Events in Music on March 2

  • 1789 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 1825 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC

King Kong Premieres

1933 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

Music Single

1956 "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" single cover released by Elvis Presley

  • 1959 Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney
  • 1961 Eaton Magoon's musical "13 Daughters", starring Don Ameche and Sylvia Syms, opens at 54th St Theater, NYC; runs for 28 performances

Music History

1964 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets future wife Pattie Boyd

Film Premiere

1965 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, premieres (Academy Awards Best Picture - 1966)

Grammy Awards

1967 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

Music History

1969 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 14th Symphony

Album Release

1970 Reprise Records releases "Ladies of the Canyon", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 3rd studio album

Grammy Awards

1974 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

  • 1976 Musical revue featuring song from the Harlem Renaissance "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 766 performances

Grammy Awards

1988 30th Grammy Awards: Record of the year - Paul Simon "Graceland"; Album of the Year - U2 "The Joshua Tree"; Jody Watley Best New Artist

Music History

1989 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

  • 1991 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • 1991 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances

Music Concert

1993 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, George Michael, and Herb Alpert

Music History

1994 Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • 1995 "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Virginia Theater NYC

Music History

2020 American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally

Music History

2020 American singer-songwriter Garth Brooks receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 Dolly Parton receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine she gave $1 million to help develop