On This Day

Events in Music on April 24

  • 1801 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten" (The Seasons)
  • 1823 Eugene Scribes opera "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris

Music releaseMusic Recording

1945 Miles Davis makes recording debut with the Herbie Fields Orchestra, backing singer "Rubberlegs" Wilson, at Savoy Records Studio, Newark, New Jersey

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

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1946 One-act ballet "Symphonic Variations" choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler's Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1950 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances

  • 1959 Netherland Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)
  • 1965 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances

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1969 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1971 Skip Redwine and Larry Frank's musical "Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater, NYC (1 performance only)

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1979 US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as official state song

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • 1982 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein bißchen Frieden" in Harrogate
  • 1983 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1992 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1994 "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • 1994 "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 1996 "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances
  • 1996 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win
  • 1997 Kandor and Ebb's musical "Steel Pier" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater,NYC; runs for 76 performances
  • 2018 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

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2018 Ed Sheeran's "÷" is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran