On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 8

Events in Music

  • 1823 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London
  • 1924 Arthur Honegger's orchestral tribute to steam locomotives "Pacifica 231" premieres
  • 1952 Revival of George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's musical political satire "Of Thee I Sing", directed by Kaufman, opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • 1952 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's musical "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • 1960 1st performance of Ferde GrofĂ©'s "San Francisco Suite", with GrofĂ© conducting, in San Francisco
  • 1962 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 965 performances, and wins 6 Tony Awards
  • 1971 Courtney, Courtney, and Link's musical "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater, NYC, after 5 performances
  • 1976 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger, NYC, after 7 performances
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Weddings in Music

  • 1978 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
  • 2009 Irish "Westlife" singer Kian Egan (29) weds British actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados

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Musicians Who Died on May 8

  • 1684 Henri Dumont, Dutch composer, dies at 73 or 74
  • 1818 Franz Ignaz Kaa, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1829 Mauro Giuliani, Italian musician and composer, dies at 47
  • 1846 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, dies at 59
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