On This Day

Events in Music on February 8

  • 1735 First opera in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1862 Opera "Lily of Killarney" premieres in London
  • 1925 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City
  • 1926 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
  • 1930 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1
  • 1940 Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1942 Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" premieres in Los Angeles

Music concertMusic Concert

1946 Béla Bartók's 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia, PA

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1964 Peter Shaffer's musical "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 The Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1981 "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1981 "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
  • 1992 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm

Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee
  • 2004 46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2006 48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins

Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2009 51st Grammy Awards: Best Album "Raising Sand" and Record of the Year "Please Read The Letter" by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Singer Rihanna cancels appearance at the Grammys after being assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
  • 2015 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck