Events in Music on February 3

Music History

1844 Hector Berlioz's "Carnaval Romain" premieres in Paris

  • 1907 Josek Suk's "Asreal Symphony", dedicated to his late wife and father-in-law Antonin Dvořák, premieres at the Prague National Theatre, conducted by Karel Kovařovic
  • 1913 Golden and Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl" premieres in New York City
  • 1919 Herbert and Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady" premieres in New York City

Film Premiere

1932 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Television Debut

1951 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV

  • 1958 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3

Plane Crash

1959 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa

  • 1964 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold

Music History

1967 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix

Music Premiere

1969 Musical adaptation of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 121 performances

  • 1973 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • 1974 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 1979 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart

Musical Finale

1985 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 4 performances

  • 1994 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore

Music History

2003 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

  • 2019 Rapper 21 Savage arrested by US immigration for overstaying his visa