On This Day

Events in Music on February 24

  • 1607 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "LOrfeo" premieres in Mantua, oldest opera still regularly performed

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1711 George Frideric Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

  • 1939 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston
  • 1951 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • 1955 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1955 Cole Porter's musical "Silk Stockings" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 478 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1956 Walter Piston's 5th Symphony, commissioned by the Juilliard School of Music for their 50th anniversary, premiere performance by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jean Morel
  • 1962 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1962 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • 1964 "My Heart Skips a Beat" single released by Buck Owens (Billboard no. 1 U.S. Hot Country Singles 1964)
  • 1965 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
  • 1968 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • 1977 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win
  • 1980 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1982 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
  • 1987 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
  • 1991 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1993 35th Grammy Awards: Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton wins

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton


1998 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Singer Elton John
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1999 41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill