On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 2

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1928 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia

  • 1931 Warren, Dixon and Young's musical "Laugh Parade" premieres in NYC
  • 1950 "Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1959 "Girls against the Boys" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1960 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • 1961 "Kean" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • 1963 "Tambourines to Glory" opens at Little Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 1968 "Her First Roman" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1971 "Great Harp" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 7 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1973 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" special premieres on CBS TV

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1979 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Peter Shaffer

Music releaseMusic Single

1983 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 George Harrison releases "Cloud 9" & McCartney releases "All the Best"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1989 Musical "Meet Me In St Louis", based on the 1944 film, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 253 performances
  • 1991 Jermaine Jackson releases "Word to the Badd!!" anti Michael song
  • 1995 "Busker Alley" premieres at St James Theatre, NY
  • 1995 "Sacrilege" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1996 "Hughie" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Barrymore" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 240 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1692 Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer, Dutch composer, born in Delden, Netherlands (d. 1766)
  • 1739 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1799)
  • 1785 Frederich Kalkbrenner, German-French pianist and composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 1785 Johann Leopold Fuchs, German pianist and composer, born in Dessau (d. 1853)
  • 1842 Otto Reubke, German organist, conductor, and composer, born in Hausneindorf, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1913)
  • 1843 Caryl Florio [William James Robjohn], English-American composer, born in Tavistock, Devon, England (d. 1920)
  • 1843 Elek Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1893)
  • 1846 Antonio Peña y Goñi, Spanish composer, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1896)
  • 1876 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1948)
  • 1880 John Foulds, British cellist, musicologist, and composer (World Requiem; Three Mantras), born in Hulme, Manchester, England (d. 1939)
  • 1883 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, born in Mošovce, Slovakia (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Viktoria und ihr Huzar), born in Apatin, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1912 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, born in Porvoo, Finland (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer (A Song Of Islands), and educator (Victoria University, 1949-80), born in Whanganui, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Fabio Gonzalez-Zuleta, Colombian composer, born in Bogota (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Fernando Correia de Oliveira, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Rudy Van Gelder, American recording engineer (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Harold Farberman, American percussionist, conductor, and composer (Medea), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Milan Stibilj, Slovenian composer (Zoom; Apokatastasis - Slovene Requiem), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, American rocker (Cadillacs, Coasters), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Jay Black, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Gigi Proletti, Italian actor, director and singer (Alleluja brava gente), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1941 Bruce Welch [Bruce Cripps], English rocker (Shadows Bognor Regis), born in Bognor Regis, Sussex, England
  • 1944 Keith Emerson, English rock musician (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), born in Todmorden, West Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Patrice Chereau, French opera director and actor (Danton), born in Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2013)
  • 1945 (John David) J.D. Souther, American singer and songwriter ("Heartache Tonight"; "New Kid In Town"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata; Lou Salomé), born in Venice, Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1947 Dave Pegg, British pop bassist (Jethro Tull-Crest of a Nave), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947 David Anthony Ahern, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1947 Hilary Tann, Welsh composer (Shakkei), and educator (Union College, 1980-present), born in Llwynypia, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1948 Rich Gooch, American rock bassist (Quarterflash)
  • 1951 Lindy Morrison, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1952 Maxine Nightingale, English soul music singer (Right Back Where We Started From), born in Wembley, London
  • 1955 Frank Gilligan, American singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Queens, New York
  • 1955 Chris Burnett, American musician and composer, born in Olathe, Kansas
  • 1957 Carter Beauford, American drummer (Dave Matthews Band), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1961 K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Canadian country singer, born in Consort, Alberta
  • 1962 Andrew Elt, singer (Sleeze Beez)
  • 1962 Mireille Delunsch, French soprano, born in Mulhouse, France
  • 1962 Graham Waterhouse, English cellist and composer (Chieftan's Salute), born in London
  • 1963 Bobby Dall, American rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Marc van Roon, Dutch improvising musician, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1967 Kurt Elling, American jazz singer-songwriter (Secrets are the Best Stories), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Reginald Arvizu, American bassist (KoЯn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Samantha Janus, British singer and actress (EastEnders), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 1973 Tobias Ringborg, Swedish violinist and conductor, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1974 Nelly [Cornell Haynes Jr.], American rapper, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1975 Chris Walla, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie), born in Bothell, Washington
  • 1982 Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Kita, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1984 Tamara Hope, Canadian actress (The Sandy Bottom Orchestra), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1986 Erika Jo, American country music singer, born in Angleton, Texas
  • 1989 Katelyn Tarver, American singer and actress (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), born in Glennville, Georgia

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Rocker Rod Stewart (58) divorces model Rachel Hunter (33) due to irreconcilable differences

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Deaths in Music

  • 1635 Aurelio Signoretti, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1717 Johann Jacob Walther, composer, dies
  • 1731 Johann Matthias Leffloth, composer, dies at 26
  • 1845 Chretien Urhan, composer, dies at 55
  • 1882 Cenobio Paniagua, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1884 Auguste Vaucorbeil, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1887 Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, dies at 67
  • 1937 Maude Valérie White, French-born English composer, dies at 82
  • 1956 Jacob Weinberg, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 77
  • 1958 Adam von Ahn Carse, composer, dies at 80
  • 1960 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek/US conductor/composer, dies at 64
  • 1962 Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and educator (Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, 1935-62), dies at 80
  • 1966 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • 1968 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1991 Fran Stevens, singer, dies of cancer in Bronx NY at 72
  • 1991 Mort Shuman, American singer songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1994 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter, dies at 73
  • 1996 Eva Cassidy, American singer, dies of cancer at 33
  • 2007 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish metal drummer (Decapitated) (b. 1984)
  • 2011 Sickan Carlsson, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1915)
  • 2014 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • 2015 David Stock, American composer (Rosewood Reflections), and conductor (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 1976-99), dies at 76 [1]
  • 2015 Raul Rekow, American percussionist and conguero (Santana, 1976-2013), dies of cancer at 61
  • 2018 Roy Hargrove, American trumpeter, dies of kidney disease at 49
  • 2018 Glenn Schwartz, American rock guitarist (Pacific Gas & Electric -"Are You Ready?"), dies at 78
  • 2020 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, dies of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at 83