Events in Music on April 14

  • 1883 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakmé" premieres with the Opéra-Comique at the Salle Favart in Paris

Music History

1926 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's 1st collaborative musical "Lady, Be Good!", featuring siblings Fred Astaire and Adelle Astaire as a brother and sister dance team, opens at Empire Theatre, London's West End; runs for 326 performances

Music History

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

Murder of Interest

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

  • 1946 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 1956 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances

Theatrical Finale

1956 Cole Porter's final Broadway musical "Silk Stockings", loosely based on the Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", closes at the Imperial Theatre, NYC, after 478 performances

Music History

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

Music 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

Music History

1963 Quiet Beatle George Harrison is impressed by unsigned British blues band "Rolling Stones"

  • 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 Dutch pop-ska band Doe Maar at Maasport in Den Bosch, Netherlands

Academy of Country Music Awards

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

  • 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 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music Premiere

1992 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls" starring Nathan Lane, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 1143 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards

Theatrical Finale

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

Music History

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

CMT Music Awards

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

Hall of Fame

2012 27th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beastie Boys; Donovan; Guns N' Roses; Laura Nyro; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; The (Small) Faces; The Blue Caps; The Comets; The Crickets; The Famous Flames; The Midnighters; The Miracles; Freddie King; Don Kirshner; Tom Dowd; Glyn Johns; and Cosimo Matassa

Album Release

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

Hall of Fame

2018 33rd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues

Music 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