Events in Music on August 15

  • 1795 Austrian composer Joseph Haydn leaves England forever after calling the time spent there "the happiest of his life"

The Wizard of Oz

1939 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's book, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood; directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor with cast featuring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch); songs by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg

Music History

1965 Beatles play to their largest crowd of over 55,000 at Shea Stadium, New York City; among those in attending were future wives Barbara Bach and Linda Eastman [1] [2]

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

1969 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez

  • 1983 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight, and undergoes brain surgery

Music Premiere

1988 Revival of musical revue "Ain't Misbehavin'", highlighting songs of Fats Waller, opens at Ambassador Theater, NYC; runs for 176 performances

Music Concert

1991 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park, NYC

Musical Finale

1993 Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel's musical adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" closes at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 188 performances