On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 27

Events in Music

  • 1892 NYC's Metropolitan Opera House (opened in 1883) catches fire; takes two years to restore
  • 1900 Gabriel Fauré's grand cantata "Prométhée" premieres at Arènes de Béziers, France; performance involved almost 800 singers and musicians (including two wind bands and 15 harps) and an audience of 10,000
  • 1934 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC
  • 1965 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley, at his Los Angeles, California home
  • 1970 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"
  • 1977 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 947 performances
  • 1990 "No Fences" second studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)
  • 2012 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)
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Musicians Born on Aug 27

  • 1562 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1612)
  • 1583 Simon Besler, German composer, born in Brieg (d. 1633)
  • 1650 Johann Samuel Welter, German composer, born in Obersontheim, Germany (d. 1720)
  • 1739 Michel Delalande, French sacred music composer and maître de musique (Cathedral of Chartres, 1761-85), born in La Flèche, France (d. 1812)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1977 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol
  • 2011 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

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