Events in Music on January 5

  • 1649 Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone" premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century)
  • 1866 Bedřich Smetana's first opera "Branibori v Cechach" ("The Brandenburgers in Bohemia") premieres in Prague
  • 1875 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
  • 1896 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona

Film Premiere

1933 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

  • 1946 "Show Boat" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances

Music History

1952 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite", marking the US Military Academy's sesquicentennial, premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Plane Crash

1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later

Music History

1962 Tony Sheridan & Beatles record "My Bonnie" & "The Saints", produced by Bert Kaempfert, in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1963 "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 719 performances

Musical Finale

1963 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "Camelot", starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet, closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances and winning 4 Tony Awards

  • 1969 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances

Album Release

1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album "Bayou Country", featuring singles "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Proud Mary"

Album Release

1973 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's debut album "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J."

  • 1975 Charlie Smalls' musical "The Wiz", an updated take on "The Wizard of Oz", starring Stephanie Mills, Stu Gilliam, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 1672 performances, winning 7 Tony and 6 Drama Desk Awards
  • 1991 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1992 "6 Degrees of Separation" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 496 performances
  • 1992 "On Borrowed Time" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 99 performances
  • 1992 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances

Theatrical Finale

1992 Revival of Arthur Miller's dramatic play "The Crucible" closes at Belasco Theater, NYC, after 32 performances

  • 1997 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • 1997 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • 1997 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC