On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 1

Events in Music

  • 1786 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Vienna with Mozart himself directing
  • 1950 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • 1966 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • 1968 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • 1969 Reprise Records releases "Clouds", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 2nd studio album
  • 1971 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • 1972 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 1979 Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights
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Weddings in Music

  • 1917 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley
  • 1967 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1999 "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas

Divorces in Music

  • 1978 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

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Musicians Who Died on May 1

  • 1679 Esaias Reusner, German lutenist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1731 Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1874 VilĂ©m Blodek [Plodek], Czech pianist, flautist, and composer, dies at 39
  • 1886 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
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