On This Day

Events in Music on February 8

  • 1735 First opera performance in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 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 Premiere

1946 Béla Bartók's 3rd Piano Concerto premieres in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy with György Sándor as piano soloist

Music Premiere

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

Music Single

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

Music Single

1974 Ringo Starr releases a cover of "You're Sixteen" as a single in UK; originally released by Johnny Burnette in 1960

  • 1981 "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1981 Revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 133 performances
  • 1992 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1

Music History

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

Album Release

2000 Reprise Records releases "Both Sides Now", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 17th studio album, a collection of torch songs, including re-worked versions of two of her own, backed by an orchestra

  • 2004 46th Grammy Awards: Coldplays's "Clocks", and Evanescence win

Grammy Awards

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

Grammy Awards

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

Music History

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

  • 2015 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith; Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck

BRIT Awards

2022 BRIT Awards: Adele wins best artist, song and album of the year