On This Day

Events in Music on July 2

Music History

1900 Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia" premieres in Helsinki

Music History

1941 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London

  • 1949 "High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances
  • 1955 "7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1955 "Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances

Music Recording

1956 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel"

  • 1958 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres
  • 1960 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

Music Recording

1964 Cilla Black records Lennon/McCartney song "It's For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

  • 1969 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • 1972 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • 1973 "You've Never Been This Far Before" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1973)
  • 1980 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement

Film Release

1991 Film "Boyz n the Hood" directed by John Singleton, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube is released

  • 1995 "The Rose Tattoo" closes at Circle in the Square NYC after 80 performances

Live 8 Concert

2005 10 Live 8 concerts held around the world organised by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of poverty

Live 8 Concert

2005 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, England; performers include Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Sting, Madonna, The Who, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M.

Live 8 Concert

2005 Live 8 concert in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; performers include Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, The Black-Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and Linkin Park

Live 8 Concert

2005 Live 8 concert at Park Place in Barrie, Ontario, Canada; performers include Neil Young, Bryan Adams; The Tragically Hip; Motley Crue; Gordon Lightfoot; Deep Purple, and Bruce Cockburn

Live 8 Concert

2005 Live 8 concert at the Victory Column in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, Germany; performers include Green Day; a-ha; Brian Wilson, Roxy Music, Audioslave, and Herbert Grönemeyer

Live 8 Concert

2005 Live 8 concert at Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France; performers include Andrea Bocelli, Dido, Sahakira, Youssou N'Dour, The Cure, and Zucchero

Live 8 Concert

2005 Live 8 concert at Circus Maximus, Rome, Italy; performers include Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, and Zucchero

  • 2005 Live 8 concert In Mercy Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, South Africa; performers include Lucky Dube, Mahotella Queens, Orchestra Baobob, Zola, and Vusi Mahlasela

Live 8 Concert

2005 Live 8 concert at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan; performers include Björk, Good Charlotte, Dreams Come True, Do As Infinity, and McFly

  • 2018 Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years
  • 2020 Funeral for slain Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa in Ambo amid nationwide unrest at his death that has killed over 80 people