On This Day

Events in Music on April 14

  • 1883 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres in Paris
  • 1895 1st performance of Gustav Mahler's (incomplete) 2nd Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 Bizet, Massine & Mira's "Jeux d'Enfants" premieres in Monte Carlo

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet

MurderMurder of Interest

1936 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • 1946 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 1956 "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • 1956 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1960 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 607 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 American record company Motown, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., is incorporated as Motown Record Corporation

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1969 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Actress
Katharine Hepburn
Actor Cliff Robertson
Actor
Cliff Robertson
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1970 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • 1972 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1984 Farewell concert of "Doe Maar" in Den Bosch Neth

Music awardsMusic Awards

1986 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1988 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1991 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
  • 1991 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • 1992 "Guys & Dolls" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1143 performances
  • 1992 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Trish Vradenburg's play "Apple Doesn't Fall.."directed by Leonard Nimoy opens and closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Metallica file a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This lawsuit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted

Music awardsCMT Music Awards

2008 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2012 Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Adam Yauch too ill to attend

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch

Music releaseAlbum Release

2017 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

Singer-songwriter and Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter and Rapper
Kendrick Lamar

Music concertMusic Concert

2018 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone