Events in Music on August 21

  • 1944 Grieg, Wright and Forrest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC

Music Recording

1961 American country singer Patsy Cline records then-struggling songwriter Willie Neslon's song "Crazy", in Nashville, Tennessee

  • 1966 1st concert at Busch Memorial Stadium: (St. Louis, Missouri): The Beatles headline; it is their second show of the day, having played in the afternoon 341 miles away in Cincinnati, Ohio after getting rained out on the night before
  • 1979 Russian Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC; joins the American Ballet Theatre, and works as a film actor
  • 1983 Jerry Herman's musical "La Cage aux Folles", based Jean Poiret's French play of the same name, opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 1761 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards
  • 1986 Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse's musical "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances, receives 6 Tony Award nominations

Music History

1996 Revival of Eugene O'Neill's' drama "Hughie", directed by Al Pacino, and starring Pacino and Paul Benedict, opens at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC; runs for 56 performances

  • 2001 "How You Remind Me" single released by Nickelback (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)

Music Single

2020 Korean pop group BTS releases single "Dynamite,"; becomes 1st video to be watched more than 100 million times in 24 hours on YouTube