On This Day in Music for October 2

Events in Music

  • 1947 "Music in My Heart" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 124 performances
  • 1948 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 725 performances
  • 1953 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
  • 1958 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • 1967 Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents
  • 1972 "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1976 "Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 performances
  • 1990 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" opens at Golden NYC for 30 performances
  • 1994 "Show Boat" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • 1995 "Moon Over Buffalo" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 308 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995 British band Oasis release their second studio album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?", sells record 347,000 copies 1st week

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • 1996 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks & Dunn win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1646 Guillaume Poitevin, French composer and teacher, born in Boulbon, France (d. 1706)
  • 1704 František Tůma, Czech composer, born in Kostelec nad Orlicí, Bohemia (d. 1774)
  • 1737 Franz Schneider, Austrian organist and composer, baptized in Pulkau (d. 1812)
  • 1756 Józef Javurek, Polish-Russian composer, born in Benešov, Czech Republic (d. 1840)
  • 1809 Anton Emil Titl, Austrian composer, born in Nedvědice (d. 1882)
  • 1817 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, born in Lidköping, Sweden (d. 1901)
  • 1875 Henry Février, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1957)
  • 1880 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)
  • 1881 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, born in Mulhouse (d. 1951)
  • 1893 Leroy Shield, American pianist and composer (Laurel & Hardy), born in Waseca, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1914 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, born in Subotica, Serbia (d. 1964)
  • 1914 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Francis Jackson, British organist and composer, born in Malton, Yorkshire, England
  • 1917 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), born in Ostrava (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, born in Vyskov (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1930 Günter Kochan, German composer, born in Luckau, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Phill Niblock, American composer, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1935 Peter Frankl, Hungarian-British pianist, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1940 Lord Davies, British engineer and chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • 1941 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels), born in Oakland, California
  • 1944 Ton Koopman, Dutch conductor (Royal Conservatory of the Hague), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • 1945 Don McLean, American singer and songwriter (American Pie, Vincent), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1946 Jo-el Sonnier, American country singer (Louisiana), born in Rayne, Louisiana
  • 1948 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 2005)

Person of interestAnnie Leibovitz

1949 Annie Leibovitz, American photographer (Rolling Stone), born in Waterbury, Connecticut

Photographer Annie Leibovitz
Photographer
Annie Leibovitz
  • 1949 Richard Hell, American rock bassist (Television), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950 Michael Rutherford, English pop bassist and rocker (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Person of interestSting

1951 Sting [Gordon Sumner], British actor, songwriter and singer (The Police), born in Wallsend, Northumberland

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • 1952 John Otway, English cult rocker, born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • 1952 Wahed Wafa, Tajik singer, born in Afghanistan
  • 1954 Greg Jennings, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1955 Philip Oakey, English rock vocalist (Human Leauge-Only Human), born in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
  • 1956 Freddie Jackson, American R&B singer and songwriter (Rock Me Tonight), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1960 Django Bates, British jazz musician, born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1960 Al Connelly, Canadian Musician/Songwriter
  • 1961 Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)
  • 1962 Sigtryggur Baldursson, Icelandic drummer (The Sugarcubes)
  • 1967 Bud Gaugh, American musician (Sublime)
  • 1967 Gillian Welch, New York, singer-songwriter (Time, Revival)
  • 1968 Jeff Martin, Canadian singer/songwriter
  • 1969 Damon Gough, English singer
  • 1971 Tiffany [Renee Darwich], rocker (I Think We're Alone Now), born in Norwalk, California
  • 1971 James Root, American guitarist (Slipknot)
  • 1973 Lene, Norwegian singer (Aqua)
  • 1976 Mandisa, American singer
  • 1978 Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer
  • 1979 Maja Ivarsson, lead singer, The Sounds
  • 1981 Toro, Taiwanese singer
  • 1982 George Pettit, Canadian singer (Alexisonfire)
  • 1991 Beau Grayson, American son of country singer Tanya Tucker

Weddings in Music

  • 1970 Scottish singer Donovan (24) weds Linda Lawrence at Windsor Registry Office

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 "Matchbox Twenty" lead singer Rob Thomas (27) weds model Marisol Maldonado in Santa Ynez, California

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rocker
Rob Thomas

HeartWedding of Interest

2004 "Piano Man" singer-songwriter Billy Joel (55) weds television food critic and chef Katie Lee (23) at 15-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • 2005 Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Evhenya Tymoshenko weds "Death Valley Screamers" musician Sean Carr at 11th century Vydubychi Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1942 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) divorces Alpha Smith after 4 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • 1559 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1629 Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1656 Stephan Otto, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1823 Daniel Steibelt, composer, dies at 57 [OS=Sept 20]
  • 1842 José Mariano Elízaga, Mexican composer, dies at 56
  • 1915 Russell Alexander, composer, dies at 38
  • 1920 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • 1943 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1960 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • 1967 Albertina Rasch, ballerina/choreographer, dies at 76
  • 1970 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Anders Bo Leif Linde, composer, dies at 37
  • 1971 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban singer, pianist and songwriter, dies at 60
  • 1981 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • 1983 Gerald Strang, Canadian composer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician, dies at 74
  • 1996 Frideswide Frances Emma Knight, musician/socialist, dies at 85
  • 1998 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), dies at 91
  • 2001 Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • 2016 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), dies at 92
  • 2017 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), dies of an accidental overdose at 66