raposo, American singer and actor, born in New York
  • 1987 Michael Kiwanuka, English singer-songwriter (Love & Hate), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

  • 1986 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt

LoveWedding of Interest

1991 American singer Andy Williams weds 2nd wife Debbie Hass

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • 1998 "Jekyll & Hyde" lead singer Linda Eder (37) weds composer Frank Wildhorn (38) at their new 8-acre estate in North Salem, New York

Deaths in Music

  • 1567 Leonhard Paminger, composer, dies at 72
  • 1598 Anna Guarini, Italian singer (b. 1563)
  • 1704 Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Bohemian-Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1792 Carlo Zuccari, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • 1839 Ferdinando Paer, composer, dies at 67
  • 1845 Thomas Hood, English poet and composer (The Song of the Shirt), dies at 45
  • 1854 William Beale, composer, dies at 70
  • 1856 Adolfo Fumagalli, composer, dies at 27
  • 1856 Adolphe Charles Adam, French composer/critic (Giselle), dies at 52
  • 1861 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer, dies at 80
  • 1868 Olof Wilhelm Uddén, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1893 Josef Rudolf Zavrtal, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • 1931 Frank Hoyt Losey, composer, dies at 59
  • 1931 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, dies at 93
  • 1943 Leslie Heward, English composer, dies at 45
  • 1968 Leonid Sabaneyev, Russian composer, dies at 86
  • 1969 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • 1970 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), dies at 82
  • 1972 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • 1983 Armando José Fernandes, Portuguese neoclassical composer, dies at 76
  • 1987 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, commits suicide at 54
  • 1988 Johannes Driessler, German organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1991 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • 1992 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98
  • 1994 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • 1997 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • 2000 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, dies at 76
  • 2001 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • 2002 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian conductor (USSR State Symphony, 1965-2000; Residentie Orchestra 1992-2000), pianist, and composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • 2005 Pierre Moerlen, French rock-jazz fusion drummer and percussionist (Gong; Mike Oldfield), dies at 52
  • 2007 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer and educator (Menil Antiphons), dies of complications from pneumonia at 69
  • 2008 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • 2014 Bobby Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), dies at 78
  • 2020 Frederick Charles Tillis, American jazz and classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2020 Dave Greenfield, British rock keyboardist, and songwriter (The Stranglers - "Golden Brown"), dies of complications from Covid-19 at 71
  • 2021 Lloyd Price, American R&B singer ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy"; "Stagger Lee"; "Personality"), dies at 88