Events in Music on February 9

Music Premiere

1893 Giuseppe Verdi's comic opera "Falstaff" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Italy

  • 1961 The Beatles first gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club; they would play there nearly 300 times over the next two years

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1964 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", live from New York; broadcast draws 73.7 million television viewers

  • 1971 Elektra Records releases eponymous debut album of American singer-songwriter Carly Simon; garners two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist

Music History

1973 American singer-songwriter and actor Paul Williams sings the torch song "Here's That Rainy Day" in full Planet of the Apes make-up and costume on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show"

  • 1974 "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
  • 1974 "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
  • 1979 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special, featuring archival performances of 62 artists
  • 1984 "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances

#1 in the Charts

1985 Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks

  • 1990 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1991 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • 1992 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 1995 Augustus and Ruth Goetz' stage drama "The Heiress" opens at Cort Theater, NYC; runs for 340 performances

Music History

1995 Irish music and dance show "Riverdance" first opens in Dublin, Ireland with lead dancer Michael Flatley

Music History

2011 Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" album reaches number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart