On This Day

Events in Music on May 2

  • 1869 The Folies Trévise (later cabaret hall Folies Bergère) opens as an opera house in Paris, France

Music History

1887 Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence

Music History

1929 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

  • 1936 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow

Music Recording

1938 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra

  • 1952 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • 1960 Harry Belafonte's 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • 1964 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1965 "New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1968 Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony premiers in New York City with William Steinberg conducting the New York Philharmonic

Music Premiere

1977 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I"', with Yul Brynner reprising the role he created in 1951, opens at Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 695 performances

Music History

1980 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

Music Premiere

1984 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 604 performances, wins a Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Album Release

1989 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1990)

  • 1990 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • 1992 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" closes at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 13 performances
  • 1993 "5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances
  • 1993 "Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1993 Lanford Wilson's play "Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 40 performances
  • 1993 "Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1995 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances

Music History

2011 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Music History

2018 Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview