On This Day

Events in Music on December 11

  • 1882 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"

Music History

1946 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

  • 1947 Bob Hilliard and Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances

Music Premiere

1950 Paul Hindemith's Concerto for Clarinet premieres with Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy, and Benny Goodman as soloist, at the Academy of Music

  • 1951 "The Wild Side of Life" single recorded by Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys (Billboard Song of the Year, 1952)

Music Premiere

1960 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

#1 in the Charts

1961 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

  • 1965 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1965 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1967 Beatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group - Grapefruit
  • 1984 "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 performances

Film Premiere

1987 Martin Ritt's dramatic film "Nuts", starring Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfus premieres

  • 1989 Cy Coleman and David Zippel's musical "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater, NYC; runs for 878 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards and 8 Drama Desk Awards

Theatrical Finale

2005 Twyla Tharp's rock ballet "Movin' Out", set to songs of Billy Joel, closes at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, NYC after 1,303 performances