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

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

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

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1936 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow

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

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 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
  • 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 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
  • 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 awardsMusic Awards

1979 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

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

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • 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 Theater 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

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

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

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

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West