Events in Music on August 27

  • 1892 NYC's Metropolitan Opera House (opened in 1883) catches fire; takes two years to restore
  • 1900 Gabriel Fauré's grand cantata "Prométhée" premieres at Arènes de Béziers, France; performance involved almost 800 singers and musicians (including two wind bands and 15 harps) and an audience of 10,000

Music Premiere

1934 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC

Film Premiere

1964 Walt Disney's musical film "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California; wins 5 Academy Awards

  • 1965 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley, at his Los Angeles, California home

Music Recording

1970 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"

  • 1977 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 936 performances

Album Release

1990 "No Fences" second studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)

Theatrical Finale

1994 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 320 performances

Theatrical Finale

1995 Tom Stoppard's comedic play "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 204 performances

  • 2012 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)

Music History

2018 Former Spice Girl Mel B announces she is entering rehab for alcohol and sex addiction following her acrimonious divorce