Events in Music on August 2

  • 1947 Greek-American soprano makes her Italian debut in the title role of Amilcare Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" at the Verona Arena
  • 1953 Betty Jack Davis, American country singer (with Skeeter Davis in The Davis Sisters), killed in car crash at 21
  • 1961 The Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club

Music History

1969 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at his 10th high school reunion, in Hibbing, Minnesota

  • 1979 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1979 "Gilda Radner: Live From New York" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 52 performances

Music History

1991 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances

Music History

2019 Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran's Divide tour becomes the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time overtaking U2 after 893 days on the road